ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship 2022 (Fully-funded)

Last Updated on July 22, 2022

ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship

Applications are open for the ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship (AI-RTF) 2022. In order to support and facilitate mobility among young talented researchers of ASEAN Member States, India and ASEAN instituted the scheme ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship (AIRTF) Scheme for ASEAN young researchers to work at any of the Indian research/ academic Institution.

The AIRTF scheme is a fellowship scheme with the following objectives:

  • To promote mobility of scientists and researchers from the ASEAN-Member Countries to India and provide them opportunity to work at Indian R&D/ academic institutions to upgrade their research skills and expertise.
  • To facilitate exchange of information and contacts between the scientists and researchers of India and ASEAN Countries and create a network for building research collaborations.

As a spin-off, the Fellowship awardees may also have opportunity to get co-supervisors from India for their research projects for Ph.D. or Masters degree on their return to their home countries. Fifty (50) fellowships per year shall be awarded to young scientists and researchers from ASEAN-Member States to get affiliated with Indian academic and R&D institutions.

Areas of Interest

The area/topic of research for availing AIRTF must be ASEAN centric and must be aligned with the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation (APASTI). The fellowship is offered for working in research topics under any of the following broad disciplines:

  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Biological and Medical Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences & Engineering
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Physical Sciences and Mathematics
  • Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
  • Engineering Sciences
  • Materials, Minerals and Metallurgy
  • Science Policy / IPR Management / Technology Transfer & Commercialisation
  • Other multi-disciplinary areas of Science, Technology and Innovation in alignment with APASTI.


  • Full financial assistance will be provided to the selected Fellows which include the following:
    • Round trip international airfare by lowest economy class and by shortest route from the international airport in the home country of the applicant to the international airport nearest to the host institution in India; visa fees, overseas medical insurance etc.
    • A consolidated Fellowship amount of Indian Rupees (INR) 60,000 per month.
    • One-time grant of INR 40,000/- as research contingency expenses, airport transfers, domestic travel for attending scientific /events and field-trips within India.
    • Institutional overhead charges at Rs. 2,500/- per month.
    • The funds above will be released to the host institution in India for disbursement to the Fellow. The host Institution will arrange appropriate accommodation for the Fellow on payment basis.
  • The selected Fellow is advised to take an appropriate policy for health insurance coverage for the period of stay in India. The cost for obtaining overseas insurance policy is covered and reimbursable under AISTDF.
  • Individual Fellow, or his/ her government / institution, is required to bear the following costs:
    • All expenses in the home country incidental to travel abroad, including expenditure incurred to obtain passport and visa and for medical examinations and vaccinations as may be required as well as other miscellaneous expenses such as internal travel to/ from the international airport of departure in the home country.
    • Salary and other related allowances in the home country, if applicable, during the Fellowship period.
  • Neither the AISTDF nor the host institution in India will assume any responsibility whatsoever for the following expenditure of the Fellows during the tenure of the Fellowship:
    • Compensation in the event of death, disability or loss of personal belongings or compensation for damage caused by climatic or other conditions.
    • Travel and other costs incurred by the dependents, who might accompany the Fellows.


  • Applicant must be holding nationality of any of the ASEAN Member State.
  • Possess at-least a Masters Degree in any Natural Sciences or an equivalent degree in Technology / Engineering / Medicine / allied disciplines.
  • Applicant should be working / studying and / or affiliated to any national R&D or academic institution in his/ her home ASEAN Member State. The application should be endorsed by the Head of his/ her institution confirming that if selected, he/ she will be sanctioned leave for the Fellowship period and will join his/ her duties back in the institution on completion of the Fellowship in India.
  • The upper age limit for the applicant is 45 years as on date of submission of application.
  • Fluency in English language
  • Indian nationals are not eligible for the Fellowship.
  • ASEAN applicants who have availed any fellowship scheme of Govt of India during last 3 years are not ELIGIBLE to apply.
  • The proposed research work in India must be linked/connected and add value to any of the on-going research project/scheme of the Indian host Institute.


The deadline for submitting the application for current cycle is October 30, 2022 till 5:00 PM (IST).

The applicant should submit the application online along with the following enclosures:

  • C.V. of Applicant
  • C.V. of Indian host
  • Copy of relevant pages of valid Passport
  • A copy of the the endorsement letter from present employer in the prescribed format
  • A copy of the acceptance letter from any Indian scientist/ institution for hosting the applicant, if selected

Click here to apply

For more information, visit AI-RTF.

Deadline: October 30, 2022

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