Applications are solicited from Indian nationals working in overseas research institutions for the Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship, a re-entry scheme of the Dept of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt of India

The scheme is conceptualized with the aim of attracting highly skilled researchers (Indian nationals) working overseas in various cutting edge disciplines of biotechnology (agriculture, health sciences, bio-engineering, energy, environment, bioinformatics and other related areas), by providing them an attractive avenue to pursue R&D in Indian institutions


The applicant should possess a Ph.D, MD, M.Tech, M.VSc or equivalent degree with an outstanding track record as reflected in publications and other recognitions and with at least 3 years of post doctoral research experience in overseas research laboratories

Only candidates (Indian nationals) working overseas are eligible to apply

Those who have already returned to India within one year of the closing date of this advertisement are also eligible.

Age: Researcher’s upto 55 years of age as determined on closing date of application are eligible to apply


This is a senior fellowship programme, and awardees are to be considered synonymous to the faculty/scientists at the level of Scientist-D

They are entitled to take up teaching / research assignments and supervising Doctoral / MS students
The scheme provides a consolidated monthly remuneration of Rs 75,000/- PM (Rs 85, 000/- PM w.e.f.  1st April, 2014)

In addition a house rent allowance of Rs 7, 500/- PM is given fellows.

In case host institute provides accommodation to the fellow, no house rent allowance is admissible
Fellows will receive a research/contingency grant of Rs 10.00 lakhs for the 1st year, Rs 7.50 lakhs for the 2nd year and Rs 5.00 lakhs for the subsequent 3 years for purchase of consumables, minor equipment, international and domestic travel, engaging manpower and other contingent expenditure to be incurred for the implementation of research proposal

DBT encourages host institutions to provide medical benefits, transport allowance, leave travel allowance and other benefits as per their prevailing norms as applicable to their employees of the rank equivalent to Scientist D out of their own resources/ funds

Fellows retain an option for drawing either the fellowship or salary if they are appointed at a suitable permanent scientific position

Fellows opting for salary can continue to avail the research /contingency grant with prior approval of DBT
Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellows could take up fellowship at any of the scientific institutes/ universities in the country

However, application should be duly forwarded by the competent authority of the host Institute
Awardees are eligible to apply for research grants to any of the funding agencies towards accomplishment of research proposal

However, the Co-PI has to be a permanent employee of the host institution

Fellowship Duration: Fellows can draw fellowship for a term of five years

Fellowship is further extendable for another term on fresh appraisal of performance of the fellow