2014 DST-JST Joint Call for Japanese-Indian Cooperative Program

Japan Science & Technology

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Japan Science & Technology (JST) are jointly funding for research projects for Japanese-Indian Cooperative Program in the area of Biomedical Research. Based on the results of the evaluation, JST and DST will make a common decision regarding funding of selected proposals. JST supports expenses for Japanese researchers and DST supports expenses for Indian researchers. However, exchange visits of researchers for approved activities under the program would be supported in bilateral mode.  

About Scholarship: The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology. Government of India, New Delhi and the Japan Science & Technology (JST) conduct the India-Japan Science & Technology Programme to promote bilateral scientific collaboration between Indian and Japanese scientists. Applications are invited from eligible Indian researchers /scientists to submit proposals for joint projects. 

Study: Applications are invited in the area of Biomedical Research which includes: Medical diagnostics for early detection, particularly for infectious diseases and System biomedicine and their computational platforms.
Course Level: This call is invited for research projects.
Scholarship by: 
The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, New Delhi and the Japan Science & Technology (JST)
Location: India and Japan 

Eligibility: The joint application must include one Indian and one Japanese Principal Investigators, who would be responsible for technical as well as administrative co-ordination of the project and its periodic scientific and financial reporting to the DST/ JST respectively. The Principal Investigator (PI) and other investigators in India should be scientists/ faculty members working in regular capacity in UGC recognized Universities/ Deemed Universities/Academic Institutes and National Research & Development Laboratories/ Institutes. It is preferred that a member of the project team may be designated as Co-PI. 

Scholarship Open for: Citizens of India and Japan are eligible. 

Value: JST supports expenses for Japanese researchers, and DST supports expenses for Indian researchers. However, exchange visits of researchers for approved activities under the program would be supported in bilateral mode i.e. a dispatching side would provide a return air ticket and premium for overseas medical insurance, and the inviting side would provide local hospitality (accommodation, meals or per diem in lieu of and local transport). DST provides the following support under the Programme:
For Indian Researchers – Cost of International airfare to and from the designated research location, visa fee, air port taxes, overseas medical insurance premium for the approved visit duration and airport transfers in India.
For Japanese Researchers – Costs of accommodation in a guest house, per diem and domestic travel expenses in India including airport transfers as per DST norms. 

Selection Criteria: The following general evaluation criteria will apply to each proposed project:
1) Conformity with Program Aims and Designated Research Fields
2) Capability of Research Leaders
3) Effectiveness and Synergy of the Joint Research Project
4) Validity of Research Plan
5) Effectiveness and Continuity of Exchange
6) Validity of Exchange Plan

Notification: The final decision regarding supported projects expected to be notified during March – April, 2014. 

Apply: The formats for joint project/seminar proposals and other details are available at the website. Project proposal is to be submitted through e-mail to nvasishta@nic.in (preferably in MS Word format in one file indicating file name as PI name & area code) as well as by Post (3 copies ) in the prescribed format on or before the given deadline. 

Deadline: 31st October, 2013

Further Information: http://www.dst.gov.in/whats_new/main-new.htm

DST-ANR Joint Call for Pre-Proposals for Indian and French Researchers, 2014

National Research Agency France

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Research Agency (ANR) launch this joint call for research proposals for collaborative research. The finally selected full proposals will be funded in India by DST and in France by ANR. This call is open for the Indian (in France) and French researchers (in India). The ANR pays the travel expenses of the visiting French researcher in India as well as his/her accommodation and per diem allowances. Correspondingly, DST pays the travel expenses in France of the Indian researcher as well as his/her accommodation and per diem allowances as per CEFIPRA norms. 

About Scholarship: Department of Science and Technology (DST) and AgenceNationale de la Recherche (ANR) launch joint call for pre- proposals for collaborative research for the year 2014. In India, on behalf of the Department of Science & Technology, Indo-French Centre for Promotion of Advanced Research, IFCPAR (Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of RechercheAvancée, CEFIPRA) invites pre proposals from the Indian scientists / researchers under DST-ANR MoU. 

Study: Thrust areas of research for this call are: a) Neurosciences b) Engineering Sciences (Sub-areas: Material Science, Chemistry, Intelligent Transport Systemand Energy)

Course Level: This call is invited for collaborative research.

Scholarship by: Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Research Agency (ANR)

Location: India and France 

Eligibility: The French researchers apply for funding in accordance with ANR rules and the Indian researchers in accordance with DST rules, both using their own application procedure. The joint proposal shall be written in English. Pre-proposals submitted to only one side will not be eligible. All applicants must fulfill national eligibility rules for their research grant application. 

Scholarship Open for: Citizens of India and France are eligible for this call.

