CSIR International Fellowships for Developing Countries

In order to strengthen CSIR’s international collaboration with developing countries and to promote “South-South” cooperation in a big way, the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi has instituted the prestigious CSIR International Fellowships for Developing Countries.

Under this scheme it is proposed to attract highly talented researchers and students from developing countries, who have limited avenues at home, and provide them an opportunity to be associated with advanced research and state-of-the- art infrastructural facilities in the cutting edge areas of science and technology at some of the premier laboratories of CSIR in India.

Essentially, the fellowship is focused at augmenting and shoring the research capabilities of the developing countries.

Hence, while awarding the fellowships, the individual training needs as well as the technological demands of the parent organization of the trainee and the focus of his country’s scientific and technological endeavours and capacity building would be accorded equal priority.

50 fellowships have been instituted to begin with.

The minimum period of fellowship will be 3 months extendable up to one year (Short Term).

Long Term Fellowships (10 nos) leading to a Ph.D degree could be considered subsequently after reviewing the progress and response to the scheme.


Applicants for these fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen of a developing country (other than India)
  • Be preferably below 45 years
  • Hold a minimum qualification equivalent to Indian M.Sc / B.Tech / B.E
  • Be employed / enrolled in a regular position in a recognized university / scientific research institution in his / her home country.
  • Have good knowledge of spoken / written English language (to be certified by the concerned Indian Mission / Head of the Department of the university or institution).
  • The application should be forwarded by the Employer/Head of the Institution preferably through the Indian Embassy in the respective country with a statement that the candidate would be considered on duty as a full time employee of the Institution during his/her fellowship programme

    The fellowships are tenable at any laboratory / institute that is a constituent of the CSIR, New Delhi.

    It would be a necessary precondition that the lab / institute proposed for research placement should accept the candidate before the fellowship is offered or before the fellow arrives in India

    Under the scheme, the fellows will be paid a subsistence allowance of Rs 20, 000/- per month.

    CSIR will provide free Guest House accommodation to the fellows in the concerned CSIR labs.

    Deadline: February and August.

    For more information and application, visit: CSIR International Fellowships for Developing Countries Website

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