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The TCS Research Fellowship Scheme, announced by N Chandrasekaran, TCS’ CEO & MD, at Sangam 2009, the TCS Annual Academic Meet, seeks to enhance the talent base in India. TCS will annually sponsor 40 research students for a PhD program in computing science, across India, for five years, beginning 2010–2011 (making it a total of 200 in the plan period). Duration: For a maximum period of four years or the submission of the PhD thesis, whichever is earlier. TCS may grant an extension of the fellowship to the fifth year at its discretion, under exceptional circumstances.
The scheme is only applicable for the following study areas:
A student should not be more than 28 years of age as on admission into the scholarship scheme.
The student should have secured a first class in all examinations since school.
The scheme is open for those students who are eligible for a PhD, and it is only valid for those students applying for a fresh PhD program and not for those who have already been admitted.
Students have to be registered as full-time students in the institute/ college where the PhD registration is sought.
Applications for the TCS Research Fellowship Scheme are received twice every year, the deadlines being July 15 and December 15. The results of selected students will be announced within one month.
Scholarship Amount Details
Stipend: Rs.18,000 per month for the first two years and Rs. 20,000 per month for the next two years (the stipend amount could be revised at a later date, at TCS’ discretion, in order to maintain the stature of the Scheme, among the other schemes in the country).
Support for the TCS Research Scholar to participate in one International Refereed Conference, held outside India, during the four-year period, where he/she has a paper to present, and he/she is one of the authors of the paper.The grant would cover travel, conference registration, accommodation and living allowance as per TCS’ norms.
Support for the guide of the TCS Research Scholar to participate in one International Refereed Conference, held outside India, during the four-year period.
Support for the scholar to participate in two International / National Refereed Conferences, held in India, during the four-year period, where he/she has a paper to present, and he/she is one of the authors of the paper.
A one-time contingency grant of Rs. 1,00,000 to the institute for every student enrolled as a TCS Research Scholar in order to meet any incidental expenses related to the student’s project, as approved by his research guide.
Visit(s) and interaction(s) of the Scholars to TCS Innovation Laboratories depending on their project needs, as judged by the concerned TCS Innovation Laboratory.
Applications for the scheme should be routed through the institute in along with the following documents:
Letter of application from the student
Letter of support by the institute
The research area write-up, which should include a short review, broad problem statement, proposed scope and focus