Last Updated

04 Jul 2022

TWAS-DBT Call for Applications: Postgraduate Fellowship Programme


The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Ministry of Science and Technology in India, and UNESCO-TWAS established a postgraduate fellowship programme for foreign scholars from developing countries who wish to pursue research towards a PhD in biotechnology. The fellowship opens for applications on June 15, 2022.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the preliminary acceptance letter as early as possible, even before the opening date of the call. Keeping in mind that only Acceptance letters dated the same year as the year of application are eligible.

Programme details:

  • TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowships are tenable at key biotechnology research institutions in India for a period of up to five years.
  • Applicants may be registered for a PhD degree in their home country, or may enrol in a PhD course at a host laboratory/institute in India. To help candidates in their choice of a suitable host institution a list of biotechnology institutes in India is available here: List_Biotechn_India.pdf. However, candidates are free to choose an Indian biotechnology institution that does not appear on the list.
  • Areas of award include; agricultural sciences, structural biology, Cell and molecular biology, biological systems and organisms, medical and health sciences incl. neurosciences, and chemical sciences.
  • The language of instruction is English.


  • Be a maximum age of 35 years on 31 December of the application year.
  • Be nationals of a developing country (other than India).
  • Must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in India or any developed country.
  • Hold a Master's or equivalent degree in science or engineering.
  • For SANDWICH Fellowships, be registered PhD students in their home country and provide the "Registration and No Objection Certificate" from the HOME university; OR
  • For FULL-TIME Fellowships; be willing to register at a university in India.
  • Be accepted at a biotechnology institution in India 
  • 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.

Funding details:

  • A monthly stipend to cover for living costs, food and health insurance. The monthly stipend will not be convertible into foreign currency.
  • In addition, the fellowship holder will receive a house rent allowance.
  • For FULL-TIME Fellowships (for those not registered for a PhD), funding is granted for an initial period of up to 3 years.
  • For SANDWICH Fellowships (for those registered for a PhD in their home country), funding may be granted for a minimum period of 12 months and a maximum period of 2 years. 

​​​Read more here

Application deadline September 15, 2022.