Margdarshi Fellowships For Researchers In India

Margdarshi Fellowships For Researchers In India

Margdarshi Fellowships For Researchers In India

Purpose :

This scheme is for scientific leaders who already head a research laboratory, and wish to relocate from their current institution (in India or overseas) to a non-profit research Institute in India.

What's included

The Fellowship is for five years, and provides:

* Generous personal support for the Fellow

* Salary support for research personnel, which may include Assistant Professors

* Equipment and consumables

* Funds for travel to attend scientific meetings, collaborative travel and to organize meetings.

* Overheads for the host Institution

Detailed budgets are not required at the time of application. However, if short-listed for interview, the India Alliance will seek a detailed justified budget both from the applicant and the sponsor.


The underlying philosophy in launching this fellowship is to facilitate global standards of scientific excellence in non-profit research institutes across India. Therefore, it is mandatory for interested applicants to relocate with a vision to lead a vibrant group of young scientists and collaborators.

Applicants should have demonstrated strong scientific leadership as independent investigators. In addition to significant contributions in research, applicants should have mentored young scientists and students, attracted extra mural funds from peer-reviewed competitive sources, established collaborations, successfully initiated programmes of advanced scientific research and importantly, maintained high ethical standards. Applicants would have to detail the reasons for leaving their current institution and how the proposed relocation will augment their scientific activities.

There is no age-limit to apply for this Fellowship. Applicants would normally be expected to be running an independent laboratory for 10 years or more. As an exception, for the first round of this competition, applicants who have already relocated, but after May 2010 will be eligible to apply.


It is mandatory to have an eligible sponsoring host institution in India and an eligible Sponsor from this institution, at the time of applying.

The Sponsor is expected to hold a senior administrative position (for e.g., Directors/ HoD) at the host Institution and would have to fill a separate form. The form aims to understand how the applicant?s research interests and scientific leadership will enhance the research programme at the host institute as well as the type of support and commitment the host Institution is willing to make if the Fellowship were to be awarded.

The Sponsor?s form must be sent confidentially and can be emailed directly to

Sponsors are not restricted from sending multiple nominations from their institute.

Application process

This scheme is for outstanding researchers and is expected to be fiercely competitive. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office at with their CV and relocation plans to be advised of their suitability for the Fellowship.

To apply, please download the application form and email a PDF copy of the complete form to by the published deadline. The Sponsor has to complete and email their form to Hard copies of either form are not necessary. Please note that the Sponsor form has to come directly from the Sponsor and not from the applicant. A breach of confidentiality on this matter will disqualify the applicant.

Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applications will be screened for eligibility, remit and competitiveness and those applications found suitable by the Margdarshi Selection Committee will be short-listed for further consideration. Applicants will be informed if their application has been short-listed by the Committee. If short-listed, the India Alliance will seek a detailed justified budget, both from the Applicant and the Sponsor.

Applications of short-listed candidates will be sent out for international peer review to experts in the broad area of the applicant?s field of research. Applicants may inform us of names of reviewers with potential conflict of interests. However, the choice of reviewers will rest with the Office and will not be disclosed to the applicant. Also, reviewer comments will not be shared with the applicant at any stage of the application.

All short-listed applicants will be invited to an interview with the Margdarshi Selection Committee which will be the final decision-making body on an award.

Important: Applicants are reminded that this is a competition and the India Alliance?s decision will be final. Applicants are also disallowed from writing directly to Margdarshi Selection Committee members. The Office withholds the right to disqualify an applicant who has breached this condition.

Deadlines :

Scheme Launch: March 2011

Applications due by: 1 May 2011

Short-listing Finalized by: June 2011

Interviews: End Sep 2011, India


Queries and completed forms should be sent to

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Margdarshi Fellowships For Researchers In India