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M K Bhan- Young Researcher Fellowship Programme 2022 by DST: Apply by July 15

Applications are invited for M K Bhan- Young Researcher Fellowship Programme 2022 by DST. The last date of application is 15 July.

About M K Bhan Fellowship

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, had launched a new grant opportunity in 2020-21, the M K Bhan – Young Researcher Fellowship Programme (MKB-YRFP), with an aim to encourage young bright researchers to continue their research in the country after Ph.D.

The scheme is to offer an independent research grant to young Post-Doctoral Fellows, so as to enable them to emerge as future leaders and take up cutting edge research focused on issues of national relevance. This fellowship willbe awarded for Research work to be carried out at DBT-Autonomous Institutes only.


  • The applicant should be Indian National and possess a Ph.D. in any branch of Life Sciences/ Biotechnology/allied areas.
  • Applicant should not be holding a permanent position in any institute/university.
  • The applicant should have an excellent track record as evident by peer reviewed publications, technologies developed, patent (if any). Those who have submitted their Ph.D. are also eligible to apply; however, fellowship can be implemented only after award of the degree. Applicant should not take-up fellowship at the Institute where he/she has done his/her Ph.D.
  • Each applicant must identify a host institute and a mentor.
  • The upper age limit will be 35 years as on the closing date of the submission of the application.
  • Applicants cannot have more than one fellowship at a given point of time.

Nature of Support

  • The scheme provides a consolidated monthly remuneration of Rs. 75,000/- p.m.
  • MKB-YRFP fellows in addition will receive a research/contingency grant of Rs. 20.00 lakh per year for hiring manpower, purchase of consumables, minor equipment, domestic travel and other contingent expenditure to be incurred for the implementation of research proposal selected for the fellowship.
  • MK Bhan fellow can engage one manpower (JRF/SRF/Project Assistant/Project Associate) under him/her. Capital equipment will be procured in the name of the institute where the fellow proposes towork and value of the whole set of the equipment should not exceed Rs.10.00 lakh during the whole tenure of the project.
  • MKB-YRFP fellows will be eligible for regular research grant through extra mural and other schemes of various S&T agencies of the Govt. of India, provided that Co-PI is a regular faculty. However, they can take research grant from anywhere but salary from only one source.


Upto 50 fellowships will be provided each year. The duration of the fellowship will be for a maximum period of three years and in exceptional cases the duration could be extended by another two years on a fresh appraisal.


Eligible applicants should submit applications as per prescribed proforma to DBT duly forwarded by the Host Institute (DBT AIs only) where they intend to take up fellowship.

Work Location

  • MKB-YRFP Fellows can take up the Young Investigator grant at any of the DBTAutonomous institutions. However, application should be duly forwarded by the competent authority of the host Institute. Fellows can change their host institute only once during the tenure of the fellowship with the prior No Objection Certificate from the host institute who has forwarded the application (Director/Registrar). The proposed new institute should also be a DBT Autonomous Institute.
  • Candidate should submit his/her nomination through single host institute only. However, institutions can nominate more than one candidate.

Click here to view the official notification of M K Bhan- Young Researcher Fellowship Programme 2022.

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