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Fellowship in innovation and research
Any field of Science
Jindal Aluminium Ltd (JAL), Bangalore and Sitaram Jindal Foundation (SJ Foundation), New Delhi
Indians in India or abroad
Sitaram Jindal Research Fellowship Scheme is instituted by Jindal Aluminium Ltd (JAL), Bangalore and Sitaram Jindal Foundation (SJ Foundation), New Delhi to encourage and inspire the talent and recognize excellence in innovation and research.
1. Open to all Indians living in India or abroad. The Research work should be
conducted in India. Persons of Indian origin who have acquired foreign
nationality are not eligible.
2. Should have PhD or MD/ MS in Medicine or M Tech or equivalent, in the relevant field.
3. The subject of research should be absolutely non-controversial having no alignment towards or against a particular sect or religion or with any intent to propagate a particular ideology or concept directed to develop any religious, caste or communal feelings in the society.
4. The topic of study/research should be beneficial to the general populace of the country particularly to the under privileged and vulnerable groups.
5. The candidate should have proven high calibre academic and research trade record as evident from the quality of publications, recognitions and intellectual property rights obtained.
6. a) The research fellows, who are employed by the Host Institution, should devote at least 50% of their time on research under this fellowship scheme.
b) All the other research fellows who are not employed by the Host Institution should carry out research continuously on full time basis under this fellowship scheme.
7. The candidate should not accept any other fellowship/scholarship or stipend except with the prior permission of SJ Foundation. The candidate may continue to get the salary, as permitted by SJ Foundation, from the institution where he is employed and where the research is being conducted.
8. The research fellow who is employed by the Host institution and is drawing salary from it, should get a "No Objection" letter from the institution stating that the institution has no objection to their employee undertaking research under this Fellowship Scheme.
9. The proposed research work should be original. JAL/SJF will be immune and will stand indemnified in case of any legal infringement of copyright, patent and trademark and/or any other legal infringement committed by the candidate.
Fields of Research
The proposed area of research/work of the candidate could be in any of the following fields.
(i) Any field of Science in its broadest terms including (but not limited to) Engineering and Technology, Medicine including Indian Systems of Medicine with special emphasis on Naturopathy, Agriculture, Vet. Sc., Environment etc.
(ii) Innovative solutions to the problems faced by the country and the people of India in any field.
(iii) Towards poverty alleviation - innovations to benefit the poor in a big way.
Initially for 3 years which can be emended upto a maximum total of 6 years depending upon the quality and the quantity of the research work done so far, need for extension and the likely outcome of further research work.
SJ Foundation will take a decision on extension on the basis of the recommendations of the Head of Department and the Host Institution after evaluation by the experts, if considered necessary.
Upto Rs.1 lakh per month
a) The amount of Fellowship per month would depend up on whether the scholar is gainfully employed and is getting salary for his current employment in a Research Organisation or is getting only this fellowship.
The Fellowship amount would also depend on the following
i) Qualifications and Experience of the Candidate.
ii) Proven Track Record as evident from the innovations done in the past; Quality of Publications and Recognitions.
iii) Relevance and Importance of the Research Topic for the common man.
b) In addition, the Research Fellow will also get a Contingency grant of a maximum of Rs. 10 lakhs per year, the quantum of which will also depend upon the need of such contingency funding. The contingency grant will take care of the actual contingent expenditure incurred in pursuance of the ‘Research and Innovation’ work. This amount can be used for the following
(i) For acquisition of Books, Documents of relevance to the project as approved by the Head of Department/Host Institution.
(ii) To meet petty expenses for the purchase of chemicals, reagents, stationery, postage, Registration fee for attending workshops/ conferences.
(iii) For travel expenses including one foreign travel/foreign attachment during the entire research project period. The approval for foreign travel/foreign attachment will be given by SJ Foundation on the recommendation of the Host Institution.
Contingent grant cannot be used on furniture, office equipments including Computers, laptops etc The use of contingency grant will be governed by detailed guidelines from SJ Foundation.
