A group of Indian and Australian emerging researchers received the Australia India Research Students (AIRS) Fellowship for 2023 under the bilateral educational program to support research collaboration and student mobility between the two countries.
The fellowship, funded by the Australian government's Department of Education, was awarded to 28 Australian and 35 Indian research students and early-career researchers including 59 per cent of women from diverse streams of research, an AIRS statement said.
Announcing the recipients, the CEO of the Australia India Institute, Lisa Singh said, “We are thrilled to have such a talented group of individuals joining the AIRS Fellowship program this year and look forward to supporting their professional development.The AIRS Fellowship program is set to deepen research connections and boost student mobility after COVID-19 put many foreign exchange programs on hold.
The recipients, selected through a highly competitive process from five hundred applicants, will receive fellowships of up to AUD $10,000 have to undertake a research project during an exchange of 4 to 8 weeks, to be completed by mid-October 2023.
The AIRS Fellowship program was jointly proposed at the fifth Australia India Education Council in November 2019 and launched in August 2022 at the sixth Australia India Education Council meeting, co-chaired by Australian Education Minister Jason Clare and Indian Minister of Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan.