About Raman Charpak Fellowship

The Raman–Charpak Fellowship program is in honour of two Nobel Laureates in Physics, Prof C.V. Raman, Indian Nobel Laureate, 1930 and Prof Georges Charpak, French Nobel Laureate, 1992.

The Fellowship was launched during the State visit of the President of France, H.E. Mr. Francois Hollande, to India during February 14-15th, 2013. The aim is to facilitate the exchange of doctoral students between the two countries, in order to broaden the scope and depth of future engagements in science, technology and innovation.

The Raman-Charpak Fellowship is the only Indo-French bilateral Fellowship programme jointly funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and the Service for Science and Technology (SST), French Embassy in India, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Development, Government of France.

This programme implemented by the Indo French Centre for Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR/ CEFIPRA) aims at improving the doctoral skills of Indian and French students by providing them an opportunity to carry out part of their research work in a University / Research Institute based in France or India respectively.

The scheme also provides an exposure and experience about the current research methods and trends in France/India, while discovering each another’s cultural context. Since year 2013, 57 Raman-Charpak Fellows have been supported under this programme.

 

Target group: Programme is for PhD research scholars and Maters Students [only from France (included from year 2016)] at an Indian or French Research Institute / University

Duration: 2 to 6 Months

Eligibility:

  • Applicants from India must be Indian citizens residing in India and have registered for a PhD in a recognized university or research institution in India
  • Applicants from France must be residing in France and have registered for a PhD/masters in a recognized university or research institution in France
  • Age: Maximum 30 years
  • Students once supported by CEFIPRA, also in the framework of CEFIPRA projects, and students who have a permanent position in institutions/universities are not eligible

Application procedure: Application are submitted only through online submission system.

Fellowship support:

  • For Indian Fellow: Fellowship Support of 1500 Euros per month for daily expenses, local travel, accommodation charges plus Social Security charges
  • For French Fellow: Fellowship support Rs. 40,000 per month for daily expenses, local travel, etc. plus accommodation charges not exceeding Rs. 45,000 per month
  • One return airfare ticket in economy class between India and France
  • Insurance coverage (travel & health) wherever is required
  • Any administrative costs for Visa and Registration, if any
  • Carte de Sejour, if any
  • Additional support (up to Euro 500 for Indian Fellows and equivalent support in Indian Rupees for French Fellows) for participating in a Seminar/Workshop during their term of the fellowship and stay in their host countries; limited to registration fees , travel & accommodation charges

 

Timeline:

  • Launching of applications: April
  • End of deadline: May/June
  • Result: End of August/September
  • Starting date of fellowship: October onwards

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants from India must be Indian citizens residing in India and have registered for a PhD in a recognized university or research institution in India.
  • Applicants from France must be residing in France and have registered for a PhD in a recognized university or research institution in France.
  • Have a Master’s degree (in science, technology or medicine) from a recognized University/Institute.
  • Age: Maximum 30 years as on 1st April 2015.
  • Students once supported by CEFIPRA and students who have a permanent position in institutions/universities are not eligible.
  • Pre-authorization or prior consent from his/her Institute / University to apply for a foreign fellowship program.

Application Procedure

  • Only online submission will be considered , candidates have to apply at www.cefipra.org or log on to: http://www.cefipra.org/raman-charpak-2017/
  • Applications received through post will not be accepted.
  • Filling up of all the fields in the application form is mandatory.

The proposal must include the following information (in English):

  • Detailed description of the research project (up to 5 pages) stating the title of Research work with an explanation of how the planned work will benefit the candidate during his/her stay in proposed Research Institute / University in France /India.
    Candidates must also enclose the following documents:
  • A CV (up to 3 pages) with recent photograph including summary of achievements and research interests, list relevant publications, etc.
  • A letter of recommendation from the Ph.D. supervisor in his/her native lab.
  • A letter of recommendation and agreement from the proposed supervisor in the fellowship lab (Foreign Research Institute / University).
  • PhD synopsis or short summary of PhD work (up to 3 pages only).
  • Research experience letter or publications as proof (first author or co-author).
  • No objection certificate from Head of the Institution.
  • Scanned copy of highest degree certificate.
  • Scanned copy of PhD registration letter.
  • A scan copy of passport (both front and back).
  • A recent photograph.

Please note:
o The proposal document must respect the lengths indicated above. It is strongly encouraged to apply early for timely processing rather than towards the end of the deadline. Please ensure that you completely fill the form and then submit. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
o The host institution/university of Indian applicants must be in France and vice versa for the French applicants.
o If the application is successfully submitted, candidate should not apply again.