Q: When does the fellowship scheme take place?
A: Applications are considered all year round and visiting fellows could begin the scheme at any time of year.
Q: How long can a fellowship visit be?
A: The scheme provides 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. Applicants can expect a decision on their application between 4-6 weeks of submitting their application.
Q: Is the cost of consumables covered by the scheme?
A: The scheme provides funding to contribute towards international travel and living costs to support the the research visit of Fellows. Typically, funding for consumables and project-speficic costs is considered to be surplus funding which the India Institute expects the host School to provide. However, the India Institute would be willing to consider a case for surplus funding which needs to be included in the submitted application.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I am a PhD student 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.
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.