The Fellowship will be sanctioned to the individual(s) who are either attached or are going to be attached to the Institutions which have the infrastructure facilities for the type of research work to be undertaken, besides guidance and supervision of the Fellow doing the Research. A certificate to this effect has to be obtained by the applicant from the Host Institution which should be submitted with his application to SJ Foundation. The application should be sent through the Host Institution duly recommended by the Head of the Dept.
c) The Host Institution will get Rs. 4 lakhs per year per Research Fellow as overhead expenditure and for monitoring, supervising and controlling the fellow and the expenditure of funds to ensure that the funds are properly utilised and are not misused and to avoid extravagance.
The application form and all other relevant information can be downloaded from
the "Sitaram Jindal Research Fellowship Scheme" website
The applicant will register himself and submit his application for research fellowship on the website of the Fellowship Scheme in the prescribed form after getting the consent of the Host Institution. He will also submit the signed hard copy of his application in the prescribed form along with attested copies of certificates/recommendations to the Host Institution.
The applications for fellowship can be sent any time of the year. There is no 1ast date.
The Host Institution will forward the hard copy of the application received from the candidate after filling up Part-2 of the application form along with supporting documents duly signed by the Head of Dept. with their recommendation on their official letterhead to The Secy. General, Sitaram Jindal Foundation, Jindal Nagar, Tumkur Road, Bangalore – 560 073
The selection process will be on a 3 tier system controlled by JAL/SJ
i) All proposals received will be acknowledged by email.
ii) The secretariat of the SJ Foundation may forward any or all cases to one or more referees identifying the points on which their comments are required.
iii) The referees will examine the proposal so received and offer the recommendations/findings on the suitability or otherwise of the proposal and will send it back to the SJ Foundation Secretariat. The referees and the secretariat may seek any information/clarifications from the applicant, head of dept. or the host institution or any other person deemed fit.
iv) The secretariat will forward a synopsis of the proposals and the recommendations/findings received from the referees to the members of the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will recommend whether the case is fit to be granted Fellowship and also recommend the fellowship amount per month and the contingency fund for the research work.
v) The referees will be paid a suitable honorarium.
vi) The synopsis of the cases approved by the Selection Committee along with a list of rejected cases with reasons shall be forwarded to SJ Foundation for final approval along with the quantum of fellowship per month and the contingency fund per year during the currency of the fellowship.
vii) Mere application/correspondence with the host Institution /Selection Committee does not necessarily mean or imply that the individual shall be selected for the fellowship.
viii) The decision on the selection or otherwise of research proposal would be sent to the Host Institution and the candidate by email. The candidate will download and print four copies of the MOU from the website, sign all the copies and submit them to the Host Institution on receipt of approval of his application for research. The host institution will sign all the four copies and send them to the Secy. General of the Foundation for getting the signatures of the authorised representatives of JAL and SJ Foundation. The Secy. General will obtain these signatures and send one copy each of the signed MOU to the candidate and the host institution.
ix) The selection process shall be carried out throughout the year. There is no last date. The Selection Committee shall meet as often as necessary.
x) The Selection Committee may call the candidate for a personal interview for which the candidate will be paid AC-3 Tier return train fare from their place of residence. The referees may also be invited to attend the personal interview if considered necessary by the Selection Committee.
xi) The selection will be based on the scrutiny of academic/research achievements and documentary evidence and the importance/relevance of the research work to be carried out, the expected outcomes and the performance of the candidate in the interview, if conducted.
Proven track record of high calibre as revealed by the academic performance and publications/recognitions and the relevance of the research topic would broadly guide the Selection Committee in taking their decision.
xii) The criteria for selection for fellowship is:
a) The quality of candidate’s work and the extent of creativity and promise shown.
b) The sense that the fellowship would make a difference.
c) The importance of the Research work for the benefit of the society.
xiii) The number of candidates to be selected for the fellowship may vary from year to year. The number in the first year would be 20. The number of fellowships can be revised by JAL/SJ Foundation at any time depending upon the availability of funds.
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