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TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowship Programme (Fully Funded)

Last updated: Aug 1, 2022

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Target: Developing Countries,

Award Value: Full Funding,

Host Institution: Institutions in India


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TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowship Programme (Fully Funded)Individuals from developing countries who wish to pursue research toward a PhD in Biotechnology are invited to apply for the TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowship Programme. The awardees will be fully funded to India and well-equipped with learning and living aids which include stipends to cover health insurance, accommodation, feeding, and other benefits. Application for this offer runs until mid-September.

Program Details

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Ministry of Science and Technology in India, and UNESCO-TWAS established a fellowship programme for foreign scholars from developing countries who intend to pursue research toward a PhD in biotechnology. TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowships are tenable at key biotechnology research institutions in India for a period of three to five years (FULL-TIME) and a maximum of two years for SANDWICH.

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Award Benefits

  • Monthly stipends
  • Living costs
  • Learning costs
  • Accommodation
  • Health Insurance
  • Food

Level and Areas of Study

This fellowship is for PhD research degree in Biotechnology.

Place of Study

Institution(s) in India will host the Program.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowship Programme must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Be a maximum age of 35 years on 31 December of the application year.
  • Be nationals of a developing country (other than India).
  • Must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in India or any developed country.
  • Hold a Master’s or equivalent degree in science or engineering.
  • For SANDWICH Fellowships, be registered PhD students in their home country and provide the “Registration and No Objection Certificate” from the HOME university; OR
  • For FULL-TIME Fellowships; be willing to register at a university in India.
  • Be accepted at a biotechnology institution in India.
  • Provide a research proposal.
  • Provide evidence of proficiency in English, if the medium of education was not English;
  • Provide evidence that s/he will return to her/his home country on completion of the fellowship;
  • Not take up other assignments during the period of her/his fellowship;
  • Be financially responsible for any accompanying family members.

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Application Procedure

  • Applications for the TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowship Programme can ONLY be submitted to TWAS via the online portal. A tutorial on how to use the online application form is available below for download.
  • Applicants should submit the Acceptance Letter from an Indian biotechnology institution to TWAS when applying online. Without preliminary acceptance, the application will not be considered for selection.
  • Reference letters must be on letter-headed paper and SIGNED by the referee. The subject line must contain the name DBT/PG/ and the candidate’s surname.
  • Should you have applied to or availed of any Indian fellowships (especially INSA JRD TATA and JNCASR-CICS) in the current or previous year this must be specified in the application form.

Submission Deadline: September 15.

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