South Africa-India Joint Science and Technology Research Cooperation for South African and Indian scientists / researchers

South Africa-India Joint Science and Technology Research Cooperation

Course(s) Offered: Science, Technology
Course Level: Graduate (research)
Provider: Govts of South Africa & India
Country to Study in: South Africa, India

Scholarship Description
Under the framework of the South Africa-India inter-governmental bilateral agreement on cooperation in the fields of science and technology signed in 1995, a new programme of cooperation has been agreed for the years 2011 to 2013.

Under this Programme of Cooperation we are pleased to announce the call for joint research project proposals between South African and Indian scientists / researchers, and invite all local scientists/ researchers wishing to participate, to submit their proposals by the due date indicated below.

South Africa:
This call is open to all working researchers residing in South Africa and affiliated with a recognised higher education or research institution such as a university, university of technology or science council.

An application must designate two principal investigators, one in South Africa and the other in India, who will bear the main responsibility for the project, including its technical and administrative coordination as well as scientific and financial reporting.

The South African applicant must be in possession of at least a master’s degree (preferably a PhD).

Commercial institutions and private education institutions are not eligible to apply under this programme.

The Principal Investigator (PI) and other investigators in India should be Scientists/faculty members working in regular capacity in UGC recognized Universities/ Deemed Universities, Academic Institutes and National Research & Development Laboratories/Institutes.

The Indian PI should not be retiring or leaving the parent institute during the proposed duration of the project.

Eligible groups
Citizens of South Africa and India

Participating Institutions
All recognised higher education or research institutions in South Africa AND India (including Universities, Universities of technology, Science councils, Academic Institutes, National Research & Development Laboratories/Institutes, etc)

Fields of study
Doctoral/postdoctoral research level studies in the fields of Science and Technology

Number of awards
Not specified by provider

Sponsorship duration
The current programme of cooperation is agreed for the years 2011 to 2013

Scholarship benefits
Please inquire from providers

Method of Application
South Africa:
Application forms for South African applicants may be downloaded electronically from the NRF website ( A compulsory soft copy and scanned signature page of the South African application must be submitted to: Mr Raven Jimmy (

No hard copies of the application will be accepted.

Only applications endorsed by the research office or its equivalent at higher education or research institutions will be accepted.

Application forms for Indian applicants may be downloaded from the website: or

One original and five copies of project proposals may be submitted in the prescribed format to:

Dr Arvind Kumar
Scientist ‘D’
International Division
Department of Science & Technology
New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi-110016

A copy typed in MS word is to be e-mailed to; before the closing date. The applications should be forwarded through the designated authority of the Institute/University/Laboratory.

The application closing date is 15 July 2010.

The bilateral relations between the Republic of India and the Republic of South Africa have grown strong since the end of apartheid in South Africa in 1994. Both nations have since developed close strategic, cultural and economic ties. Both are former British colonies and full members of the Commonwealth of Nations.

There is a major resident Indian community in South Africa. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (more commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi) had commenced his political-legal career in South Africa, experimenting with civil disobedience in the 1890s and 1900s, to improve the quality of living of the Indians living there.

Indians also contributed to the African National Congress's struggle against the Apartheid regime. The Indian government was an outspoken critic of the apartheid-era South African government, refusing to maintain diplomatic relations. India's support evoked goodwill in South Africa and other African countries.

Application Deadline: 15 July 2010
Open to International Applicants: No

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