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FITM - Research Fellowship Scheme

The Forum on Indian Traditional Medicine (FITM), established at Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) in collaboration with the Ministry of AYUSH, is a common platform for all actors and stakeholders to come together to contribute to pragmatic policy making in the area of Indian Traditional Medicines (ITMs) .

Under the Research Fellowship Scheme, FITM aims to encourage and promote research

Subject of Research
Any subject of relevance to Indian Traditional Medicines.

Categories of Fellowships

  • Doctoral Fellowships
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships


  • Doctoral Fellowships - 2 years from the date of award.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - 1 year from the date of award.

· Research Fellowships are open to scholars with educational backgrounds in any of AYUSH disciplines.
· Additional qualification in any other specialisation especially IT is desirable.
· Outstanding candidates from other disciplines may be considered.
· Doctoral Research Fellowship applicant should be a full time PhD scholar in any UGC recognised Indian University, deemed University /Institute.
· Postdoctoral Research Fellowship applicant should have obtained his/her PhD degree at the time of application for the Fellowship.

Selection Procedure
· The selection of the Research Fellows will be made by the Fellowship Committee of the FITM.
· The applicant will be required to submit his/her particulars in the prescribed format, duly filled-in, along with a Proposal.
- The Proposal for the Doctoral Research Fellowship may or may not be similar to the Proposal for PhD thesis submitted to the University where the applicant is registered.
- The Postdoctoral Fellow may submit a Proposal based on the area of research he/she intends to undertake during the Fellowship.
· Based on the shortlisted meritorious Proposals from eligible applications and/or interviews with the candidates, the Fellowship Committee shall recommend the names to the FITM for grant of Fellowships. The Fellowship Committee reserves the right to call or not to call a candidate for interview. If the Fellowship Committee does not find any applicant suitable for the grant of the Fellowship in a given year, no Fellowship may be granted during that year. The FITM may, however, consider awarding the Fellowship for that particular year in the next year subject to the availability of funds.
· The validity of the award letter shall be one month from the date mentioned in the award letter. No extension beyond one month will be considered. Decision of the FITM in matters of selection for interview or for award of Fellowships, etc. shall be final and binding on the candidate.

Application Procedure
Online applications will be invited on all India basis through press advertisement. The information with respect to inviting applications is also to be made available on the RIS/FITM website and Ministry of AYUSH website Applicants are required to apply on-line.

Age Limit
The upper age limit for applicant for Doctoral Research Fellowship shall not be more than 28 years on the last date of application. 
The applicant for Post-Doctoral Fellow should not be more than 35 years of age on the last date of application. 
The upper age limit is relaxable up to 5 years in case of candidates belonging to scheduled castes/scheduled tribes/OBC, physically challenged and female applicants.

Guidelines for Submission of Research Proposal by Applicants
The Proposal is to broadly comply with the following guidelines:

Title of the project.
a. Title of the project.
b. Statement of the Problem: In the opening paragraphs of the research proposal, the problem to be investigated should be stated clearly and briefly. The significance of the topic in the context of the ITMs should be explained.
c. Overview of Literature: The overview of literature should summarize the current status of research, including major findings in the proposed area of study. The research Proposal should clearly establish the relevance of the approaches and findings to the objective of the Research Fellowship.
d. Conceptual Framework: The Proposal should clearly indicate the concepts to be used and demonstrate their relevance for the study. It should further specify the empirical dimension, if any, that need to be explored for carrying out research.
e. Research Questions/Hypotheses: Given the conceptual framework and dimensions of the research to be conducted, specific questions to be answered and hypotheses to be tested through the proposed study should be explicitly formulated, compatible with the research design.
f. Coverage: In the light of the research proposed, if sampling becomes necessary, full information on the following points should be given: (i) universe of the study, (ii) sampling frame, and (iii) units of observation and sampling size.
g. If the study requires any control groups, they should be specifically mentioned. An explanation of the determination of size and type of the sample shall also be necessary. Proposals not requiring a sample selection should specify their strategy appropriately and describe the rationale behind it.
h. Methodology: A suitable description of the methods of research for the study may be given.
i. Data Collection: The different types of data proposed to be collected should be clearly mentioned. The sources for each type and the tools and techniques that will be used for collecting these data should also be specified.
j. Time Budgeting: The Proposal should have a clearly defined time line, specifying the time required for the completion of each stage of research.
k. The Proposal is not to exceed a word limit of 3000.

10. Undertaking
The selected research scholar shall sign an Undertaking with FITM/RIS to abide by the terms
and conditions outlined in the Scheme.

11. Conditions of Grant

Amount of Fellowship
Doctoral Research Fellowship will be a maximum of INR 5/- lakh (Rupees Five Lakh Only) per year.
Postdoctoral Fellowship will be a maximum of INR 7.5/- lakh (Rupees Seven Lakh Fifty Thousand Only) per year.
No other grant or allowance or assistance will be provided by FITM.
The amount sanctioned to a Fellow will be disbursed in quarterly instalments, subject to the satisfactory progress of the project and/or recommendation of the Fellowship Committee to that effect after its review.

  • Doctoral Research Fellow - 2 years from the date of the award of Fellowship with no extension.
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow - 1 year from the date of the award of Fellowship with no extension.
 Application Last Date: 15-09-2018  

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