Indo Australian Career Boosting Gold Fellowships 2017


The Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India and Govt. of Australia under Indo-Australia joint collaboration invite applications from Indian researchers holding PhD degree for Indo-Australian Career Boosting Gold Fellowships (IACBGF) 2017-18


The key objective of the fellowship is to support researchers in undertaking a collaborative research project at University in Australia or a leading institute of science

Course Level: Fellowships are available to undertake a collaborative research project at a leading science institute or university in Australia


Study Subject: In the first call, priority will be given to projects that are relevant to one of the following thematic areas and topics: Agricultural Biotechnology and Medical Biotechnology


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Scholarship Award
The fellows would be entitled to:
Monthly Associateship of Rs.150000/-
Preparatory allowance of Rs.20000/- (one-time grant) and
Cost of the air passage in economy class by Air India for joining the overseas laboratory and back
The selected candidates may receive the payment of salary and continuance of other service benefits by the institutions to which they belong. However, no liability on any of this account will be borne by DBT
Fellows must spend a minimum of 3 months on their project at their nominated international host institution in Australia. An IACBG-Fellowship may not exceed 9 months


Eligibility Criteria

The Fellowships are open to Indian researchers who are currently employed on a full-time basis (need not be a permanent employee) but have not accrued more than five years-experience as a research scientist since being awarded their PhD.
Eligible applicants include persons employed in a:
-Indian Government agency, statutory body or government owned corporation;
-Indian based university, institute, or other national research organisation; or
-Indian private sector research and development organisation
-Age limit 35 years
Indian applicants must be Indian citizens with their principal place of residence being India.
Unsuccessful applicants in any one round are eligible to re-apply in subsequent rounds.
Fellowships are awarded on an individual basis only. Therefore, interdependent or joint applications will not be considered.
The decision of the IACBG-Fellowships Secretariat regarding applicant eligibility is final.


Selection Process

The selection process will be managed by the IACBG-Fellowships Secretariat in liaison with relevant external parties in India and Australia (as required).
Applications will be assessed on a competitive basis by a Selection Panel using the selection criteria set out in Section 4 above.
Applicants will only receive advice of receipt of their applications on requesting a receipt.
There is no implicit guarantee of approval at any stage in the process.
The final applicant scores and rankings determined by the Selection Panel will form the basis of a recommendation to the delegated departmental officer for approval.



Applications must be submitted using the Application Form for the present call for applicants provided on the following websites India –
Applicants are required to complete all sections of the form and attach/enclose the documents
Applicants must arrange sending of written reports from at least two different referees who will be able to provide inputs to the Selection Panel regarding the project’s feasibility, significance, and value, the applicant’s personal qualities and the international host institution’s potential contribution to the project
(Please Note that these referees’ reports must be sent directly by the referees in sealed envelopes to DBT)
Further comments from these independent referees may be sought by the selection Panel


Important Dates

Applications Open: 01st November 2017

Closing Date for Applications: 31st December 2017

Selection Process completed: February 2018

Letters of offer to successful applicants: March 2018


Applications can be mailed to:

Dr. Suraksha S. Diwan Scientist ‘D’ Department of Biotechnology Ministry of Science & Technology, Block No. 2, 7th Floor, Rom No. 517, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi-110003 INDIA, Email: [email protected],


For any query,  candidates are requested to check the official website  .

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