Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar Early-Career Fellowship 2021 (Funded)

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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar Early-Career Fellowship 2021 (Funded)

Applications are open for the IIT Gandhinagar Early-Career Fellowship 2021. The IITGN-ECF offers young scholars the opportunity to work on exciting challenges or research problems in a creative and interdisciplinary ecosystem. Fellows in the program will have access not only to their assigned department, but to the entire research infrastructure and facility of the Institute, which prizes interdisciplinarity.

The opportunity to work on an exciting challenge or a research problem is the dream of a scholar, especially when possible within a creative and innovative ecosystem. IITGN-ECF is designed to offer these possibilities and support young scholars in their pursuit of excellence. With the possibility of extraordinary personal and professional growth, IITGN-ECF would prepare you for an independent futuristic academic career.

The opportunities presented to you through IITGN-ECF offers access not only to a department but to the entire research infrastructure and facility of the Institute. The non-existent boundaries of disciplines at IITGN allow you to unlock the potential to experiment and contribute to the interdisciplinary ecosystem, which was carefully built over the years.

Fellowship

  • Fellows will receive Rs. 1,00,000 per month (Rs. 90,000/- plus Rs 10,000/- HRA).
  • A professional development grant of up to Rs. 2.00 Lakh per year will be made available that also supports international travel to attend conferences, workshops, training programmes, etc.
  • Fellows can submit individual proposals for financial support to conduct seminars, workshops and other scholarly activities.
  • The Fellowship will be awarded initially for one year. In case of outstanding performance, the Fellowship may be extended for another one year (that is, total Fellowship duration of two years).

Eligibility

  • Applicant should have successfully defended their PhD thesis from an Indian Institution/University on or after January 1, 2020, and their research work should be rated high with supporting scholarly publications.
  • The candidates who have submitted their doctoral thesis or expected to submit in the next two-three months are also welcome to apply.

Expectations

  • Fellows are expected to dedicate themselves to work full-time towards their research goals in collaboration with a faculty member, and they should aspire to join another top academic institution after completing their tenure.
  • Fellows will work on a specific research project in collaboration with a faculty member besides engaging in other scholarly activities.
  • Fellows may be permitted to engage in teaching a course or guiding undergraduate & postgraduate students after assessing their research outcome.
  • One of the aims of the project should be to timely disseminate the created knowledge through high-impact scholarly publications.
  • The faculty collaborator undertakes to suitably involve, direct, supervise and evaluate the Fellow’s work, and share quarterly assessments and at the conclusion of the Fellowship with the office of the Dean R&D.
  • Fellows are expected to submit quarterly reports of their work and engagement in other scholarly activities to the faculty collaborator. The faculty collaborator will provide an objective assessment on the performance of the Fellow before forwarding the report to the office of the Dean R&D.
  • Fellows are expected to follow the ethos of the Institute and be proactive towards their performance. We have zero tolerance policy towards poor performance and misconduct and any such instances would trigger one month’s notice or immediately with pay of one-month fellowship.

Application

Before filling in the form, ensure that you have developed the research proposal in consultation with the Faculty collaborator and have received the endorsement.

While there are no strict guidelines for the research proposal format, you may use the following as a guide:

  • Project Title
  • Project summary (~500 words)
  • Keywords (max 6),
  • Objectives of project (~200 words)
  • Work Methodology and Research plan (~ 2000 words)
  • Applicant and Faculty Collaborators’ responsibilities (~500 words)
  • Expected output and outcome of the proposal (~ 500 words)

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