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The call for the Newton-Bhabha Fund PhD placement is now open for 2019.

The British Council India, the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Indian Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) - on behalf of the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK and the Ministry of Science and Technology, India - are pleased to invite applications for funding to support short-term PhD placements between UK and Indian institutions.

The Newton-Bhabha Fund is offering the opportunity for UK and Indian PhD scholars to spend a period of their study (up to two to four months) in Indian and UK higher education institutions, to take place between March 2020 and December 2020.

Eligibility criteria

UK scholars: the scheme is open only to UK scholars pursuing their PhD at a UK higher education institution (HEI) in areas of STEM and Life Sciences.

Indian scholars: the scheme is open only to Indian scholars enrolled at publicly-funded Indian higher education institutions who meet one of the following criteria:

  1. INSPIRE PhD Senior Research Fellows (SRFs) of Batch 2016 are eligible to apply for STEM and Life Sciences subjects.
  2. PhD scholars (other than INSPIRE Fellows) who have qualified through a national level test and are in the middle of their second year or third year of a PhD in Life Sciences. The following national level tests are considered: CSIR/UGC-NET, GATE, BET, ICMR-NET, ICAR-NET
  3. PhD scholars (other than INSPIRE and those applying for Life Sciences) in their second or third year of a PhD at a publicly-funded Indian HEI which has submitted a response to the British Council’s Expression of Interest (EoI). 

How to apply

The call for the Newton-Bhabha Fund PhD placement is now open.

For full information and to apply, please visit the Newton-Bhabha Fund PhD webpage

Application deadline

22 October 2019

Please note that the selection results will be announced in November 2019. Placements to take place between March 2020 and December 2020.

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