India Alliance DBT Wellcome Early Career Fellowships 2020-21

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EligibilityStudents pursuing PhD in any discipline of Science
AwardMultiple awards

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About the Program

The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance invites applications from final year PhD students or students having post-PhD research experience of not more than 4 years for Early Career Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research 2020-21. The aim of this fellowship is to provide opportunities for conducting high-quality research across the country to promising postdoctoral researchers in the field of biomedical research. The fellowship will be awarded for a period of five years during which the recipient will receive various benefits. 

Fellowship Details
  • India Alliance DBT Wellcome Early Career Fellowships 2020-21 DeadlineClosed

    To be eligible for this fellowship, an applicant must:

    • Be a final year PhD student or a student with post-PhD research experience of not more than four years
    • Be pursuing a PhD in any disciplines of Science
    • Be aspiring for an independent research career in India
    • Choose a not-for-profit Indian host institution

    Note: Applicants may or may not have a faculty position.


    The fellowship is tenable for 5-years and it includes -

    • Competitive personal support
    • Research expenses
    • Overseas funding for up to two years

    Applicants are required to submit the following documents in their preliminary application:

    • Updated CV
    • Research proposal outline of 750 words with an answer to the biomedical question
    • Fellowship supervisor’s details
    • A supporting document along with a self-explanatory letter that describes how the supervisor’s expertise and research interests will complement the applicant’s research pursuits
    • Additional recommendation letter
    How can you apply?

    To apply for Early Career Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research 2020-21, follow the below steps:

    Step 1: Click on the 'Apply Now' button below and register.
    Step 2: Once registered successfully, log in using the registered email id and password.
    Step 3: Fill in the preliminary application by choosing ‘New Grant Application’ option after successful login. 
    Step 4: Enter the required details and submit the completed application along with the required documents.

    Note: The application process is divided into two parts; Preliminary Applications and Final Applications. After the preliminary applications are assessed the final applications are invited by invitation only. 

Important Dates

Preliminary application deadline: 11th August 2020

Selection Criteria

The selection committee will review the preliminary applications received which will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Applicant's fulfilment of eligibility criteria
  • Research proposal
  • Quality and competitiveness of the applications received

For Final Application:

  • Only those who receive the invitation email can apply for the final application.
  • Applications will be submitted using India Alliance online grant portal, IASys only.
  • Those who have limited internet connectivity may apply by sending their candidature via email at

Note: The Selection Committee holds the right to reduce the amount of grant, withhold the grant, award the grant in full or reject the application altogether.

Terms and Conditions
  • Applicants should submit their application only once.
  • Full applications will be accepted only by invitation. Selected preliminary candidates will be asked to submit the full application via email.
  • Selected applicants may not hold any other fellowship during the same time as per the Dual Fellowship Policy.
  • The research proposal should be in line with the Indian Alliance’s remit which is to provide support to biomedical research for the welfare of animals and humans.

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