CEFIPRA has joined hands with Université Joseph Fourier (now Université Grenoble Alpes), Grenoble, France for supporting Indian doctoral students to participate in the ESONN session in Grenoble, France. ESONN is a three-week course aimed at providing training for graduate students, postdoctoral and junior scientists from universities and laboratories in the field of nano-sciences and nano-technologies in Physics, Biology and Chemistry.


  • Applicants must be Indian citizens residing in India and have registered for a PhD in a recognized university or research institution in India
  • Age: Maximum 30 years
  • Students once supported by CEFIPRA and students who have a permanent position in institutions/universities are not eligible
  • Pre-authorization or prior consent from his/her Institute / University to apply for a foreign fellowship programme (No objection certificate from Head of the Institution)

Application process

Applicants should first register through ESONN web-site as per the instructions given. After applying to ESONN, Indian candidates (only doctoral students) interested for CEFIPRA-ESONN Fellowship may apply to CEFIPRA with following documents:

  • Application for CEFIPRA-ESONN Fellowship in prescribed format
  • Detailed CV in the prescribed format
  • Title and summary of doctoral research (2 pages)
  • No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Head of the Institution
  • Two Reference letters on the official letter head (1. From PhD guide and 2. From a professor who knows the applicant for some years)
  • Scanned Copy of the Passport (both front and back)

Funding support

Only the selected candidates from both sides (ESONN and CEFIPRA), will be considered for CEFIPRA-ESONN Fellowship. The details of support are:

  • Letter for gratis visa
  • ESONN Fees (Including boarding and lodging charges at ESONN)
  • To and fro air tickets (International travel) plus the travel expenses to the nearest international airport by shortest route and excursion fare
  • Travel insurance for official days at ESONN
  • A total amount of Euro 500 for the complete duration covering daily expenses /any other utility expenses/ miscellaneous expenses

Time line

  • Launching of applications: March
  • End of deadline: May
  • Result: June
  • Starting date of ESONN Session: End of August