Open Call: Invitation to Apply for Researcher Exchange

Researcher Exchanges
The India-UK Water Centre is inviting proposals from members of its Open Network of Water Scientists who are based in India and the UK, to apply for funding underone of two researcher exchange schemes.
Funding is available to support at least two researcher exchanges to be undertaken during the period 01 January 2019- 30 June 2019: at least one exchange by an Indian water scientist to the UK and at least one exchange by a UK water scientist to India.

Specifics of the 01st January 2019 – 30th June 2019 exchanges

Exchange duration:Applicants must highlight and justify the required amount of time to achieve the objectives of the proposed exchange. Visits are expected to range from between 1-3 weeks(although longer exchanges may be considered) and should involve spending time visitingone or more institutes. The exchange must be completed within the period of 01st January 2019 – 30th June 2019.
Career Stage:These exchanges may either be through the Senior Exchange Scheme or the Junior Exchange Scheme (see the Terms and Conditions for details of these schemes).
Exchange Purpose:Applicants must clearly outline the purpose and intended benefits of the exchange. The IUKWC expect the outlined purpose to be commensurate with the expertise (Junior or Senior) of the applicant. The aims of the exchange could include, but not be limited to, the following:
  • Exploring research ideas for future collaborations
  • Building capacity, developing understanding or training in research concepts or methods
  • Networking and experience of international working (particularly for Junior Exchange).
Exchange Theme :This funding opportunity is aimed at building on NERC-MoES research, and facilitating new collaborations in any of the five IUKWC theme areas of:
  • Developing hydro-climate services to support water security;
  • Building cross-sectoral collaborations to understand the dynamic interactions across the water-energy-food nexus;
  • Using new scientific knowledge to help stakeholders set objectives for freshwater management;
  • Improving freshwater monitoring frameworks and data for research and management;
  • Transforming science into catchment management solutions.
Funding:The funding which can be claimed to support exchanges undertaken between January 2019 and June 2019 is:
  • India to UK exchange: Funding towards Indian participant’s eligible travel and subsistence costs for up to 3 weeks in the UKand contribution towardsreasonable, local consumables/project related costs in the UK.
  • UK to India Exchange:Funding towards UK participant's eligibletravel and subsistence costs for up to 3 weeks in India and contribution towards reasonable, local consumable/project related expenses in India.
Applicants should read the Terms and Conditions for Researcher Exchanges before applying

Assessment Procedure

Applications will be assessed by the IUKWC Secretariat against the following criteria:
  • Fit to the scientific scope of the Centre
  • Timeliness of the topic
  • Risk of successful delivery
  • Capability of the individuals to run the activity
  • Relevant expertise of the individuals
  • Anticipated added value


16th August, 2018: Call opens
16th October, 2018: Call closes - Deadline for submission of application web form
30th October, 2018: Applicants notified of outcome


Activity Documents: 

Activity Date Calender: 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 to Sunday, June 30, 2019