Raman Post Doctoral Fellowships for the Year 2015-2016

Dr. Rajesh Kumar Gautam is awarded the 2016 Raman Post Doctoral Fellowship to work under the supervision of Dr. Amir H. Golnabi at the Center for Quantitative Obesity Research at Montclair State University.

Dr. Gautam will be joining the Center in June 2016 for one year and he will be collaborating with Dr. Golnabi and Dr. Thomas to organize workshops and seminars, develop grant proposals, and conduct research that will potentially results in future publications.

About the Fellowship

Raman Post Doctoral Fellowships is awarded by the University Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi, Government of India to the young Indian scholars with the objective to provide an opportunity to have international collaborative research/training in advanced techniques with global perspective and forging long-term relationships with distinguished experts in USA.

The fellowship is awarded to a permanent teacher working in a university/institution. It is mandatory that the applicant should possess at least 60 per cent marks or equivalent in the post-graduate as well as s/he should possess a Ph.D. degree. The fellowship is awarded to those who must provide proof of having carried out independent research work and published in peer reviewed and indexed journals.

Interested candidate have to apply online http://www.ugc.ac.in/ramanpdf/. She or he has to prepare a research proposal on any of following area:

  1. Energy, especially renewable energy,
  2. Environment, especially climate change,
  3. Health, especially public health,
  4. Food security,
  5. Information security
  6. Urban Planning and Development.

Only those candidates considered for scrutiny and interview, which are able to provide placement letter of being accepted by a US university/institution, which is internationally recognized as an outstanding institution, where major work in the area of study identified by the candidate is in progress. There should be willingness on the part of the American institution to accept and extend necessary support to the candidate for the work proposed.

Simultaneously, no bench fee will be charged by host institution in US. The Fellow is entitled to fellowship amount of US $3000 per month. S/he will also be entitled to a one time personal contingency grant of maximum of Rs.50, 000/- to cover for visa, airport transfer, medical insurance etc. S/he is permitted to travel within USA to attend conferences or visit other institutes of interest with the approval of the advisor at the host institute. For this purpose a Grant of $1200 would be provided.

About The Fellow

In July 2004, Dr. Rajesh Gautam has joined the Department of Anthropology in Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya (A Central University) Sagar (MP), India, where he is currently teaching Anthropology as an Assistant Professor. Previously, he was at the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi (2002-2004) and Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai and University of Delhi (2001-2002) as a research assistant. In addition to teaching and research, he has taken different administrative roles. He earned his Ph.D. from University of Delhi (India) on ‘Population characteristics of middle and high altitude Kinnaura of Kinnaur district, Himachal Pradesh, India’. He is specialized in Biological Anthropology, and his research interests are diverse including population studies, tribal studies, human growth and development, nutritional anthropology, nutritional disorders among different strata of people, obesity and associated health problems, especially multiple chronic conditions among obese individuals. He has a track record of publications including research journals, books and e-modules, in addition to attending and organizing numerous scientific conferences. His publications exhibit that he is skilled in handling large data set, data analysis and interpretations using SPSS and MS-Excel. It is noteworthy that he has also served as referee to some of the reputed journals such as Lancet.