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70 fellowships on offer for emerging Indian and Australian researchers

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Applications for a bilateral fellowship program between Australia and India are now open, with 70 fellowships and over 30 awards on offer for applications from each country.

The new Australia India Research Students Fellowship (AIRS Fellowship) program, led by the Australia India Institute and funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, is an initiative to boost research collaboration and student mobility between the two countries.

It is open to eligible research students and post-doctoral scholars (early-career researchers) across all disciplines.

Students will undertake a research project during an exchange of four to eight weeks, to be completed by mid-October 2023.

“Australia is one of the world’s leading providers of education for international students and India is our second largest source of international students. In 2019, prior to the pandemic, Indian international students contributed more than $6.4 billion to our economy,” said Lisa Singh, CEO of the Australia India Institute.

“Part of the India Economic Strategy to 2035 Action Plan, this program will strengthen our research and education ties with our important trading partner.”

The AIRS Fellowship was launched in August at the sixth Australia India Education Council meeting, co-chaired by Australian Education Minister Jason Clare and Indian Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan.

The two countries have a long history of research engagement, with collaborative research in priority sectors like water, clean energy, agriculture and health.

“Research collaborations across national boundaries can promote strong bilateral ties, and in Australia the Indian diaspora have been a driving force in bilateral research collaboration,” Ms Singh added.

Applications close Sunday, 13 November. To learn more, click here.

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