Newton Bhabha PhD Placement Programme for the year 2019-20
Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, has invited applications for the Newton Bhabha PhD Placement Programme for the year 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
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. The Newton-Fund is managed by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and delivered through seven UK delivery partners, including UK Research and Innovation (comprising the seven research councils and Innovate UK), the UK Academies, the British Council and the Met Office.
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. Details are available at www.newtonfund.ac.uk.
PhD placements will be focused on research areas which have been identified at the country level as important for fulfilling the Newton-Bhabha Fund goals.
Priority Sectors: UK and India have identified are (i) Sustainable cities and urbanisation (ii) Public health and wellbeing (iii) Energy-water-food nexus (iv) Understanding oceans (v) High value manufacturing (vi) Big data.
Accordingly, applications are invited in STEM, Life Science subjects, which are (a) Biological and Medical sciences including Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Medicine, Pharma and Veterinary Sciences (b) Engineering and Physical sciences including Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Physical Mathematics, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Big Data and Manufacturing (c) Environment, Food and Agriculture Sciences (d) 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.
Eligibility for Indian national applicants: The scheme is open only for Indian scholars enrolled at Indian HEIs with the following criteria (i) Inspire PhD Senior Research Fellows (SRFs) of Batch 2016 are eligible to apply for a STEM and Life Sciences subject (ii) 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. Certificate of the national level test passed has to be uploaded as a supporting document (iii) 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. Women scholars pursuing PhD in public funded HEIs are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants should have a valid passport before applying. Applicants are required to submit their PhD thesis only after completion of the placement.
Detailed eligibility criteria is available in Annex 1 of the PhD Placement Call Guidelines given at the Programme Link at (Latest announcement) http://dbtindia.gov.in/.
DST, in collaboration with the British Council, will support up to 45 PhD scholars from India and UK in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) from the pool of INSPIRE Fellows.
DBT in collaboration with British Council will support up to 35 PhD scholars from India and UK in Life Sciences (other than INSPIRE Fellows).
Public-funded Indian HEI’s in collaboration with British Council will support up to 90 PhD Scholars from India in any discipline working on themes mentioned Priority Sectors.
Funding arrangements for Indian scholars: The British Council will cover the following items (i) 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 (ii) 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
Indian Applicants may apply through the link given under Clause 7.2 on Page 7 of PhD Placement Call Guidelines available through the link to the announcement at http://dbtindia.gov.in/latest-announcement
More details are also given at this link.