Newton Bhabha PhD Placements Programme

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Department of Science and Technology
Department of Biotechnology


The British Council, in partnership with the Departments of Science and Technology (DST) and Biotechnology (DBT), invites applications for funding support for short-term placements in United Kingdom (UK) and Indian institutions between March to October 2019.


The placement offer provides funding to Indian and UK PhD scholars for a period of 2 to 4 months of their research at any UK or Indian higher education institution. As a result of participating in international intellectual networks, it builds the capacity of individuals, increases cultural understanding and fosters sustainable research collaborations. 

The programme further aims to: 

  • provide individual professional development through international training and development opportunities 
  • increase the number of highly trained researchers in the UK and India with international experience, able to contribute to the absorptive capacity for research and innovation and thus bring about economic and social benefits 
  • develop international joint training pathways 
  • increase awareness of the research strengths of the UK and India

Closing date: 04 August 2018 — 4.00 PM (UK time) 

Selection results: October 2018 

For more information click here.


UK nationals applying:

  • scholars pursuing their PhD at a UK higher education institution. Please see a list of eligible institutions under the downloads section. 

Indian nationals applying:

The scheme is open only for Indian scholars enrolled at Indian higher education institution with following criteria:

  • INSPIRE PhD Senior Research Fellows (SRFs) of Batch 2015 — STEM and Life Sciences.
  • PhD Scholars (other than INSPIRE Fellows) who have qualified through a national level test and are pursuing PhD in mid second or third year of Life Sciences. The following national level tests are considered: CSIR/UGC-NET, GATE, BET, ICMR-NET, ICAR-NET

Please refer to call guidelines under download section for full details of eligibility criteria.

To Apply

Submit your application with endorsements from both the sending and receiving relevant Heads of Department (or equivalent). In addition, the receiving institution must confirm that they will host, give details of the duration of stay and amount of bench fees, if charged (applicable only for UK host universities). 

UK applicants apply here

Indian applicants apply here

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