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Organization : Science and Engineering Research Board(SERB)
Fellowship Name : AI-RTF 2020 ASEAN India Research Training Fellowship
Applicable For : Nationality of any of the ASEAN Member State
Application Last Date : 31.08.2020
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AISTIC AI-RTF Fellowship

ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship (AI-RTF) is now open for the year 2020.


The AIRTF scheme is a fellowship scheme with the following objectives

** To promote mobility of scientists and researchers from the ASEAN-Member Countries to India and provide them opportunity to work at Indian R&D/ academic institutions to upgrade their research skills and expertise.

** To facilitate exchange of information and contacts between the scientists and researchers of India and ASEAN Countries and create a network for building research collaborations.

Areas Of Fellowship

** 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 & Commercialisation
** Other multi-disciplinary areas of Science, Technology and Innovation in alignment with APASTI.

Eligibility & Requirements

** Applicant must be holding nationality of any of the ASEAN Member State.
** Possess at-least a Masters Degree in any Natural Sciences or an equivalent degree in Technology / Engineering / Medicine / allied disciplines.

** Applicant should be working / studying and / or affiliated to any national R&D or academic institution in his/ her home ASEAN Member country.

The application should be endorsed by the Head of his/ her institution confirming that if selected, he/ she will be sanctioned leave for the Fellowship period and will join his/ her duties back in the institution on completion of the Fellowship in India.

** The upper age limit for the applicant is 45 years as on date of submission of application.
** Fluency in English language
** Indian nationals are not eligible for the Fellowship.

** Applicants who have availed any fellowship scheme of Govt of India during last 5 years are not ELIGIBLE to apply.
** The proposed research work in India must be linked/connected and add value to any of the on-going research project/scheme of the Indian host Institute.

Number of Fellowships

Fifty (50) fellowships per year shall be awarded to young scientists and researchers from ASEAN-Member Countries to get affiliated with Indian academic and R&D institutions. These Fellowships shall be equally distributed among ASEAN Member Country. Initially, 5 Fellowship shall be allocated for each ASEAN country.

Duration of Fellowship

The duration of the Fellowship will be for a period of two to six months. No request for extension \ reduction in duration period shall be entertained after award of the fellowship.

How to Apply?

The applications are to be submitted only ONLINE. The hard copies of the application are neither required. For online submission of the application the following steps to be followed,
Steps :
Step 1 : Applicants should first register in ASEAN online portal.

Apply Online :

Step 2 : After log-in, applicants are required to fill all the mandatory fields in Profile Detail section under User Profile, which includes Bio data, photo, Institute Address, etc.

Step 3 : Some of the details of proposal like Project Title, Project summary, Keywords, Objectives of project, Expected output and outcome of the proposal etc have to be entered at the time of proposal submission.

Step 4 : Other relevant information of the proposal has to be uploaded as a single PDF file, not more than 10 MB

Documents Required

The Applicant should submit the application online along with the following enclosures

** C.V. of Applicant
** C.V. of Indian host
** Copy of relevant pages of valid Passport
** A copy of the the endorsement letter from present employer in the prescribed format
** A copy of the acceptance letter from any Indian scientist/ institution for hosting the applicant, if selected

Fellowship Amount

Full financial assistance will be provided to the selected Fellows which include the following,

** Round trip international airfare by excursion/ economy class by shortest route from the international airport in the home country of the applicant to the international airport nearest to the host institution in India; visa fees, overseas medical insurance etc.

** A consolidated Fellowship amount of Indian Rupees (INR) 50,000 per month (non-taxable) for accommodation, meals and other miscellaneous.

** One-time grant of INR 40,000/- for 6 months period for research contingency expenses, airport transfers, domestic travel (by road) for attending scientific /events and field-trips within India, and Institutional overhead charges @ Rs. 2,500/- per month.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting the application for current cycle is 31stAugust 2020.

Contact/ Helpdesk

For More Information About AI-RTF program,please contact Mr.Raj Kumar Sharma or Mr Dimas Adekhrisna (dimas [dot] adekhrisna [at] asean [dot] org) or Ms. Ritika Kishore (ritika [dot] kishore [at] ficci [dot] com)

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