Scholarships & Fellowships
Ramalingaswamy Fellowship
Description: The department of Biotechnology has newly instituted ?Ramalingaswamy Fellowship? for scientists of Indian origin working outside the country in various fields of biotechnology, life sciences, bio-engineering and translational health science and all other related disciplines who are interested in taking up scientific research positions in India. Ramalingaswamy Fellows could work in any of the scientific institutions / universities in the country and would also be eligible for regular research grant through extramural and other research schemes of various S&T agencies of the Govt. of India.

The main objective of the scheme is to support scientists of Indian origin who wish to return to the home country and pursue research of high caliber in Life Sciences/ Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology, Bio-engineering, Translational Health Science, etc. All areas of Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Agriculture Science, Engineering and Health Care will be covered by this fellowship.

Eligibility:
i) The fellowship is open to scientists, physician researchers and bio-engineers from all over the world.
ii) The applicant should possess a higher degree or equivalent, such as PhD in Life Sciences/ Agriculture, Bioinformatics, Engineering, Masters in Engineering or Technology/ Medicine etc. and have adequate professional experience.
iii) These Fellowships are very selective and those who have a proven/ outstanding track record as evident from their research publications and recognitions would be eligible.
iv) The candidate has to opt for either this fellowship or his present position/fellowship, if any.

Duration: The duration of the fellowship will be for a period of five years. In exceptional cases, the duration of the award may be extended by another 5 years.

Nature of support:
The amount of the fellowship will be of Rs.50,000/- per month for the first 3 years and will be increased to Rs.60,000/- per month during the last two years. Each awardee will, in addition, receive a contingency of Rs.5.00 lakh per annum for purchase of consumables, equipment, international and domestic travel, engaging manpower and other contingent expenditure to be incurred in connection with the implementation of the project.

The Ramalingaswamy Fellows will be eligible for regular research grants through the extramural and other research schemes of various S&T agencies of the Government of India. In that case, the Co-PI should be a regular faculty member.

Host Institute:
The scientists can choose to work at any S&T institution including University Departments or other academic Institutions and National Laboratories in India, provided the Institution at which they wish to pursue research is willing to provide the necessary R&D, administrative and basic infrastructural support to facilitate research. ? The application of the scientists/technologists will have to be forwarded by host institute. In the event assistance is required for locating a host institute, facilitation will be provided by DBT upon request. DBT will also facilitate collaborative work with biotech industry upon request by the scientist during their work period in the institutes /university.
Contact: Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India
Source: http://dbtindia.nic.in/research/researchfmain.html