Prof. M.K. Bhan Mid-Career Research Fellowship Program


This fellowship has been instituted in memory of Padma Bhushan Prof. Maharaj Kishan Bhan, the renowned pediatrician, an eminent scientist and former Secretary, DBT and Chairperson, BIRAC, Government of India. Prof. Bhan was a luminary of Indian public health who contributed immensely to this field and revolutionize the biotechnology landscape in India. Prof. Bhan instituted various initiatives to foster research, collaboration and implementation capacity of India. Prof. Bhan believed in investing and encouraging biomedical research and innovation to derive excellence and leadership in science. Dr. Bhan continuously worked to encourage, engage and train the next generation of researchers and committed leaders of the science fraternity within India, who would steer and contribute to the improvement of public health in the country.

To honor the legacy of Prof. Bhan and embolden his goals, the Grand Challenges India (GCI) partners have instituted the Prof. M. K. Bhan Mid-Career Fellowship Program, implemented by GCI at BIRAC.

  • The Fellowship is designed specifically for well-established mid-career researchers with at least fifteen years of work experience post-Ph.D. in Global Public Health Research and Health Care Sector and are looking for financial support to derive transformational and innovative research.
  • The Fellowship is looking for excellent researchers with established track records as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications in leading scientific journals, technologies developed, patents (if any) and/​or other societal impacts of their research.
  • Fellows who have already established their scientific bona fides and are positioned to leverage this program to accelerate their careers into senior-level science leaders are encouraged to apply.
  • Fellowship aim to support basic, translational and implementation research as well as product development within the fellowship duration.

The aim of the Fellowship is to continue Prof. Bhan’s vision for research and innovation in public health, by:

i) Identifying and supporting extraordinary emerging scientific leaders in India while solving country’s most pressing health and development challenges.

ii) Providing opportunities to mid-career researchers empowering them as independent investigators.


The applicant should possess a Ph.D. in any branch of Public Health/​Life Sciences/​Biotechnology/​Biomedical Engineering/​Nutrition/​allied areas with at-least fifteen years of work experience post-Ph.D in Global public Health research OR MD with at-least fifteen years of work experience in the Healthcare sector.

To Apply

Applications are required to be submitted online only.

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