Applications are invited for Newton-Bhaba Fund PhD Placement Programme 2019-20


Newton Bhabha Fund aims to develop individual capacity of PhD scholars by offering short-term (two to four months) placements at UK or Indian higher education or research institutions. It is jointly funded by the UK Government Newton-Fund and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and public-funded Indian Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) that have expressed interest through British Council’s ‘Expression of Interest’ process to collaborate as delivery partners

Applications are invited in the following subjects:

• Biological and Medical sciences including Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Medicine, Pharma and Veterinary Sciences
• Engineering and Physical sciences including Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Physical Mathematics, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Big Data and Manufacturing
• Environment, Food and Agriculture Sciences
• Public Health and Well-being Public-funded Indian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can consider those disciplines that would align to the six priority areas of the Newton-Bhabha Fund. These may include Physical Sciences, Fundamental Sciences and Social Sciences.


For Indian national applicants:

The scheme is open only for Indian scholars enrolled at Indian HEIs with the following criteria:

1. INSPIRE PhD Senior Research Fellows (SRFs) of Batch 2016 are eligible to apply for a STEM and Life Sciences subject
2. PhD Scholars (other than INSPIRE Fellows) who have qualified through national level test and are pursuing PhD in mid second or third year of Life Sciences are eligible to apply. They also need to clear one of the following national level tests: CSIR/UGC-NET, GATE, BET, ICMR-NET, ICAR-NET. Please upload a certificate of the national level test passed as a supporting document.
3. PhD scholars pursuing PhD in second or third year from public funded Indian HEIs (other than INSPIRE and those pursuing Life Sciences) in above mentioned priority areas are eligible to apply.
4. Women scholars pursuing PhD in public funded HEIs are strongly encouraged to apply. For both Indian and UK scholars: • Applicants should have a valid passport before applying. • Applicants are required to submit their PhD thesis only after completion of the placement. Please refer to the detailed eligibility criteria in Annex 1.

For UK national applicants:

a) The scheme is open only for UK scholars pursuing their PhD at a UK home institution in area of STEM and Life Sciences.
b) Scholars from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are also eligible to apply.
c) Applications will be considered from scholars from all institutions which are strong in research in the priority sectors described in the previous section.

Funding arrangements for Indian scholars The British Council will cover the following items:

• Indian scholars’ bench fees in the UK : Maximum GBP 5000, where the UK host university cannot waive the bench fees (or consumables costs). The UK host supervisor can apply for this bench fees by stating the amount in the endorsement letter. In addition, applicant has to enter this amount in his/her application form. Amount stated in the application form will be considered for funding.
• Indian scholars’ stipend in the UK – GBP 1300 per month to cover meals, accommodation, domestic travel, etc. DST / DBT/ Indian HEIs to cover the following items:
• Indian scholars’ visa fees
• Indian scholars’ international return airfares (economy class) as per Government of India (GOI) norms
• Indian scholars’ travel insurance as per Government of India norms

Funding arrangements for UK scholars

The British Council will fund the travel grant maximum up to GBP 900 to cover the following items as part of Newton-Bhabha Fund:
• UK scholars’ travel – international return airfare (economy class) • visa fees to India
• travel insurance (if required) DST / DBT will cover the following items: • UK scholars’ arrival allowance in India – INR 10,000
• UK scholars’ stipend in India – INR 31,000
• Basic one-time medical insurance of INR 9000
• For their own convenience, UK scholars need to arrange their accommodation either in the host institution or off-site before departing to India. DST/DBT will release accommodation allowance @ 8 %, 16 % or 24 % of stipend (INR 31000) based on the class of city as per Government of India norms.
• UK scholars will be exempt from tuition fees, experiment fees and basic teaching material costs. Costs beyond the above arrangements will be borne by the scholars themselves.

Deadline: 8th oct 2019

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