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Margdarshi Fellowships 2017

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open18-Apr-2017
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AwardRs. 10 lakh and above, research costs, relocation charge
EligibilityAny age group having 10 years experience, scientist
RegionAll India
Scholarship provider contact details

The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance, 1110, DLF Tower B, Jasola District Centre, Behind Apollo Hospital, New Delhi-110025, Phone: 01141008403

What is Margdarshi Fellowships 2017?

The Wellcome Trust, UK and Department of Biotechnology, India invites applications for Margdarshi Fellowships 2017 from highly accomplished scientist to set up a research program of their interest and to speed up the development of biomedical research. This act will induce scientists to collaborate with the Indian biomedical research community, for providing mentorship and training to students, postdoctoral fellows and junior scientists in cutting-edge biomedical research.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

  • PhD, MD, MPH degree holder.
  • The applicant of any age group can apply.
  • Applicant must not be resident in India at the time of application.

How can you apply ?

The application can be done online with the following steps:

Step 1: Go to the website and read all the details from here.

Step 2: Now click here to apply online.

Step 3: As you are a new user, click on register to create your account using your email id.

Step 4: Write your email id, click NEXT.

Step 5: Now, write your personal details here and click NEXT.

Step 6: Check to accept the terms and conditions and SUBMIT.


Q. I am still pursuing a PhD. Will I be eligible to apply for the Early Career Fellowship?
Applicants are advised to apply for an Early Career Fellowship when they are in the last year of their PhD. It is not necessary to have finished your PhD viva or received your PhD degree at the time of application. However, it is essential that you receive your PhD degree before you activate your award, which is within one year from the time of award. If you are recommended for an award, the Fellowship will not start till the Office has received confirmation from your thesis supervisor that you have successfully defended your PhD viva or an equivalent examination.
Q. Are these Fellowships restricted to Indian Nationals? What is the age bar for India Alliance Fellowships?
There is no age restriction to apply for an India Alliance Fellowship. There are also no nationality restrictions on India Alliance Fellowships with the exception of Research Training Fellowships (RTF) which only Indian nationals are eligible to apply. However, in keeping with our mandate, it is essential that a major part of the research should be conducted at the sponsoring host institution in India.

Q. Am I eligible to apply if I have a permanent position at my sponsoring host institute?
As long as you satisfy the eligibility criteria for a particular scheme, your status of employment at the sponsoring host institute does not preclude you from applying to the India Alliance.

Q. What is the duration of funding?
The duration of funding for all our fellowships is 5 years with the exception of Research Training Fellowships (RTF). Click here to find out more about the RTF.

Q. What costs are covered by the India Alliance?
The India Alliance provides personal support of the Fellow and directly incurred research costs associated with the Fellowship project; these may include staff salaries, equipment, materials and consumables, animals etc. If the applicant is moving from an overseas lab to their Indian host institution, they may request for relocation charges (one-time expense of maximum INR 1 Lakh), provided their total budget does not exceed the cap of the fellowship they have applied for. There is no provision of funding equipment under the Early Career Fellowship scheme. However, Early Career Fellows could request for 1 technical support staff position after completing one year of on the Fellowship.

Terms and Conditions

The applicants must have a Sponsor at Host Institution at the time of application. A Margdarshi Fellow will enhance the Host Institution's recognition and reach by

  • Attracting high-caliber scientists, scholars and students to build inter-disciplinary teams
  • Developing infrastructure and drawing additional funding support
  • Identifying and establishing a new area of research, which may have the potential to change the landscape of research at the Host Institution.

Two institutions may also propose a joint programme under the leadership of a leading scientist. In this case, the partnering institutions will be termed as the Primary Host Institution and the Secondary Host Institution. Both the Sponsors will have to fill the online consent form. The Primary Institution is the one which will be responsible for

  •  Hosting the Fellow
  •  Administering the Fellowship and
  •  Accommodating the major part of the programme

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