Grants for students and researchers

IGCS awards scholarships to students and researchers whose projects on sustainability issues benefit from a research exchange to India or Germany. The scholarship consists of a mobility grant and accommodation grant.

The Grant

Exchange period: 2020

Application deadline 1: February 29, 2020
Application deadline 2: June 30, 2020

Applicants can be funded until February 28, 2021 but the beginning of exchange period must take place in 2020.

Successful applicants receive a one-time travel fund of max. 1.075 Euro. In addition to that IGCS fellows receive a monthly scholarship. The scholarship provides travel and living expenses according to DAAD funding rates, as a rule.

Grant information for German IGCS-fellows

Academic degree Duration of Stay   One-time Travel Grant (max.) Scholarship per month (max.)
Graduate students 1 – 3 months 1.075 Euro 975 Euro
PhD students 1 – 6 months 1.075 Euro 1.575 Euro
Postdocs and established researchers 1 – 3 months 1.075 Euro 3.514 Euro

Grant information for Indian IGCS fellows

Academic degree Duration of Stay   One-time Travel Grant (max.) Scholarship per month (max.)
Graduate students 1 – 3 months 1.075 Euro 850 Euro
PhD students 1 – 6 months 1.075 Euro 1.200 Euro
Postdocs and established researchers 1 – 3 months 1.075 Euro 2.300 Euro

Conditions to apply

IGCS awards scholarships to students and researchers from India and Germany with an excellent academic record, very good English and intercultural communication skills. Work abroad experience and knowledge of the region is of advantage.

The candidate is expected to have developed a specific research topic for the visit together with her / his advisor (Master students, PhD) or colleague (Postdocs and Professors) when she / he submits the application. The research project should address IGCS’ overarching research topics and relate to one of the focus areas.

Specific regulations apply depending on the academic level and origin of the candidate.

Please note:

  • The selection is based on merit.
  • IGCS advocates for equal opportunity and diversity.
  • Preference is given to students and researchers from TU9 universities and Kiel University and to candidates who plan to stay for the maximum period that we can award for a scholarship.
  • We must not fund Indian citizens for a research project in India.

Graduate and PhD students

The IGCS awards scholarships for graduate students and PhD researchers who

  • plan to conduct research to the largest part at the Indo-German Centre of Sustainability, at the IIT Madras in Chennai (German applicants).
  • are enrolled as students at IIT Madras, IIT Palakkad, IIT Tirupati or IIT Mandi (Indian applicants).
  • have the supervision by a German supervisor and a supervisor from IIT Madras confirmed (graduate and PhD students). Students from IIT Mandi, IIT Tirupati or IIT Palakkad must have a supervision confirmation by an IIT Madras supervisor in addition to the confirmation of supervisor at home university.

Note for RWTH staff: Please note that unless selected RWTH university staff is on leave for the exchange period, the IGCS fellows receive the scholarship in form of a refund of travel costs and specific funding regulations apply. This includes student assistants, most PhD students as well as Postdocs and Professors.

Postdocs and Professors

The IGCS awards scholarships for Postdocs and Professors who

  • are affiliated to a German higher education or research institution (German applicants)
  • are affiliated to IIT Madras, IIT Palakkad, IIT Tirupati or IIT Mandi (Indian applicants). Researchers from IIT Mandi, IIT Tirupati or IIT Palakkad must identify a colleague from IIT Madras who they report to.
  • received an invitation letter from their host.
  • show a proven research track record that will add value to the application.

Note for RWTH staff: Please note that unless selected RWTH university staff is on leave for the exchange period, the IGCS fellows receive the scholarship in form of a refund of travel costs and specific funding regulations apply. This includes student assistants, most PhD students as well as Postdocs and Professors.

Application

Applications can be handed it via an online form (please follow the link). The form is open throughout the year, however applications will only be processed immediately after the announced deadlines.

For the online application form, prepare for the following requests:

  • Planned starting and end date of the planned research exchange period
  • IGCS focus area your research project identifies with the closest
  • Description of research proejct, including a timetable
  • Professional motivation for a research exchange with IGCS
  • Description of how yu can be an ambassador for the IGCS
  • Optional: Descriptions of extracurricular qualifications and commitments that support the application

Please also prepare the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Passport copy
  • Graduate and PhD students: Letter of recommendation from Home university; invitation letter issued by host institute, enrolment certificate and current transcript of records (not older than six months)
  • Postdocs or Professors: Invitation letter issued by host institute, copy of certificated (summary of your academic career including a list of publications)
  • Optional: additional documents which support the application

Please note:

  • IGCS normally announces a positive selection result within two weeks after the application deadline. Please refrain from inquiries until then.
  • Please plan enough time to prepare your stay at your host country and host institute after you received the result. The visa application can be a long and lengthy process. We recommend to plan at least eight weeks for students from Germany and 12 weeks for students from India for the visa application process.
  • We expect a scholarship and experience report usually within a month after departure from your host institute.
  • Note for RWTH staff: Please note that unless selected RWTH university staff is on leave for the exchange period, RWTH staff who receive an IGCS grant receive the scholarship in form of a refund of travel costs. Specific funding regulations apply. This includes student assistants, most PhD students as well as Postdocs and Professors.

Video: Follow the example of IGCS-fellows PhD and graduate students Nina and Luisa from RWTH Aachen who did a research exchange at IGCS in Chennai in 2019! Source: Piero Bellanova.