Fellowships (around 2585 fellowships/scholarships) for M.Pharm/M.Sc/MBBS from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

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The vision of the Department of Health Research (Ministry of Health & Family Welfare) to bring modern health technology to the people through innovations related to diagnostic, treatment methods and vaccines for prevention and  to coordinate the research activities in the different areas of Health Research in the country.  The country has attained considerable progress in biomedical research and patient care and management over the years but new emerging infections, resistance of the causative agents to existing common drugs coupled with emergence of non-communicable diseases like cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, mental and neurological disorders, poses a new challenge to the medical and scientific fraternity.

Objectives of the scheme:

  1. To increase the overall availability of trained personnel for health research from medical colleges across the country through scholarships, fellowships and career advancement scheme etc. for faculty  and young medical doctors and other scientists to take up medical and health research as a career.
  2. To focus on  the creation of a cadre of trained medical/health researchers in specific identified priority areas of health research viz.,  Clinical Trials; Toxicology; Good Clinical Practices (GCP); Good Laboratory Practices (GLP); Quality Control (QC) & QA; Genomics; Proteomics; Clinical Psychology, Geriatrics; Modern Biology; Biotechnology; Stem cells; Genetics; Drugs chemistry; and operational research etc..
  3. To create, support, nurture and encourage the trainees from these medical colleges to forge linkages with other scientists from universities, research institutes etc. to develop multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral teams necessary for addressing critical national and local health problems. 
  4. To establish suitable online teaching and learning facilities to facilitate training in health research in various subjects in a more effective manner and for promoting biomedical/health research.

Targets:

  • The scheme mainly focuses on the development of research capabilities in the medical colleges /institutions of the country, with the following targets:
  • To provide about 2585 fellowships / trainings / scholarships to mid-career / senior faculty/ young post-graduate students in the 12th Plan Period (2013-14 to 2016-17), including the women scientists who had a break in the career etc.
  • To provide assistance to 50 domestic medical colleges/ institutions for providing training in the focused areas of research through specially designed courses.
  • About 2/3rdof the fellowships will be given to medical colleges /medical institutions in Government sector.

Applications are invited in the prescribed format from Indian Nationals working as permanent Faculty in Indian Medical / Health Research institutions /Universities/ Other Research Institutions for award of fellowship to get training in identified/ cutting edge areas of health research  under its new schemes ‘Human Resources Development for Health Research’. The main aim of the scheme is to provide ‘Advanced training in cutting edgeresearch areas concerning medicine and health for training in India and abroad and to encourage trained manpower  to carryout research activities in cutting edge areas and management of patients in the medical colleges across the country’. The Department will provide the travel and stipend to the selected fellow during the fellowship period.

Who can apply for training/ fellowship
Scientists/ Health Researches/Professionals in regular employment in the universities, medical colleges, postgraduate institutions, recognized research and development laboratories and Non-Government Organizations who fulfill the eligibility criteria and have a concept research proposals in the identified area to carryout research at present institute / organization.

Components of the HRD schemeand Eligibility Criteria

I. Long Term Fellowship (6-12 months) in Indian institutes: Areas for fellowship:

Toxicology,

Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA)

Genomics

Modern Biology

Proteomics

Biotechnology

Geriatrics

Genetics

Stem cell research.

Drugs Chemistry

Clinical Trials

Operational Research

Good Clinical Practices (GCP)

Health Informatics

Good laboratory Practices (GLP)

Medical Ethics

Disease Modeling

Health Economics

Environmental Health

Any other area recommended by the committee as per National Health Policy/ National Health Goals

Mental Health / Clinical Psychology


Eligibility:
1. Only Indian citizens working in Indian institutes are eligible.
2. Having M.D./ M.S./ M.D.S. or MBBS/BDS/ MVSc./ M.Sc./ M.Pharma/ M.Tech or equivalent with Ph.D. in topic related to health research.
3. Faculty having at least three experience in the institute as regular employee.
4. Person with below 45 years of age as on last date of receipt of application
5. Person should not have any fellowship of one month or above duration from any of the agency of Govt. of India / State Govt in the last three years.
6. Fellowship is scientist and area specific and cannot be transferred.