Duration: The research projects will be funded for a maximum of three years. 

Value: The finally selected full proposals will be funded in India by DST and in France by ANR. ANR pays the travel expenses of the visiting French researcher in India as well as his/her accommodation, and per diem allowances. Correspondingly, DST pays the travel expenses in France of the Indian researcher as well as his/her accommodation and per diem allowances as per CEFIPRA norms. 

Selection Criteria: The evaluation criteria of the ANR and DST are:
- scientific quality and innovativeness of the research plan
- added value of the Indo-French research collaboration
- feasibility of the research plan
- scientific merits and results of the French and Indian researchers/research teams
- support for careers of young researchers.
Based on the scientific evaluation, national ranking, and consensus reached through discussions, both DST & ANR will select the pre-proposals for the submission of full-proposal. 

Apply: The French researchers apply for funding in accordance with ANR rules and the Indian researchers in accordance with DST rules, both using their own application procedure. The joint proposal shall be written in English. The Indian researchers can send the pre-proposal (in single MS word file) by e-mail to proposal@cefipra.org. 

Deadline: Deadline for submitting pre-proposals is October 23, 2013.

Further Information: http://www.cefipra.org/pdf/DST-ANR-Joint-Call-for-Pre-proposals.pdf

Research Career Advancement Fellowships for South African Students, 2014

National Research Foundation

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Research Foundation (NRF) offer research fellowships for South African students. The Research Career Advancement Fellowships are aimed at providing support for the training of individuals for research leadership in all areas of science,engineering, technology and mathematical sciences at public universities in South Africa. The fellowship covers taxable salary of R350 000 per annum and a grant of up to R100 000 per annum for research running and travel expenses. 

About Scholarship: The subject of career pathing for emerging researchers and in particular postdoctoral researchers has been receiving a great degree of attention over the past decade. In most developed economies, and in some emerging economy countries, the attention is in response to reduced academic employment opportunities for postdoctoral fellows as an outcome of the rise in numbers of doctoral and postdoctoral fellows without the corresponding rise in the number of available academic positions. In South Africa, the situation is exacerbated by the dearth of research positions for emerging researchers and limited number of academics who can serve as mentors within the South African research environment. The South African government is committed to the transformation of the research cohort both in terms of the training of highly skilled individuals and improving the demographic profile of academics at higher education institutions, with respect to age, race, gender and persons with disabilities. 

Study: The Research Career Advancement Fellowships are aimed at providing support for the training of individuals for research leadership in all areas of science,engineering, technology and mathematical sciences (STEM) at public universities.
Course Level: The fellowships are available for pursuing research programme.
Scholarship by: The Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Research Foundation (NRF)
Location:
South Africa 

Eligibility: Applicants must:
-Be South African citizens or in possession of South African permanent residency
-Have obtained a research doctorate;
-Have a minimum of two years of post-doctoral research experience;
-Have demonstrated research outputs emanating from their doctoral and postdoctoral research activities. These include articles published in peer reviewed journals;
-Must apply for the Research Career Advancement Fellowship within eight (8)
years of obtaining a research doctorate. 

Scholarship Open for: The students of South Africa can apply for the research fellowships.

Duration: Fellowship is offered for full-time research for a period of five years. 

Value: For the 2014 academic year, the fellowship shall provide for a taxable salary of R350 000 per annum and a grant of up to R100 000 per annum for research running and travel expenses. 

Selection criteria: Priority will be given to applicants with access to research infrastructure and mentor ship or those linked to existing research groups at higher education institutions, public research institutions and science councils. 

Apply: online

Deadline: 31 October 2013

Further Information: http://www.nrf.ac.za/funding_overview.php?fid=216

2014 Innovation Masters and Doctoral Scholarships for Non-South African Students in South Africa

South African National Research Foundation

Department of Science and Technology (DST) offers scholarships for international students for pursuing master’s and doctoral degree level. The scheme is managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF). Scholarships are provided in the field of Biotechnology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Astronomy, Mathematical Sciences, Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Ecology, Medical Sciences and a limited number in the SSH. Application should be submitted till 20th September 2013 and NRF external closing date is 30th September 2013. 

About Scholarship: The Innovation Master’s and Doctoral funding instruments are part of the Innovation Bursary Scheme (IBS) funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The scheme is managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF) through a contractual agreement with the DST. The IBS aims to broaden the frontiers of knowledge in innovation areas and to build the PhD pipeline for a knowledge-based economy. The DST has made funding available for the IBS in order to provide financial support to qualifying honours, master’s and doctoral students registered at public universities in 2014. Through the IBS, the Department has, for the first time, extended support to students from outside South Africa. This document outlines the objectives of the programme, the values of the scholarships and criteria for selection. 

