[Extended Deadline: 30 April 2024] ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship

With regards, we share some information for all esteemed colleagues regarding the deadline for ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship is extended to be on 30 April 2024

The ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship (AIRTF) Scheme is a flagship program of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India funded under ASEAN India Science and Technology Development Fund (AISTDF), to support ASEAN young researchers to work at any of the Indian research/academic Institution. This prestigious fellowship program aims at capacity building of young researchers of ASEAN Member States for further strengthening the India – ASEAN relationship in the areas of Science, Technology and Innovation. This fellowship is for a period of two to six months and financial support Includes to-and-fro international airfare, fellowship amount, research contingency etc.

Applications are invited from ASEAN researchers for award of this fellowship for conducting research in Indian institutions across all areas of science, technology and innovation, once in a year.


  • Joint Research Collaboration of ASEAN- Indian researchers
  • Promote mobility of scientists and researchers between India & ASEAN Member States.
  • Facilitate exchange of information, contacts and create a network for building research collaborations
  • A spin-off-opportunity to get co-supervisors from India for their research projects for Ph.D. or Master’s degree on their return to their home countries

Outline of the Fellowship

The objective of The ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship (AIRTF) is to provide opportunity for ASEAN researchers to conduct research under the guidance of a host scientist in India in order to advance their own research capabilities while fostering scientific and technological cooperation between ASEAN and India.

Area Covered

All fields of natural and engineering sciences, including mathematics and statistics. Humanities and behavioural sciences are not covered under this scheme.

Number of Fellowship every year: Fifty (50)

Fellowship Duration: Two to Six months

Eligible Funding

  • Round-trip air ticket in economy class from the place of employment in respective home country to the Indian airport nearest to the Indian host institute, by shortest route
  • Monthly Fellowship for up to six months duration
  • One-time research contingency grant for research expenses, airport transfers, visa fee (if any), etc. and Indian host institute’s over-head expenses

Fund Utilization Guidelines

  • Monthly fellowship to be paid to the candidate by host institute.
  • Research grant will remain with the host institute and will be incurred by the candidate as and when required in consultation with host institution.
  • Research grant may be utilized for meeting, consumable, materials, chemicals, accessories etc.
  • Research grant is NOT intended for meeting expenditure on furniture, utensils, items normally provided by the College/University/Institution and payment of examination or other fees such as admission/registration/tuition fees, local transportation and domestic travel etc.
  • No funding provision under this fellowship is applicable for – Honorarium for host scientists OR Institution fee/Lab fee.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant must hold nationality of any of the ASEAN Member State
  • Master Degree in any Natural Sciences or equivalent degree in Technology/ Engineering / Medicine / allied disciplines of Science & Engineering
  • Upper age limit 45 years as on date of submission of application
  • Applicant should be working in national R&D or academic institutions in his/her home ASEAN Member country

Step to apply

  • Apply against – Call for Application – Open once a year
  • Logon to apply: www.aistic.gov.in/ASEAN/aistdfFellowship
  • Hard Copies of the form or any enclosure will not be accepted

Mandatory Document to be submitted

  • Online application form
  • Copy of Relevant Pages of Passport
  • A copy of medical insurance policy to ensure coverage for potential medical expenditures in India
  • Copy of an endorsement from present employer, duly filled in and signed, along with Signature of the applicant
  • A copy of the letter/email from any Indian scientist / institution with consent to accept you to work with them
  • b All the enclosures as above must be submitted online along with the application. Applications without any of the mandatory enclosures will be rejected

Language of Application

  • All application forms submitted for this fellowship must be in ENGLISH language. Application forms submitted in any language other than English will not be considered for selection process.
  • All supporting documents submitted along with application form must be in ENGLISH. If original document(s) are in any language other than English, please enclose authenticated copy of English translation.
  • Program implementing agency : FICCI, New Delhi

Selection and Joining Process

  • Call for Application in the ASEAN Member Countries
  • Initial Screening by DST and ASEAN Secretariat
  • Selection Committee: By the subject matter experts shortlisting the applications, based on scientific merit and proposed research plan
  • Announcement of Selected Fellows at programme website
  • Selection/Award letter to Fellows by FICCI, New Delhi
  • Fellow to share a mutually agreed (with Indian host) travel itinerary with FICCI, New Delhi
  • Selected Fellows to approach FICCI for air ticket
  • Upon issuance of air ticket, FICCI to disburse the Fellowship amount to Indian Host Institute
  • Arrival of scholar in Indian Host institute

Obligation of AIRTF Researchers

  • During their tenures, Fellows shall not, either in or outside the host institution, infringe in any way on the human rights of others, including racial or gender discrimination or other forms of abuse.
  • Fellows shall stay in India continuously during the tenure of the fellowship and concentrate on their scientific work at the host institution. Fellows shall not engage in other work, either paid or unpaid, during their tenure.
  • The Fellows shall follow the rules of the host institution and shall not undertake any acts of research misconduct, e.g., fabricating or falsifying research results and misuse of research funds.
  • A Fellow shall submit a research report on completion of his/ her tenure.

Please read the ASEAN-INDIA Research Training Fellowship brochure below for more detailed information

For all esteemed colleagues, if you have any question or further to discuss regarding ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship, you may send your question through the contact information below:

DST Contact: Dr. Nagaboopathy Mohan

Scientist D
International Cooperation
Ministry of Science & Technology Department of Science & Technology Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road New Delhi – 110016
Email: dst-icd@gov.in, boopathy.m@gov.in

ASEAN Contact

Science and Technology Division
Sectoral Development Directorate
ASEAN Economic Community Department (AECD) Tel: (6221) 726 2991 ext 240
Email: science&technologydivision@asean.org

FICCI Contact: Mr. Vishal Khanna

Joint Director
FICCI, Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi – 110001
Tel: 011-23487430 (D)
Email: vishal.khanna@ficci.com, airtfscholars@ficci.com

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