Financial mechanism:
1. A consolidated stipend of Rs. 40,000/- per month for a period of stay in host institute, which is at different station from the parent Institute. In case, the training is at the same station, the rate of stipend payable will be Rs.20, 000/- per month.
2. Expenditure on travel will be as per the T.A. rules of the parent organization.
3. One time contingency grant of Rs. 30,000 (maximum) to meet the expenses of travel, local taxi charges, attending meetings etc.
4. The amount (stipend and contingency) will be placed at the disposal of the parent institute for disbursement to the fellow as per the prescribed norms and the parent institute will submit the utilization certificate for the expenditure incurred.
5. The amount released under the scheme will be kept in separate bank account by the concerned institute and a separate account of expenditure will be maintained.
6. The institute shall submit the utilization report and audited statement of accounts carried out by the statutory body of the institute.

Mode of Selection:
1.   Selection of the “Fellows” will be made through a two tier system of screening. Screening based on the details provided in the prescribed applications by an Expert/ Technical Evaluation Committee at ICMR, followed by interview of short listed candidates, based on merit, by specially constituted Committee by the Secretary DHR. Candidate must route their applications through the Head of the institute agreeing to the terms and conditions.
2.   The proposals duly recommended by the Screening Committee and Evaluation Committee of ICMR fulfilling technical and administrative criteria would be referred to the DHR for final approval to Approval Committee constituted by Secretary DHR.

II. Short Term Fellowship (1-3 months) in Indian institutes

Areas for fellowship: Same as given for Long Term Fellowship in Indian Institutes

Eligibility:
1. Person with below 55 years of age as on last date of receipt of application.
2. Others conditions are the same as for Long Terms Fellowships in Indian Institutes.

Financial mechanism: Same as given for Long Term Fellowship in Indian Institutes

Mode of Selection: Same as given for Long Term Fellowship in Indian Institutes

III. Long Term Fellowship (6-12 months) in Foreign Institutes Areas for fellowship:

Toxicology
Genomics
Proteomics
Geriatrics
Stem cell research

Any other area recommended by the committee as per National Health Policy/ National Health Goals

Eligibility:
1. Only Indian citizens working in Indian institutes are eligible.
2. They should hold M.D./ M.S./ M.D.S. or MBBS/BDS/ MVSc./ M.Sc./M.Pharma/M.Tech or equivalent with Ph.D. in health / biomedical research
3. Faculty having at least three experience in the college/institute as a regular employee.
4. Person’s upto 45 years of age as on last date of receipt of application will be eligible.
5. They should not have availed any similar fellowship of duration of one month or above duration from any of the agency of Govt. of India / State Govts in the last three years.
6. Fellowship is non transferrable.

Financial mechanism:
1. A consolidated stipends of US $ 3000/- per month (or equivalent in other foreign currency) for the period of stay in host institute abroad.
2. Cost of air passage in economy class by Air India from the parent institute to the foreign host institute by the shortest possible route.
3. One time contingency grant of Rs. 50,000 (maximum) to meet the expenses of local taxi charges visa fee and Health insurance, attending meetings etc.
4. A grant of US $ 600 for fellowship duration for attending conferences /institutes of interest may be given with the recommendations of the Guide in the foreign host institute.
5.  The stipend will be given to the ‘selected fellow’ through bank transaction. In the beginning the equivalent amount in Indian Rs. for first month will be paid to the fellow as advance stipend.
6. The expenditure incurred in the head ‘contingency’ will be reimbursed to fellow after production of the original voucher.

Mode of Selection: Same as given for Long Term Fellowship in Indian Institutes

IV Short Term Fellowship (1-3 months) in Foreign Institutes Areas for fellowship: Same as given for Long Term Fellowship in Indian Institutes

Eligibility:
1. Person’s upto 55 years of age as on last date of receipt of application will be eligible.
2. Others conditions are the same as for Long Terms Fellowships in Foreign Institutes

Financial mechanism: Same as given for Long Term Fellowship in Foreign Institutes

Mode of Selection: Same as given for Long Term Fellowship in Foreign Institutes

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