FAQs

Eligibility


Applicants are advised to apply for an Early Career Fellowship when they are in the last year of their PhD. It is not necessary to have finished your PhD viva or received your PhD degree at the time of application. However, it is essential that you receive your PhD degree before you activate your award, which is within one year from the time of award. If you are recommended for an award, the Fellowship will not start till the Office has received confirmation from your thesis supervisor that you have successfully defended your PhD viva or an equivalent examination.
 

There is no age restriction to apply for an India Alliance Fellowship. There are also no nationality restrictions on India Alliance Fellowships with the exception of Research Training Fellowships (RTF) which only Indian nationals are eligible to apply. However, in keeping with our mandate, it is essential that a major part of the research should be conducted at the sponsoring host institution in India.

For Basic Biomedical Research Fellowships, India Alliance considers the date of your successful PhD viva (final defense) to be the point at which your PhD studies are complete. Any research activity undertaken after this date is assumed to contribute to time calculated towards your eligibility for the respective Fellowship scheme. However, if you are looking to apply for the Clinical and Public Health Fellowships, India Alliance will assess your eligibility based on the number of years of research experience since the successful completion of your highest post-graduate medical/ public health degree. The Research Training Fellowship accepts applications from Allied health professionals, in addition to medical professionals. Please refer to the links on the individual schemes for more information on each.

Yes, the India Alliance takes into consideration any interruptions in your research career due to unavoidable personal circumstances (e.g maternity leave) or your involvement in non-research activities (e.g teaching, administrative jobs). All non-research career breaks must be clearly mentioned in the relevant section of the application form to be considered during assessment.

 Any research activity regardless of the type of organization where it was carried out would be counted towards years spent on research post-PhD. Research conducted in academia and in industry are considered at similar levels.

A sponsoring host institution in India is a prerequisite for all India Alliance Fellowships, regardless of whether you are employed there or not. Status of the applicant's employment at the respective institution does not affect their assessment by the office although it is encouraged that applicants find an appropriate sponsor at the time of their application. institution

As long as you satisfy the eligibility criteria for a particular scheme, your status of employment at the sponsoring host institution does not preclude you from applying to the India Alliance.

No, one may not apply to two or more Fellowship schemes simultaneously. Applicants are advised to peruse the mandate and provisions of the different schemes to find out what is most appropriate for them. Should clarification be required, please write to info@wellcomedbt.org with your updated CV and a 200-word abstract of the research project you intend to propose.

Please note that you may not apply to a scheme that is junior to your first full application to the India Alliance. For example, if a full application for Senior Fellowship was considered in the past, irrespective of the decision at the shortlisting or interview stage, the Office will not consider a preliminary application for an Intermediate/Early Career Fellowship from the same applicant. If a full application for Intermediate Fellowship was considered in the past, irrespective of the decision at the shortlisting or interview stage, the Office will not consider a preliminary application for an Early Career Fellowship from the same applicant.
 
 

Funding


The duration of funding for all our fellowships is 5 years with the exception of Research Training Fellowships (RTF). Click here to find out more about the RTF.

The India Alliance provides personal support of the Fellow and directly incurred research costs associated with the Fellowship project; these may include staff salaries, equipment, materials and consumables, animals etc. If the applicant is moving from an overseas lab to their Indian host institution, they may request for relocation charges (one-time expense of maximum INR 1 Lakh), provided their total budget does not exceed the cap of the fellowship they have applied for. There is no provision of funding equipment under the Early Career Fellowship scheme. However, Early Career Fellows could request for 1 technical support staff position after completing one year of on the Fellowship. click here.

Applicants may request up to 2 research staff if applying for the Intermediate Fellowships, while the applicants applying for the Senior Fellowships can ask up to 4 research staff. Only 1 technical support staff position can be requested if applying for the Early Career Fellowships, that too after completing one year of on the Fellowship

Both Intermediate and Senior Fellowship applicants can request funds to hire postdoctoral fellows on their grant. A total of 2 staff positions can be requested on an Intermediate application and 4 staff positions on Senior application. All staff requests should be scientifically justified.

No, as mentioned in the section for costing policies, the India Alliance will provide the host institution with 10 % of the total award as India Alliance contribution towards the indirect costs incurred in administering the Fellowship. Therefore, any such request would not be taken into consideration. 

Flexible Funding Allowance (FFA) are contingency funds provided to Fellowship holders to compensate in the variation in charges of (equipment, consumables etc.) due to annual inflation. FFA is fixed for each of the Fellowship schemes. This can also be used to meet any unforeseen research expenses during the tenure of the Fellowship. Read more about FFA here.

Policy


If you are not invited to submit a full application upon evaluation of your preliminary application, you may apply to the same scheme in a future competition subject to meeting the eligibility criteria for the scheme.

However, resubmission after consideration of a full application is not permitted in any scheme. If the full application has been reviewed by the India Alliance’s Selection Committee, and it was unsuccessful at either the shortlisting or interview stage, the applicant may not re-apply to the same scheme. This implies that applicants would have only one opportunity to compete per scheme, once they are into the full application stage. Therefore, it is very important for applicants to carefully consider the timing of their application.

Please also note that one may not apply to a scheme that is junior to his/her first full application to the India Alliance. For example, if a full application for Senior Fellowship was considered in the past, irrespective of the decision at the shortlisting or interview stage, the Office will not consider a preliminary application for an Intermediate/Early Career Fellowship from the same applicant. If a full application for Intermediate Fellowship was considered in the past, irrespective of the decision at the shortlisting or interview stage, the Office will not consider a preliminary application for an Early Career Fellowship from the same applicant.
 

