New Delhi, India: 1st October 2022: India’s strong clean energy pillars The Department of Science and Technology (DST), GoI and India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) India’s leading industry alliance focused on accelerating adoption of energy storage, e-mobility, green hydrogen & microgrids in India collaborated for Industry Research and Development Fellowship Programme (IRDFP) 2022. The International Platform on Hydrogen Economy Industry-Academia Conclave 2022, which was held in New Delhi on September 30, 2022, and was organised by DST to facilitate academia-industry engagement to address concerns informed by industry, is where the programme was announced. The Conclave was inaugurated by Dr. V K Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog, GoI.  

As the world shifts towards clean energy, the DST-IESA Industry Research & Development Fellowship program provides a pathway for post-doctoral researchers to pursue their industrial research careers in the clean energy sector This fellowship program aims to assist recent Ph.D. holders to continue to pursue research on industry-informed challenges in clean energy and to drive research collaboration, translation, and commercialization of research outcomes. The fellowship will further help bridge the gap between academia and industry by recognizing and supporting innovations in clean energy technologies.

This fellowship program will facilitate the academia-industry interactions, enhancing the breadth of training of academic researchers, and providing them with a pathway to a career in industrial R&D.
The fellowship facilitates research areas such as
  • Industry-informed challenges related to energy storage,
  • Zero-carbon energy,
  • Smart grids,
  • Green Hydrogen Technologies
  • e-mobility,
  • Policies in the energy sector,
  • Economics affecting the energy sector,
  • Social sciences for the energy sector, and so on
Speaking about the collaboration, Dr Ranjith Krishna Pai, Scientist, TMD, DST, Govt. of India said, “Department  of  Science  &  Technology  (DST)  and  India  Energy  Storage  Alliance  (IESA)  are pleased  to  launch  Industry  Research  &  Development  Fellowship  Programme  2022  (IRDFP)  call for  applications which supports  academia-industry  interactions  in order to  address  industry‐informed challenges  with the primary  goal  to create a pathway  to  support  academic researchers  in establishing  careers  in industry. This fellowship will enhance the skills of the Fellow  and  will  be  of  mutual  benefit  to  both  the  industry  and  academic partners.  We seek to support industry and academia interactions and DST & IESA have joined hands to becoming the bridge between the academic researchers and the industry partners in the specific area of Clean Energy.”

Dr Rahul Walawalkar, President, India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) comments, “Together with DST, GoI, we at IESA are thrilled to introduce this Industry Research & Development Fellowship Programme (IRDFP) 2022. DST is playing a critical role in funding research and development for energy storage and green hydrogen technologies through Mission Innovation. IESA has set a vision to make India a global hub for R&D, Manufacturing and adoption of advanced energy storage and emerging clean technologies. We are aiming to bridge the industry academy gap and allow promising researchers to work with 150+ leading industries focusing on energy storage, eMobility and green hydrogen ecosystem. This is just a small step. Based on the feedback of the 1st batch, we will look forward to expanding the fellowship to many more researchers in coming years.”

To bring immediate action in the field of clean energy research, the DST-IESA fellowship funds research on industry-informed problems across a broad range of disciplines related to clean energy focusing on advanced energy storage, green hydrogen, and e-mobility technologies. The fellowship lasts for a year and offers a monthly stipend of INR 50,000.

You are qualified to apply for this fellowship programme if you are a post-doctoral researcher with a strong interest in and track record of research in any area related to the clean energy industry, such as science, engineering, business management, public policy, interdisciplinary research, etc. if you are under 35 and have just recently completed your doctorate. Additionally, only Indian citizens are eligible for the DST-IESA Industry Research & Development Fellowship. The application process for the programme begins on September 30 and closes on December 15th. One can apply to the fellowship program by submitting the online application at:
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