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FICCI launches ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship (AIRTF) in partnership with Department of Science and Technology

Feb 20, 2018


NEW DELHI, 20 February 2018: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) has entered into a partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India to implement and execute the ASEAN India Research Training Fellowship (AIRTF). The AIRTF scheme was introduced to promote scientific cooperation between India and ASEAN member countries.


The scheme provides opportunities to researchers from ASEAN member countries to undertake research and training for a period of 6 months at Academic and Research Institutions in India. The objective is to support and facilitate mobility of young talented researchers from ASEAN member countries to India to conduct short term research and training under the guidance of Indian host scientists.


The scheme aims at capacity building of 50 young researchers annually from ASEAN member countries in science and technology domain and provide complete financial support for a period of six months that includes to and fro travel, sustenance allowance and research contingency.


AIRT Fellowship will be offered broadly in the following areas which are in line with the ASEAN Plan of Action on Science, Technology and Innovation (APASTI) 2016-2025:

  •  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 & Commercialization
  • Other multi-disciplinary areas of Science, Technology and Innovation in alignment with APASTI.


FICCI jointly with DST will shortly be announcing the call for applications in 2018.


FICCI has been at the forefront of India-ASEAN partnership and also recently took the lead in commemorating 25 years partnership. FICCI in partnership with the Ministry of External Affairs and Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India also gives away the C V Raman International Fellowship for African Researchers which is in line with the efforts of promoting scientific and technological cooperation between India and Africa.