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How to attend Conferences free in abroad for Indian students 2020

Updated: Sep 20, 2020

Presenting an academic project at a conference can be a valuable experience that enriches a student’s understanding of a discipline and subsequent professions. The Conference Fund is available to all enrolled students, both undergraduate and graduate, who are looking for funding to attend a conference related to their academic or professional goals.

Many grants are now available to encourage and assist student presentations at academic conferences related to his/her goals by off-setting the cost of registration, travel, and lodging.

DST, CSIR, INEA are some of the places that you can apply for funding. These bodies require that the applications must be sent at least 2 months before the conference.

DST-Science and Engineering Research Board

The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) is a statutory body established through an Act of Parliament. SERB supports research in frontier areas of Science and Engineering. A regular faculty/researcher in an academic / research institution can seek research support to carry out his/her research. Board also gives special attention to young scientists below the age of 35 years to undertake independent research in newly emerging and frontier areas of science and engineering. High priority areas are supported through the “Intensification of Research in High Priority Area” (IRHPA) Program. The Board offers JC Bose National Fellowship to scientists and engineers for their outstanding performance and contributions and RAMANUJAN Fellowship to brilliant scientists and engineers all over the world to take up scientific research positions in India, especially to those scientists who want to return to India from abroad. Board also provides financial assistance for presenting a research paper in an international scientific event held abroad. SERB extends partial financial support, on a selective basis, for organizing scientific events in the country.


AICTE-Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE)

The Indian National Academy of Engineering comprises a Fellowship of the most distinguished engineers, engineer-scientists and technologists of India and abroad from the entire spectrum of engineering disciplines. It is a peer body of engineering professionals with the aim to promote and advance the practice of engineering and technology, related science disciplines and their applications to problems of national importance. It also encourages inventions, scientific investigations and research in pursuit of excellence in the field of engineering. Activities of the Academy include research projects, pilot studies, technical education, fellowships, recognitions and awards and programs on issues of technology policy and overall development for the benefit of the society and other benefactions.

The Indian National Academy of Engineering (INEA) launched a Distinguished Visiting Professorship (DVP) Scheme jointly with AICTE. The Scheme envisages promotion of industry-institute interaction by facilitating the dissemination of knowledge through the expertise of experienced and knowledgeable persons from industry to integrate their rich industrial experience with technical education. The Scheme has received a very enthusiastic response from industry and engineering research institutions over the years. Since the year 2018, the Scheme has also been made applicable to all retired INEA Fellows.


CSIR-Travel Grant Scheme

The Scheme is aimed at providing financial assistance to Young Indian Researchers and Emeritus Scientists / other non-regular researchers for participation / presenting their research papers in international Scientific Events such as conferences/ Seminars/ Symposia/ Workshops/ Short-term School/ courses/ training programs. The scheme provides up to full reimbursement of the actual airfare from the airport to the venue of the event and back.


Indian Council of Social Science Research

Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) was established by the Government of India to promote research in social sciences in the country. ICSSR provides grants for projects, fellowships, international collaboration, capacity building, survey, publications etc. to promote research in social sciences in India. Documentation centre of ICSSR – National Social Science Documentation Centre (NASSDOC) provides library and information support services to researchers in social sciences. ICSSR has developed ICSSR Data Service to serve as a national data service for promoting powerful research environment through sharing and reuse of data among the social science community in India.


Department of Biotechnology (DBT)

The Department of Biotechnology is an Indian government department, under the Ministry of Science and Technology responsible for administrating development and commercialization in the field of modern biology and biotechnology in India. Patenting of innovations and technology transfer to industries has given a new direction to biotechnology research in India. The proven technologies at the laboratory level have been scaled up and demonstrated in the field. On the other hand, molecular biology of human genetic disorders, brain research, plant genome research, development, validation and commercialization of diagnostic kits and vaccines for communicable diseases, food biotechnology, biodiversity conservation and bioprospecting, setting up of micropropagation parks and biotechnology-based development for SC/ST, rural areas, women and for different States.


Chennai-International conference travel grants

CCSTDS provides financial support towards partial travel/registration to scientists/researchers in various disciplines such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Medicine, Engineering, Space Science and Technology, Computer Science and Engineering and other related areas to attend international scientific conferences, seminars and workshops aboard. Highly meritorious candidates will be provided enhanced support. The selection committee consisting of eminent scientists meets four times a year to scrutinize and recommend the award of travel grants. This scheme is jointly sponsored by the Indian National Science Academy / Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and CCSTDS.


Association of Scientists, Developers and Faculties (ASDF)

ASDF unanimously aims the development and growth of Research and Development across various industries. In January 2020, the network of ASDF has grown globally catering for almost 927 Universities, 1829 Research Bodies and more than 4233 Industries. ASDF provides Students Memberships for the Students of Undergraduate and Post-graduate. Reduced Journal Subscription fees and Awards nomination and eligibility are granted for students. Reduced Journal Subscription fees, Conference Fee Waiver, Free FDPs and Awards nomination eligibility are granted for faculties. ASDF provides Developers Memberships for the Developers, Industrialists who are involved in Development, Management and Other Designated Designations of an industry or an organization. ASDF provides Scientists Memberships for the Scientific Researchers who are continuously involved in Research and Development which includes free conferences, seminars and offers to speak in Conferences.


Conferences are an essential part of academic life, but with all of the focus on getting papers accepted and the stress of presenting or giving talks, they can sometimes feel overwhelming or even scary experience. This, however, should not deter you. There are countless great reasons to attend conferences.

By attending conferences, you will learn from others and improve your own skills. It is also important to engage with their work and ask questions. Conferences are a key opportunity for networking. Attending international conferences allows you the opportunity to listen to different points of view and to learn new ideas and trends in your field. They also provide you with new techniques, new types of equipment, data to publish and certain facts that you may not have heard of. You can get feedback on an early version of your latest work, get to know other people in your field, hear about the latest research, improve your presentation and communication skills, visit a new place and have fun, meet your academic heroes, engage in high-level debates and refine your ideas and adding to your CV.

So get ready, get set …. go! It’s time to put all the great insights, ideas and inspirations to good use. Put new projects into action, get a head-start reaching your post-conference goals!!

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