Fellowship Scheme 2018/19

The University of Birmingham India Institute Fellowship Scheme supports 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.

Information about applications

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).

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.

Costs covered

  • 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.

Please note:

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


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.


Apply now:

Applications are open all year-round and will be considered on receipt.

Completed applications should be sent to: UoBIndia@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Download your application form:

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

Contact us:

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