- The Department of Biotechnology (DBT)
of the Ministry of Science and Technology, India, and TWAS have
instituted a fellowship programme for foreign scholars from developing
countries who wish to pursue research towards a PhD in Biotechnology.
TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world is an autonomous
international organization based in Trieste, Italy. Its principal aim is
to promote scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable
development in the South.
The TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowship Programme tenable in India.
Applicants should be aware that they can apply for only one fellowship
1. TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowships are tenable at key biotechnology
research institutions in India for a period of up to five years.
2. Applicants may be registered for a PhD degree in their home country,
or may enrol in a PhD course at a host laboratory/institute in India. To
help candidates in their choice of a suitable host institution a list of
biotechnology institutes in India is available here:
List_Biotechn_India.pdf. However, candidates are free to choose an
Indian biotechnology institution that does not appear on the list.
3. DBT will provide a monthly stipend to cover for living costs, food
and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into
foreign currency. In addition, the fellowship holder will receive a
house rent allowance.
4. The language of instruction is English
Applicants for these fellowships must meet the following criteria:
* Be a maximum age of 30 years on 31 December of the application year.
* Be nationals of a developing country (other than India).
* Hold a Master's or equivalent degree in science or engineering.
* Be regularly employed in a developing country and hold a research
* For SANDWICH Fellowships: Be registered PhD students in their home
country and provide the "Registration and No Objection Certificate" from
the HOME university (sample is included in the application form).
* For FULL-TIME Fellowships: Be willing to register at a university in
* Be accepted at a biotechnology institution in India (see sample
Acceptance Letter included in the application form).
Submitting your application
* The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 August of each year.
* For SANDWICH Fellowships (only if already registered for a PhD in the
HOME country) applicants should ensure that the Vice-Chancellor or
Registrar of the university sends a signed copy of the "Registration and
No Objection Certificate" on institutional headed paper to TWAS (see
sample included in the application form).
* Applicants should submit the Acceptance Letter from an Indian
biotechnology institution to TWAS when applying or by the deadline at
the latest. Applicants will have until the deadline to submit the
Acceptance Letter to TWAS. Without preliminary acceptance, the
application will not be considered for selection.
* Reference letter: Referees must send signed letters as attachments via
e-mail directly to TWAS. The subject line must contain: DBT/PG/candidate's
surname. Alternatively, letters should be sent by post in sealed
* Applications for the TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowship Programme should
be sent to TWAS and CICS (by post, fax or email).
TWAS Fellowships Office
ICTP Campus, Strada Costiera 11
34151 Trieste, Italy
Phone: +39 040 2240-314
Fax: +39 040 224559
Dr. (Mrs.) Ganga Radhakrishnan FRSC
Centre for International Cooperation in Science (CICS), Formerly
No 2, Gandhi Mandapam Road
Chennai 600 025, India
Phone: + 91 44 24430228
Fax: +91 44 24914543
Click on the links below to download the application form and
guidelines. Before applying it is recommended that you read very
carefully the application guidelines for detailed information on
eligibility criteria, deadlines and other key requirements of the
Deadline: May 25, 2011.
CareerAware.com Opinion of this Empowerment Opportunity
opinion does not guarantee anything. THIS OPINION IS NOT FROM THE
ORGANIZATION PROVIDING THIS EMPOWERMENT OPPORTUNITY. This opinion is only provided as a
convenience to give candidates more insight and guidance into the
Biotechnology throws up amazing possibilities. It is an area with
increasing research interest. In the
opinion of Careeraware.com, the Biotechnology fellowship is an exciting
opportunity to carve a research niche in this interesting and exciting
area. The fellowships are open to nationals if any developing country
apart from India. The fellowship programme is instituted for foreign
scholars from developing countries who wish to pursue research towards a
Ph.D in Biotechnology.
Interested and qualified for Biotechnology postgraduate studies?
Interested in enrolling for this programme in India? What is your
biotechnology research interest?
Careeraware.com notes that applicants must be accepted at a
biotechnology institution in India in order to be eligible for the
fellowship. You should know at least two senior scientists familiar with
your work who are ready to provide letters of reference on your behalf.
Ensure you are qualified for the fellowship. Make sure the fellowship fit into your career plan.
Have a good understanding of the objectives of the biotechnology
fellowship. Find out more about DBT and TWAS and read the application
guidelines. Ensure your application is completed well and pay attention
to detail. Prepare well.
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