TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowship for Foreign Scholars from Developing Countries

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of India’s Ministry of Science and Technology, in collaboration with UNESCO-TWAS, established a fellowship program(TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowship) for foreign scholars from developing countries interested in pursuing research toward a PhD in biotechnology.

TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowship is 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 enroll 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.

The fellowship is in two section

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 PhD at a university in India. DBT will confirm any such extensions to both TWAS and the candidate.


TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowship will provide:

  • A monthly stipend to cover living costs, food, and health insurance.
  • In addition, the fellowship holder will receive a house rent allowance.


Applicants for these fellowships must meet the following criteria:

  • 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 FULL-TIME Fellowships; be willing to register at a university in India.
  • Provide evidence of proficiency in English, if the medium of education was not English;
  • Not take up other assignments during the period of her/his fellowship;
  • Provide evidence that he/she will return to his/her home country on completion of the fellowship.
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Application Process

Interested applicants for the TWAS-DBT Postgraduate Fellowship are to provide the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement
  • Letters of recommendation.

To apply, click here.

Deadline: September 15, 2022.

For more information, visit the official site.