This is a mentored Fellowship Programme for Early Career Researchers to attain independence.
This scheme provides a unique opportunity for those clinicians and public health researchers, who have shown promise to pursue a research career and wish to further strengthen their efforts towards achieving a long-term research vision under the guidance of a Fellowship supervisor at a Host Institution in India.
What is expected of the Fellowship Supervisor and the Applicant?
It is expected that the Applicant must have made efforts towards developing a track record of research in the area of interest. It is important that clinicians and public health professionals must have made adequate plans to gain broad exposure to research, which further their development as a clinical and/or public health researcher.
Applicants must have shown significant promise in their scientific career to date, which includes (but is not limited to) a strong academic record, attendance of conferences and workshops, and the vision to develop as an independent researcher.
Role of the Fellowship Supervisor
The Early Career Fellowship scheme requires applicants to identify a Fellowship Supervisor on the application, who will provide them guidance on efficiently managing an independent research programme.
The choice of Fellowship Supervisor and the Host Institution is carefully scrutinized to assess if the Applicant would be able to use the Fellowship effectively and gain sufficient experience towards an independent career. Essentially, this requires a concerted effort from both the Applicant as well as the Fellowship Supervisor.
The Fellowship Supervisor would ensure that the proposed project is in line with his/her research, but is developed independently by the Applicant with his/her inputs.
The Fellowship supervisor must detail the strategies he/she would adapt to support the Applicant’s career development at the Host Institution. Apart from providing a commitment for space, time and resources, the Supervisor must share a mentorship plan highlighting key indicators to evaluate the Fellows’ performance on a regular basis.
Development of the Project:
Applicants are expected to identify an important biomedical research question and develop a project that would help answer this question in consultation with the Fellowship Supervisor.
In order to develop a coherent research plan, the applicant must have clarity regarding their own research interests, and the future directions that they intend to take in their career. Secondly, they should evaluate if the mandate of the ongoing research programme of the Fellowship Supervisor would complement their efforts in creating their own niche.
The project can be designed as an offshoot of the work currently being pursued by the Fellowship Supervisor with adequate scope for the Applicant to explore new directions, develop critical thinking, learn new technologies, make significant advances in the field and attain independence.
The Fellowship Supervisor must describe his/her current work in the context of the work proposed by the Applicant, and how they complement each other.
The proposal should also suggest how the work would allow the Applicant to attain independence through the proposed research program. Submitted proposals are expected to be globally competitive.