Wellcome DBT Researcher Mobility

Wellcome DBT Researcher Mobility Funding 2019-Grant of $5,000+$2,500

A unique opportunity for Indian researchers to avail a mobile funding grant. Wellcome DBT is offering a grant of $5,000 + $2,500. Applicants that are interested are encouraged to check out all of the details regarding the scheme, the eligibility, the application procedure, the timelines and important links all posted below:

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The Africa India Mobility Fund (AIMF), a fund to encourage collaboration between Indian and African scientists, has reopened calls for applications to scientists from both regions who would like to conduct visits of around 3 months in either direction.

The mobility capital will be given via AIMF, and it will be a partnership between The African Academy of Sciences (The AAS) along with the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance (India Alliance) Running as April 2018. Travel grants which seek to establish links between Indian and African researchers and cultivate a culture of collaboration will serve as a vehicle to boost research capacity and build leadership in clinical and biomedical research both for Africa and India.

The AIMF comes on the heels of this Third India-Africa Forum Summit held in 2015, in which

Heads of State adopted the Delhi Declaration renewing their commitment to work with each other and outlining the priority areas and ways in which Africa and India can work together to improve the lives of their people.

The AIMF can also be one of several efforts to exploit the synergistic relationship between Africa and India outlined in the India Africa Health Sciences Summit held in 2016.

Africa and India share many challenges, such as in health, along with the asset of a young population. The AIMF expects that bringing together researchers from such geographies would lead to sustainable solutions for common problems.

The relationship between India and Africa is mutually beneficial. India has the technological advances, being among the world’s top filers of patents and excelling in the production of generic drugs, and therefore may provide learning opportunities for African scientists. Africa provides a conducive environment for research with its genetic diversity, fairly well-developed capacities for clinical trials, and higher disease burden. The AIMF hopes to exploit this relationship and lead to efforts of building an extremely skilled and advanced science and technology workforce and thereby advance awareness economies and make sure more people live healthy, productive lives.

Funding will support collaboration in research in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, dengue, malaria, vector-borne diseases, parasitic infections, emerging infections, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, health systems research, antimicrobial resistance, microbiome, drug development and general biomedical sciences.

The finance is now issued as a single call with applications closing on Friday, 04 October 2019 in 7:30 PM IST (5 PM EAT).


  • Applicants should be nationals of India or nationals of states within Africa.
  • They ought to be established either in Africa or in India, and needs to be affiliated with a recognised academic, medical, research institution, or other comparable institutions.
  • Those located at for-profit organisations aren’t eligible.
  • The call is also open to non-African investigators that must be resident in Africa or even Overseas Citizen of India (evidence may be requested), possess an appointment/affiliation with an African/Indian institution, and their residence and tenure of service with the appointing African/Indian institution ought to cover the duration of this award.
  • Travel ought to be between an African nation and India and could be in either way.
  • Travel within Africa may also be sought to get engagement of more than one African country with India.
  • Applicants need to have a PhD/MD or equivalent research qualification and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract at an eligible institution, which has to span the whole period of this project.
  • Collaboration should concentrate on a single project involving researchers in Africa and India, respectively.
  • An applicant is eligible to receive only 1 grant each year.


  • The award will cover directly incurred costs up to $5,000 / INR 325,000 for travel lasting up to 3 months. This is to cover the applicant’s airfare (at Economy class) and subsistence whilst on the visit. Salaries and fees to attend meetings won’t be eligible. An extra $2,500 could be asked for lab reagents, but the decision to award the additional funds are going to be on a case by case basis upon justification of their needs.
  • The amount of each individual award will vary based on location and timescale. As an example, if staying for a 3-month placement, the applicant might be expected to source university accommodation, or a short term let. But if visiting for a week, a hotel or equal might be more suitable. The conclusion committee will consider whether the expenses are reasonable and might ask for revised costing.
  • Please be aware that the grant may only be used to deliver the objectives stated in the grant application. Make sure that the best estimates for the entire cost of undertaking the project described in the application are requested.
  • Applicants might not seek funding for conference attendance, wages, equipment, per diem and indirect costs

Currency Details:

You’re asked to calculate your budgets with the local currency’s most current USD exchange rate and also be willing to disclose the exchange rates used to The AAS as necessary.

Assessment Criteria:

  • The candidate — evidence of scientific track record or accomplishments (if young researcher) in the specified project field and demonstrated an interest in collaborating with India/Africa.
  • The proposal — the scientific quality and feasibility of this proposal.
  • Evidence that the grant will facilitate scientific exchange which would otherwise not be possible from distance. Evidence of added value for addressing the disease area/challenge and for fostering Africa-India collaboration.

Review Procedure:

When your completed form is received by The AAS, it is going to be shared with our expert reviewers who will consist of scientific experts nominated by India Alliance and The AAS. The review process will be conducted online using The AAS online grants system. The outcome of the selection of funded applications will be final and not open to appeal.

Support Letter:

When successful, the funds will be received and administered by the home institution or employer. The support letter ought to be clear on the institution’s agreement to deal with prudence and integrity of the funds received and also to agree and support the research proposed. The administering institution will submit the final accountability report and documents.

Additional Information:

Details regarding the programme are available here, and information on eligibility and the application procedure are available here. Queries may be addressed to Africa-[email protected]. The profiles of the awardees from the 2018 round of competition are here.


To apply, visit The AAS Grants Management System Ishango.


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