INDIAN COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH
(Ministry of Human Resource Development)
Aruna Asaf Marg, New Delhi – 110 067 

    

 

                                                                                                                                             

Indo-Swiss Joint Research Programme in the Social Sciences

   

CALL FOR SCHOLARS EXCHANGE GRANTS (SEG) 2016

 Opening date: 7 December 2016

 Closing date: 28 February 2017

 

Description of the programme

The Indo-Swiss joint research programme in the Social Sciences is designed to encourage and initiate research collaborations between Swiss and Indian social scientists on topics of mutual  interests  with  the  aim  to intensify  interaction between scholars and research institutions of the two countries as to promote sustainable bilateral collaboration.

Organizing entities

The Indo-Swiss joint research programme in the Social Sciences is jointly organized by the Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR) and by the University of Lausanne (UNIL) as Associate Leading House of the Indo- Swiss   Joint   Research   Programme   (ISJRP)   financed   by   the   Swiss   State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).

Description of the grant

The Scholars Exchange Grants (SEG) are designed to fund visits of researchers in the social sciences between Switzerland  and India, for joint research, field research, teaching exchange, joint development of a research proposal, presentations in conferences.

Research area

Social Sciences in a broad sense.

Goal

To initiate or intensify longstanding research collaboration between Indian and

Swiss social scientists.

Project duration

The visits can be spread over a duration of maximum 12 months.

Eligibility

Indian main applicant

 

The main applicant must hold a PhD and/or a senior permanent position in a university/institution located in India.

 

Applications   will  be  accepted  only  from  an  Indian  citizen  or  an  Indian permanent resident.

 

Swiss main applicant

 

The main applicant must hold a PhD and/or a senior permanent position in an eligible institution located in Switzerland (cantonal universities, Swiss federal institutes of technology, Federal and cantonal research institutions, universities of applied sciences and other research institutions eligible for receiving federal funding).

 

Applications will be accepted only from a Swiss citizen or a Swiss permanent resident.

 

Additional social scientists

 

Additionally to the main applicant, the SEG project  may  include  additional researchers and PhD students, postdoctoral social scientists or scientific collaborators   on  the   Swiss   and   the   Indian   sides.   The   total   number   of participants on each side should not exceed three. Each applicant can submit maximum one application

Funding principles

Indian funds

 

Indian funds will contribute to cover the travel costs of Indian researchers to Switzerland (max. one travel per scientist) and the living expenses of Swiss visitors in India.

 

Swiss funds

 

Swiss funds will contribute  to cover the travel costs of Swiss researchers  to

India, and the living expenses of Indian visitors in Switzerland.

 

Items not covered

•   Equipments;

•   Salaries and insurance;

•   Expenses for scientific sabbaticals;

•   Costs caused by illness or accidents;

•   Overhead costs.

Eligible costs on the

Indian side

Travel expenses of Indian researchers to Switzerland

•    India-Switzerland return flight with Air India, economy class at the lowest available price (max. one travel per scientist)

•   Transfer to/from the airport in India

•   Visa fees

Living expenses for Swiss visitors in India

•   Daily allowance of INR 1,100.- per diem for faculty members and INR

1,000.- per diem for students and post-doctoral social scientists plus guest house accommodation

Amount per grant

Eligible costs on the Swiss side

Swiss side: CHF 10,000 maximum per project

Travel expenses of Swiss researchers to India

•   Switzerland-India return flight, economy class at the lowest available price

(CHF 1,500.- max.)

•   Transfer to/from the airport in Switzerland

•   Visa fees             

Living expenses for Indian visitors in Switzerland

•   Short-term visits (up to 21 days): CHF 160.- per diem

•   Long-term visits (more than 21 days): CHF 3,600 per month

Submission of the application

Applications must be prepared jointly by the Indian and the Swiss applicants.

 

The Indian main applicant sends the original completed joint application form, along with an electronic version, to the ICSSR:

Mr M.P. Madhukar

Assistant Director

Incharge, International Collaboration Indian Council of Social Science Research Aruna Asaf Ali Marg

New Delhi – 110 067 (India)

Email:  adinchargeics@gmail.com

 

The Swiss main applicant sends the original completed joint application form, along with an electronic version, to the Swiss programme office at UNIL:

 

Mr Marc Pilloud

Deputy Head of International Relations

Cteau de Dorigny University of Lausanne CH-1015 Lausanne Switzerland

Email:  marc.pilloud@unil.ch

Application deadline

Completed  and  signed  applications   must  be  submitted  not  later  than  28

February 2017. Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Evaluation and selection

Joint applications will be evaluated by ICSSR on the Indian side, and by a scientific committee called by UNIL as Associate Leading House and EPFL as Leading House of the Indo-Swiss Joint Research Programme on the Swiss side.

 Evaluation criteria: (not listed in the order of priority):

•   Scientific merit of the proposed activities

•   Anticipated outcomes of the project

•    Benefits of the proposed activities for the establishment of sustainable research partnerships and institutional links between Swiss and Indian institutions

•    Added  value  of  the  visits  for  ongoing  research  and  teaching  where applicable, on both sides

•   Potential for follow-on collaborative activities

•   Expertise and complementarities of the two partners

•   Feasibility of the proposed approach

•   Qualifications and experience of the applicants

 The Indian main applicant will be notified by ICSSR, the Swiss main applicant by UNIL.

 The results are intended to be announced in June 2017.

Reporting

Grant recipients will have to submit a brief progress report after 6 months of the project, and a final scientific and financial report at the latest two months after the end of the grant period.

Joint Seminar

Subject  to  the  availability  of  funds,  an  Indo-Swiss  joint  seminar  may  be organised in 2017 in Switzerland. Selected social scientists will be expected to attend the seminar to present their project to their peers.

Websites

www.unil.ch/international/indo-swiss www.icssr.org

Contact

For questions please contact:

 

Indian programme office: Mr M.P. Madhukar Assistant Director

Incharge, International Collaboration

Indian Council of Social Science Research

Aruna Asaf Ali Marg

New Delhi – 110 067 (India) Email:  adinchargeics@gmail.com

 

Swiss programme office:

 Mr Marc Pilloud University of Lausanne Tel.: +41 (0)21 692 20 23

Email:  marc.pilloud@unil.ch  

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