Call for applications : Early Career Fellowships in Biomedical Research

10 Jul 2017

Call for applications : Early Career Fellowships in Biomedical Research


Preliminary application deadline : 10 August, 2017

The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance invites applications for its Early Career Fellowships in 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 (October 2017 for the current round of competition); due consideration will be given to justified career breaks
  • Applicant may have/be pursuing PhD in any discipline of science
  • 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 conditions and policies
  • Applicant may or may not have a faculty position


  • Full spectrum of biomedical science from fundamental molecular and cellular studies through Clinical and Public Health research**
  • Interdisciplinary projects are welcome


The upper limit for an award is INR 1.7 Crores. The 5-year Fellowship typically provides:

  • Competitive personal support
  • Generous research funds
  • Funding to work overseas for up to 2 years and develop international collaborations

Essentials on the application:

  • Outline (750 words) of a research proposal that seeks to answer an original biomedical research question 
  • A 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

Preliminary application forms will be available from 13 July, 2017 on the India Alliance online application System (IASys) at

Please visit for further information on eligibility, remit, provisions, and the application process. Queries may be addressed to [email protected]

**We encourage Clinicians and Public Health researchers to apply in the separate Clinical and Public Health competition which would be announced later:


Banner image credit :  Kate Cragoe Mayfield , Wellcome Images 

Cervical Cancer

Illustration showing an artists interpretation of a Cervical cancer cell, the image was drawn from an electron micrograph of the structure. Cervical cancer forms in tissues of the cervix (the organ connecting the uterus and vagina). It is usually a slow-growing cancer that may not have symptoms but is normally detected with regular Pap tests ( otherwise known as cervical smear - a procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix and looked at under a microscope for any cellular changes). Cervical cancer is almost always caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.