Netaji Subhas - ICAR International Fellowships for the Year 2019-20
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Netaji Subhas – ICAR International Fellowships for the Year 2019-20

30 fellowships are available for Indian and Overseas nationals at Netaji Subhas-ICAR International Fellowships 2018-2019. Netaji Subhas-ICAR International Fellowships 2019-2020, thirty fellowships are available for Indian and overseas candidates. Check out all of the details on the same below:

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The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) invites applications from the Indian as well as overseas nationals with Master’s degree in Agriculture and allied sciences for the Netaji Subhas-ICAR International Fellowships (NS-ICAR IFs) for its calendar year 2019-20. The NS-ICAR IFs are available for pursuing a doctoral degree in agriculture and allied sciences, in the identified priority areas, to the (I) Indian applicants for study abroad in the recognized overseas Universities/Institutions having strong research and teaching capabilities and (ii) to overseas applicants for study in the Indian Agricultural Universities (AUs) in the ICAR-AUs system. Thirty fellowships for the duration of 3 years will be available.


In its ongoing efforts towards improving and sustaining the criteria, quality and significance of higher agricultural education in the nation, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) here-in-after, called the Council, has instituted International Fellowships with double function of (I) human resource development in cutting-edge technologies and (ii) demonstrating the strength of Indian agricultural system overseas. The target is to develop competent human resource which is trained in the identified best labs in the world (for Indian applicants ) and additionally expose overseas applicants to the very best Indian Agricultural Universities (AUs) in the ICAR-AU system (comprising of State Agricultural Universities, Central Agricultural Universities (CAUs), ICAR-Deemed Universities, Allahabad Agricultural Institute-DU, Central Universities with agricultural faculty) for creating a pool of scientist-envoys for improved future co-operation.

Title: The fellowship is named as”Netaji Subhas – ICAR International Fellowship (NSICARIF)” and the awardee will be known as”NS-ICAR International Fellow”.


The NS-ICAR IFs are available to support Indian/ Overseas nationals for pursuing a doctoral degree in agriculture and allied sciences, in the identified priority areas, to the

  • Indian candidates for study overseas in the recognized overseas Universities/Institutions having strong research and teaching capabilities and
  • Overseas candidates for study in the very best Indian AUs in the ICAR-AUs system.


For study in the identified institutions having strong research and teaching capabilities and sufficient strength in terms of infrastructure and faculty facilities, the NS ICAR-IFs are tenable at:

  • identified overseas institutions in the event of Indian applicants and
  • recognized Indian Agricultural Universities (AUs) from ICAR-AU system in India in the event of overseas applicants.

Tenure of Fellowship:

  1. The NS-ICAR IFs are available to Indian candidates in addition to overseas applicants for a period of 3 years.
  2. The tenure of the fellowship won’t be extended in any case, so far as the Council support is concerned.
  3. In the event the fellow isn’t able to complete his/her degree during this period, he/she will use his/her own resources for completing the degree.
  4. In the event the fellow isn’t able to finish even after two years of the prescribed duration of this programme for which the fellowship was sanctioned, the Council might take necessary steps, for the retrieval of the fellowship paid.


The number of fellowships available annually for a programme leading to a PhD degree under this scheme will be thirty (30). The allocation of fellowships between Indian and Overseas candidates depends upon the availability of good candidates in the identified priority areas.


  1. Master’s degree in agriculture/allied sciences with an Overall Grade Point Average (OGPA) 6.60 out of 10.0 or 65% marks or equivalent is going to be the eligibility requirement for the NS-ICAR IFs.
  2. The fresh candidates shouldn’t be over 35 years old on the last date prescribed for receipt of applications. The upper age limit for In-service candidates will be 40 years on the final date for receipt of applications.
  3. The notification for the fellowship will contain detailed eligibility requirements.
  4. Netaji Subhas- ICAR IF will be available for both fresh and in-service candidates. However, the fresh candidates must have completed their qualifying degree more than two years before the specified date in the year of admission. The in-service candidates from India ought to be employed in the ICAR-AU system.
  5. The Council will identify and announce the priority areas of research and also the list of institutions for admission, 1 year ahead of time, for availing the Netaji Subhas- ICAR IFs.
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Mode of Application:

