Boston Bangalore Biotechnology Beginnings (B4): A Collaboration between IBAB and Harvard South Asia Institute

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Up to 5 Science and Technology Fellowships for 2016 – 17 will be offered in fields related to the biosciences at Harvard University and other institutions in the Boston area. During their time at Harvard and Boston area, Fellows will be connected with faculty across Harvard and other academic institutions in the Boston area as relevant to each Fellow’s area of research. SAI will organize seminars at Harvard for Fellows to discuss their research with the broader community at Harvard and beyond.

A Colloquium will be organized in India at the conclusion of the Fellowship where the Fellows will engage with Harvard faculty, Indian academics, and industry leaders and highlight what they have learned during their time in Boston/​Cambridge.

Fellows are expected to reside in the Cambridge vicinity starting October 15th and to actively participate in the events and intellectual life of the Institute. In addition Fellows are expected to contribute to the greater Harvard community by teaching, mentoring, or advising students.

Deadline: July 30, 2016 for 2016 – 2017
SAI aims to notify applicants by mid August regarding decisions.


The fellowship opportunity is open to scholars who have completed their PhD within the last five years from an institution in India and working in B4 Program Partner Institutions in Karnataka in one of the following disciplines: systems and synthetic biology, neurosciences, genomics and bionformatics, and soft robotics and biomedical engineering. Fellows will typically be recent Ph.D.s that can benefit from a 1‑year project in a lab in the Boston area. Exceptional senior doctoral students, with demonstrated independence and maturity, may be considered. Applicants must be Indian citizens currently residing in India.

To Apply

  1. Visit and fill out the Online Application Form.
  2. Upload an updated curriculum vitae which lists your academic degrees, disciplines, dates the degrees were received, your publications, research presentations, previous grants and fellowships, as well as shows scientific background and productivity to the Online Application Form.
  3. Upload a statement of 1 – 2 pages (no more than 600 words, 12 pt, double space) on why you want to be a Fellow, and given your current work, why you are a good candidate. Additionally, explain what you hope to accomplish/​learn in one year, which labs might be appropriate (see about lab selection), and what you plan to do when you return to India.
  4. Upload a transcript
  5. Two letters of reference should be emailed or mailed directly to Diana Nguyen (diananguyen@​fas.​harvard.​edu) by the deadline.

Harvard South Asia Institute Attn: B4Fellowship CGIS South Building, 4th Floor 1730 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02138

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