DBT/ Wellcome Trust Call for Applications: Early Career Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research

Call for Applications: Early Career Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research

Preliminary application deadline: 11 August 2020, 2 pm IST

DBT/ Wellcome Trust India Alliance invites applications for its Early Career Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research. This is a mentored Fellowship programme that provides a unique opportunity for promising postdoctoral researchers to carry out high-quality biomedical research in India towards building an independent research career.


  • Applicant must be in the final year of PhD or have no more than four years of post-PhD research experience from the date of PhD viva to the invited full application submission deadline (tentatively in October 2020 for the current round of competition); due consideration will be given to justified non-research career breaks
  • Applicant may either have completed or be pursuing PhD in any discipline of science; however, the proposed research work must be within the funding remit of India Alliance
  • There are no restrictions based on age or nationality
  • Applicant need not be resident in India while applying, but should be aspiring to launch an independent research career in India
  • Applicant must choose a not-for-profit host institution in India that will administer the Fellowship for the full duration (5 years) of the award in line with India Alliance award conditions and policies
  • Applicant may or may not have a faculty position


  • Full spectrum of basic biomedical science from fundamental molecular and cellular biology to ecology and evolution
  • Interdisciplinary projects are welcome

Provisions: The 5-year Fellowship typically provides:

  • Competitive personal support
  • Generous research funds
  • Support to work in a lab overseas for up to 2 years and develop international collaborations

Essentials on the preliminary application:

  • Outline (750 words) of a research proposal that seeks to answer an original biomedical research question 
  • Fellowship Supervisor who would guide the applicant in the proposed research and a letter of support to this end; the proposed research is expected to complement and benefit from the Fellowship Supervisor’s research interests and expertise
  • An additional letter of recommendation from a person, other than the proposed Fellowship Supervisor, who can comment on the applicant’s research training

Preliminary application forms will be available from 9 am on 13 July 2020 on the India Alliance online application System (IASys).

Submission of Preliminary applications is due by 2 pm IST on 11 August 2020.

Find further information on eligibility, remit, provisions, and the application process HERE. Queries may be addressed to info@indiaalliance.org

**We encourage early career Clinicians and Public Health researchers to apply in the Clinical and Public Health Research fellowships which would be announced in early 2021.

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