Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore offers summer fellowships for two months to bright undergraduate and MSc students (renewable for a second year for selected students). This programme has proved to be popular and competitive; each year, about 5000 students from all over India apply for the 120 fellowships awarded. Fifty fellowships are supported by the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, fifteen by the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi, and the rest by the Centre. Students are placed with research groups at the Centre or with scientists elsewhere in India. They are paid travel expenses and a monthly stipend of Rs. 6000/- Selected students get the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research, and several summer projects have led to publications in leading journals. Most of the summer students of past years have gone on to pursue graduate studies and a research career, at the JNCASR or at another leading university
The summer research projects will be reviewed by a committee and the best will be chosen for the award of Rajiv Gandhi Science Talent Research Fellows.
AREAS OF RESEARCH:
Life Sciences: Infectious and non-infectious diseases, bioinformatics, developmental biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, genetics, life-history evolution, circadian biology, animal behaviour, behavioural ecology, evolutionary genetics, experimental evolution, population dynamics, phylogeography, neurophysiology, behavioural neurobiology and behavioural genetics.