INSA-DAE/BRNS-CICS Travel Fellowship Programme (For Indian Scientists/Researchers affiliated to Indian Institutions)

CICS provides financial support towards partial travel / registration to scientists/researchers in various disciplines such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Medicine, Engineering, Space Science & Technology, Computer Science and Engineering and other related areas to attend international scientific conferences, seminars and workshops abroad. Highly meritorious candidates will be provided enhanced support. The selection committee consisting of eminent scientists, meets six times a year to scrutinize and recommend award of travel grants. This scheme is jointly sponsored by the Indian National Science Academy (INSA)/Department of Atomic Energy (DAE)/ Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences(BRNS) and CICS.



CICS has been associating with Patent Facilitating Centre, Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council(TIFAC), New Delhi on ‘Training of Women Scientists on IPR Matters’. This scholarship scheme is launched by the Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi, intended for women having Science & Engineering qualification for training in the area of intellectual property rights, especially in patent searches, understanding of patent specification and preparation of technology scan report. This programme is executed in four Centres across India namely CICS, Chennai, TIFAC, New Delhi, URDIP, Pune and IIT, Kharagpur. A total number of 80-100 candidates are trained per year from all the regions out of which 20-25 candidates are trained in Chennai region.

The objective of this program is to

  • train talented and skilled women who have studied science, engineering or medicine in patent searches and other aspects of intellectual property rights in order to enable them to seek specialized employment or be self-employed
  • develop a pool of women scientists in India ready to undertake scientific and technical aspects of intellectual property rights
  • develop a core of professionals for preparing specialized reports such as technology scan based on patent information

Candidates with M.Sc/Ph.D in physical sciences, chemical sciences, life sciences or B.E/B.Tech/MCA, or M.E/M.Tech or MBBS/MS/MD/MVSc or B.Pharm/M.Pharm with good academic record are eligible to apply. Candidates are selected based on their performance in written test and interview and also based on all India Ranking. The selected candidates from all regions are offered common orientation programme at TIFAC, New Delhi during the first 4–5 weeks, followed by 11 month on-the-job training facilitated by respective centres.

Advertisement calling for applications appear in leading newspapers during October/November every year.

17 women scientists in the year 2008 – 2009, 16 women scientists in the year 2009 – 2010 and 13 women scientists in the year 2010 – 2011 underwent IPR training in various Law firms and R&D organizations facilitated by CICS.

The following partnering agencies have been collaborating with CICS for on-the-job training.

  • Mohan Associates, Chennai
  • L.R.Swami Company, Chennai
  • DePenning & DePenning, Chennai
  • Daniel & Gladys Advocates, Chennai
  • Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Chennai
  • R.K.Dewan & Company, Chennai
  • BC & Associates, Chennai
  • Xellect Ip Solutions, Bangalore
  • Intellocopia IP Services, Bangalore
  • Fox Mandal, Bangalore
  • Krishna & Saurastri Associates, Bangalore
  • Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan, Chennai
  • SciTech Patent Art Services Pvt. Ltd, Hyderabad
  • Vishwanath & Global Attorneys, Hyderabad
  • Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment(KSCSTE), Kerala
  • National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science & Technology , Trivandrum, Kerala
  • Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology(SCTIMST), Kerala

The candidates are provided training to do prior art searches using databases such as Delphion, Freepatentsonline, USPTO, esp@cenet and Indian patent databases such as Ekaswa A and B, patent analysis, mapping, bucketization etc.

CICS organizes two workshops each year, one on ‘Patent Drafting’ and the other on ‘Copyrights, Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications’. Lead lectures and hands-on experience in drafting are covered.