International Relations

Indian Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB)

Partnership with SERB

In Fall 2016, UAlberta signed an agreement with SERB for visiting PhD students to conduct research at UAlberta through the Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship (OVDF).

The objectives of the OVDF are to build national capacity in science and engineering by providing Indian students with opportunities to gain exposure and access top researchers and research facilities, leading to the creation of long-term linkages and collaborations between Indian and international universities.



Information for UAlberta Professors

SERB sponsors Indian students who are in the 3rd or 4th year of their PhD program to do research abroad as a visiting student for 6-12 months (possibility of extension).

The scholarship will cover the following:

  • A living allowance of approximately $2,000 USD per month for the student, as well as funds to cover their airfare, insurance, visa fees, etc.  

  • Funds for the UAlberta supervising professor to visit the host institution and supervising professor in India.  This would include the cost of travel to India (shortest route round-trip economy class air fare not exceeding Rs.150,000 from Edmonton), a per diem of Rs. 3000/day for up to 14 days, or Rs.2000/day for 14-30 days, Accommodation allowance of Rs.4500/day for up to 14 days, or Rs.3000/day for 14-30 days, and an additional allowance of $250 USD to cover costs like visa fees, medical insurance, etc.  

  • Similar funding is also provided to the Indian supervising professor to make a visit to UAlberta to meet with the student and supervising professor here.

The scholarship does not cover the cost of registering in Research 900, which is approximately $2,775 per year (as per the 2018/2019 rates). Therefore, it will be the responsibility of the supervising professor to cover that cost for the semesters the SERB student will be registered.


The next call is expected to be announced in July 2019.


Required Documents From UAlberta Supervising Professor:

  • CV (SERB would like it to include information about Academic & Research Qualifications, Publications list, Patent list, Details of research projects being implemented/ completed/submitted, if any)
  • A letter from the professor on department letterhead, explaining that they have agreed to supervise the student’s research here, have approved the research plan, and will cover the cost of the Research 900 instructional and non-instructional fees.  

Students are expected to apply to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) as a visiting graduate student. If recommending a SERB Scholarship applicant for admission as a visiting graduate student, please ensure you notify the FGSR that it will be for a SERB scholarship applicant.