  1. The candidate must submit an application for the fellowship, online, in the prescribed format.
  2. The area of study and the line of this proposed research work must be in the identified priority area pertinent to Indian/Global agriculture as identified by the Council and the exact same shall be notified annually beforehand.
  3. The candidate will provide two references together with their contact Email addresses, in support of his application, who may be directly contacted by the Council for obtaining comments in the prescribed format on his candidature. One of the 2 referees should preferably be his/her supervisor at the present occupation (if employed) and one that is a master in the region and well acquainted with the candidate’s work.
  4. The candidates for the ICAR-IF must obtain at their own level, an acceptance of their admission in the PhD degree programmes with an identified area of study at the Indian AUs in case of overseas applicants and the identified overseas institutions in the event of Indian applicants. Such approval letters should rather be included with the application for the fellowship.
  5. The candidates must satisfy themselves concerning admission and course requirements of the university prior to identifying these as a place of study.
  6. Applications for NS-ICAR IFs will be invited on a yearly basis through announcements published in Indian national newspapers along with the notification on ICAR site””. Indian diplomatic missions in foreign countries will also be informed through e-mails.

Mode of Selection:

  1. The candidates will be evaluated according to parameters/weighted scale consequently taking into consideration the significance of this area of study, the proposed research plan, academic records, achievements and past work experience of the candidate.
  2. The decision will be made on the basis of evaluation score and subsequent interview by a Selection Committee, constituted by the Council and duly empowered to judge the suitability of a candidate with respect to the importance of the area of study and also the proposed research plan. The Committee may also decide to conduct a telephonic/teleconferencing interview for the purpose. The overseas candidates might even be interviewed by experts according to the Council who might be located in their home country.
  3. The candidate must have a clear record of good conduct all-through, duly certified by the Competent Authority of the University last attended or the present employer in the event of an in-service candidate.
  4. In the time of the interview, the candidates should provide a letter of acceptance for their admission in the respective degree programme at the University.
  5. The in-service Indian applicants should also furnish deputation approval by their respective Director of ICAR Institutes/Vice-Chancellor of Agricultural Universities.
  6. Once selected, the candidates should register for the programme within a year from the date of issue of letter of the fellowship award.  In the event of a delay, the deal will get terminated automatically and no separate communication towards cancellation will be issued by the Council.

Fellowship Amount and Contingencies:

The fellow will be entitled to the following:

    1. To-and-fro, economy class air ticket for international travel, by the shortest route, from the airport, nearest to the residence/ workplace of the candidate to the airport, nearest to the destination University in regard of both Indian and Overseas candidates (Air tickets to be provided by the Council).
    2. The overseas fellows will qualify for economy-class-travel cost compensation from the port of arrival in India to the destination University in India as well as back.
    3. For Indian candidates, the cost on travelling from place of residence/work to the port of departure in India and from the port of arrival to the destination University overseas will be fulfilled by the fellows themselves by their host organization.
    4. The amount payable to the International fellowship applicants:
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  1. The fellowship amount for the first instalment is going to be released by the Council to the fellow through government notified/ approved bank to be deposited in the bank account of their fellow on receiving his/ her acceptance for the fellowship and admission letter received from the host University.
  2. Thereafter, the amount of fellowship is going to be released to the fellow, after getting the academic progress report from the fellow duly certified by the concerned advisor/ supervisor/ head of the institution.
  3. The first instalment to the Indian fellow is going to be paid in Indian Rupees only.
  4. The fellow will meet the other costs including medical insurance from the aforementioned fellowship or by his or her own resources.
  5. Throughout the tenure of the fellowship, an in-service fellow could continue to receive his/her salary, types of benefits and leave etc., from the parent organization according to rules.

Bank Guarantee and Service Bond:

(i) Indian chosen fellows will provide an irrevocable Bank guarantee for an amount of US$ 10,000/(equal in rupee currency) in favour of the Secretary, ICAR.  The Bank guarantee ought to be valid for the whole duration until the successful conclusion of this programme. (ii) For foreign national chosen fellows, an amount of Rs. 2,00,000 will be recovered from their fellowship grant as alternate of Bank guaranty, concerning Rs. 1,00,000 each from first and second instalment until successful completion of their PhD study programme. This fellowship amount of Rs. 2,00,000 is going to be paid to the fellow in the time of the final release of fellowship”.

The Indian in-service candidates chosen for international fellowship shall execute a bond with all the deputing University/Institute to undertake to serve that institution after the completion of the degree for at least three years.

