Academy expands India partnerships

We are excited to launch an exciting new model of our Newton International Fellowship scheme in partnership with the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology.

Our new model of Newton International Fellowship provides three years of funding based across both the UK and India.

Existing Newton International Fellowships provide talented early-career international researchers with two years to develop skills and knowledge with leading scientists in the UK. This new and innovative arrangement with the Indian Government's Department of Biotechnology provides an additional third year for awardees to continue their research in a high-quality institution in India, allowing them to re-integrate themselves into the Indian research landscape following their time abroad.

Dr Mohd Aslam, an advisor at the Department of Biotechnology in the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology, welcomed the scheme:

“The partnership of the Department of Biotechnology and the Academy of Medical Sciences will establish one of the most sought after and prestigious clinical research fellowships. We are confident that this Fellowship will identify and support some exceptional early career researchers by exposure to excellent research avenues in both India and the UK”.

For eligibility information and how to apply, please visit the grant scheme page. The deadline for applications is Thursday 3 September 2020.

Since 2015 our Newton International Fellowships have provided outstanding international scientists with the chance to build collaborative links and develop their research in the UK. This scheme is generously supported by the Newton Fund.

This new partnership model with India’s Department of Biotechnology builds on the Academy’s existing India partnerships. Our Hamied Foundation UK-India Visiting Professorships and Meetings strengthen UK-India research links to jointly address the challenge of antimicrobial resistance. Last month, our GCRF workshop programme brought together participants from countries including India to reflect upon different aspects of the COVID-19 response around the globe and explore shared solutions.

Dr Suzanne Candy, the Academy’s Director of Biomedical Grants and Policy, commented:

“We’re delighted  to strengthen our partnership with India and continue connecting and supporting researchers across continents. This exciting new partnership model with India’s Department of Biotechnology is building a future where countries collaborate scientifically to tackle the most important issues of our time.”

Find out more about our Newton International Fellowships, including eligibility and how to apply.



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