The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) offers Bioenergy awards to tackle the energy security issues and tackle create clean and efficient energy and environmental protection and by building capacity in these frontier areas. The Bioenergy Awards for Cutting Edge Research (B-ACER) is announced to foster contacts between students and scientists from India and the US.

About the Program:
  • provide an opportunity to the best and outstanding Indian students and scientists to gain exposure and access to world class research facilities in leading US institutions;
  • endorse research and capacity building in the frontline area of Biofuels and Bioenergy;
  • encourage and motivate bright students to take up research as a career path; and
  • Overlay the way for the next generation scientists and technologists from India to interact with American peers, thus helping to build long-term Research & Development relations and associations.

Research areas:

  • Systems & Synthetic Biology (to produce biofuels)
  • Feed stock improvement (microalgae, macro algae, cellulosic biomass, tree born oil)
  • Production Technology (cost-effective technology for bio-ethanol, algal biofuel, bio-butanol, bio-hydrogen, fuel cells, bio-refinery)


For Student Internships

  • Applicant must be Indian national currently pursuing a Doctorate on a full-time basis in the field of Biofuel related area in public-funded R&D lab/S&T institution (non-private) / recognized academic institute / university /college in India.
  • Applicant’s age limit is up to 32 years as on 31st December 2019.

For Fellowships

  • Applicant must be national of India with a Doctorate in Life Science, Biotechnology, Engineering or Technology holding a regular permanent Position in public funded R & D lab/ S & T Institution /recognized universities/ colleges in India.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of independent research work in internationally recognized academic journals.
  • The fellowship is open only to applicants working in the field of Biofuels.
  • Applicant’s age limit is up to 45 years as on 31st December 2019.

Location of work:

  • The applicant must have acceptance letter from a reputed US scientific/technological institution/laboratory where he/she would undertake the research work under the Fellowship/Internship.

Fellowship/Internship value:

  • Monthly Stipend
  • Air-fare
  • Contingency allowance


Internship: Minimum 3 months and upto 6 months

Fellowship: Minimum 3 months and upto 12 months

How to apply:

  • Apply online via application Portal for Visitation Programs
—————Quick Overview————-
OrganizationIndo-US Science and Technology Forum
Fellowship LevelResearch awards
Subject areasBioenergy, Biofuels
Fellowship amountMonthly stipend with other allowances
EligibilityOpen to Indian nationals
Deadline30th April 2019


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