The Raman–Charpak Fellowship program honours 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 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 French Institute in India (IFI) French Embassy in India, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Government of France.

This programme implemented by the Indo French Centre for Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR/ CEFIPRA) is now also open to French Master's Students, who wish to spend some time in India in accordance to their curriculum. It aims at improving the Masters skills of French students by providing them an opportunity to carry out internship work in a university / research Institute based in India.

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

Please note: 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 Master's Students from France registered in French Research Institute / University, to offer them an excellent opportunity to carry out internship work in a University / Research Institute based in India & to establish professional relationships, to promote new S&T cooperation, and to experience another culture.


Students can avail the fellowship from minimum of 2 months to maximum of 6 months.


Atmospheric Sciences, Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences

Chemical Sciences

Engineering Sciences

Biological Sciences, Life and Medical Sciences

Materials Science

Mathematical and Computational Sciences

Physical Sciences


Fellowship support Rs. 40,000 per month for daily expenses, local travel, etc. plus accommodation charges not exceeding Rs. 45,000 per month

One return airfare ticket in economy class between India and France

Insurance coverage (travel & health) wherever is required

Any administrative costs for visa and registration (if any)

A Fellow may be provided with an additional support equivalent to Euro 500 in Indian Rupees for participating in a seminar/workshop during their term of the fellowship and stay in their host countries. The same will be limited to registration fees (if any) b) air/train tickets for travel including TA/DA claim (if any) c) accommodation charges (if any)

Please note that no support will be provided for the family members during the fellowship period.



Applicants must be residing in France and have registered for Masters in a recognized university or research institution in France.

Age: Maximum 30 years as on 1st April, 2018.

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.





Only online submission will be considered, candidates have to register and apply at www.cefipra.org or log on to: http://www.cefipra.org/raman-charpak-2017/index.aspx

Detailed description of the Research/ Educational Proposal 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 India, etc.

A CV (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 (max the 5 most important ones), etc.

A letter of recommendation from Faculty supervisor his/her parent institute/university

A letter of agreement from the proposed host supervisor in the fellowship lab (foreign research institute / university)

A short summary of the purpose and work of the internships

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)

A scan copy of passport (both front and back)

A recent photograph

Please note:

The documents enclosed must respect the lengths indicated above. It is strongly encouraged to apply early for timely processing rather than towards the end of the deadline. Please ensure that you completely fill the application form and then submit with all the requested documents/attachments. Incomplete applications will not be considered

The host institution/university of French applicants must be in India

If the application is successfully submitted, candidate should not apply again.

Applications received through post or submitted after the deadline will not be considered


For French Masters Students

To download the format for research/education Proposal (click here)

To download the format for CV (click here)

Please note that it is absolutely compulsory for candidates to submit their research proposal and CV in the prescribed formats




Launching: 1st August, 2018

Last date for applications: 31st October, 2018

Result: End of November, 2018 (Tentative)                     

Starting date of fellowship: 15th January 2019 onwards  

Guidelines & Important Instructions

Awarded fellows shall be invited to submit a valid travel itinerary according to their proposed duration of fellowship stated in his/her application form.

The travel itinerary for visit will be valid only after the declaration of results and an awarded fellow can start his/her fellowship from 15th January, 2019 and but latest by 31st August, 2019.

A request made by a fellow for reducing or increasing the duration of the fellowship may be accepted on the following conditions:

An increase/decrease of maximum 30 days from the proposed duration.

The fellow has to provide a justification for such request along with the recommendation letters from their faculty and host supervisors. Hence, it is advised that candidates must carefully submit their proposed duration in their application form after consulting their PhD and host supervisors. Please note, that no candidate will be considered for selection if the proposed duration is less than 2 months.

A fellow may be supported to participate in a seminar/conference/workshop during their stay in their host countries. For this purpose, the fellow should provide a proof of acceptance regarding selection of their paper/poster. CEFIPRA will consider providing support for their registration, travel and stay during that period.

The last date for submission of applications is 31st October, 2018.

For any further information please contact:

Dr Mukesh Kumar


Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research

(Centre Franco-Indien pour la Promotion de la Recherche Avancée-CEFIPRA)

Core 5B, Ground Floor, India Habitat Centre Lodhi Road,

New Delhi 110 003 (India)

Director: (+91-11) 2460 2432 (direct)

Website: http://www.cefipra.org

(Attn: Mr Kunal Kasariya, Scientific Programme Associate, CEFIPRA; E-mail:kunal@cefipra.org)

Office Tel. No.+91 11 24682251, +91 11 24682252