Wellcome Trust/ DBT Intermediate Fellowships 2010

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Wellcome Trust/ DBT Intermediate Fellowships 2010

The Wellcome Trust and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) have established a new partnership to support the best and brightest biomedical scientists at key stages of their postdoctoral careers. The goal is to deliver a programme of research fellowship schemes aimed at supporting current and future leaders of Indian biomedical science.
This scheme supports excellent scientists who wish to undertake high-quality research and to establish themselves as independent researchers in an academic institution in India.
The fellowship is for five years and provides:
1.The Fellow’s personal support (for details see costing policies)
2.Research expenses, including research assistance if required (normally funding for two research staff may be requested; requests for additional research staff may be considered where fieldwork or clinical studies are proposed)
3.Additional allowances for scientifically justified visits of up to one year.
Time permitted for non-research related activity during the fellowship is normally restricted to a maximum of eight hours each week.
You should normally have between four to seven years of postdoctoral or equivalent research experience. It is not essential for medical or veterinary degree holders to have a PhD.
You do not have to be an Indian national or be resident in India at the time of application. However, it is expected that your research will be based at an Indian host institution and that your long-term aim is to pursue a career in India.
If you had applied previously and were not short-listed to submit a full application, you are not restricted from re-applying, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria for the scheme. Please note that resubmission following consideration of a full application is only permitted on the recommendation of the Selection Committee. Resubmissions are considered only in exceptional cases and are rare.
You may apply even if you already hold another Fellowship. However, please note that if awarded, you will be required to make a choice between your current Fellowship and the India Alliance Fellowship. The India Alliance does not permit Fellows to overlap their India Alliance Fellowship with any other national or international Fellowship.
You may not apply for more than one programme fellowship scheme at any one time.
You must have made intellectual contributions to research that have been published in leading journals, and be able to demonstrate your potential to carry out independent research.
You must have an eligible sponsoring host institution in India and an eligible sponsor who can guarantee space and resources for the tenure of the award.
The host institution sponsor:
1.must have a contract of employment with the institution with tenure beyond the duration of the proposed fellowship
2.should make an undertaking that if an award is made you will be granted the status and prerogatives of other academic staff of similar seniority
3.should not expect you to spend more than eight hours per week on activities unrelated to the fellowship (e.g. teaching duties)
4.Sponsors are encouraged to view their support and mentorship to you as part of a longer-term commitment to help you realise your career aspirations in research.
Sponsors are advised to read all the scheme information provided here.
Application process:
1.You should complete and submit a preliminary application form by the published deadline.
2.Completed preliminary application forms should be sent to info@wellcomedbt.org.
3.Your preliminary application will normally be assessed within one month of the submission deadline.
4.If successful, you will be invited to submit a full application.
5.Full applications are considered once a year by the appropriate Selection Committee. If successful, you will be short-listed for interview.
6.Short-listed candidates will be notified two weeks before the interview date.
Application advice
1.You are expected to write your own application for support of an independent project, which should normally be hypothesis-driven.
2.You should give careful thought to the choice of sponsor and host department/research location. Sponsors are encouraged to view their support and mentorship of you as part of a longer-term commitment to help you realise your career aspirations in research.
3.Mobility is encouraged during this award and candidates may apply to spend time in other high-quality laboratories in India or overseas for a total period of no more than 12 months. The final year of the fellowship must be spent in the host institution in India.
Reviewers typically assess:
*The calibre of the candidate
*The scientific merit of the proposed project
*The significance of the research
*The suitability of the sponsor and host environment for the candidate’s development as an independent researcher.
This is a biannual competition.
1.Preliminary application deadline: 23 April 2010 ; 3 November 2010
2.Invited full application deadline: 2 July 2010 ; Early January 2011
3.Selection Committee review: September 2010; March 2011
4.Short-listed candidate interviews: October 2010; Late April 2011
Please note: Fellowships must be started within one year of award.