This scheme supports outstanding researchers of any nationality, either medically qualified or science graduates, who wish to pursue a research career in an academic institution in India. Applicants must have demonstrated their ability to lead an independent research project and group.

What’s included

The fellowship is for five years, and provides:

for the fellow.

of the research programme, including consumables, equipment, collaborative travel, research assistance and technical support if appropriate.

Overheads, a flexible funding allowance and support to attend scientific meetings, in addition to requested essential costs.

The total award for a Senior Fellowship typically includes the costs requested by the applicant as well as the set contributions by the India Alliance. For further details, see costing policies. Costs requested by the applicant must commensurate with their research proposal and should be fully justified in the full application. Inadequate justifications may result in costs being revised.


You should normally have between seven to fifteen years of post-PhD or equivalent clinical research experience. It is not essential for medical or veterinary degree holders to have a PhD. Due allowance will be given to an applicant whose career has been affected for personal reasons.

Applicants for the Senior Fellowship typically have a substantial record of publications and would have made significant intellectual contributions in their chosen area of research. Supervision of students and extra mural funding are also positively considered.
Candidates need not be Indian nationals or of India origin but must already be pursuing or intending to pursue an academic research career in India.

Dual Fellowship Policy

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.

The Fellowship must be started within one year from the point at which the decision has been communicated, typically a week after the interview.

You must have an eligible sponsoring host institution in India that will administer the Fellowship for the full duration of the award. In addition, the following individuals will have a role on your application:

Established senior researcher at the host institution; normally the head of department or director of the sponsoring host institution. They should:

• be in a position to guarantee space and resources at the institution/ department for the duration of the grant;

• hold a contract of employment that extends beyond the grant;

• Sign up to the Award Conditions & Policies.

They would have to provide a letter of support that indicates:

• if an award is made, you will be granted the status and prerogatives of other academic staff of similar seniority./span>

• you will not have to spend more than eight hours per week on activities unrelated to the fellowship (e.g. teaching duties).

• What resources the host institution intends to provide to meet your research goals and how they will support your career development.

It is not mandatory for you to have a sponsor at the preliminary application stage, but if invited to make a full application you will have to provide information from and about your Sponsor.

Current Supervisor: Established researchers to whom you are currently reporting to. In some cases, this may be the same as the Sponsor. They should be able to provide a letter of recommendation. A signed letter of recommendation is mandatory at the preliminary stage.

Note: If the candidate has recently moved to the host institution (within last one year), an additional letter of recommendation would be encouraged. This could be from an established researcher who has mentored the candidate for a significant period of time in his/her previous position. Please also note that there is no restriction on the number of letters of recommendation that can be provided on an application.

Collaborator(s): Scientific/medical/academic colleagues associated with a research proposal and named in the body of the application. Typically these are individuals who will supply reagents, assist in specific protocols, provide resource services etc. They should be able to provide signed consent letters detailing the extent of their participation towards your research program, for the full application.

Regardless of your previous applications to the India Alliance, all applicants have to make a preliminary application to every competition.

If you are not short-listed at the preliminary application stage, you may apply to the same scheme, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria for the scheme.

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 short-listing 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.

Application Process


May 2015 Competition November 2015 competition
Preliminary application launch: 4 July 2014 Preliminary application launch: 15 Feb 2015
Preliminary application deadline: 14 August 2014 Preliminary application deadline: 2 April 2015
Invited full application deadline: December 2014 Invited full application deadline: June 2015
Selection Committee review: March 2015 Selection Committee review: September/October 2015
Interviews for short-listed candidates: May 2015 Interviews for short-listed candidates: November 2015

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  • November 2015 Round – Prelim Application under process : 3-9-2015

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