The Government of India has launched VAJRA (Visiting Advanced Joint Research) Faculty Scheme, a dedicated programme exclusively for overseas scientists and academicians [with emphasis on Non-resident Indians (NRI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) / Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)] to work as adjunct / visiting faculty for a specific period of time in Indian academic and research institutions.

The Scheme recognizes the value of collaborative research as a crucial element for information sharing among researchers for updating and acquiring knowledge and skills, and also to draw different perspectives to solve a shared problem.

The Faculty can work for minimum of 1 month and a maximum of 3 months a year in an institution in India.

The VAJRA Faculty will be provided a lump-sum amount of US $ 15000 in the first month of engagement in a year and US $ 10000 pm in the other two months to cover their travel and honorarium. The payment to the faculty will be made in Indian Rupees.

Applications for this Scheme are open from July 1, 2017 and could be submitted online at

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