Early Career Fellowships in Biomedical Research

The Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance


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.

Preliminary application deadline: 31 July 2018, 12 noon IST


  • Applicant must be in the final year of PhD or have no more than four yearsof post-PhD research experience from the date of PhD viva to the full application submission deadline (tentatively in October 2018 for the current round of competition); due consideration will be given to justified career breaks
  • Applicant can have a 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

To Apply

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 02 July, 2018, 09 am IST on the India Alliance online application System (IASys) at

Preliminary applications due by 31 July, 2018, 12 noon IST.

Please visit further information on eligibility, remit, provisions, and the application process. Queries may be addressed to

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

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Posted on 13 Jun 2018.

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