Clinical and Public Health Research Fellowships

 Hyderabad, Telangana


DBT/​Wellcome Trust India Alliance invites applications for three Fellowship schemes under the Clinical and Public Health Research category: Early Career Fellowships, Intermediate Fellowships, and Senior Fellowships.

Early Career Fellowship: For those applicants who have shown promise to pursue independent research and wish to further their efforts to build a research career under the supervision of a Fellowship Supervisor. 

Guidance note: Suitable for applicants in the final year MD/​MS/​MPH/​PhD or have up to 4 years of relevant experience.

Intermediate Fellowship: For those applicants who have been successful in building a track record of pursuing cutting edge research and wish to establish their own independent clinical/​public health research program in India. 

Guidance note: Suitable for applicants with 4 – 7 years of relevant experience.

Senior Fellowship: For those applicants who have demonstrated their potential to lead an independent research program and want to expand it further to undertake pioneering research. 

Guidance note: Suitable for applicants with 7 – 15 years of relevant experience.

Time spent outside the research environment (i.e., career breaks) will be considered while determining eligibility; relevant information must be provided clearly in the preliminary application.


5 Years


Full spectrum of biomedical science involving clinical and public health research.

Provisions: The 5‑year Fellowship support provides:

  • Interested clinicians the opportunity to pursue their research goals alongside their clinical duties
  • Competitive personal support
  • Generous research support with the flexibility to accommodate requirements of clinical and public health research
  • Flexibility to request additional support staff
  • Support for training and research sabbatical
  • Funds for overseas travel to carry out research outside the Host Institution
  • Opportunity to pursue PhD on the India Alliance-funded research


Eligibility limit covers the entire range of Clinical and Public Health Research Fellowship schemes.

  • This competition is open for clinicians and public health researchers with MD/MS/MPH or equivalent clinical /​public health degree with 0 – 15 years of research experience post-qualifying degree (applicants in their final year of degree may also apply).
  • Clinicians and public health researchers do not require a PhD to apply.
  • There are no age or nationality restrictions.
  • The candidates need not be resident in India while applying but should be willing to establish an independent research career in India.
  • Applicants are advised to choose the most appropriate scheme suitable for them based on their qualification, research experience, career trajectory, and track record. They may refer to the guidance notes, provisions, and mandates of the schemes for assessing their eligibility. The Office reserves the right to advise on the suitability of the scheme accordingly.

To Apply

Application forms will be available on the India Alliance online application System ( IASys ) from 09 March 2023, 9 AM IST. It is mandatory for applicants to submit their applications via IASys; email submissions will not be accepted. 

Essentials on the preliminary application:

  • A research proposal that seeks to answer original biomedical research question
  • A not-for-profit Host Institution in India that will administer the Fellowship for the full duration of the award. A salaried position or commitment to a salaried position at the Host Institution is not required.
  • A Fellowship Supervisor (in case of an Early Career Fellowship), who can guarantee access to space and resources required for the project as well as provide relevant scientific guidance for the tenure of the Fellowship
  • Letter(s) of support/​recommendation as applicable for the scheme

Further information on the provisions and application process is available here. Queries may be addressed to info@​indiaalliance.​org

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