VAIBHAV Indian Diaspora Fellowship

On National Science Day, the centre launched the VAIBHAV Fellowship scheme for the Indian Diaspora abroad.

Fellowship for VAIBHAV

  • The Vaibhav Fellowship is a programme that invites overseas Indian scientists and researchers to work for 2-3 weeks with Indian institutions and universities.
  • Individuals of Indian origin working in fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are eligible for the programme (STEM).
  • The fellowship will allow the diaspora to collaborate with Indian scientists and researchers, attend conferences, and contribute to the country’s science and technology sector’s development.

The Fellowship’s Objectives

  • To provide a platform for Indian diaspora scientists and researchers to connect with their counterparts in India and contribute to India’s scientific and technological growth.
  • Promoting knowledge exchange and developing a network of professionals who can contribute to the country’s development by encouraging collaboration between Indian and international scientists and researchers.

The essentials

  • Duration: The fellowship allows researchers to work for a minimum of one month and a maximum of two months per year with a research or academic institution in India.
  • Corpus: Three years, with the government offering the researchers up to Rs 37 lakh for the duration.
  • Eligibility: The fellowship is open to researchers from institutions ranked among the top 500 in the QS World University Rankings.
  • Who is eligible to apply: The applicant must be a Non-Resident Indian (NRI), Person of Indian Origin (PIO), or Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) with a Ph.D/M.D/M.S degree from a recognised university.

Importance of the Fellowship

  • The fellowship allows Indian scientists and researchers to collaborate with their counterparts abroad, facilitating the exchange of ideas and knowledge.
  • It also allows the Indian diaspora to contribute to the development of their home country.
  • By collaborating with Indian institutions and universities, the diaspora can contribute new ideas, technologies, and expertise to the country’s development.
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