Continuance of this Fellowship:

  1. The fellow will submit his progress report to the Council, through his/her adviser/supervisor/ head of their institution every six months.
  2. Throughout the tenure of the fellowship, the fellow should neither change the place of work nor deviate from the broad research area for which the fellowship is sanctioned. The selected applicants will be required to submit an Undertaking to this effect and for adherence to the other conditions of the guidelines regulating the fellowship as prescribed by the ICAR, together with the acceptance of this International Fellowship.
  3. The fellow will devote his or her full time for his/ her preferred area of studies/ research work during the tenure of his or her fellowship.
  4. Satisfactory progress in studies will be necessary for the continuance of their fellowship during the period of study as represented by the grades certification and secured by the advisor/ supervisor.
  5. In the event of unsatisfactory performance in studies, or conduct probation, the fellowship will be terminated with immediate effect and the fellow will have to meet the expenditure on remaining part of their programme from their own resources.
  6. This fellowship isn’t intended for the conduct of training or to carry out research of brief duration.
  7. Research Experiment and data collection at Indian SAUs/Institutions situated in India.
    (i) The fellows, that are expected to put experiments at Indian SAUs/Institutes situated in India and data collection in the Indian location, might be permitted for a maximum period of one-and-a-half-year in accordance with their research plan.
    (ii) With the approval of the Advisor and prior approval of ICAR, they could undertake interim visits to India on their own resources. ICAR won’t provide any financial aid on travelling for the purpose.
    (iii) During the stay in India, they’ll be eligible for fellowships @ Rs. 40,000/- per month and contingent and preparatory expenses @ Rs. 25,000/- per annum, as the exact same sum that’s offered to foreign national fellows doing PhD in India under the scheme.
    (iv) The period of absence from the host university and stay in Indian university/Institute have to be authenticated/verified from the identified Advisor and Co-Advisor respectively.
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Medical Fitness: Selected fellow will be asked to get his or her medical fitness test and medical insurance done at their cost.

Payment of Fees: All fees chargeable from the host institution where the fellow is enrolled will be covered by the fellow himself from their fellowship grant or from his or her own resources.

IPR Issues: The fellow is expected to take appropriate steps to protect the Intellectual Property Rights likely to be generated during his or her stay in the host institution. The Council will have the appropriate share on the patents/ knowledge generated by the fellow whilst pursuing the programme as specified under IP Management bulletin. If the fellow enters into any other IP agreement, the exact same will be shared with the Council. In most publications arising out of the work, the support from the Council must be duly acknowledged.

Completion Report from Netaji Subhas-ICAR IF: Both Indian and Overseas fellows will need to submit within 15 days of their completion of the program, a copy of the dissertation/thesis plus a concise report on the activities undertaken including any substantial research contribution to the Council.

Non-return of Indian Fellows to India: The Indian Fellows must return to India after completion of their PhD degree. If the fresh Indian Fellow is offered a suitable position in ICAR-AU system, he/she shall serve the ICAR-AU system. In case of non-compliance to these provisions, the entire sum paid to the Fellow along with 10% overhead cost is going to be retrieved by the Council from the Fellow himself from his surety, failing that, the Indian Embassy in the host country will be informed to take appropriate action.

Budget Head for Expenditure: The expenditure on the NS-ICAR International fellowships, contingent grant and travel expenses will be met from the Council from the Plan budget-head”ICAR International/overseas fellowships”.

Review of this Netaji Subhas-ICAR international fellowship Scheme: The ICAR international fellowship scheme together with the fellowship amount and its guidelines will be subject to periodic reviews, as deemed fit by the Council.


  1. For any clarification regarding the NS-ICAR IFs, the Assistant Director-General (EQR), Education Division, ICAR, New Delhi may be contacted.
  2. Secretary, ICAR and Additional Secretary DARE will be the final authority in resolving and taking a decision on any situation/case of conflict as well as his decision shall be binding on all parties concerned.
  3. For any dispute, the applicable law will be the Indian law under the jurisdiction of Courts in Delhi only.

How to Apply:

Application ought to be submitted (one hard copy by post and one soft copy by email) to the Assistant Director-General (EQR), Education Division, ICAR, Krishi Anusandhan Bhavan II, Pusa, New Delhi-110012 (email: [email protected]).

The last date for receipt of application is August 30, 2019.

View Notification, Guidelines & Download Application Format Below

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  1. Is there any more paper stating about research is required or application form given on ICAR site is enough?
    Is IELTS score is required ?

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