MGR Medical University Fellowship 2011 on Minimal Access Abdominal Surgery

Applications are invited for Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University Affiliated One Year Fellowship Course on Minimal Access Abdominal Surgery at Laser & Laparoscopic Hospital, 121, te. N. Chetty Road.T. Uagar, Chennai -600 017.

Eligibility : MCI approved MS Degree in General Surgery.

Contact: Director, Prof. S. Ashok, MS, FRCS, FACS, FICS at

Last date for submitting application is 01-04-2011

UK LSE Chevening Scholarships 2011 in India for professionals

The Chevening Gurukul Leadership Programme at the London School of Economics (LSE) is the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s premium scholarship scheme for India. The selected candidates are offered an intense, all expenses-paid, 12 week residential course at the LSE. Through a combination of closely supervised project work, academic courses, field visits, seminars, debates and interactions with some of today’s top public figures, this is a unique opportunity for up to 16 Indian leaders.

Each scholarship covers the following:

(a) Full Programme fees

(b) Accommodation and living expenses for the duration of the scholarship for a maximum period of 12 weeks

(c) Return airfare from India to UK

(d) UK Student Visa and Schengen visa (for study visit)

Criteria for Eligibility

Applicants for this programme should be

* Outstanding mid-career professionals with at least five years of work-experience

* From any field e.g. media, public/private sector, NGO’s, politics

* Able to demonstrate leadership in their chosen field or profession (to be assessed from the personal statement provided with the application form and the references)

* With an inner drive to make a difference and looking to form networks & strengthen their opportunities

* Recent graduates may apply but must be able to demonstrate exceptional and outstanding leadership experience through either academic or extracurricular activities

General Eligibility Criteria

* An Indian national with a valid Indian passport

* Conversant with written and spoken English

You are not eligible if you

* have in the past received a British Government funded scholarship

* work for the British Government (including the British Council, DFID and PAG’s) or have worked with them in the past two years

* apply from another country

* Are not planning to return to India after the course for at least 2 years

Application Process

Full information on the scholarship, the application criteria and process.  Only online applications will be considered.

Last date to apply is 11 April 2011.

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India Alliance Margdarshi Fellowships 2011

Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance invites for Biomedical Research Fellowship Programme 2011 for India. This scheme supports outstanding researchers of any nationality, either medically qualified or science graduates, who wish to pursue a research career in an academic institution in India. Applicants must have demonstrated their ability to lead an independent research project and group.


You should normally have between seven to twelve years of post-PhD or equivalent clinical research experience. It is not essential for medical or veterinary degree holders to have a PhD. Due allowance will be given to an applicant whose career has been affected for personal reasons.

Applicants for the Senior Fellowship typically have a substantial record of publications and would have made significant intellectual contributions in their chosen area of research. Supervision of students and extra mural funding are also positively considered.

Candidates need not be Indian nationals or of India origin but must already be pursuing or intending to pursue an academic research career in India.

You may apply even if you already hold another Fellowship. However, please note that if awarded, you will be required to make a choice between your current Fellowship and the India Alliance Fellowship. The India Alliance does not permit Fellows to overlap their India Alliance Fellowship with any other national or international Fellowship.

The Fellowship must be started within one year from the point at which the decision has been communicated, typically a week after the interview.


You must have an eligible sponsoring host institution in India and an eligible Sponsor. The host institution Sponsor:

* must have a contract of employment with the institution with tenure beyond the duration of the proposed fellowship. It is typically the head of sponsoring department/ institution and someone who can guarantee space and resources for the tenure of the award.

* should provide a letter if support that includes:

1) if an award is made, you will be granted the status and prerogatives of other academic staff of similar seniority

2) that you will not have to spend more than eight hours per week on activities unrelated to the fellowship (e.g. teaching duties)

It is not mandatory for you to have a sponsor at the preliminary application stage, but if invited to make a full application you will have to provide information from and about your Sponsor.

Application process

* You should complete and submit a preliminary application form by the published deadline.

* Completed forms should be sent to

* If your preliminary application is viewed positively, you will be invited to submit a full application. Candidates will be notified in writing.

Preliminary application deadline: 12 May 2011

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