A variety of funding opportunities are available to help promote academic mobility and joint research between Canada and India.

GRANTS

Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Programmes
The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute (SICI) offers broad based initiatives to support the creation of bi-national links between academia, government, the business community and civil society organisations by funding research and hosting seminars. SICI’s internship and fellowship programmes provide opportunities for individuals to gain first-hand experience in India or Canada. In addition, their Library programme provides valuable resources to students and faculty at Member Institutions.

For Faculties
Shastri Mobility Programme (SMP) (OPEN)
This Shastri Mobility Programme (SMP) is for SICI’s Member Institutions who wish to bring about a change in his/her university by understanding the Canadian/Indian education system, interested to develop curriculum through their visit to Canadian/Indian Institutions, willing to build up a course, wants to deliver lecture or interested to teach a module/part of a course in the visiting Institutions.

Shastri Programme Development Grant (SPDG) (OPEN)
The Shastri Programme Development Grant (SPDG) is devised in order to encourage scholarly and professional academic activities with a view to contributing to the expansion of knowledge about India or Canada at SICI’s Member Institutions. Among the activities included for grant consideration are conferences, symposia, workshops, lecture series and theme based orientation programmes for students of CMC/IMC to familiarize them with India and Canada.

Shastri Publication Grant (SPG) (OPEN)
The Shastri Publication Grant (SPG) is devised in order to encourage scholarly Publications like books which are critical in nature, festschrifts volumes, working papers, and policy papers. This is a competitive grant designed to assist the publication on topics relevant to the themes where Shastri Institute promotes research via various activities.

Shastri Institutional Collaborative Research Grant (SICRG) (OPEN)
The Shastri Institutional Collaborative Research Grant (SICRG) is devised to support and encourage Institutional collaboration in R&D for a period of two years in the areas in which Institutions from SICI’s Indian and Canadian Member Council can benefit. Applications from all domains of studies like Social Sciences and Humanities, Arts, Commerce & Management and STEM subjects are accepted. However, applications are encouraged in the focus areas of SICI and priority areas of MHRD, Govt. of India i.e. Food Security and Sustainable Development, Water Resource Management, Gender, Bi-lateral Trade and Investment, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Securing Future of Children and Youth, Higher Education, Agricultural Science & Technology, Teacher Education and Training, Health Sciences, Nursing, Marine Sciences and Ocean Studies.

Shastri Scholar Travel Subsidy Grant (SSTSG) (OPEN)
The Shastri Scholar Travel Subsidy Grants (SSTSG) assists faculty members, doctoral or post-doctoral students, with travel subsidies to participate in conferences, workshops, seminars and academic meetings in partner countries (India or Canada) that are intended to establish institutional and scholarly linkage.

SICI Membership Development Fund (SMDF) (OPEN)
The purpose of SICI Membership Development Fund (SMDF) is to publicize and promote SICI mandates as well as programs and grants offered by SICI Canada and Indian offices to its CMC Institutions. The SMDF grant can be used for a single event to promote SICI opportunities and other bi-national (India-Canada) activities in CMC institutions.

Shastri Faculty Training and Internationalization Grants (SFTIG) (CLOSED)
The Shastri Faculty Training and Internationalization Grants (SFTIG) allow Canadian and Indian faculty members to travel to universities of the other country upon invitation to work on receiving/delivering capacity building training in areas, such as teaching-learning pedagogy, course or curriculum development and any other areas identified by the host institutions. The duration for such faculty mobility is between 4-6 weeks.

Shastri Research Grant (SRG) (CLOSED)
The key objective of Shastri Research Grants (SRG) are to support new or ongoing research collaborations between SICI’s Canadian and Indian member institutions that promote mobility and capacity building among faculty members and researchers. The research projects conducted in all disciplines of study supported by our member universities ranging from Social Sciences and Humanities to STEM (sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics), business, management, etc. are eligible for seeking funds from this program.

For Students
Shastri Publication Grant (SPG) (OPEN)
The Shastri Publication Grant (SPG) is devised in order to encourage scholarly Publications like books which are critical in nature, festschrifts volumes, working papers, and policy papers. This is a competitive grant designed to assist the publication on topics relevant to the themes where Shastri Institute promotes research via various activities.

Shastri Research Student Fellowship (SRSF) (OPEN)
The Shastri Research Student Fellowship (SRSF) is for doctoral students, post-doctoral scholars and students enrolled in degree programmes in recognised Indian & Canadian universities or institutions to undertake research in areas/ fields in which scholars may desire/require research experience in Canada/India. Applications from all domains of studies like Social Sciences and Humanities, Arts, Commerce & Management and STEM subjects are accepted. However, applications are encouraged in the focus areas of SICI and priority areas of MHRD, Govt. of India i.e. Food Security and Sustainable Development, Water Resource Management, Gender, Bi-lateral Trade and Investment, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Securing Future of Children and Youth, Higher Education, Agricultural Science & Technology, Teacher Education and Training, Health Sciences, Nursing, Marine Sciences and Ocean Studies.

Shastri Scholar Travel Subsidy Grant (SSTSG) (OPEN)
The Shastri Scholar Travel Subsidy Grants (SSTSG) assists faculty members, doctoral or post-doctoral students, with travel subsidies to participate in conferences, workshops, seminars and academic meetings in partner countries (India or Canada) that are intended to establish institutional and scholarly linkage.

