The Indian Rheumatology Association

The Professional Organization of Rheumatologists and other Health Professionals in India

Grants and Fellowships

A. IRA Grants

ACR/IRA International Fellows Exchange Program

The ACR/IRA International Fellows Exchange Program was established in 2016 with the goal of providing opportunities for a foreign medicalgraduate visiting the United States to: observe clinical rheumatologic care of patients; gain a basic overview of the American medical system; and establish relationships with colleagues and mentors that will support his/her in their medical and research career.

The program recognizes outstanding work of rheumatology fellows in both laboratory and clinic-based research, and provides exposure to the exciting work being done by colleagues in other countries. This exchange program allows participants to share knowledge and experience, and creates opportunities for collaboration. In addition, the program fosters the alliance between ACR and IRA and assists in identifying future leaders within both organizations.In 2017, the program will be expanded to support one exchange observership in India, and one exchange observership in the US.

2018 ACR-IRA International Fellows Exchange Programs

Deadline: May 14/2018

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Trainees who are:

1.An MD or MBBS fellow in a formal rheumatology training program, or within five years of completing a rheumatology fellowship

2.Below the age of 40 years (exceptions require a formal request)

3.Able to communicate effectively in the primary language of the host country, orally and in writing (for the US and India - English proficiency is required.

4.Able to obtain a travel visa for the exchange

Application Requirements

All candidates must provide the following:

1.CV, photograph, and brief biography (300 words or less) for publication

2.Personal statement that includes:

  • how the exchange will support the applicant’s career plans
  • what the applicant will bring to the program
  • what the applicant hopes to gain through the experience to bring back to his/her home institution

3.Area(s) of special interest (at least one)

4.Letter of recommendation from Program Director/Supervisor that includes a formal statement about the applicant’s:

  • Professionalism
  • Scholarly ability
  • Proficiency in the language of the host country

5.Ranking of top two choices for host institution

Application Submission

By or before 5:00 pm, May 14th 2018, submit application materials via email at: secretary.ira@gmail.com or debashisdandacmc@hotmail.com

Click here To download ACR - IRA exchange program Applicant Information file

IRA-BSR Fellows exchange program

IRA in collaboration with the BSR is pleased to invite applications for one bursary of £1,200 (maximum Rs 1 lac) for senior trainees in adult or paediatric rheumatology to spend a fortnight in UK at a centre of excellence in Rheumatology. This will give Indian trainees a unique experience of observing the practice of rheumatology in Britain for a period of 2-4 weeks. Travel, insurance and accommodation arrangements will have to be made by the applicant.

Candidates will have to be IRA member either enrolled or within five years of their training. They are requested to submit a summary CV and a statement of not more than 250 words in support of their application. In addition they have to identify two areas/institutions where they want to train.

The last date for electronic submission is 1 December 2018

B. APLAR Grants

Applications for the following grants are now OPEN

Kindly note that we have revised the application requirements and disbursement of funds. Information can be found on APLAR website - education page.

  • Fellowship Grant 2019
  • Research Grant 2019
  • COPCORD Grant 2019
APLAR Center of Excellence Application Form - 2019
  • We invite rheumatology centers across Asia Pacific dedicated to achieving high standards in research, patient care, and education and training to be certified by the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR) as a Center of Excellence.
  • The Steering Committee will select 3–5 centers this year and results will be officially announced during the APLAR congress in April 2019.
  • Please note that since the APLAR RA guideline has been published, APLAR encourages Centers of Excellence with a special interest in RA research, patient care and training to apply. In view of the high burden of disease, Centers of Excellence with a special interest in SLE research, patient care and training are also encouraged to apply as well.
  • An Evaluation Committee has been convened. This committee will review all submissions received on or before Thursday, January 31, 2019. Complete the attached application form and submit it to us by this date.

Click here To download 2019 -APLAR Center of Excellence Application Form

APLAR Fellowship Grant - 2019

The following documents need to be enclosed with the application:

  • Photocopy of birth certificate.
  • Recommendation of the Head of Department where the applicant works at present.
  • Recommendation of the Chairman or President of the national rheumatology society.
  • A curriculum vitae including a recent 2 x 2 inch photograph.
  • A written statement that the institute where the applicant wishes to work is able to accommodate him / her and the willingness of a Consultant to supervise the programme.
  • A general outline of the clinical and/or research work the applicant wishes to undertake.
  • A certificate of fluency in the host country’s language, if different from home country (not applicable for Chinese language). If the host country’s language is English, candidates should provide recent (within the past 1 year) evidence of English language competency such as obtaining the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or OET (Occupational English Test), or PLAB test (Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board) of the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom.
  • A certificate of ability to write the host country’s language at tertiary level.
  • A reference of good standing from the Dean of the candidate’s medical school / university.

Please note that for applicants who wish to apply for fellowship programme in Singapore, a separate grant - FPH-SSR-APLAR Fellowship Grant is available for your application. Application information and form is available at Singapore Society Rheumatology (SSR) website.

