Govt. of India

Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship (OVDF) for doctoral research abroad: eligibility, benefits, how to apply online at serbonline.in

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The Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India has launched a Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship (OVDF) program for Ph.D students in India. Under the scheme government will provide support to the Ph.D. students to carry out their doctoral research in foreign countries. The Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship (OVDF) is implemented by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB).

Benefits, Fellowship & Objectives of Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship (OVDF) Program:

  • Ph.D. scholars can carry out their doctoral research overseas
  • Selected fellows will be paid monthly fellowship of US $2000
  • They will be also given one-time contingency and preparatory allowances of Rs. 60,000 to cover visa fee, medical insurance, airport transfer charges etc
  • One shortest route to and fro economy air tickets
  • One additional to and fro air ticket in case the research take more than a year
  • SERB will sponsor one visit of the Indian supervisor of the research scholar
    • Govt. will pay economy to and fro economy air ticket for shortest route
    • US $ 75 Per-diem (Subsistence Allowance) per day will be paid to te supervisor
    • US $100 – $150 per day accommodation allowance too will be provided
    • Allowance of US $ 250 contingencies and related travel allowance too will be provided

Eligibility & Terms:

  • Only Indian nationals can apply for the scheme
  • Only full time Ph.D students can are eligible
  • Ph.D. scholars from government or government approved universities and colleges only can apply for OVDF
  • Students of following disciplines only are eligible: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (including Medicine, Pharma, Agriculture and related S&T areas)
  • The must have offer letter from a reputed overseas institution to carry out research
  • Part-time students or those who have already submitted their thesis are not eligible for the scheme
  • The duration of the research should not be more than 12 month overseas
  • The duration can be extended to 6 more months based on the evaluation
  • During the duration of the research salary and other benefits which are paid by the current employer will continue
  • Selected fellows should not apply for any other fellowship
  • The selected candidates need to start their research work within 3 months of their arrival at the overseas university
  • The research and the overseas research should be approved by the Indian supervisor

Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship (OVDF): Documents Required

  • Copy of Ph.D registration certificate
  • Biodata of the supervisor in India
  • Biodata of the supervisor abroad
  • Endorsement letter from the applicant`s head of institution
  • Letter of acceptance and research plan from the host and overseas institute
  • Recommendation letter from the Indian supervisor

How to apply online for Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship (OVDF)?

STEP 1: Go to official website of Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) website at http://serbonline.in/SERB/Registration.do

STEP 2: Go to the login page, click here and login with your registered credentials

STEP 3: Provide all your personal, education, employment details correctly

STEP 4: Upload all the required documents

STEP 5: Submit your application and keep the confirmation for future references

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