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Ministry Of Science And Technology

ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship

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The “ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship (AI-RTF)” is a fellowship scheme initiated by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India. The scheme is launched as an initiative under the ASEAN-India Science & Technology Development Fund (AISTDF) to support young talented researchers/scientists of ASEAN member countries (namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) to carry out research at any of the Indian research/academic Institution.
The AI-RTF scheme is a fellowship scheme with the following objectives:
  • To promote the mobility of scientists and researchers from the ASEAN-Member Countries to India and provide them the opportunity to work at Indian R&D/ academic institutions to upgrade their research skills and expertise.
  • To facilitate the exchange of information and contacts between the scientists and researchers of India and ASEAN Countries and create a network for building research collaborations.
As a spin-off, the Fellowship awardees may also have the opportunity to get co-supervisors from India for their research projects for Ph.D. or Master’s degrees on their return to their home countries.
Number of fellowships:
Fifty (50) fellowships per year shall be awarded to young scientists and researchers from ASEAN-Member States to get affiliated with Indian academic and R&D institutions.
Duration of fellowships:
The duration of the Fellowship will be for a period of two to six months. No request for extension \ reduction in the duration period shall be entertained after the award of the fellowship.
Management & execution:
ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship (AI-RTF) program shall be managed and coordinated by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), New Delhi.
Areas in which fellowships are available-
The area/topic of research for availing AI-RTF must be ASEAN-centric and must be aligned with the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology, and Innovation (APASTI). The fellowship is offered for working on research topics under any of the following broad disciplines:
• Agricultural Sciences
• Biological and Medical Sciences
• Chemical Sciences & Engineering
• Computer Science & Engineering
• Physical Sciences and Mathematics
• Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
• Engineering Sciences
• Materials, Minerals and Metallurgy
• Science Policy/IPR Management/Technology Transfer & Commercialization
• Other multi-disciplinary areas of Science, Technology and Innovation in alignment with APASTI.
Note: The fellowship is available in all fields of natural & engineering sciences, including mathematics & statistics, except humanities and behavioral sciences.
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