Shastri Student Internship Project (SSIP) (CLOSED)
The Shastri Student Internship Project (SSIP) provides undergraduate and graduate (Master’s, MPhil) students from SICI Member Institutions the opportunity to participate in a 3 month internship placement in SICI’s Indian and Canadian Member Institutions. Selected SSIP interns will receive opportunities to pursue their study/research/training in all domains of studies; however, applications are also encouraged for studying/researching in the focus areas of SICI, the Canadian and the Indian Governments, such as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

OUTBOUND MOBILITY

  • Focus: All disciplines
  • Term: Short (12-28 hours)
  • Stipend: USD $8,000-12,000
  • Proposals accepted year-round
  • Courses are recorded and made available online
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  • Focus: Science/Research
  • Term: Medium (1-3 months)
  • Stipend: USD $15,000-35,000
  • Proposals accepted year-round
  • Emphasis on Non-resident Indians/Persons of Indian Origin/Overseas Citizens of India
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  • Focus: Science/Social Sciences
  • Term: Long (2-8 months)
  • Stipend: USD $15,000-85,000
  • Call for proposals issued annually
  • Emphasis on development of niche courses, world-class books and monographs, translatable patents, demonstrable technologies, etc.
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Augustana India Study Tour
Every other year Augustana offers a three-week study tour of India which focuses on the intersection of religion and development. Visits are made to Indian universities and to a number of development sites animated out of the contexts of the Hindu, Christian, and Sikh traditions, among others.This three-credit course Economics provides an avenue for students to explore a majority-world country in a manner which makes them feel safe and secure. First-hand experiences with Indian people and organizations gives students an in-depth understanding of India, its cultural and religious diversity, and the challenges it faces in the 21st century.
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INBOUND MOBILITY

SERB Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship (OVDF)
In Fall 2016, UAlberta signed an agreement with SERB for visiting PhD students to conduct research at UAlberta through the Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship (OVDF). SERB sponsors Indian students who are in the 3rd or 4th year of their PhD program to do research abroad as a visiting student for 6-12 months (possibility of extension).

Eligibility: Open to students registered for full-time Ph.D. Degree in any of the recognized Institutions / Universities in India in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (including Medicine, Pharma, Agriculture and related S&T areas) disciplines.
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University of Alberta Research Experience (UARE)
The UARE provides a unique opportunity for talented senior undergraduate students from key partner universities around the world to conduct research under the supervision of faculty members who are experts in their field. Research placements are available during the winter (January to April) and summer (May to August).

Eligible Indian partner institutions: IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur
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MITACS Globalink Research Internship
The MITACS Globalink Internship Program offers travel funding for undergraduate students between Canada and several international partners. From May to September of each year, top-ranked applicants participate in a 12-week research internship under the supervision of UAlberta faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering, and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.

Eligibility: full-time undergraduate students (or combined undergraduate/Master’s program) with one to four semesters remaining in their program.
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SCHOLARSHIPS

Pansy and George Strange Graduate Scholarship (Graduate)
Awarded annually to two outstanding students registered in a graduate degree program in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Alberta. Preference will be given to a student who holds an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in India. Part-time students are eligible for this award. Value: $1,800.
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Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships: Improving Individual & Community Wellness in the Commonwealth Internship (Graduate); Student Leadership for Change (Undergraduate)
The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) aim to activate a dynamic community of young global leaders across the Commonwealth to create lasting impacts both at home and abroad through their intercultural exchanges encompassing international education, discovery and inquiry, and professional experiences. Value: $6,000.
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India First-Year Excellence Scholarship (Undergraduate)
Awarded to students studying in Canada on a study permit with superior academic achievement entering the first year of a University of Alberta undergraduate degree program from India. Selection based on high school academic standing. Value: $5,000.
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India Centenary Scholarship (Undergraduate)
Awarded to students on a study permit with superior academic achievement entering the first year of an undergraduate degree program at the University of Alberta from a high school in India. Selection is based on academic standing, demonstrated leadership qualities based on involvement in extracurricular and community activities, and a counsellor or teacher’s letter of recommendation. Value: $20,000 payable over 4 years.
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India Community Prize (Undergraduate)
To be awarded annually to an undergraduate student of outstanding merit at the end of first year in any faculty in the University of Alberta. Financial need may be taken into consideration. Endowed by the India Community in Alberta.
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KEY RESEARCH INITIATIVES

India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS)

India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) brings together researchers, industry innovators, community leaders, government agencies and community organizations across India and Canada to develop solutions to pressing issues faced by communities in Canada and India.

The collaboration, established by UAlberta, UBC and UToronto with various Indian organizations, is supported by the government of both countries.

IC-IMPACTS will develop and implement solutions in community contexts and train the next generation of researchers and innovators. To date there are 38 projects, 16 technology deployments, 22 patents and licenses, 584 scientific publications, 250 multi-sector partners. UAlberta leads IC-IMPACT research projects on water. A few select U of A projects under IC-IMPACTS:

  • Quantum dot solar panels to treat water in remote and off-grid settings: An innovative, low-cost method of building large area quantum dot solar cells that have potential to integrate with water treatment systems in remote areas and off-grid communities.
  • Point of care diagnostic system: diagnose malaria and drug resistance genotyping: Will further refine Accutas System (U of A research driven innovation licensed to Aquila Diagnostics) Accutas can test for malaria, a parasitic infection that is deadly if left undiagnosed. Team will expand testing to identify different forms of malaria and identify infections resistant to certain drugs. The technology requires no lab and results are available in about an hour. The simplicity and low cost of the technology make it ideal for the diagnosis of infectious diseases in low-resource field settings
  • Evaluating railway infrastructure integrity in India and Canada: Using structural health monitoring techniques to evaluate current condition and anticipated lifespan of railway bridges and tracks in Canada and India, Researchers are making strong advances towards developing tailored damage detection methods.

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