Raman Charpak Fellowship 2017

CEFIPRA Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR)
Department of Science and Technology


The Raman – Charpak Fellowship program is in honour of two Nobel Laureates in Physics, Prof C.V. Raman, Indian Nobel Laureate (1930) and Prof Georges Charpak, French Nobel Laureate (1992). The Fellowship was launched during the State visit of the President of France, H.E. Mr. Francois Hollande, to India during February 14 – 15th, 2013. The aim is to facilitate the exchange of doctoral students between the two countries, in order to broaden the scope and depth of future engagements in Science, Technology and Innovation.

The Raman-Charpak Fellowship is the only Indo-French bilateral Fellowship programme jointly funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and the Sector for Science and Technology (SST), French Embassy in India, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Development, Government of France.

This programme implemented by the Indo French Centre for Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR/CEFIPRA) aims at improving the doctoral skills of Indian and French students by providing them an opportunity to carry out part of their research work in a University / Research & Development Institute based in France or India respectively.

The scheme also provides an exposure and experience about the current research methods and trends in France/​India, while discovering each other’s cultural context. 

Applicants must have a pre-determined project proposal that has been discussed and agreed upon by the student and the two supervisors (Indian and French) before applying. 

This fellowship programme is dedicated to highly qualified PhD students registered in an Indian or French Research Institute / University, to offer them an excellent opportunity to carry out a part of their research project in France / India, to establish professional relationships, to promote new S&T cooperation, and to experience another cultural context.


  • Applicants from India must be Indian citizens residing in India and have registered for a PhD in a recognized university or research institution in India
  • Applicants from France must be residing in France and have registered for a PhD in a recognized university or research institution in France
  • Age: Maximum 30 years as on 1st April, 2017
  • Students once supported by CEFIPRA, also in the framework of CEFIPRA projects, and students who have a permanent position in institutions/​universities are not eligible
  • Pre-authorization or prior consent from his/​her Institute / University to apply for a foreign fellowship program [No objection certificate from Head of the Institution] (Only for Indian Applicants)

To Apply

Documents required

  • Detailed description of the research plan/​proposal (maximum up to 5 pages) in the prescribed format (see link below), which notably asks for: the title and the research work plan, an explanation of the expected benefit from his/​her stay in the proposed Research Institute / University in France / India etc. 
  • A CV (maximum up to 2 pages) in the prescribed format (see link below) with recent photograph including summary of achievements and research interests, list of relevant publications (maximum 5 most important ones), etc.
  • A letter of recommendation from the Ph.D. supervisor
  • A letter of agreement from the proposed host supervisor in the fellowship lab (Foreign Research Institute / University)
  • PhD synopsis or short summary of PhD work (up to 2 pages only)
  • Research experience letter or publications if any (first author or co-author); (kindly combine the first page of all the publications and enclose as a single PDF file) 
  • No Objection Certificate from Head of the Institution. (Only for Indian Applicants) 
  • A scan copy of passport (both front and back) 
  • A recent photograph 

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