The Government of India has launched a new fellowship programme to connect the Indian Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM)diaspora with Indian academic and R&D institutions.
About VAIBHAV fellowships Programme:
- The fellowship would be awarded to outstanding scientists/technologists of Indian origin (NRI/OCI/PIO) who are engaged in research activities in their respective countries.
- The VAIBHAV Fellow would identify an Indian Institution for collaboration and may spend up to two months in a year for a maximum of 3 years.
- Funding: The government offers the researchers an amount of INR 4,00,000 per month for the entire period.
- Aim: Improving the research ecosystem of India’s Higher Educational Institutions by facilitating academic and research collaborations between Indian Institutions and the best institutions in the world.
- This is done through the mobility of faculty/researchers from overseas institutions to India.
- Eligibility: Researchers from institutions featuring in the top 500 QS World University Rankings will be eligible for the fellowship.
- The applicant must have obtained Ph.D/M.D/M.S degree from a recognized University.
- The 75 selected fellows would be invited to work in 18 identified knowledge verticals including quantum technology, health, pharma, electronics, agriculture, energy, computer sciences, and material sciences amongst others.
- It is implemented by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology.
Q1) Who is considered as a PIO?
Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) are foreign citizens who have held an Indian passport at some point in their lives or whose parents/grandparents/great grandparents were Indian citizens.