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British Council announces Newton Bhabha PhD Placements Programme 2015

On behalf of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, UK and the Ministry of Science and Technology, India, British Council-India and the Department of Science and Technology, India are pleased to invite applications for funding to support short-term PhD placements between UK and Indian institutions

The programme will sponsor UK and Indian PhD students to spend a period of their study (3 to 6 months) in Indian and UK higher education institutions taking place between March 2015 and March 2016

The programme is envisaged to:

Develop individual capacity through international training and development opportunities

Increase the number of highly trained researchers in the UK and India with international experience, able to contribute to the absorptive capacity for research and innovation and thus bring about economic and social benefits

Build cultural understanding, and foster long-term sustainable research collaborations

Develop international joint training pathways

Increase awareness of the research strengths of the UK and India

Eligibility for PhD Placements Programme

Applications are invited from PhD students in the UK currently enrolled at a regionally accredited institution of higher education institute in the UK. In India, the application is open to existing INSPIRE PhD fellows who have completed at least two years of research. Please refer to call guidelines for full details of eligibility criteria

Costs Covered

Visa fee, Economy class international airfares and overseas medical insurance incurred by PhD students

In-country costs including accommodation and stipend for PhD students

PhD programme Application Form

The application should be submitted by PhD student with endorsement from both the sending and receiving supervisors with the latter’s confirmation that they will host the PhD students; duration of the stay and level of fees they will charge

Applications should include the statement of purpose

For further information on UK standards for doctoral training, please refer to the ‘Statement of Expectations for Doctoral Training’

Reporting and Monitoring

Each PhD student will submit a report, detailing training progress and financial accounts, to the British Council India and DST respectively by 30th April 2015, 30th April 2016 and 30th April 2017

The host institution which manages the grant will submit financial reports to the British Council and DST respectively see above

British Council – India

Leena Arora [email protected], For DST – India, Dr Chhama Awasthi, INSPIRE Program (Fellowship) Email: [email protected], Website:

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