[CALL] DUO-India Fellowship


Deadline: 31 Aug 2019

For exchanges of students + professors between Austria and India.

1. General Description

DUO-India Fellowship Programme is established in 2019 with the aim of promoting exchange of people between India and European countries on a balanced and permanent basis. For this program, only such institutes which are part of the Joint Research Projects under Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) are eligible to participate.

DUO-India aims to fund every year, 100 student-pairs for exchanges for one semester, starting from 2020 onwards aiming to provide mobility between Indian and European institutes. In this respect, DUO-India requires that a PAIR (two persons) of students be exchanged, and they should be from any of the collaborating institutes (both Indian and European) under SPARC projects.

The list of such institutes (both Indian & European) can be seen in https://sparc.iitkgp.ac.in/. As of now, 14 European countries namely Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and UK are part of SPARC programme.


CAUTION: If any application falls under the following 3 cases, the application is disqualified and will not be considered for selection. If such a case is found after the selection, the Secretariat reserves the right to cancel the fellowship (BOTH Indian/European students) and request the return of the fellowship in full. Therefore, the contact persons of the institutes should carefully confirm that the applications do not fall under the following 3 cases.

• Case 1. In case of the Transfer of Credits, the credits for transfer are less than 10 credits (20 ECTS): language and sports courses are NOT to be counted
• Case 2. GPA/ECTS written on the application are different from those of the transcript
• Case 3. During the period for the fall semester 2019, the Indian student does not stay in India (leave of absence is allowed) or the European student does not stay in Europe (leave of absence is allowed)


Definitions of students are as below:
• Students: undergraduate, master, doctoral and post-doctorate students who are currently enrolled in institutes (leave of absence is allowed)

N.B.: All applicants shall maintain their “enrollment status” at the time of application until the time they are engaged in exchanges.

1.1. Eligibility


Due to the unique nature of this programme, in order to be eligible, the following are required:

The exchange fulfills all the three requirements below:

1. The Indian institute (Home institute) will select an Indian national student enrolled at the Home institute to send to the European institute (Host institute), and such selection has been accepted by the Host institute;

2. The same Host institute will select an EU citizen student enrolled at the Host institute to be sent to the Home institute, and such selection has been accepted by the Home institute.

3. If any of the students are in exchange programmes in the fall of 2019, then they are disqualified.

1.2. Duration and Fellowship

DUO-India 2020 is for exchange of students for spring semester (between Jan/Feb and May/June, 2020) and fall semester (between Aug/Sep and Nov/Dec, 2020). The selection of DUO-India Fellows would be made ONLY once a year. In this respect, those who are planning to exchange in 2020 shall apply for DUO-India 2020 within the timelines specified below.


The duration of exchange should be at least one semester. Exchange of less than one semester is NOT allowed.

If the duration of a semester is longer than 4 months, fellowship will be given for 4 months. Similarly, If the duration of a semester is less than 4 months, then the fellowship will be adjusted on a pro-rata basis


The duration and the amount of the fellowships are standardized as follows:



Amount in Euro

Europe to India (one semester or 4 months)

Travel to and from Indian institute


Living expenses @250 EURO per month for 4 months


Total for EU students in India


India to Europe (one semester or 4 months)

Travel to and from European institute


Living expenses @1,500 EURO per month for 4 months


Total for Indian students in EU


2. Application and Selection Procedure


2.1 Application Period


Applications will be accepted from July 15 to August 31, 2019 local Indian time.

Applications submitted after August 31, 2019 will not be accepted.

2.2. Who Applies?

The Indian institute applies on behalf of both institutes and people who are to participate in the exchange. European institutes in partnership with Indian institutes shall cooperate fully with Indian institutes in supplying precise information of European applicants.


Individuals wishing to take part in exchanges are advised to contact the relevant offices, most probably international relations offices of the institute to file an application for this program.