BESTM Teacher Fellowship

Building Educators for Science, Technology and Mathematics (BESTM)

Teacher Fellowships at HBCSE, TIFR

The BESTM teacher fellow programme is an academic leadership programme in Science, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) education. Its goal is to empower teachers and teacher educators to take up leadership roles in the profession in a variety of roles – design of resources, education research, policy and planning. The main focus of the programme is to expose teachers to the best contemporary ideas and scholarship in the field of STEM education. Teacher fellows will undertake action research projects and develop the capacity to implement evidence based innovations in teaching and learning.

Admission to the Fellowship will be through a nationwide competitive selection process. The fellowship programme will be run in dual mode, with contact periods of 6 to 8 weeks in two phases and a distance mode spread over one academic year.

The teacher fellows are expected to generate a summary document about the work done in form of research reports,  publications,  experimental modules with inputs from classroom trials, curriculum modules etc.   

Announcement for 2019-2020 batch

BESTM is an academic leadership programme for mathematics and science teachers and teacher educators at HBCSE-TIFR with entry through nationwide selection. The broad objective of the programme is to empower teachers to initiate action research projects and evidence based teaching practices/innovations drawing on contemporary research and innovations in science, technology and mathematics education (STME). The fellowship programme will be run in dual mode, with contact periods of about 6 to 8 weeks in two phases and a distance mode spread over one academic year. The overall number of fellowships to be awarded will be around 25. These fellowships will be offered at the following levels: i) elementary, ii) secondary (iii) higher secondary and iv) under-graduate levels.


Science and mathematics teachers, and teacher educators below the age of 45 years as on 1st June 2019 may apply. Candidates should have a minimum of one year of teaching experience. Teachers from Government/Government aided schools and colleges will be given preference. Those not teaching currently may also apply.

How to apply

    1. To apply online, please visit:


  1. To apply by Post:
    • Download Application Form PDF
    • Fill the form completely and send by post along with attachments to:
      • Dr. Paresh K. Joshi
        Coordinator, BESTM Fellowship programme,
        Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education – TIFR,
        V. N. Purav Marg, Mankhurd,
        Mumbai – 400088, INDIA
  2. To apply by Email:
    • Download and fill the PDF form above, scan and email along with the writeups as attachment to:
        Add Application Form for 2019-2020 as the subject of the email

Timeline (Program duration: June 2019 to May 2020)

Application deadline 15th April, 2019 (Extended date)
Announcement of selected candidates 20th April 2019
Course work at HBCSE (4 weeks) 9th June to 7th July, 2019
Project work in the distance mode July to December, 2019
Second contact at HBCSE for 3 to 4 weeks January to May 2020 (flexible)

Fees and Financial support

There is no application/course fee. Teacher fellows will be provided accommodation and meals during the contact periods at HBCSE. Return train fare (2nd AC) will be reimbursed for their travel to and from HBCSE.

Note: Teachers must make their own arrangements for leave, permission from school authorities, etc.


Teacher fellows who successfully complete course work and project work will receive a certificate of completion. Coursework completion will be based on assignments and presentations. Project work completion will be based on a final project report and presentation.

Although completion of the BESTM teacher fellowship is not directly linked to any specific financial benefit, it is expected to have high academic and professional value.

Course work

The coursework will include the following components

  • Research methodology
  • Leadership development
  • Introduction to STME research
  • Research based teaching practices
  • Handling student diversity
  • Experimental investigations/ mathematical explorations/ basic skills of doing science
  • Authentic assessment
  • Reading and Writing scientific documents
  • Enrichment sessions in history of science, nature of science, sky observations, etc.
  • Use of technology in education