TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowship Program for Developing Country Researchers in India

Opportunity Detail

  • Language Requirement Not required
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Level PH.DResearch
  • Eligible Region/Countries
    Developing countries except India
  • Medium of Instruction English
  • Field of study Different
  • Opportunity ID 4057
  • Funding Type Partially Funded
  • Duration 5 years

Opportunity Description

Fellowship overview

The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Ministry of Science and Technology in India have developed a postgraduate fellowship program for scholars from developing countries who wish to conduct research toward a Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology in India. Interested and eligible candidates can apply for this great opportunity.


  • Deadline: 15 September 2022
  • Awarding institution: The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)
  • Partner organization: Department of Biotechnology (DBT, India)
  • Host country: India
  • Level of study: Ph.D. degree
  • Duration: nearly 5 years


The fellowship provides a monthly stipend to cover living costs, food, and health insurance. Additionally, DBT will provide a house rent allowance to fellows too.

Fields of study:

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  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Structural, Cell and Molecular Biology
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  • Medical and Health Sciences incl. Neurosciences
  • Chemical Sciences

Eligible countries: all developing countries in the South except India. Click here to download the list of eligible countries.


To be eligible, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • By 31 December 2022, the maximum age of the candidate must be 35 years.
  • Must be a national of a developing country (except India).
  • Applicants must not hold any visa for any temporary or permanent residency of India or any developed nation.
  • Must have obtained a Masters degree in science or engineering.
  • For Sandwich fellowships be enrolled for Ph.D. degree in their home country and be able to provide proof.
  • Full-time fellowship: must be eager to enroll at an Indian university.
  • Must hold an acceptance letter from the host institution in biotechnology.
  • Must be proficient in the English language if his/her previous education was not in English.
  • Provide a commitment letter of returning back to his/her home country after completion of the fellowship.
  • Must not undertake other assignments during this fellowship.
  • Be responsible for his/her accompanying family member’s expenses.

Required application documents:

  • Letter of acceptance from the host institute.
  • Online application form.
  • Reference letters must be written on letterhead and SIGNED by the referee. The name DBT/PG/ and the candidate’s surname must appear in the subject line. Please keep in mind that only signed reference letters will be accepted.
  • Applicants for SANDWICH Fellowships should ensure that the Vice-Chancellor or Registrar of the university delivers a signed copy of the “Registration and No Objection Certificate” on institutional headed paper to TWAS (only if already registered for a PhD in the HOME country).

How to apply?

Applicants can only apply online for this fellowship through the online portal. In addition, a copy of online application form must be sent to CSIR via email.

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Contact details

  • TWAS Fellowships Office

ICTP Campus, Strada Costiera 11
34151 Trieste, Italy
Phone: +39 040 2240-314
E-mail: [email protected]
Fax: +39 040 224559

  • DBT Contact

Dr. Feroz Khan Suri
Project Manager DBT HRD
Project Management Unit
Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB)
Faridabad, Haryana – 121001
Phone: +91-129 2848-800
E-mail: [email protected]

Further points to consider

The fellowship result will be announced at the end of 2022 or early 2023.

Applicants must receive their acceptance letter as soon as possible to include that in the application form.

For further details and downloading the useful attachments, please visit the TWAS website.

Download the list of eligible institutions.

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