Research and development play a pivotal role in providing a pedagogical advantage to the national education system. Growing research expenditure and an impending Indian workforce of 140 million by the turn of year 2,030 needs more emphasis on research-based education. In order to assist the research aspirants of the nation, Indian Government runs various schemes like Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojna and Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) which provide the much required financial and infrastructural support to the students.
To ease the relative journey of a research aspirant towards their career objectives, many research fellowships and scholarships are provided to Indian students by both domestic and international organizations.
Here is a list of some of the ongoing fellowship programmes which researchers can apply for:
1. ICMR-DHR International Fellowships for Young Indian Biomedical Scientists 2019
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Department of Health Research (DHR) announces this fellowship program for young Indian biomedical scientists who wish to pursue research projects.
Eligibility: Indian applicants with MS, MD or PhD in health and biomedical research fields with experience of 3 years or more in teaching or research roles are eligible for this fellowship.
Application process: Online applications to be submitted on official ICMR website by February 28, 2019.
Rewards: Selected fellows will be provided with a chance to conduct the stipulated research project for a duration of 6 to 12 months with a monthly stipend of USD 3000, excursion airfare, and a contingency grant of USD 50000 for research-related expenses.
2. Pearson Research Funding 2019, University of Warwick, UK
Pearson PLC and the University of Warwick, United Kingdom announces a research fellowship in the field of language assessment and pedagogy. This fellowship allows researchers to use the Pearson Academic data and derive solutions for language assessments applicable globally.
Eligibility: Language studies enthusiasts who are faculty members, doctoral students and freelance researchers in the respective field may apply for the fellowship.
Application process: Online research proposals to be submitted via email to official address by February 28, 2019.
Rewards: Fellowship amount from GBP2000 to GBP30000 will be provided to selected fellows depending on research duration and quality of merit in the research proposal.
3. The Gen Foundation Scholarship Grant 2019
Gen Foundation, Japan announced this scholarship grant for graduates of natural sciences, in particular, Food Sciences or Technology to enhance cross-cultures academics in Japan and promote dedicated researchers from the world including India.
Eligibility: Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and pursuing further studies or research in fields of Food Sciences or Technology may apply for this scholarship.
Application process: Applications to be submitted offline to the Gen Foundation offices in London according to the format by February 28, 2019.
Rewards: GBP 500 to GBP 5000 as a scholarship grant. The award amount may vary based on the merit of project proposal submitted for the scholarship.
India ranks 6th on the global scale of countries which spend on research and development activities at US$66.5 billion per year (approx). But given the expanse of Indian research applicants, the per capita expenditure of the nation (only US$39.37) still falls lower than the top 50 nations of the list.
This creates a rising need for such scholarship and fellowship initiatives which can be availed by meritorious students and become national assets.