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PAIRED EARLY CAREER FELLOWSHIP IN APPLIED RESEARCH (PECFAR) GUIDELINES

  • About IGSTC
  • The Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC), established as a joint initiative of the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Government of Germany to facilitate and promote Indo-German collaboration in Science and Technology (S&T) through substantive interactions between researchers of both India & Germany.

  • Aim of the Fellowship
  • The fellowship intends to:

    • Support early career researchers to network and explore possibilities to grow in applied research;
    • Enhance the research capabilities and opportunities in the partner country on various aspects of S&T, entrepreneurship, innovation and lab utilization;
    • Create impetus to expand bilateral collaboration and research among young researchers;
    • Build well-knitted long-term cooperation with complementary partnerships through networking and interaction.
  • Fellowship Details
    • This fellowship is designed to facilitate a pair of early career researchers to have a short visit to India/Germany for networking and exploring avenues for collaboration and innovation in applied research.
    • The pair will be formed by an Indian and a German early career researcher who shall submit a joint proposal.
    • The duration of the fellowship will be 1-2 months (minimum 3 weeks).
    • One-time grant will be provided to cover the travel, accommodation and daily expenses.
    • The paired fellows can jointly plan the fellowship visits to the partner country (India/Germany).
    • The fellows may also utilise this award to connect and travel to other institutions in India/Germany and strengthen their network.
  • How to form a Pair?
    • Applicants shall form a pair consisting of one Indian & German early career researcher holding regular position in academia/research institution/industry or holding a long-term nationally recognized fellowships.
    • Applicants may build his/her pair through networking and 1:1 matching using B2 Match.
    • However, Applicants are solely responsible for identifying and forming their respective pairs and acquiring acceptance letters from institutes/organizations of the paired fellows.
  • Financial Support
  • The financial support shall be provided as one time grant and it will be limited to:

    • Fellowship: € 2300 per month/fellow.
    • The fellowship will be provided on pro-rata basis depending on the duration of the stay.
    • Single round trip economy class airfare including visa fees and medical/travel insurance approximately ₹ 1 lakh (for Indian fellow) and € 1500 (for German fellow).
  • How to Apply?
  • Applications must be sent jointly via email to pecfar@igstc.org as a single document. The application format can be downloaded here.

    Applicants can also build his/her pair through networking and 1:1 matching using B2 Match.

  • Instructions for Submission of the Application
    • Check your eligibility before applying for the fellowship.
    • It is advisable to form the pair before starting the application.
    • The pair should fill the application form jointly and sent via email to pecfar@igstc.org as a single document.
    • Applicant must strictly follow the instructions given in the application form.
  • Selection Procedure/Evaluation
  • A joint selection committee of experts shall review the applications based on credentials of the pairs, feasibility, scope and quality of the joint proposal plan for the fellowship duration and expected outcomes (including future plans emerging out of the visit, value addition to the parent organization of the fellows). The decision of the committee shall be considered as final and binding.

  • Conditions & Requirements
    • The applications should be submitted via email to pecfar@igstc.org as a single document. Submissions by other means will not be accepted.
    • The duration of the fellowship will be up to 2 months per fellow. It is mandatory for each fellow to have a minimum stay of 3 weeks.
    • Indian applicants with institutional affiliation shall submit a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Head of the Institution at the time of the application. German applicants shall submit a brief support letter from their supervisors stating that there are no objection against participation in the programme.
    • Applicants must define a detailed activity plan mentioning their objectives, planned activities, expected outcomes for the duration of the fellowship and potential future joint scientific work which could result from the fellowship.
    • IGSTC grant is only for covering monthly fellowship, round trip-fare, visa, travel/medical insurance.
    • Extension in the duration of the fellowship shall not be entertained.
    • The fellows will abide by the conduct, rules and regulations of the visiting organization and the country. IGSTC will not be responsible for violation of any rules & regulations by him/her.
    • Within 4 weeks from the completion of the fellowship, the fellows must submit a detailed fellowship completion report, Statement of Expenditure (SE)/Utilization Certificate (UC) along with representative photos to IGSTC.
    • The fellows must recognize and acknowledge IGSTC fellowship in all online/print documents, communications, reports, publications, etc. on work directly resulting from the fellowship.
  • Contacts
  • For queries
    Phone: +91-011-26543500
    E-mail: pecfar@igstc.org

    Mailing Address
    Indo-German Science & Technology Centre
    Ground Floor, Block – II, Technology Bhavan,
    New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi – 110016, India