Indian Govt invited application for NEWTON-BHABHA fund PhD Programme 2020-2021

The Newton Fund builds research and innovation partnerships with 17 active partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth. It has a total investment of £735 million from the United Kingdom (UK) Government until 2021, with matched resources from the partner countries. The UK works in partnership with India under the Newton-Bhabha Fund to deliver global development impact as its primary benefit.

In India, the Newton-Bhabha Fund is supported by the UK and Indian governments through a ministerial agreement and was launched to promote science and innovation partnerships between the two countries.

Newton Bhabha Fund aims to develop individual capacity of PhD scholars by offering short-term (two to four months) placements at both, UK and Indian higher education or research institutions. This year’s Call for 2020, is jointly funded by the UK Government Newton-Fund and Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).  PhD placements will be focused on research areas, which have been identified bilaterally between India and the UK. 

The approach of the programme will be scholar-centered to ensure that the best possible development experience is provided. International exchanges should add value through enabling scholars to:
-learn valuable new skills or techniques for research
-access facilities or resources not readily available in their home country
-build relationships with potential new collaborators, including industry partners where relevant
-advance complementary collaborative research.

DBT in collaboration with British Council will support up to 35 PhD scholars from India and UK in Life Sciences (other than INSPIRE Fellows). ICSSR in collaboration with British Council will support up to 30 PhD Scholars from India and UK in Social Sciences. First tranche of grant funding is expected to be disbursed by the end of February 2021 and placements can take place between April 2021 to December 2021. Grants are paid in two installments and are made to institutions and not directly to scholars.

Key dates:
Activity detail Dates
Call announcement 15 June 2020
Call closes 16 August 2020
Announcement of results November 2020
Placements to be undertaken April 2021 to December 2021

For details information of application process, follow the link :

http://dbtindia.gov.in/sites/default/files/Newton%20Bhabha%20Fund%20PhD%20Placement%20Call%20Guidelines.pdf

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