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 am currently working as a research fellow at an Indian Institution/ University of Birmingham. Can I still apply?
A: You are eligible to apply if you are a full-time member of academic staff or a scholar at an Indian Institution or at the University of Birmingham.

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.