Fellowship Scheme 2018

We are pleased to launch the University of Birmingham India Institute Fellowship Scheme. The scheme will support the visits of researchers to and from India, to spend a period of time at Indian institutions (for Birmingham academics) or at the University of Birmingham (for Indian academics) to help the development of research projects, applications for external grants, joint publications, and business and policy engagement.


The fellowship scheme aims to:

  • promote research collaboration between leading groups in Birmingham and India through supporting joint projects;
  • develop individual capacity through international training and development opportunities;
  • build sustainable and long-lasting partnerships and collaboration between the University and institutions in India;

and by so doing, increase the profile and reputation for research excellence of the University in India.


The scheme is open to (a) academic staff of the University of Birmingham; (b) Indian scholars, with preference given to those from the University of Birmingham’s existing partner institutions in India. 


We work with a number of high level partners


Applications are open across all subject areas, but preference will be given to areas aligned with the priorities identified by the major funds such as Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), Newton Bhabha, UKIERI, the UK Research Councils and Indian funding bodies.

Examples include:

  • Sustainable cities and rapid urbanisation (Newton Bhabha priority area).
  • Public health and wellbeing/Sustainable health and wellbeing (Newton Bhabha and GCRF priority areas).
  • The Energy-Water-Food nexus; Clean air, water and sanitation; Sustainable energy (Newton Bhabha & GCRF priority area).

Applications are now open and will be considered on receipt. Applications should be sent to: UoBIndia@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

India Institute Fellowship Scheme Incoming candidate application form (Word - 142Kb)
India Institute Fellowship Scheme Outgoing candidate application form (Word - 120Kb)

  • The application should be submitted by the visiting fellow, with endorsement from the relevant academic line managers in both institutions, including confirmation from the host institution that they will host the visiting fellow for the duration of their stay.
  • Successful applications will indicate very clearly the expected benefits and outcomes from the fellowship. It will be particularly important to explain how the academic reputation of the University of Birmingham in India will be enhanced as a result of granting the fellowship.


The scheme will provide each Visiting Fellow with:

  • Economy-class international airfares up to £850;
  • A monthly stipend of £1500 for up to six months to contribute towards living expenses and accommodation. In exceptional cases, longer fellowships may be approved, but a very strong case with clear outcomes will be required.

Visiting fellows are expected to cover their own visa fee, medical insurance, and other domestic travel expenses incurred during their stay.


For further information on the scheme please contact: University of Birmingham India Institute at: UoBIndia@contacts.bham.ac.uk