The University of Melbourne has announced a multimillion-dollar scholarship programme to facilitate the upcoming researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs in Melbourne and India with right of entry to the best opportunities in research and training domain in both the countries.
The $3 million (AUD) initiative opened from November 11, shall award 16 PhD scholarships and related support for research exchanges until upcoming 3 years. This scheme is a joint initiative by the University of Melbourne with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM). Hence, the scheme is coined as Melbourne-India Postgraduate Programme (MIPP).
Glyn Davis, vice-chancellor, University of Melbourne, told this scheme will help student mobility between the 2 countries, as well as enabling students from India and Australia to commence joint research to concentrate on shared global challenges in areas of environmental, societal and technological need. The areas would include IT, engineering, commerce, and management.
From 2014, the programme is likely to commence and PhD students enrolled at the University of Melbourne, to be co-supervised by staff at IITK, IITM or IISc are open to apply. On the other hand, students registered in one of the 3 Indian institutions shall have right of entry to co-supervision with Melbourne academics.