Study: Scholarships are provided in the field of Biotechnology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Engineering, Computer science,Physics, Astronomy, Mathematical Sciences, Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Ecology, Medical sciences and a Limited number in the SSH.

Course Level: The scholarships are available for pursuing master’s and doctoral degree level at South African Higher Education Institution (HEI).
Scholarship by: Department of Science and Technology (DST)
Location: South Africa 

Eligibility: The following eligibility criteria listed below applies:
-Scholarships are open to full-time registered students at a South African Higher Education Institution (HEI).
-Any qualification obtained outside of South Africa must include a South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) accreditation certificate for the application to be considered.
-Full- time employees of HEI’s are not eligible to apply.
-Scholarship-holders must not hold full-time salaried employment during the tenure of the award.
-The Scholarship-holder will be allowed to undertake a maximum of 12 hours of teaching, tutorials, assistance or demonstration duties per week on average during the year of study; they may be remunerated for these duties, provided that they are reimbursed at a rate not exceeding the normal institution tariff for services rendered. 

cholarship Open for: International students can apply for the scholarships. 

Value: In 2014; the scholarships amounts are as follows: -
-for master’s scholarships: 70 000 p. a
-for doctoral scholarships: R 100 000 p.a
In addition, master’s scholarship-holders may apply for a travel grant of up to R 15 000 which can be used to attend local conferences, workshops, visit a laboratory, or any other activity that support the beneficiaries’ current research progression. This amount is the maximum allowed during the tenure of the scholarship. Doctoral scholarship-holders may apply for a travel grant up to R 15 000 for local travel and up to
R45 000 for international travel. The funds may be used to attend local conferences, workshops, visits a laboratory, or any other activity that supports the beneficiary’s current research progression. This amount is the maximum allowed during the tenure of the scholarship. 

Selection criteria: The award of an IBS scholarship to a student will be based on past, current and potential academic performance. Selection criteria will include academic merit, promise of research ability, leadership qualities and previous awards, various prizes and honours. 

Notification:  A list of successful candidates will be published on the NRF website as soon as the internal NRF approval processes for the award are finalized. 

Apply: Applications must be submitted through an online application process to the National Research Foundation (NRF). 

Deadline: The application deadline is 20th September 2013 and NRF external closing date 30 September 2013.

Further Information: http://www.uct.ac.za/usr/pgfo/nrfapplications/Innovation_Masters_and_Doctoral_Scholarships_non_SA%20students_20Sep.pdf

Junior Research Fellowship-PhD Position at IIT (BHU), India

IITBHU

Department of Science and Technology (DST) is funding one Junior Research Fellowship/PhD Position at Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi, India. Fellowship covers Rs 16000/- p.m for one year and likely to be extended for five years. Applicants must have qualified NET/GATE with consistently good academic record. If applicant is selected for this project may register for PhD position if found suitable as per IIT (BHU) rules. 

About Scholarship: Applications are invited for the position of one Junior Research Fellow @ Rs 16000/- pm in a Department of Science and Technology (DST) sponsored project on “Andreev transport in low dimensional (1D/2D) systems”. The post is initially for one year and likely to be extended for five years, subjected to the financial approval from DST. 

Study: The fellowship is awarded in Andreev transport in low dimensional (1D/2D) systems.
Course Level: This fellowship is for pursuing research/PhD level at IIT (BHU), India.
Scholarship by: Department of Science and Technology (DST)
Location: Varanasi, India 

Eligibility:
-For JRF position, the candidate should be M.Sc. in Physics or M.Tech in Materials Science/Electronics Engg./Electrical Engg and should have qualified NET/GATE with consistently good academic record (at least 60% marks in M.Sc./M.Tech).
-Upper age limit is 28 years with 5 years relaxation for Female/SC/ST/Physically Challenged candidates.
-Candidates selected for this project may register for PhD. if found suitable as per IIT (BHU) rules.

Scholarship Open for: Applicants from India are eligible for this research fellowship/PhD position. 

Number of award: One

Duration: The post is initially for one year and likely to be extended for five years, subjected to the financial approval from DST.

Value: Junior Research Fellow covers Rs 16000/- p.m. 

Apply: The mode of applying is electronically or by post. Applicants may send their application with their full bio-data along with attested copies of all the mark-sheets and certificates and degree within the 30 days of advertisement to the Coordinator, School of Materials Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi -221005. In addition, the candidates also requested to email their CV to Dr. Amit Kumar (Principal Investigator) email: amit.mst@iitbhu.ac.in. 

Deadline: Send your application within the 30 days of advertisement to the Coordinator.

Further Information: http://www.iitbhu.ac.in/