Indian National Science Academy INSA – JRD TATA FELLOWSHIP.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 30th April and 31st October, Every Year

Indian National Science Academy, a premier scientific organization in India representing all branches of Science and Technology, has instituted the INSA-JRD TATA FELLOWSHIP in honour of the late JRD Tata, visionary and a leading industrialist. The INSA JRD-TATA Fellowship is coordinated by the Centre for International Co-operation in Science (CICS) (Formerly CCSTDS). The objective of this Fellowship is to extend facilities of advanced scientific infrastructure and expertise of India to scientists and researchers of developing countries. The Fellowship has been established from an Endowment received from Sir Dorabji Tata Trust with the aim of providing advanced research training to scientists from other developing countries and to promote south-south co-operation.

Scope and Duration of Fellowship

The Fellowship provides an opportunity for young scientists, teachers and researchers from the developing countries to undertake research studies in India. It covers short-term, participatory research studies in all major disciplines of science and technology including engineering and medical sciences at premier research institutions in India. The Fellowship awardees are provided considerable freedom in availing the opportunity and formulating the contents of their research work in India. About 10 Fellowships are awarded annually. The Fellowship Applications will be scrutinized twice a year in May and November by a selection committee. The Fellowship covers return airfare from place of work in their home country to place of work in India, boarding and lodging at the affiliated institution/s, and an adequate allowance in Indian currency to cover incidental expenses. The maximum period of award will be for three months.


Applicant (other than Indian) possessing Doctorate or Master’s Degree in Science or equivalent degree in Engineering/ Medicine and allied disciplines, below 45 years of age (as on 31 December of the previous year of selection) affiliated to a scientific or academic institution in a developing country (Other than India). Applicant must possess a valid passport. Applicant must have acceptance from the Indian Host Institution for his research training in India under INSA JRD-TATA Fellowship (as per the format)


  • The prescribed application can be downloaded from CICS website – Download application form
  • The last date for receipt of the applications are 30 th April and 31 st October in a calendar year
  • List of enclosures to accompany the application:-
  1. A detailed curriculum vitae containing the date of birth & age, applicant’s research interest and experience, publications (only those in referred journals), present position, scientific affiliations, awards and scholarships etc.
  2. A brief write-up describing the proposed research work.
  3. Reprints of 5 best publications (past 5 years)
  4. Two passport size photographs.
  5. Copy of degree certificate for highest qualification.
  6. A letter of consent from Parent Institution
  7. Copy of first page of passport showing date of birth, date of issue and date of expiry
  8. Letter of acceptance from the Host Institution in India (Please obtain acceptance letter from the Host Institute as per the format in the pg 6)
  • Applications should be forwarded by the competent authority.
  • Selected candidates must obtain permission from their parent institutions for undergoing training in India
  • Selected candidates must obtain Indian Visa for the proposed period of research upon advice from CICS.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 30th April and 31st October, Every Year

For more information about INSA JRD-TATA Fellowship, please click here.


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