INSA JRD-Tata Fellowships 2021 for Young Scientists from Developing Countries

India’s National Science Academy administers the JRD-Tata Fellowships to support visiting scientists from the developing world and promote South-South cooperation.


INSA JRD-Tata Fellowships

The Fellowship provides an opportunity for young scientists, teachers and researchers from the developing countries to undertake research studies in India. It covers short-term, participatory research studies in all major disciplines of science and technology including engineering and medical sciences at premier research institutions in India. The Fellowship awardees are provided considerable freedom in availing the opportunity and formulating the contents of
their research work in India.

The Fellowship Applications will be scrutinized twice a year in May and November by a selection committee. On successful completion of the program, the awardees are required to submit a brief report to the centre and participate in subsequent feedback requirements on the usefulness of the program in their home country

INSA JRD-Tata Fellowships Eligibility

  • Applicant (other than Indian) possessing Doctorate or Master’s Degree in Science or equivalent degree in Engineering/ Medicine and allied disciplines, below 45 years of age (as on 31 December of the previous year of selection)
    affiliated to a scientific or academic institution in a developing country (Other than India).
  • Applicant must possess a valid passport.

Value of Award: Fellowship covers return airfare from place of work in their home country to place of work in India, boarding and lodging at the affiliated institution/s, and an adequate allowance in Indian currency to cover incidental expenses.

Duration of Program:  The maximum period of award will be for three months. The awardees are allowed to choose a fellowship period mutually convenient to them and the host institute.

How to Apply for INSA JRD-Tata Fellowships

The prescribed application can be downloaded from CICS website:

List of enclosures to accompany the application:-

a) A detailed curriculum vitae containing the date of birth & age, applicant’s research interest and experience, publications (only those in referred journals), present position, scientific affiliations, awards and scholarships etc.
b) A brief write-up describing the proposed research work.
c) Reprints of 5 best publications (past 5 years)
d) Two passport size photographs.
e) Copy of degree certificate for highest qualification.
f) A letter of consent from Parent Institution
g) Copy of first page of passport showing date of birth, date of issue and date of expiry
h) Letter of acceptance from the Host Institution in India (Please obtain acceptance letter from the Host Institute as per the format in the pg 6)

Applications should be forwarded by the competent authority.

Selected candidates must obtain permission from their parent institutions for undergoing training in India
Selected candidates must obtain Indian Visa for the proposed period of research upon advice from CICS.

For more information, visit the INSA JRD-Tata Fellowships.

Application Deadlines: 

  • 30th April 2020
  • 31st October 2020

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