DBT-Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by Indian Institute of Science Department of Biotechnology Government of India in the field of Biotechnology and Life Sciences

DBT-Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by Indian Institute of Science Department of Biotechnology Government of India in the field of Biotechnology and Life Sciences

The Department of Biotechnology has introduced the aforesaid program. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore is co-ordinating and administering the implementation of the said programme on behalf of DBT.

  • The Institute is successfully getting it done through the Society for Innovation and Development.
  • The programme got started from December 2000 at a total project cost of Rs. 465.00 lakhs.
  • The programme is intended only for Indian citizens.
  • The purpose of the fellowship programme is to train scientists in frontier areas of research in Biotechnology at such institutions in India which are engaged in major biotechnological research activities.

Only Indian nationals are eligible for the award of DBT-Research Associateship for pursuing research in frontier areas of Biotechnology and Applied Biology. Persons already employed are also eligible to apply. However, their applications should be routed through their employers. The award of fellowships will normally start from 1st April or 1st October in a Calendar year. Accordingly, the selection of Fellows will be made twice a year.

Upto 75 Fellowships would be awarded every year. Depending on the success and utility of the programme, the number of fellowships to be awarded per year would be revised.

Scholarship provider

Indian Institute of Science Department of Biotechnology Government of India

Eligibility criteria

The applicants should hold a

  • Ph. D degree in Science, Engineering or M.D. or M. S. degree in any area of medicine with research interests in Biotechnology or Life Sciences and a good academic record.

Those who have already submitted the Ph. D./M.D./M.S., thesis are also eligible to apply.

Benefits of scholarship/Award

The Postdoctoral fellowship is a purely temporary assignment and is tenable for a period of 2 years. In exceptional cases, depending upon the progress of the research, the fellowship may be extended upto 5 years.

Each fellow would be entitled to a stipend in the range of Rs. 22,000 – 24,000 per month and a research contingency grant of Rs. 50,000 per year, payable to the host institution.

Candidates who are yet to be awarded the Ph.D./M.D./M.S degree, if selected, will be paid Rs. 18,000/- per month till the award of the degree. The fellows would also be entitled to HRA and other benefits as per the DST guidelines applicable to research fellowship/associateships. The fellowships cannot be availed at the same institution where the candidates have earned their Ph.D./M.D. degree. Candidates who are already in regular employment cannot avail the fellowship at their host institutions. However, there will be no restriction on them to receive the salary and other benefits while availing the fellowship in institutions other than their parent institutions.


Application Procedure

Candidates may submit their application on plain paper along with biodata, list of publications (attach reprint of 2 important papers), copies of certificates (B.Sc., M. Sc., Ph. D./M.D.) one page synopsis of Ph. D/ M.D. thesis. 2 letters of recommendation (academic). The applicant is advised to propose his/her place of work, name of the supervisor, enclose one page synopsis of proposed research which must be compatible with the ongoing research of the proposed supervisor, and his/her consent, for availing the fellowship. They should also enclose a declaration stating that if selected for the fellowship, they may be allowed to relinquish the fellowship only if accepting permanent employment in India. Those who had applied previously need not apply. The envelope should be clearly marked as “DBT-Postdoctoral Research Associateship”.

Frequent Queries

What about Age Limit?

The applicants should preferably be below the age of 40 years, and 45 years in case of women candidates.

Contact details

Prof. K. Muniyappa

Coordinator DBT-PDF Program

Department of Biotechnology

Indian Institute of Science

Bangalore – 560012, Karnataka

E-mail : kmbc@biochem.iisc.ernet.in

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