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Grants

Scholarships

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.

Overview

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

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

Grant information for Indian IGCS fellows

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.

Information for 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.

Information for 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.

The focus area energy announces a special call for a master thesis project at the OWI Institute in Aachen, Germany. Eligible to apply are IIT Madras graduate students. Please find details here.

Application information

Please prepare the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation letter including the description of the research project and a timetable including the planned starting date and period of stay
  • Graduate and PhD students: supervision confirmation by a German and IITM professor, enrolment certificate and current transcript of records (not older than six months)
  • Postdocs or Professors: Invitation letter by host institute, summary of your academic career incl. a list of publications and copy of your certificates

Submit your application in a single PDF-file to the matching Indian and German Area Coordinator and project coordinator Malin Praktiknjo. 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 report usually within a month after departure from host institute.

DAAD Guidelines

Special Offers

There are currently no special offers which the IGCS advertises.

Job offer outside of IGCS

There are currently no external job offers which the IGCS advertises.