About the Programme UK Government Newton-Fund and Government of India's Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) are collaboratively offering a PhD placement programme 2020. The main aim of this placement programme is to provide a fund named Newton Bhabha Fund which provides a short-term placement opportunity of about 2 to 4 months to the PhD students at higher education or research institutes of the UK and India to research some focussed areas.
Benefits of the ProgrammeThe Newton-Bhabha Fund programme will provide the international training and support to the PhD scholars and will create research awareness so that the highly trained researchers can be developed by participation and collaboration of UK and India PhD Scholars.
Subject Areas Covered Major core areas that are covered under the programme include Biological & Medical Sciences, Engineering & Physical Sciences, Environment and Agriculture and Social Science. These areas further include several that can include the following subject for which applications are invited:
Details of GrantsFor UK Scholars: UK Scholars will get GBP 900 from the British Council to incur the travel expenses (economy class international return airfare), visa fee to India, and travel insurance. DST / DBT / ICSSR will also provide a grant to the UK scholar that will include INR 10,000 for onetime arrival allowance in India, a stipend of INR 31,000 per month and an accommodation allowance @ 8 % or 16 % or 24 % of the stipend amount of INR 31,000, based on the class of the city, as per Government of India rules. Tuition fees, experiment fees, and basic teaching material costs will not be charged from UK scholars.
For Indian scholars
The British Council will provide bench fees in the UK a maximum of GBP 5,000 for STEM and Life Sciences Indian Scholars and GBP 3,000 for Social Sciences Indian Scholars. Consumables costs will not be waived off by the UK host universities. Besides, Indian scholars will get a stipend of UK– GBP 1300 per month to cover meals, accommodation, domestic travel, etc.
Apart from this, DST/DBT/ICSSR will provide a maximum of INR 1,00,000 towards the travel grant per scholar for visa fees of Indian scholars, economy class international return airfares as GoI rules and travel and medical insurance as per GoI rules.
Note: Grant will be paid directly to the institutes in two instalments.
Number of Placements OfferedUnder this scheme of Newton-Bhabha Fund, there will be a total 35 PhD scholar supported by the DST and the British Council. These students must be STEM scholar from the pool of INSPIRE Fellows, whereas DBT will support total 35 PhD scholar in Life Sciences (other than INSPIRE fellows) in collaboration with the UK Council. On the other hand, the ICSSR and British Council will support up to 30 PhD Scholars in Social Sciences.
Who can Apply?
Application ProcessFor Indian Applicants:
The application form is to be submitted online. The candidates must visit the official website of British Council and after filling all the required details should submit the form.
Application Form (for Indians): https://britishcouncil-cxobw.formstack.com/forms/application_form_phd_placements_indiatouk_2020
For UK applicants:
The UK applicants should visit the below-mentioned web-portal and submit the application form after filling the complete information.
Application form: (for UK applicants): https://britishcouncil-cxobw.formstack.com/forms/application_form_phd_placements_uktoindia_2020
Important Document Required To confirm that host institute will host the PhD scholar and support at academic and country-level, fees and accommodation etc., a letter of endorsement will be required from both sending and receiving institutes. The endorsement letter in pdf format from the Head of the Department of the host institute must accompany the application form. Or an email can also be sent by the HOD from the host institution. It must be stated in the endorsement letter that the acknowledgement of support received under Newton-Bhabha PhD Placement Programme will be done in all the publications that will arise from the work undertaken during the placement. In the endorsement letters issued from the UK, universities must mention bench fees and details of its utilization.
Note: In case, if any candidate cannot provide an endorsement letter, his/her applications will be rejected.
Contact DetailsFor British Council India:
Purti Kohli - Purti.Kohli@britishcouncil.org
For the Department of Science and Technology (DST):
Ms Tamana Arora - firstname.lastname@example.org
For the Department of Biotechnology (DBT):
Dr Ketan Thorat - email@example.com
For the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR):
Mr Mahesh Madhukar - firstname.lastname@example.org
Newton-Bhabha Fund Scheme web link: https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/science/current-opportunities/newton-fund-phd-call-india#:~:text=About%20the%20programme,April%202021%20and%20December%202021.