Yes, the India Alliance requires ethical approval from the necessary authorities if your study will use human patient samples or your research is human patient-oriented. The India Alliance does not require ethical approvals at the time of submission of full application. However, to ensure that all ethical approvals have been obtained, activation of the award is subject to the condition of submitting the approvals to the India Alliance.
 

 Any research that involves the use of human cell lines available from a cell line repository is not considered human subject research. As long as information on a cell is publicly available the India Alliance does not require ethical clearance for its usage.

Open access charges for enabling a publication permanently accessible to everyone are paid by the author to the journal (Publisher). All India Alliance funded research work accepted in peer reviewed journals would have to open access i.e., the complete article should be available free of cost.

 
The Alliance would provide financial support  to its Fellows, to make the publications arising from the India Alliance funded project, openly accessible in the form of "open access charges" during the Fellowship period. The Fellows would be eligible to claim open access charges towards their publications arising of India Alliance work, even after the successful completion of Fellowship tenure.

If you are successful in obtaining an India Alliance Fellowship for a similar application submitted to another agency we would expect that you would withdraw the application from the other funding agency.

The India Alliance does not permit its Fellows to hold two Fellowships concurrently. Early Career Fellows are not allowed to hold other grants for the duration of their India Alliance Fellowship. The Fellows are allowed to apply or hold Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA) or National Bioscience Award for Career Development (NBACD). The Dual Fellowship policy is not applicable to these Awards. For more details, kindly refer to India Alliance Award Conditions

The India Alliance expects its Fellows to spend 90-100% (Early Career – see Award Condition 12 (iii)) and at least, 80% (Intermediate), 70% (Senior), and 50% (Senior Renewals) of their research time on IA-funded research. Justified exceptions for clinicians will have to be presented to the Selection Committee for approval. The Research Training Fellows are expected to spend at least 4 days/week on the India Alliance funded Training program. 

 

Application


Preliminary applications must be filled in and submitted using IASys, India Alliance Online Application System. Please ensure that the application is submitted by the specified deadline.

No, hard copies are not required by the office. Preliminary application and the letters must be submitted online using IASys.

Secondary applicants (Sponsor, External sponsor, Fellowship supervisor) must participate in the application process through our new online application system IASys. Once nominated by the applicant, they receive a system generated email with their log-in details to enable them to fill in their basic information and confirm their participation. In case of tertiary applicants (Collaborators, Mentors and others willing to provide recommendation), they are sent an automated email with your request once nominated and they can send their letters by simply replying to the email. Alternately, any individual wishing to submit a letter to the India Alliance under cover may do so by sending the letter via email togrants@wellcomedbt.org. Please ensure that the letter is clearly marked in the applicant's name.

Full application can be submitted using IASys, India Alliance online application system. Applicants should refer to the general guidance for application (user guide, available once registered on IASys). Note: Full applications can be submitted by invitation only.

 No, only applications that use the IASys online application form will be accepted. For more information, please visit http://www.wellcomedbt.org/about-iasys

 

The India Alliance will not accept a late submission unless there are clearly exceptional mitigating circumstances that prevented the applicant from submitting a completed form by the due date. Please note that for the Full application, a concerted effort is required by the applicant, host institution and the sponsor. It is expected that the applicant work with their partners to ensure that all material is submitted to the India Alliance on time since all deadlines are announced significantly in advance.

It is not mandatory for you to have decided on the sponsor at the preliminary application stage; however, in order to complete the preliminary application process, you must provide the details of the most probable sponsor in the preliminary application. Please note that the relevant questions in the form with reference to the choice of the Host Institution should be given careful thought both at the preliminary and full application stage.
 
Please be informed that in case you are invited to make a full application you will be required to provide more explicit information about your chosen sponsor and also furnish the requirements from your chosen sponsor.
 

Sponsoring Institution


The sponsoring host institution is expected to provide the following: 1. agree to administer the award for the full tenure of the Fellowship 2. assure that its space and resources will be available to the applicant 3. ensure that if awarded, the Fellow would be provided status and benefits similar to others employed in equivalent/similar position at the institution

Typical requirements for an institution to be eligible to receive funds from the India Alliance are that it should be a non-profit organization, willing to agree to India Alliance's grant conditions, and its mission is broadly in line with that of the India Alliance. The non-for-profit status of an organisation can be ascertained if it is registered as a Trust/ Society/ Section 25 company/ or is formed under any other statute

A nonprofit organization does not distribute its surplus funds to owners or shareholders, but instead uses them to help pursue its goals. It includes charitable organizations. Most government-funded institutions, government agencies and deemed Universities in India meet this definition. Please note that we do not provide support to other charities where the sole intention is for that charity to redistribute the funds.

Miscellaneous


India Alliance Fellowships are intended to support the researchers at key stages of their career after their doctoral studies (newly qualified postdoctoral researchers, postdoctoral scientists and senior scientists). Therefore, we don't have any provision to provide fellowships for supporting any kind of doctoral studies. However, graduate students can aim for the Early Career Fellowship as a launching pad of their scientific career immediately after finishing their PhD.

We do not provide supplementary funds for any work supported by other funding agencies.

Our mission is to advance biomedical research related to human and veterinary medicine through support of basic, clinical and population based research. Any scientific investigation required to understand the underlying life processes which affect human and animal well-being can be funded by the Alliance

The India Alliance does not currently provide funds specifically to attend meetings. However, you may wish to consider travel assistance provided by other national funding agencies such as DST, CSIR , INSA , Indo-US Science and Technology Forum and DBT