Women Involvement in Science and Engineering Research (WISER)


Indo-German Science & Technology Centre (IGSTC), established by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Government of Germany invites applications from women researchers in India/Germany to participate and collaborate in an ongoing R&D&I project without applying for fresh project grant in partnering countries.

Women researchers are still underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) due to varied reasons. The situation has improved to a certain extent over the last few years, but an imbalance remains. Keeping in view the above scenario, this scheme intends to build scientific capacity, retain and promote women researchers in India/Germany by utilising complementary expertise in science, technology, innovation and research partnerships.

Applications accepted throughout the year.

Overview of program:

  • Through this scheme, women researchers/entrepreneurs holding a regular position in academic/research institutions/industrial research organisations in India/Germany may apply to be a part of an ongoing R&D project of interest with acceptance from the host team.
  • The programme is open to all the areas of STEM.
  • The grant includes funding for basic project requirements.
  • The tenure will be for a period of 3 years or till completion of the project whichever is earlier and will cover one visit per year for short stay up to 1 month.

Financial Assistance

The grant will cover basic project assistance (including research staff*, consumables and contingency) for the awardee in the parent country and one month research stay in host country (single round-trip airfare, visa fee, medical insurance, per diem for the stay). The maximum grant for three years will be up to ₹ 39 lakhs/€ 48000.

*Research staff is only for Indian awardee.

Who can apply?

  • Women holding regular/long-term research position in academia or research institute/industry.
  • No age limit (Preference to Early/Mid-career researchers).
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