The Centre's Researcher Exchange Schemes provide opportunities for Indian experts to visit the UK or UK experts to visit India in order to spend time exploring research ideas, building capacity or training in research methods, or exchanging latest findings. The Centre offers two types of exchange schemes:
- Senior Exchange Scheme: Focused on visits by leading scientists (>8yrs since PhD) with an emphasis on developing new ideas for future India-UK projects in the water security field.
- Junior Exchange Scheme: Focused on early career researchers (<8yrs since PhD) PhD students, and MSc Students with 3 years or more relevant experience. Providing experience of working internationally, developing scientific skills and laying the seeds for future India-UK collaborations as their careers progress.
The IUKWC aims to hold at least one exchange per year in each of the UK and India. Guidance on the location for the exchange for each call during the year is provided in call announcements.
It is anticipated that exchanges would normally involve one researcher and would last between one and three weeks. However, multi-person or longer visits may also be considered.
Each call is for an exchange to be held in the following six-month period of 01 January – 30 June or 01 July – 31 December. Guidance on the timeframe for undertaking the exchange is provided in call announcements.
Exchanges need to address at least one of the IUKWC themes. The detailed programme for the Exchange (including dates and location) should be developed by the applicant, in agreement with the India-UK Water Centre in advance to ensure it reflects the objectives of the Centre appropriately.