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Chance to Meet Nobel Prize Winners – Sponsored by DST | Applications Invited

Exclusive opportunity for young students and researchers to attend meetings include lectures, panel/ round-table discussions with Nobel Laureates in Germany. Every year applications are invited by Department of Science & Technology, India. Interested Indian Nationals can check out all of the details on the same below:

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Lindau, Germany during 28 June–3 July 2020

Each year since 1951, Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine have been meeting in Lindau, Germany, to discuss major issues of importance to their fields with students from around the world. The meetings include lectures, panel/ round-table discussions on interdisciplinary topics and informal small- group meetings with the Nobel Prize winners. The DST has been sending a group of students / young researchers to these meetings, since 2001.

It intended to send a group of Indian Students /young researchers to the 70th Meeting of Nobel Laureates & Students during 28 June–3 July 2020, which is dedicated to multi-disciplinary subjects viz., Physics, Chemistry and Medicine/Physiology.

Applications are invited from bright and young students and researchers in the
above disciplines for availing this award. The lectures and discussions are at a level
appropriate for students/researchers in their early research careers. More details of
the meeting can be seen at

Terms of Award:

The selected participants will be provided with International travel-related expenses, local transportation, lodging (twin-sharing basis) and boarding for attending the Meeting. It is mandatory for the selected students to attend the complete full week programme in Germany as well as briefing meeting in Delhi prior to departure to Germany. The Indian team of selected students shall leave for Lindau from Delhi (after briefing meeting) and shall return back to Delhi after the completion of the Nobel laureates meeting and the post Lindau Week. Personal or other visits by candidates to institutes other than the scheduled programme during the above period will not be entertained. The selected candidates will have to make their own arrangements for accommodation and transportation in Delhi for
attending the briefing meeting at DST prior to the departure to Germany. The charges for accommodation in Delhi and 2nd AC train tickets from the nearest railway station from their places of residence to New Delhi and back will be reimbursed by DST on submission of the receipts/ train tickets as per the DST norms.

It is mandatory that the selected candidates should submit the reports to DST on
the Lindau meetings after completion of the programmes and any information
document as and when required by DST within the time frame.

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No escorts/ accompanying persons will be allowed with the participants and no
request for personalized programme during this period would be considered in any
case. The applicants would also not be allowed to withdraw the nomination after


i. Only Indian science students (by citizenship) studying/ working/ affiliated to research Institutes/ universities in India are eligible.
ii. Engineering /Tech. students are not eligible.
iii. Indian students studying and doing post-doc/internship/or staying in Germany / abroad are also not eligible for this award.

There are three categories of participants to be nominated:

A. Master Students
B. Doctoral Students and
C. Young Post-doctoral researcher below the age of 35 years

All selected participants shall:

  • show a genuine interest in science and research
  • show a strong commitment to their principal field of studies and to the interdisciplinary work
  • receive the strong support of their application by their academic advisor and/or by internationally renowned scientists, through a detailed letter of recommendations
  • The recommendation letter should highlight the overall personality of the candidate, not just merit only.
  • be fluent in English, capable of an active participant in discussions
  • belong to the top five of their class in the order of merit
  • not already have a permanent position (Scientist and researchers with
    permanent/ regular position- particular at lecturer/ professor level (adhoc and/or permanent) will, in general, not be admitted to the meetings)
  • not older than 35 years of age as on 28 June 2020
  • not have participated in the previous Lindau Meetings
  • deliver fully completed applications to DST and after shortlisting by DST, the online application to Lindau website (incomplete applications shall be outright rejected)
  • Commit themselves to be present for the full duration of the meeting.
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Additional eligibility requirements in each category are:

Category-A: Master Students, who

• show excellent academic accomplishments and
• have already produced excellent research work, e.g. documented by publications, conference presentations,
• and/or research awards/prizes.
• Should be among top few in the order of merit in the class for 1st year of MSc or in 4th year of 5-year integrated master’s programme. Rank certificate from the Head of the Department is to be provided with the application.

Category-B: Doctoral Students, who:

• show excellent academic accomplishments and
• have already produced excellent research work, e.g. documented by publications, conference presentations,
• and/or research awards/prizes.
• Must have completed two years from the date of registration for PhD.

Category-C: Postdoctoral scientists, who:

• have up to 5 years of postdoctoral experience (optimum about 2-3 years after the doctoral degree),
• have published excellent results, preferably of own scientific research in refereed journals and as first or last and/or the corresponding author,
• have presented their work at international scientific meetings, preferably as (invited) lecturers.

Application process:

A complete application consists of:

a) One complete set of original application duly forwarded by Head of the Institute,
in the prescribed format (Annexure-I) along with one set of photocopies of the
awards/certificates substantiating the information provided in the application duly attested.
b) At least one letter of reference from an academician or acquainted with the
c) Soft copy of the application form in PDF format may also be submitted by email
to [email protected]. The softcopy will be used only for the evaluation purpose.
d) However, applications received by post on or before the last date will only be considered.
e) Applications by hand at DST will not be entertained.

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The hardcopy of the completed applications must be submitted latest by 17.00 Hrs on 15th October 2019 to:

Dr. Chadaram Sivaji
International Bilateral Cooperation Division
R.No-19A, S&T Block-1
Department of Science and Technology
Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi-110016.

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