CEFIPRA-ESONN Fellowship Programme

Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (IFCPAR/CEFIPRA) is India’s first and France’s only bilateral organisation outside France which has been in existence for the past 30 years, committed to promote collaboration between the scientific communities of the two countries across the knowledge innovation chain. CEFIPRA along with DST has joined hands with Université Joseph Fourier (now Université Grenoble Alpes), Grenoble, France for supporting participation of Indian doctoral students to European School on Nano-sciences and Nano-technologies (ESONN) in Grenoble, France. ESONN is a three-week course aimed at providing training for graduate students, postdoctoral and junior scientists from universities and laboratories in the field of nano-sciences and nano-technologies in Physics, Biology and Chemistry. The academic and practical courses cover the elaboration, functioning and characterization of nano-objects.

  • Applicants must be Indian citizens residing in India and have registered for a PhD in a recognized university or research institution in India

  • Age: Maximum 30 years as on 1st January of the Call year

  • Students once supported by CEFIPRA and students who have a permanent position in institutions/universities are not eligible

  • Pre-authorization or prior consent from his/her Institute / University to apply for a foreign fellowship programme [No objection certificate from Head of the Institution]

Application Process

Applicants should first register through ESONN web-siteas per the instructions given. After applying to ESONN, Indian candidates (only doctoral students) interested for CEFIPRA-ESONN Fellowship Programme may apply to CEFIPRA with Following Documents:

  • Application form in prescribed format

  • Detailed CV in the prescribed format

  • Title & summary of doctoral research (2 pages)

  • No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Head of the Institution to be on the official letter head

  • Two Reference/recommendation letters (1. From PhD guide and 2. From a professor who knows the applicant for some years) on the official letter head

  • Scanned Copy of the Passport (both front and back)

Fellowship Support

Only the selected candidates from both sides (ESONN and CEFIPRA), will be considered for CEFIPRA-ESONN Fellowship Programme. The details of funding support are:

- Letter for gratis visa issued by Director, CEFIPRA

- ESONN Fees (Including boarding and lodging charges at ESONN).

- To and fro air tickets (International travel) plus the travel expenses to the nearest international airport

- Travel insurance for the official duration of stay

- Allowance of Euro 700 for the complete duration covering daily expenses /any other utility expenses/ miscellaneous expenses


  • Launching of call: February/March
  • End of deadline: May
  • Result: End of June
  • Starting date of fellowship: End of August