Visiting Advanced Joint Research Faculty Scheme (VAJRA)

Science and Engineering Research Board


VAJRA Faculty Scheme is to bring a strong international connect to the R&D ecosystem of India. The scheme offers adjunct / visiting faculty assignments to overseas scientists, faculty members and R&D professionals including Non-resident Indians (NRI) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) to undertake high quality collaborative research in Public funded academic and research Institutions of India. VAJRA Faculty will engage in collaborative research in cutting edge areas of science and technology including interdisciplinary areas of priority such as energy, water, health, security, nutrition, materials and manufacturing, etc. with one or more Indian Collaborators.VAJRA Faculty is expected to co-guide research students and may also be involved in technology development, innovation, start ups, etc.


The eligibility conditions are:

  • The scheme is open to overseas scientists, faculty members and R&D professionals including Non-resident Indians (NRI) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI).
  • The overseas scientist or faculty should be an active researcher working in a leading academic / research / industrial organization with significant accomplishments in research and development.
  • Indian Collaborator(s) should be a regular faculty/​researcher in public-funded academic/​research institutions with significant ongoing research in the area of VAJRA Facult

To Apply

  • Application for VAJRA Faculty Scheme can be submitted throughout the year. The first offer will be made by 1 November 2017 for applications submitted by 31st August 2017 to allow them to undertake the Faculty assignment by December 2017.
  • The Indian collaborator should identify appropriate overseas faculty/​researcher and jointly frame a research plan.
  • The Indian collaborator should submit the application online at www​.ser​bon​line​.in
  • Endorsement certificate from Indian Institution and consent letter from overseas faculty institution for participation as VAJRA Faculty, should be uploaded during the time of submission.
  • On submission of the online application, a link to view the submitted application would be sent to the overseas faculty. On his/​her acceptance, the application would be completed for further consideration.
  • The Committee for evaluating the applications will meet twice a year in January and July and to make its recommendations (with exception for the Year 2017).
  • SERB will announce the results in the month of April and September(with exception for the Year 2017).

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