ASM-IUSSTF Indo — US Professorship in Microbiology 

Indo-US Science and Technology Forum


Indo-US Professorships seek to broaden scientific collaboration between India and the United States though travel grants that support research and teaching partnerships. The program is sponsored by the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and managed by ASM. 

The application must be made jointly between a hosting institution and the visiting professor.

Annual Deadline: December 15 for projects proposed for March 1 – December 31 of the following year.

Teaching Professorships” provide microbiologists in India and the United States with an opportunity to visit institutions in the other country to teach an interactive short course on a topic in any of the microbiological disciplines.

  • Courses must serve a minimum of 20 students/​faculty
  • Courses should include a hands-on component, such as a wet lab or other practical activity
  • Academic and research institutions in both countries serve as hosts for courses offered by providing classrooms, laboratory space, and other logistical needs

Research Professorships” provide support to microbiologists in India and the United States to conduct a novel research project in partnership with colleague(s) at a research facility in the other country.

Professorship funding is intended to facilitate new research collaborations.Proposals to support pre-existing collaborations or partnerships will not be considered.


Visiting Teaching Professor

  • Scientifically recognized in his/​her area of microbiological expertise as demonstrated through courses taught, awards, publications, etc.
  • Actively engaged in teaching at the post-secondary level at an accredited university.
  • Commitment to international collaborations and partnerships.
  • Citizen of either the United States or India.

Visiting Research Professor

  • Preference will be given to early career scientists who have obtained a PhD, or other equivalent academic degree, within the past 10 years.
  • Must be actively involved in research in the microbiological sciences (broadly defined)
  • Citizen of either the United States or India.

Host Institution

  • Accredited institution graduate students enrolled in a masters, doctoral or equivalent program, post-doctoral fellows or residents, and teaching faculty.


Applications will be reviewed on the strength of the following overall criteria:

Teaching Professorships

  • Demonstrated need for microbiological training 
  • Feasibility of short course to achieve the learning objectives 
  • Potential impact of training regionally and/​or nationally 
  • Relevance of the course’s content to existing programs/​curriculum at the host institution 
  • Commitment to sustain and advance microbiological training in the future 
  • Commitment to sustain and advance the microbiological sciences

Research Professorships

  • Academic excellence of the applicant 
  • Excellence of host scientist’s research experience and proposed training environment 
  • Demonstrated intent to build a long-term institutional relationship 
  • Quality and originality of proposed research 
  • Relevance of the research to the applicant’s scientific community 
  • Appropriateness of the approach or experimental design 
  • Clearly stated objectives 
  • Feasibility of achieving the objectives

To Apply

Applications should be submitted to ASM International Affairs https://​intl​grants​.asm​.org

Annual application deadline: December 15

Applicants will be notified by February 1

Professorships should be scheduled between March 1 and December 31.

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