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DBT-Research Associateship Program 2016

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open04-Mar-2016
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AwardRs 36,000-40,000 pm
EligibilityPh.D in Science, Engineering, M.D. or M.S in medicine
RegionAll India
Scholarship provider contact details

Prof. K. Muniyappa, 
Coordinator DBT-Research Associateship Program
Department of Biochemistry
Indian Institute of Science,
Bangalore - 560 012.
Lab Webpage:
Tel: 91-80-22932473
Fax: 91-80-23600814

What is DBT-Research Associateship Program 2016?

Applications are invited from Indian Nationals for the award of "DBT- Research Associateship" for pursuing research in frontier areas of Biotechnology and applied biology. The Associateship is tenable in Research Institutiion/Universities including non-profit R&D Institutions within India. The Associateships are awarded under a program sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Government of India, Ministry of Science and Technology established the Department of Biotechnology in the year 1986 to give a new impetus to the development of the field of modern biology and biotechnology in India. In the last sixteen years of its existence the Department has promoted and accelerated the pace of development of biotechnology in the country. Through several R & D projects, demonstrations and creation of infrastructural facilities a clear visible impact of this field has been seen. The Department has made significant achievements in the growth and application of biotechnology in the broad areas of agriculture, health care, animal sciences, environment, and industry. The following are the mandates of the Department:

  • Support R & D and manufacturing in Biological
  • Identify and setup Centres of Excellence for R & D
  • Promote large scale use of Biotechnology
  • Integrated Programme for Human Resource Development
  • Establishment of Infrastructure
  • Facilities to support R & D and production
  • Serve as nodal point for the collection and dissemination of information relating to biotechnology
  • Promote University and Industry Interaction
  • Evolve Bio Safety Guidelines
  • To serve as Nodal Point for specific International Collaborations
  • Manufacture and application of cell based vaccines
  • Responsibility for Autonomous Institutions

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

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 and 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.

The applicants should preferably be below the age of 40 years, and 45 years in case of women candidates. Persons already employed are also eligible to apply. However, their applications should be routed through their employers. 

How can you apply ?

Candidates may submit their application on plain paper along with bio-data, list of publications (attach reprints 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 on-going 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, he/she will complete the tenure of the fellowship. However, they may be allowed to relinquish the fellowship only if accepting permanent employment in India. Those who had applied previously need not apply.

Candidates can apply by Post only. The last date is 4th March 2016 and the envelope should be cleared marked as "DBT-Research Associateship".

Terms and Conditions

The candidates will be selected based on their C.V. and performance in the interview. The interview will be held at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and candidates called for interview will be paid II class railway (non-AC)/bus fare by the shortest route from their home town. If the candidate accepts the fellowship, he/she must join the host Institution/University within a month's time. 

Up to 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.

The fellowship is awarded for a period of two years. However, in exceptional cases, based on the progress of research, and overall importance of the project of the Fellows, the fellowship may be extended upto 5 years. The evaluation and recommendation for the extension of the fellowship will be made by the host institution as per their internal guidelines. 

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. 

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