University of Birmingham
Commonwealth Fellowships – 2014
The Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Programme offers scholarships and fellowships to students of Commonwealth countries who can make a significant contribution to their home country after the completion of a higher education programme in the UK.
Commonwealth Fellowships for India is managed jointly by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU, UK), the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), the Government of India and the British Council.
Fellowships are available in any academic subject including Medicine and Dentistry. Fellowships are primarily intended for younger established teachers to enhance their teaching and/or research experience. For Medicine and Dentistry the Fellowships are intended for the enhancement of clinical skills relevant to what they’re going to study at the institution of their choice.
Duration of Fellowships: Commonwealth Fellowships are for six months.
Value: Economy return fare, tuition fee, maintenance and other allowances.
Medicine and Dentistry:
For medically qualified applicants if their programmes require them to practice clinically, or to work in a laboratory department reporting on samples from patients, they can only be considered if they are eligible for registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) or the General Dental Council.
Eligibility for Fellowships: The applicants must be academic staff members. They should get nominated by the executive head of the university they work full time at. This is followed by shortlisting of applications and personal interviews in New Delhi.
Application for these fellowships should be made at least one year before the course starts. The UGC sends circulars to all universities in July–August every year for nominations for the awards beginning the following academic year.
Selection procedure for Fellowships: The preliminary selection of candidates for Academic Staff Fellowships is carried out in India by University Grants Commission (UGC). The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) London does the final selection on the basis of the nominations sent by the UGC.
The interviews are normally held in November or December for the awards beginning September in the following year.
University Grants Commission
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi -110001
Tel: +91-11-2323 3895
How to apply: Application form containing detailed guidelines can be downloaded from the website of the Ministry of Human Resources Development http://mhrd.gov.in/
Last date for applying for the scholarships
For applying online: 6th October, 2013.
For receiving application in the Ministry by post /by hand: 11th October, 2013.
Further information: can be had from the British Council website.
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