Sunday, October 15, 2023


DBT – Research Associateship

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DBT invites applications from Indian citizens to pursue research in the frontier areas of Biotechnology and Life Sciences for the prestigious ‘DBT-RESEARCH ASSOCIATESHIP (DBT-RA)’. Are you ready to embark on a journey of groundbreaking scientific exploration?



  • The Associateship is tenable in Premier Research Institutions/Universities including non-profit R&D Institutions within India.
  • The Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India supports the awarding of the “DBT-Research Associateships” under their program.
  • Last date for submission of the online application – 26th October 2023.


Academic Qualification:

  • 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.
  • The applicants who have already submitted the Ph.D./ M.D./ M.S. thesis is also eligible to apply.
  • However, such applicants, if selected, will be offered a lower fellowship amount till they qualify for the eligible degree.

Age Limit:

  • The upper age limit is 40 years for male candidates and 45 years in the case of female candidates as of the last date of application.


  • The applicants who are employed at the time of application are eligible to apply.
  • However, they have to relinquish their employment to accept the fellowship.


  • The Associateship is a purely temporary full-time assignment and is tenable for a period of 02 years with annual renewal.
  • In exceptional cases, the fellowship may be extended up to 04 years depending upon the progress of research.


  • Candidates can avail the DBT-RA fellowship only ONCE in their career.
  • Recognized academic institutions, national laboratories, and other recognized R&D institutions in India are the only tenable places for this fellowship. The host institution must offer administrative and infrastructural support.
  • PhD guides/co-guides are not permitted to work with the fellows.
  • Candidates cannot avail the fellowships at the same institution where they earned their Ph.D./M.D./M.S. degree.
  • A mentor cannot have more than 2 DBT-RA fellows at a time.
  • A mentor must hold a regular academic/research position in a recognized institution in India and should hold a PhD/MD/MS degree in science, engineering or medicine.
  • Superannuated faculty (e.g., Honorary Professors, Emeritus Professors/Scientists, and DBT Distinguished Professors) could also mentor as long as they can demonstrate that resources and labs are available to them.
  • Applicants from the Northeast Region (permanent residence located in the NER) can work in any university/institution in the country.
  • The program awards the Associate-ships, and they can use the research grants for minor equipment, consumables, contingencies, and domestic travel.


  • Application for the DBT-RA program shall be by ONLINE mode only.
  • To apply, interested applicants may kindly visit DBT-RA Online Portal
  • Applicants must register on the DBT-RA Online portal, fill in complete information in the online application form and submit it before the closing date of application.
  • The organization awards the Associate-ships, and the applicant needs to fill out the online application form, which includes information about Personal Information, Academic Qualifications, Research Contribution, Referee Details, Proposed Research Work, Proposed Mentor Details, and Proposed Host Institution.
  • Documents to be submitted along with Online Application Form include:

1. Self-attested pdf copy of DOB certificate

2. Self-attested pdf copies of degree certificates

3. A Consent letter from the mentor. (The format for the Consent letter is available at the DBT-RA portal.)

  • Names and contact details of the Referees are to be provided by the applicant while filling out the application form.
  • When you submit the online application form, you should send an email with a link to submit a letter of recommendation to the email addresses of all the referees mentioned in the application form.
  • Referees must upload a PDF copy of the letter of recommendation on the portal by 26th October, 2023. The applicant shall ensure that the referee provides the recommendation letter on time.
  • A letter of recommendation uploaded on the portal after the closing date of the application shall not be accepted.
  • Application forms not submitted through the DBT-RA Online Portal shall not be accepted.


For any queries, please contact DBT-HRD Project & Management Unit, Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad, Haryana at [email protected].

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