Call for applications : Early Career Fellowships in Biomedical Research

02 Jul 2018

Call for applications : Early Career Fellowships in Biomedical Research


Preliminary application deadline: 31 July 2018, 12 noon IST

The Wellcome Trust/DBT 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 2018 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

Provisions: 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 preliminary 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 are available 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: