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Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Early Career Fellowships 2019

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.

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The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance invites applications for the Early Career Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research. That is a mentored Fellowship programme which offers a special chance for promising postdoctoral researchers to perform high-quality biomedical research in India towards developing an independent research career.


  • Applicant must be in the final year of PhD or possess 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 2019 for the present round of competition); due consideration will be given to justified career breaks
  • The applicant may have/be pursuing PhD in almost any area of science
  • There are no limitations based on age or nationality
  • The applicant does not need to be resident in India while applying, but ought to be aspiring to launch an independent research career in India
  • Applicant must decide on a non-profit host institution in India which can administer the Fellowship for the entire duration (five years) of their award based on India Alliance conditions and policies.
  • The applicant may or may not have a faculty position
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  • The full spectrum of biomedical science from fundamental molecular and cellular studies through Clinical and Public Health research**
  • Interdisciplinary projects are welcome


The 5-year Fellowship typically provides:

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

Essentials on the preliminary application:

  • Outline (750 words) of a research proposal that seeks to answer an original biomedical research query
  • A Fellowship Supervisor Who’d guide the applicant in the proposed research and a letter of support to this conclusion; the proposed research is expected to complement and take advantage of the Fellowship Supervisor’s research interests and expertise
  • An additional letter of recommendation

How to Apply:

Preliminary application forms will soon be available from 23 July 2019 (9 AM IST) at the India Alliance online application System (IASys)

The preliminary application deadline is 2 PM IST on 20 August 2019.

Please see our site for additional details on eligibility, remit, provisions, along with the application procedure. Queries can be addressed to [email protected]

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