External Fellowships

External Fellowships

WWF-India’s Small Grants Innovation Program

With the aim of encouraging young Indians to respond innovatively and independently to the conservation issues which affect the country, WWF-India is offering eligible individuals a one-time grant of upto INR 400,000 over a maximum period of 2 years for undertaking conservation research/ action research.  The grants will be used to fund research and initiatives which especially demonstrate innovation that is replicable, scalable and sustainable.

The Welcome Trust/DBT India Alliance 

The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance (India Alliance) is an independent, dynamic public charity that funds research in health and biomedical sciences in India. India Alliance invests in transformative ideas and supportive research ecosystems to advance discovery and innovation to improve health and well-being. India Alliance is funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and the Wellcome Trust, UK.  The India Alliance offers funding which covers the full spectrum of biomedical science from fundamental molecular and cellular studies through clinical and public health research for researchers at different stages of their careers. 

Humboldt Foundation (Germany)

The Foundation promote academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany. Whether you are a young postdoctoral researcher at the beginning of your academic career, an experienced, established academic, or even a world authority in your discipline – the research fellowships and research awards offer you sponsorship tailored to you and to your career situation.

The Union for International Cancer Control’s (UICC)

UICC unite and support the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to ensure that cancer control continues to be a priority in the world health and development agenda.  UICC grants and fellowships facilitate the professional development of cancer organisations and professionals. Through seed-funding, capacity building and convening opportunities for organisations, UICC helps the launch of new projects addressing the needs of cancer patients.

Indo-US Science and Technology Forum

The governments of the United States of America (through the Department of State) and India (through the Department of Science & Technology) have established the United States–India Science & Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF) for the promotion of joint activities that would lead to innovation and entrepreneurship through the application of science and technology.

United States-India Educational Foundation

The United States – India Educational Foundation (USIEF) promotes mutual understanding between the nationals of India and the U.S. through the educational exchange of outstanding scholars, professionals and students.

The Association of Commonwealth Universities

International mobility is at the heart of ACU activity. For over a hundred years, the ACU has found new and innovative ways to help staff and students at universities across the world increase their international exposure.


At Wellcome, we believe in the power of ideas to improve health. We support thousands of scientists and researchers in more than 70 countries, as well as innovators, educators and artists.

Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR/CEFIPRA) 

CEFIPRA is actively involved in supporting Indo-French Science, Technology & Innovation (ST&I) system through various activities.  Dedicated mobility support programmes of CEFIPRA provide exposure to young researchers of the working, social and cultural environment of the partnering country.

Earthwatch Funding

Earthwatch’s overarching goal is to support research projects that produce rigorous, relevant, and impactful science, address global change, and actively involve citizen-scientist participants. Distribute requests for proposals (RFPs) annually. Evaluate proposals based on scientific merit, appropriateness of citizen-scientist activities, expected project outcomes and impacts, safety, and logistics.  

Grand Challenges Exploration

Twice each year, Grand Challenges Explorations invites high-risk, high-reward proposals on a range of challenges.  Open to anyone from any discipline, from student to tenured professor, and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies.

JSMF Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards

The JSMF Fellowship is designed to provide students with opportunities to pursue postdoctoral training that might not be otherwise readily available.   The Fellowships are intended to allow students to seek postdoctoral research opportunities aligned with the student’s interest and desire to obtain additional skills and experience that will further their pursuit of careers in complex systems science.   

Asian Cultural Council

The Asian Cultural Council makes grants to support international travel and cultural exchange between Asia and the U.S., and among the countries of Asia. The large majority of grants are awarded directly to individual artists, scholars, and arts specialists.

Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)

The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) promotes international collaboration in basic research focused on the elucidation of the sophisticated and complex mechanisms of living organisms.

Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF)

The leading institution lighting a clear path, through research and education, translating ideas into action for sustainable waste management practices.  The EREF is the only private, grant making institution with a national and international scope whose sole mission is to support solid waste research and education initiatives.

The Matsumae International Foundation (MIF)

Upon the concept of the founder of the Matsumae International Foundation (MIF), “Towards A Greater Understanding of Japan and a Lasting World Peace”, MIF has started the Research Fellowship Program in 1980.  It allows researchers to undertake short term research projects in an institute of choice in Japan.

American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA)

The ABTA’s grant program funds researchers aiming to make advances in the brain tumor field.

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)

It’s mission is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.  The award program is designed to enhance the existing support of autism research by providing timely resources to enable high-risk/high-impact, exploratory experiments.

Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)

PEER is a competitive grants program that invites scientists in developing countries, partnered with USG-supported collaborators, to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics with strong potential development impacts.

Department of Science and Technology

The Department of Science & Technology plays a pivotal role in promotion of science & technology in the country.