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Newton-Bhabha Fund Ph.D. Placement Program by DBT [Fully Funded]: Apply by Sep 2


Applications are now solicited from bright and young doctoral candidates for the Newton-Bhabha Fund Ph.D. Placement Program 2020.
The Newton-Bhabha Fund is supported by the UK and Indian governments through a ministerial agreement and was launched to promote science and innovation partnerships between the two countries.
The Newton Bhabha Fund aims to develop the individual capacity of Ph.D. scholars by offering short-term (two to four months) placements at both, UK and Indian higher education or research institutions. This year’s Call for 2020, is jointly funded by the UK Government Newton-Fund and Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).

Priority Areas

UK and India have identified the following six priority areas for the Newton-Bhabha Fund:

  1. Sustainable cities and urbanization
  2. Public health and wellbeing
  3. Energy-water-food nexus
  4. Understanding oceans
  5. High-value manufacturing
  6. Big data
  7. Engineering and Physical sciences including Physics, Chemistry, Engineering
  8. Environment, Ecology, Food, and Agriculture Sciences.

The British Council will cover the following expense:

  • Indian scholars’ bench fees in the UK: Maximum GBP 5,000 for STEM and Life Sciences Subjects and GBP 3,000 for Social Sciences, where the UK host university cannot waive the bench fees (or consumables costs).
  • The UK host supervisor can apply for this bench fees by stating the amount in the endorsement letter or formal email.
  • Indian scholars’ stipend in the UK – GBP 1300 per month to cover meals, accommodation, domestic travel, etc.

DST / DBT / ICSSR will fund the travel grant with a maximum of up to INR 1,00,000 per scholar to cover the following expense as part of Newton-Bhabha Fund:

  • Indian scholars’ visa fees.
  • Indian scholars’ international return airfares (economy class) as per Government of India (GOI) norms.
  • Indian scholars’ travel and comprehensive medical insurance as per Government of India norms.
Eligibility Criteria

The scheme is open only for Indian scholars enrolled at Indian HEIs with the following criteria:

  1. Those applying for DST funding: eligible applicants need to be INSPIRE Ph.D. Senior Research Fellows (SRFs) of Batch 2017.
  2. Those applying for DBT funding: Ph.D. Scholars (other than INSPIRE Fellows) who are pursuing a Ph.D. in the mid-second or third year of Life Sciences are eligible to apply.
  3. Those applying for ICSSR funding: ICSSR Doctoral Fellows or registered Ph. D scholars (fulltime) pursuing a Ph.D. in the second or third year of Social Sciences are eligible to apply.
  4. Ph.D. scholar can be registered in any of the above mentioned social science disciplines or subjects (mentioned in priority area section), however, their Ph.D. research theme must be aligned to any of the 6 Newton Bhabha priority areas, be eligible for this grant.
  5. Applicants should have a valid passport before applying.
  6. Applicants are required to submit their Ph.D. thesis only after completion of the placement.
How to Apply?

Interested candidates can apply online by clicking here. The last date to apply is Sep 2, 2020 [Extended]


Phone Number: 011-26590274
Email ID: icone@dbt.nic.in

For further details, click here.
For notification on extension of deadline, click here.

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