The Margdarshi Fellowship is an opportunity for visionary biomedical scientists to lead and nucleate a cutting edge research program in India in collaboration with a host institution


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Important Dates

Online admission form notification will be available from 2nd March, 2015

Last date of form submission 14th May, 2015

Interview date November 2015


The Fellowship is for five years, and provides:

Generous personal support for the Fellow

Salary support for personnel, which may include Assistant Professors

Equipment, animals and consumables

Funds to attend scientific gatherings, for collaborative visits and to organize meetings

Overheads for the Host Institution

Typically, the upper limit for an award will be INR 10 crores

This includes the costs requested by the applicant and the host institution, as well as the India Alliance’s contributions on the Fellow’s personal support and institutional overhead charges

Costs requested by the applicant should be commensurate with their proposed program and should be fully justified in the application. Inadequate justifications may result in costs being revised

Detailed budgets are not required at the time of application. However, if short-listed, the India Alliance will seek a detailed justified budget from the applicant prepared in consultation with the host institution

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates of all nationalities and origins are eligible to apply if they are pursuing or intend to pursue research at an institution in India.

There is no age limit to apply for the Fellowship. However, Applicants should not use this scheme to propose a post-retirement settlement plan.

Applicants would normally be expected to be running an independent laboratory for at least 10 years and have an outstanding scientific record.

Eligible candidates should have:

Demonstrated leadership skills

Made significant and outstanding contributions in biomedical research

Mentored young scientists and students

Attracted extramural funds from peer-reviewed competitive sources

Established important national and international collaborations

Maintained high ethical standards of research and financial management

To be eligible, an Applicant must be sponsored by a Host Institution located in India. This scheme provides the flexibility of choosing two Host Institutions.

How to Apply

To apply, the Applicant and the Sponsor(s) should submit a Joint application. This application includes:

Applicant Form The Applicant is responsible for creating an application using the online form available on IASys. The Lead Applicant will complete the application form and also invite Sponsor(s) on the application. This leads to creation of separate sponsorship forms.

Sponsorship Form The Lead Applicant and the Sponsor submit their respective forms individually.

However, submission of Lead Applicant’s form is contingent upon successful submission of the sponsorship form by the Sponsor.

It is therefore important for the Sponsorship Form to be submitted within the specified deadline to allow the Lead Applicant to complete the process of submission.

If there is more than one institution participating in the programme, both the Primary and the Secondary sponsors will fill in their respective sponsorship forms, which will be made available to the Sponsor(s) by the Applicant through IASys.

Please note that the Sponsor form has to be filled in by the Sponsor and not by the Applicant. A breach of confidentiality on this matter will disqualify the Applicant.

Consent Form The Sponsor should confirm his/her willingness by filling in the consent form. If there is more than one institution participating in the programme both the Sponsors should upload their individual consent forms on the system.

A format is included in the application form.

The joint application will be reviewed by the Margdarshi Selection Committee of India Alliance to assess the eligibility, remit and competitiveness.

The review process primarily evaluates applicant’s track record in the proposed area, resources available at the Host Institution, concept of the proposed programme, its potential to create new directions of research at the Host Institution, the extent to which it is a new development, involvement of Sponsor/Host Institution and their commitment to assess the feasibility of the programme.

Those applications found suitable by the Margdarshi Selection Committee will be sent out for an external review following which there will be an interview with the Margdarshi Selection Committee. This Committee will be the final decision-making body for the award.

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Margdarshi Fellowship Notification 2015

(Dept. of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology)
Biomedical Research Fellowship Programme for India
Margdarshi Fellowship Notification /DBT India Alliance,
H.No 8-2-684/3/K/19, 1st Floor, Kaushik
Society Road No. 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad,
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