University Grants Commission
The objective of the Post Doctoral Fellowships under Singh-Obama
21st Century Knowledge Initiative 2012 for Indian young scholars is to provide
them an opportunity to have international collaborative research opportunities,
training in advanced techniques and technologies in emerging fields, thereby
furthering their research capacity and ability to contribute to higher education
with global perspective and forging long-term relationships with
distinguished experts in these fields in USA.
These awards will provide an excellent opportunity to young
Indian researchers (permanent faculty), under the age of 40 years to interact
with the American academic/scientific community and get first hand information
of the developments taking place at the international level and acquaint
themselves with new academic and scientific research methods and to participate
in collaborative research projects. It will enable young Indian
researchers to carry out a clearly defined research project and/or acquire newly
emerging research techniques and technologies at a place of their choice in USA
for a period of up to 12 months. This fellowship would be called a Post Doctoral
Fellowship under Singh-Obama 21st Century Knowledge Initiative 2012.
Post Doctoral Fellowship
Total Number of Fellowships : 300
Fellowship: “The Fellow will be entitled to fellowship
amount of US $ 3000 per month.” The minimum
period of the fellowship would be 6 months and maximum period of fellowship
would be 12 months. "Fellow will also be entitled to a one time personal
contingency grant of upto a maximum of Rs. 50,000
to cover for visa, airport transfer, medical insurance etc. Medical insurance
expenses, visa fee, airport transfer charges will be met by the fellow from out
of this personal contingency grant."
Fellow will also be permitted to travel within USA to attend
conferences or visit other institutes of interest with the approval of the
advisor at the host institute. The Fellow will be entitled to avail one of the
following grants for this purpose.
i) Grant of $ 600 for fellowship period upto 6 months
ii) Grant of $ 1200 for fellowship period beyond 6 months
Air-tickets for all the selected Fellow would be purchased by
the respective university/institution by economy class for shortest route from
their place of work in India to the place of the American host institute and
back. The actual ticket amount would be reimbursed by UGC to the institution for
the same on submission of all relevant documents duly certified by the competent
authority of the institution.
Rules governing payment of salary, leave, medical, gratuity,
GPF and pension etc. of the organization/ institution/ university to which the
fellow belongs would continue to be applicable. No liability on any of these
accounts will be borne by UGC.
The candidate selected for the award for this fellowship
should commence their research within six month period from the date of award
announcement. Failure to do so would render the fellow to forfeit the award.