Indore: Two women from Indore, one teaching in Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya ( DAVV) and another pursuing doctoral research degree programme at Indian Institute of Management Indore, have been selected for Commonwealth Fellowships funded by Department for International Development ( DFID).

The University Grants Commission ( UGC) that made the selections announced their and other candidates’ names on Tuesday. Dr Anjana Jajoo, a faculty in School of Life Sciences, DAVV, has been selected for Commonwealth Academic Fellowships while IIM Indore’s PhD student Anita Sharma has been chosen for Commonwealth Split- site Scholarship.

Commonwealth Academic Fellowships for mid- career academics from developing Commonwealth countries are offered to enable award holders to spend three months at a UK university updating their skills and knowledge.These fellowships are funded by the DFID with a purpose to enhance their careers through the development of new skills and contacts, or through networking and updating knowledge and skills.

The UGC selected 76 candidates from across the country for this fellowship.From Indore, Dr Jajoo is the lone candidate but the State has three more selections including Rakesh Katare of Rewa University, Tripta Thakur and Mukul Kulshrestha, both of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology ( Bhopal).

Besides, the UGC selected 19 candidates from across for Commonwealth Split- Site Scholarships.IIM Indore’s Anita Sharma is the only candidate selected for this scholarship from Madhya Pradesh.This scholarships support one year’s study at a UK university as part of a PhD being undertaken in your home country, under the joint supervision of a home country and UK supervisor.

The eligibility for this scholarship is that applicants should be registered for a PhD at their home country university. The final qualification obtained will be from the home country university, rather than the UK university.The 12 months in the UK can be taken at any stage during the doctoral study ( providing this is justified in the study plan), and can be divided into two or more periods.

The scholarship covers full tuition fees for one year at the UK host university, stipend for up to one year in the UK, return airfare, and other allowances.

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