ICMR International Fellowships for Indian Biomedical Scientists, 2014/15

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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) invites applications for the international fellowships for the year 2014-15. Fellowships are open only for Indian biomedical scientists for completing training/research work at foreign Institute. Total 18 fellowships (12 for young scientists and 6 for senior scientists) will be awarded. Fellowship duration is 3-6 months for young scientists and 10-15 days for senior scientists. The selection of the candidate will be based on the evaluation of the merit of the candidate and the training needs in the field of Biomedical research. The application deadline is 15th January, 2014.. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is the premier national agency for the formulation, promotion and conduct of biomedical research in India. The mandate and policies of the ICMR coincide with national health policies. The Council not only plans and promotes medical research in the current and emerging health problems of the country but also is expected to build a strong national cadre of skilled biomedical scientists. One of the major mandates of the Council is to augment capacity strengthening of institutions involved in both basic and clinical sciences. The world is now witnessing a rapid change in the way biomedical research is conducted. The developing countries are in the grip of formidable challenges posed by the existing communicable diseases coupled with new emerging infections. On the positive side, rapid advances in science and technology have brought in new technologies to understand the disease process and find strategies for prevention and cure. There are areas at the cutting edge of science such as molecular medicine, genomics, immunology, which have revolutionized knowledge for finding rapid diagnostics, vaccines, new drug targets and other therapeutic measures. There is an urgent need that researchers working in the core health sectors like diagnostics, epidemiology, surveillance and cure are exposed to the latest advancements in knowledge and interact with International scientists in their respective field of work. To achieve the objective of building up of a highly skilled pool of biomedical researchers in all aspects of biomedical research including basic, applied, epidemiological and clinical sciences, the ICMR has embarked upon an International fellowship programme for capacity strengthening of scientists of our country..  Fellowships are available for young and senior scientists for completing training/research work at foreign Institute.
The research areas of this scholarship are: Not provided
Who can apply to this scholarship? The applicant should be a citizen of India and working in the country.
· The applicant should possess an MD/PhD degree with at least three years teaching/research experience for Young Scientists and fifteen years for Senior Scientists in a recognized Institute after obtaining the requisite qualification.
· Age:  Below 45 years for young scientists below 57 years for senior scientists.
· The applicant should be employed in a regular position in a recognized Biomedical/ Research/ Health Institution.
· The application should be forwarded by the Employer/Head of the Institution with a statement that the candidate will be considered as a full time employee of the Institution during the period of his/her fellowship.
· The applicant should submit a letter of acceptance from the host Institute where he/she proposes to work during the fellowship.
· The applicant should submit a concrete plan of training pertaining to the project submitted for availing the fellowship.
Benefits of the scholarship: -US$ 3000 per month, contingency grant of Rs. 20,000/- and return economy class air ticket (excursion airfare) for young scientists -US$ 200 per day (including US$ 75 as per diem and US$ 125 is for accommodation expenses), contingency grant of Rs. 20,000/- and return economy class air ticket  (excursion airfare) for senior scientists
More information about the fellowship:
Duration:  Fellowship will be awarded each year with the duration ranging from 3 to 6 months for young scientists and for 10-15 days for senior scientists depending on the need of the approved programme.
Number of scholarships:  12 fellowships for young scientists and 6 for senior scientists will be awarded.

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