The British Council and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) India, has opened a jointly funded PhD placement programme. The programme offers up to 20 short-term (3-6 month) placements for either Indian or UK PhD scholars. The selected scholar will spend a period of their studies in the UK or in higher education research institute in India between April and December 2016.
This academic programme offers PhD students an opportunity for international exchange. It will also facilitate the students to learn valuable new skills or techniques in a new place. This programme is an excellent opportunity for students to use resources, which are not available in their home country. It will empower the students to build relationships with potential new collaborators across the globe. It will enhance their ability to build strong relationship with industry partners, wherever possible and relevant.
Deadline for receipt of application 7 December 2015
Selection result to be announced on 15 February 2015
Placements will take place between April 2016 and December 2016
PhD students who are currently enrolled at a regionally accredited institution of higher education institute in the UK with the research focus based on the areas enlisted below:
Engineering, Physical and Space Sciences
Environment, Agriculture and Food Sciences
Public Health and Well Being
Applicants should refer to call guidelines for full details about eligibility criteria.
How to submit an application
The application form for the UK applicants is available here. Students must submit their applications with a statement of purpose.
PhD students should submit their application with endorsements from both the sending and receiving supervisors. The host supervisor must confirm that they will host the PhD student and will provide all necessary support during their duration of stay and the level of bench fees they will charge.
The applicants should ensure that their applications meet this criteria set out below.
All questions on the application form must be answered.
The activities should be planned to deliver an effective outcome.
The placement will add an immense value to their PhD research and to the activities of the two research groups.
The support offered to the researcher will ensure that the productivity of the placement is maximized.
The research is relevant to the priority sectors of the Newton-Bhabha Programme
This programme will contribute towards the development of a long term sustainable partnership between UK and Indian universities
The scholars will return to their home country to complete their PhD.
Cost covered for UK scholars
Visit fees to India
Economy class international airfares
Overseas medical insurance
Stipend and accommodation
Fees, experiment fees and basic teaching material costs
Support for UK scholars
The British Council India will provide support to UK PhD scholar in providing any additional information for preferred Indian host Universities where there is a clear research interest. For information assistance, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Further Information and contacts
To refer to the British Council’s page about the PhD placement programme, click here.
If you have any further queries, please contact Purti Kohli at the British Council India at email@example.com or Dr Sanjay Kalia at DBT India at firstname.lastname@example.org