Click here To download 2019 - APLAR Fellowship Grant Application Form

APLAR Research Grants - 2019

The following documents should be enclosed with the application

  • Photocopy of birth certificate.
  • A curriculum vitae with a recent 2×2 inch photograph.
  • A reference of good standing from the Dean of the candidate’s medical school / university.
  • A written statement from the Head of Department/Consultant to which the applicant is going to, that he/she is able to supervise the research and researcher.
  • A summary of the project with the significance of the expected results in the context of current knowledge (maximum 500 words).
  • A grant proposal of the project detailing the background, aims, methodology and expected results. Ethics Committee approval of the study for all human and animal studies.
  • A budget with a timeline of the research project.

Click here To download 2019 - APLAR Reasearch Grant Application Form

APLAR COPCORD Grant - 2019

The following documents should be enclosed with the application:

  • A curriculum vitae with a recent 2×2 inch photograph.
  • A reference of good standing from the Dean of the candidate’s medical school / university.
  • A summary of the project with the significance of the expected results in the context of current knowledge (maximum 500 words).
  • A grant proposal of the project detailing the background, aims, methodology (using the COPCORD questionnaire) and expected results.
  • Ethics Committee approval of the study (if applicable).
  • A budget with a timeline of the research project.

Application forms and information documents are attached for your reference.

CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSION : 8 MARCH 2019

Click here To download 2019 - APLAR COPCORD Grant Application Form

Indo-UK Rheumatology Travelling Fellowship

Objective : To fund a promising young rheumatologist (trainee) to attend an International Rheumatology Conference: BSR or EULAR

Recipients of the fellowship are encouraged to spend some time in one or more Rheumatology units of their choice in UK to gain further experience in their area of interest. The duration of visit can vary from 6 weeks to 3 months dependent on personal circumstances and be linked to the back of the conference. Applicants should be members of IRA and should have demonstrated their commitment to Rheumatology by signing in/already working in a Rheumatology training programme. Applicants are at liberty to apply for additional funding to other agencies

Number of fellowships: One;

Amount: UK £ 1250;

Age limit: 40 years

The last date for application submission is 15th Nov 2018

Applicants need to send the application to s.venkatachalam@nhs.net & secretary.ira@gmail.com

stating

  • Why you need the fellowship?
  • Where do you want to go in UK ?
  • What will you gain?
  • What changes in practice are expected on your return?
Applicants will be interviewed at IRACON 2018.

One copy of the application should be sent to IRA Secretariat: secretary.ira@gmail.com

Short listed candidates may be required to attend a personal interview during IRACON. Fellowship awardees have to submit a conference report for publication in Indian Journal of Rheumatology to Editor IJR

C. IRA International Travel Fellowships

IRA will award 5 travel fellowships (2 for APLAR (Rs. 30,000 each), 2 for ACR (Rs. 50,000 each) and 1 for other meeting (maximum of Rs. 50,000) to members less than 40 years of age who have a accepted paper to attend international rheumatology meetings. The priority would be in order of oral paper, poster, quiz etc. The last date of application is 15 June for APLAR and 15 August for ACR meeting. For the remaining meeting the application can be sent after abstract acceptance. All applications should be sent to the secretary, IRA.

D. IRA Research Grants

IRA will award 5 research grants (2 for clinical research, 2 for basic research and 1 for epidemiology) of Rs 1 lakh each to members less than 45 years of age in 2018. Please send an A3 page copy of your proposal, with brief introduction, key question (s), novelty in the project, brief methodology, budget and 10 key references to the secretary, IRA. Last date March 31, 2018

E. Indian Rheumatology Association UG Fellowship

Indian Rheumatology Association, though Indian Journal of Rheumatology has an undergraduate Rheumatology fellowship program. The program will encourage UGs to undertake rheumatology research projects and will support them with these fellowships. The completed projects will be presented at the annual rheumatology conference of Indian Rheumatology Association (IRA).

All under-graduate medical students from both government and private institutions are eligible to submit a proposal for consideration. A panel of judges will review research proposalsBased on the recommendations of this panel, the award will be given to the 05 best proposals. Each fellowship will carry a grant worth Rs 5,000.

Last date of submission of proposal: 31 March

Please send project proposals to: injorheumat@gmail.com.

F. ARA - APLAR Scholarships

APLAR Scholarship 2019
APLAR/ARA Scholarship

To attend and present at the 2018 Australian Rheumatology Association Annual Scientific Meeting 5-8 May, 2018 Melbourne, Australia

G. APLAR & ACR Travel Fellowship Applications Announcement

Indian Rheumatology Association invites applications for APLAR & ACR travel fellowships. The last date of application would be the June 15 for APLAR( 2 travel feelowships 30,000 each) and August 30 for ACR( 2 fellowships 50,000 each) meeting. All applications should be sent to the secretary IRA secretary.ira@gmail.comwith an email copy to president.ira@gmail.com.

IRA Members less than 40 years of age who have a accepted paper can apply.The priority would be in order of oral paper, poster , quiz etc

Selected candidates will need to submit original air tickets along with boarding pass at the time of reimbursement. They will also require submitting a short summary of APLAR / ACR experience.

Documents required:

  • Application for travel fellowship
  • Abstract Acceptance letter
  • Birth Certificate