TWAS-DBT Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme

Department of Biotechnology


The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, India, and TWAS have established a fellowship programme for foreign scholars from developing countries who wish to pursue postdoctoral research in biotechnology.

Applicants for these fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a maximum age of 45 years within the year of application (31 December)
  • Be nationals of a developing country (other than India/​https://​twas​.org/​6​6​-​c​o​u​n​tries
  • Must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in India or any developed country
  • Be regularly employed in a developing country and hold a research assignment there.
  • Be accepted at a biotechnology institution in India (see sample Acceptance Letter that can be downloaded below or included in the application form). N.B. Requests for acceptance must be directed to the chosen host institution(s), and NOT to DBT.
  • Provide a research proposal outline based on the format of the sample that can be downloaded below.
  • Provide evidence of proficiency in English, if medium of education was not English;
  • Provide evidence that s/​he will return to her/​his home country on completion of the fellowship;
  • Not take up other assignments during the period of her/​his fellowship;
  • Be financially responsible for any accompanying family members.


Hold a PhD degree in bioscience or biotechnology.

To Apply

  • The opening date of the call is 15 December 2023.
  • The deadline for receipt of applications is 19 March 2024
  • 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.
  • Should you have applied to or availed any Indian fellowships (especially INSA JRD TATA and JNCASRCICS) in the current or previous year this must be clearly specified in the application form.
  • Applications for the TWAS-DBT Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme can ONLY be submitted to TWAS via the online portal. A tutorial on how to use the online application form is available below for download.
  • Applicants should be aware that they can apply for only one fellowship per year. With the exception of the Visiting Scientists programme, all other fellowship programmes offered by TWAS and OWSD are mutually exclusive.

Results of the fellowship selection should be available toward the mid of 2024 or the end of 2024, and selected candidates will be able to start their fellowship NO earlier than beginning of 2025.

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