UNOSSC Youth4South – ICGEB EMPOWER Fellowships 2021 [Monthly Stipend Rs. 1.3 L + Travel Support]: Apply by Sep 30

Applications are invited from eligible candidates for the UNOSSC Youth4South – ICGEB EMPOWER Fellowships 2021.

About the Fellowship

The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) under its Youth4South initiative and the ICGEB have partnered to offer early-career female scientists from the Global South.

The exchange visits of 6-months at the ICGEB laboratories in New Delhi (India) and Cape Town (South Africa) or at other institutions based in an eligible ICGEB Member State, to perform research work on biotechnology and related fields, including Health (Infectious Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases), Sustainable and Effective Agriculture, Industrial Biotechnology and Renewable Energy. 

  • Applicants must be nationals of an eligible ICGEB Member State, although priority will be given to candidates from Least Developed Countries
  • Applicants may not apply for fellowships to be undertaken in their country of origin unless working abroad at the time of application
  • Pre-doc and postdoc researchers may apply, although preference will be given to scientists having already completed their PhD/Master or equivalent.
  • No age limit applies, but preference will be given to candidates below the age of 45
  • Good working knowledge of English is mandatory for fellowships at ICGEB New Delhi and Cape Town

6 months

Financial Support
  • Monthly stipend: US$ 1,800 or equivalent
  • Travel: the fellowship includes provision for travel expenses from the participant’s home country to the host lab at the beginning of the fellowship and a return travel provision upon completion of the fellowship.
  • Medical health insurance coverage is provided for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Visa/permit of stay application and renewal costs are reimbursed.
  • ICGEB makes no financial provision, nor can it provide administrative support for family members of participants in the programme
Selection Process
  • The ICGEB Fellowships Selection Committee will evaluate complete applications received by the closing date. The candidates will be notified of the outcome by e-mail as soon as possible following the closing date for applications.
  • The main criteria for selection include the scientific excellence of the project, the qualities of the candidate’s CV and the potential benefit in terms of mentoring and acquisition of new expertise.
  • ICGEB New Delhi: a Guest House is run on campus, on a twin-share basis, for a nominal rate.
  • ICGEB Cape Town: accommodation support is provided to fellows. Arrangements are agreed prior to arrival.
  • For other ICGEB Member States, please get in touch with the hosting institution
How to Apply?

Interested applicants can apply for fellowship through this link.

Documents to be Uploaded

Please note that you will be requested to upload the following documents in pdf format:

  • Your full CV
  • Written Statement from the ICGEB Group Leader or CV of the Principal Investigator of the identified hosting laboratory
  • A valid identification document (passport or identity card)
  • For visits to ICGEB Component laboratories, English Certificate (TOEFL, Cambridge or similar), if available. This document is not requested when scholastic education has been undertaken in English. Different language certificates might be requested by other host institutions. 


Click here to view the official notification for the UNOSSC Youth4South – ICGEB EMPOWER Fellowships 2021.

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