TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowship Program 2021/2022

Deadline: 20 September 2021
Open to:
nationals of a developing country (other than India)
monthly stipend to cover living costs, food, and health insurance


Applications for the TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowship Program 2021/2022 are now open. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Ministry of Science and Technology in India, and TWAS have established a fellowship program for foreign scholars from developing countries who wish to pursue research towards a PhD. in biotechnology.

The 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 Ph.D. degree in their home country or may enroll in a Ph.D. course at a host laboratory/institute in India.


  • Sandwich Fellowships (for those registered for a PhD. in their home country): The Fellowship may be granted for a minimum period of 12 months and a maximum period of 2 years.
  • Full-time Fellowships (for those not registered for a PhD.): The Fellowship is granted for an initial period of up to 3 years.  Such Fellowships may then be extended for a further 2 years, subject to the student’s performance. Candidates will register for their Ph.D. at a university in India. DBT will confirm any such extensions to both TWAS and the candidate.


  • Be a maximum age of 35 years on December 31 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 (sample is included in the application form); OR
  • For FULL-TIME Fellowships; be willing to register at a university in India.
  • Be accepted at a biotechnology institution in India. Requests for acceptance must be directed to the chosen host institution(s), and NOT to DBT.
  • Provide evidence of proficiency in English, if the 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.


  • DBT will provide a monthly stipend to cover 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.

How to apply

  • No applications will be accepted after the deadline. Therefore, it is recommended to submit your electronic application as early as possible.
  • Applications for the TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowship Program can ONLY be submitted to TWAS via the online portal.
  • For SANDWICH Fellowships (only if already registered for a Ph.D. in the HOME country) applicants should ensure that the Vice-Chancellor or Registrar of the university sends a signed copy of the “Registration and No Objection Certificate” on institutional headed paper to TWAS.
  • Applicants should submit the Acceptance Letter from an Indian biotechnology institution to TWAS when applying online. Without preliminary acceptance, the application will not be considered for selection.
  • Reference letters must be on letter-headed paper and SIGNED by the referee. The subject line must contain the name DBT/PG/ and the candidate’s surname. N.B. Only signed reference letters can be accepted.
  • Should you have applied to or availed of any Indian fellowships (especially INSA JRD TATA and JNCASR-CICS) in the current or previous year this must be clearly specified in the application form.

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For more information, please visit the official webpage.

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