Research Associateship in Biotech & Life Sciences by DBT, Govt. of India Apply by Nov 15

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) is an Indian government department, under the Ministry of Science and Technology responsible for administrating development and commercialization in the field of modern biology and biotechnology in India. It was set up in 1986.

Program Highlights

Post-doctoral training is an important opportunity in the career development of a researcher for refinement of skill set, gaining knowledge, and learning of methods for independent scientific investigation. The Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India has recognized the importance of Post-Doctoral training in career development and initiated DBT-Research Associateship Program in Biotechnology way back in 1999.

The objective of the DBT-RA Program is to train and nurture young researchers, scientists and generate a critical mass of trained manpower in modern areas of biology and biotechnology and build a robust postdoctoral base for the growth of Biotechnology sectors in the country.

  1. The applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree in Science, Engineering, or M.D./M.S. degree in any area of medicine with research interests in Biotechnology and Life Sciences and a good academic record.
  2. Those who have already submitted the Ph.D./ M.D./ M.S. thesis are also eligible to apply.
  3. The applicants should preferably be below the age of 40 years, and 45 years in the case of women candidates.
  4. Persons already employed are also eligible to apply. However, their applications should be routed through their employers.
  • Each fellow would be entitled to a stipend in the range of Rs. 47,000 – 54,000 per month and a research contingency grant of Rs. 50,000 per year, payable to the host institution.
  • Candidates who are yet to be awarded the Ph.D./ M.D./ M.S degree but submitted the thesis, if selected, will be paid Rs. 35,000/- per month till the award of the degree (designation: Senior Research Fellow).
  • The fellows would also be entitled to HRA (8%-24% depending on the city) and other benefits as per the GOI guidelines applicable to research fellowship/ associateships.
  • All RAs, who joined in January or July (January or July Batches), need to send their Progress Reports, UC/ES, and recommendation letters from Mentors, after completion of 1 year.
  • Candidate moving from 1st year to 2nd year: Extension for 2nd year done by a committee based on copies of renewal documents.
  • 2nd to 3rd year & 3rd to 4th year: Based on the Progress reports received from candidates & presentations in an evaluation committee.
  • January batch renewal interview in the next January.
  • July batch renewal interview in the month of next July.
  • Selected RAs are sent renewal extension letters.
  • Fellowships are released institute wise, with letters to candidates.
How to Apply?

Interested candidates need to submit the following documents while applying:

  • Active Email ID.
  • A self-attested pdf copy of DOB certificate (eg, X Marks card).
  • Active mobile number.
  • Self-attested pdf copies of degree certificates.
  • If Ph.D./MD/MS (Medical) degree certificate is not available, a pdf copy of provisional award certificate/proof of thesis submission certificate from Registrar/Controller of Examinations is required. A certificate issued from any other authority in this regard is not acceptable.
  • Ph.D. Supervisor’s Email ID.
  • Ph.D. Supervisor’s Mobile number.
  • Brief Synopsis of Ph.D./MD/MS Thesis (250 words maximum).
  • List of Research Publications with Impact Factor (ISI only).
  • PDF copies of 2 best Publications.
  • List of Patents, if available.
  • If employed, a pdf copy of “NO Objection certificate” from the current Employer.
  • Title of the Proposed Research work.
  • Summary of the Proposed research work with background, rationale of the study, hypothesis, and objectives (500 words maximum).
  • Proposed Mentor’s Designation.
  • Proposed Mentor’s Email ID.
  • Proposed Mentor’s Mobile number.
  • Name and date of joining of DBT-RA currently working with your proposed Mentor, if any.
  • A PDF copy of Consent Letter from the proposed Mentor.
  • PDF copies of 2 letters of recommendation (one should be from the thesis supervisor) from Professors or Employers with whom you’ve had a close working relationship.

To apply online, click here. The last date to apply is November 15, 2020.


Prof. Arun Kumar, Ph.D.
National Program Coordinator,
DBT-Research Associateship Program

Tel: 080-2293 2462

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