Fellowship Scheme FAQs

Q: When will the Fellowship Scheme take place?
A: Applications are considered all year round and so Visiting Fellows could begin the scheme at any time of year.

Q: How long will the fellowship scheme last?
A: The scheme will provide each Visiting Fellow with funding for up to six months. In exceptional cases, longer fellowships may be approved, but a very strong case with clear outcomes will be required.

Q: When can I expect to hear a decision on my application?
A: All applications are considered by a panel which meets once a month, usually at the end of the month. Therefore, applicants can expect a decision on their application between 4-6 weeks of submitting their application.

Q: Can an entire research team (more than one applicant) apply to the scheme?
A: The scheme is designed to support individual Fellows who wish to undertake a research fellowship for up to 6 months. If you are a research team from the University of Birmingham and wish to apply for funding to support a research visit to India, it may be best to look into the BIEF – a fund which support groups undertaking short research visits.

Q: I don't have an academic collaborator at the University of Birmingham or the recieving Indian Institution. Can I still apply?
A: Applications must demonstrate clear collaborative support from an academic member of staff at the University of Birmingham or the receiving Indian Institution. Applications therefore require a reference with a statement of support from the academic collaborator at the School or Department hosting the Fellow. If you need assistance in finding an academic contact to support your application, you can get in touch with us at uobindia@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Q: I am a PhD student / postdoc at an Indian Institution. Am I eligible to apply?
A: You would be eligible to apply to the scheme if you wish to undertake a short term joint research project. The scheme is not designed to fund Indian students seeking to study at Birmingham for an undergraduate/postgraduate degree.