Har-Gobind Khorana Innovative Young Biotechnologist Fellowship (IYBF) 2024

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EligibilityYoung scientists up to 35 years of age
AwardRecurring and non-recurring costs up to ₹10,00,000 per year for 3 years

About the Program


Last Updated On : 18-01-2024   Posted By : Rincy Kaur

Har-Gobind Khorana Innovative Young Biotechnologist Fellowship (IYBF) 2024 is an opportunity offered by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, to identify and nurture outstanding young scientists with innovative ideas and desire to pursue research in frontier areas of Biotechnology. The selected candidate will receive ₹1,30,000 per year for 3 years along with non-recurring support provided in the first year only for procurement of equipment essentially required for carrying out the research activities of the proposed project. 

Source: Department of Biotechnology Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India 

  • Har-Gobind Khorana Innovative Young Biotechnologist Fellowship (IYBF) 2024

    To be eligible, an applicant must:-

    • be an Indian citizen  
    • hold a regular position in India
    • be below 35 years of age on the last date of submission of application (Note:- Age relaxation of 5 years is applicable for SC/ST/OBC, Women and Physically Handicapped category.)
    • hold a Ph.D. degree in any branch of Life Sciences, Computational Sciences (applied to Biotechnology, Medicine or Biological Sciences), Veterinary Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Agricultural Sciences OR
    • hold a master's degree in Medicine or Dentistry (MD/MS/MDS or IMC designated equivalent) and Engineering/Technology (M.Tech. degree or AICTE designated equivalent)
    • have an excellent academic track record
    • have published high-quality papers in the best journals or invented technologies as evidenced by granted Indian and/or International patents
    • have completed 3 years in India after joining of regular position in India and published high-quality papers in the best journals (Note - The published work after joining in Indian institutions will be considered only for the screening and selection for award of fellowship.)

    The selected fellow will receive the following awards upon selection:-

    Description Amount  Comment
    Equipment and accessories  Up to ₹10,00,000  
    Cash Fellowship ₹1,30,000 per year for 3 years   
    Manpower (either one JRF or one SRF or one Project Assistant or Project Associate Level I/II  As per a recent DST O.M. issued in this regard   
    Consumables, Contingencies & Travel   Up to ₹10,00,000 per year Travel expenditure is to be restricted up to ₹50,000 per year
    Overheads  As per DBT rules   


    • Application proforma
    • Academic transcripts, including marksheets/certificates
    • Birth certificate and other requisite documents


    Note:- The above documents must be uploaded in PDF format with a maximum size of 4MB.

    How can you apply?

    Eligible applicants can apply for the opportunity by following the below-mentioned steps:-
    Step 1: Click on the 'Apply Now' button.
    Step 2: Click on the 'Register' button and fill in the required details to 'Register'. (Note:- If already registered, log in using Gmail/Mobile number/Email ID.)
    Step 3: Navigate to the 'How to Apply' section at the bottom of the page and click on it.
    Step 4: Fill in the required details, upload the necessary documents, and submit.

Important Dates

Application Deadline:- 29th January 2024

Selection Criteria

The candidates will be selected based on the fulfilment of the eligibility criteria.

Terms and Conditions
  • The proposed project has to be carried out in any recognized research institution/university in India having adequate facilities.
  • The application has to be forwarded by the head or duly designated competent authority of the host Institution or University.
  • The project will be operated by the fellow. However, capital equipment will be procured in the name of the institute where the fellow proposes to work.
  • The financial transactions of the fellowship have to be handled by the host institute, which will be responsible for submitting the Utilization certificate and Statement of Expenditure every financial year.
  • In case, the fellow moves to other institutes during the tenure of the research project, with prior approval of the DBT, the project grant may be transferred to the new host institute.
  • No objection certificate from the current institute and acceptance from the new host institute will be pre-requisite.  
  • IYBF fellow should not undertake foreign deputations for more than three months during the entire course of the project period.
  • The fellow will be the corresponding author for any publication emanating as a result of the research carried out on account of the fellowship.

Note:- For detailed information, kindly refer to the 'Fellowship Guidelines'.


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