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Ramalingaswami Re-Entry Fellowship

Department of Biotechnology; Ministry of Science & Technology: Government of India

Applications are solicited from Indian Nationals working in overseas research institutions for the “Ramalingaswami Re-Entry Fellowship”, a re-entry scheme of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology; Government of India.

Aim of the Fellowship


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 their R&D interests in Indian institutions.

Who is eligible to apply?

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

Incentives of being a Ramalingaswami Fellow

  1. This is 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.
  2. The scheme provides a consolidated monthly remuneration of Rs. 75000/- per month (Rs. 85000/- per month w.e.f. 1 April 2014). In addition, a House Rent Allowance (HRA) of Rs. 7500/- per month is given to fellows. In case host institute provides accommodation to the fellow, no house rent allowance is admissible.
  3. Fellows will receive a research/contingency grant of Rs. 10 lakhs for the 1st Year, Rs. 7.50 lakhs for the 2nd Year, and Rs. 5 lakh 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. Fellows / Awardees can change his/her host institute only once during the tenure of the fellowship.
  6. Awardees are eligible to apply for research grants to any of the funding agencies towards accomplishment of research proposal. However, the Co-Pl has to be a permanent employee of the host institution..

Tenure of Fellowship

Fellows can draw fellowship for a term of 5-Years. Fellowship is further extendable for another term on a fresh appraisal of performance of the fellow. Those who are able to secure permanent positions will not be considered for 2nd term.

How to apply for Ramalingaswami Re-Entry Fellowship?

Applications may be sent as per proforma downloadable from DBT website www.dbtindia.nic.in and duly forwarded by the competent authority to Dr. Meenakshi Munshi, Director, Department of Biotechnology, Block-2, 7th Floor, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003, Email: risfellowship.dbt@nic.in

Last date for submission of Ramalingaswami Re-Entry Fellowship Application Form is 25 March 2014.

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