Website Department of Biotechnology (DBT)
Job Profile: M K Bhan – Young Researcher Fellowship Programme (MKB-YRFP)
Date Posted: 01 June 2022
Last Date to Apply: 15th July 2022
1. ABOUT THE SCHEME:
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.
2. AIM OF THE FELLOWSHIP:
(i) To provide attractive opportunities to young researchers for developing them as
(ii) This will enable young researchers to pursue their research interests within the country and
also develop a critical mass of trained scientists for the country’s research institutions,
universities and major new initiative.
3. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
(i) The applicant should be Indian National and possess a Ph.D. in any branch of Life
Sciences/ Biotechnology/allied areas.
(ii) Applicant should not be holding a permanent position in any institute/university.
(iii) 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.
(iv) Each applicant must identify a host institute and a mentor.
(v) The upper age limit will be 35 years as on the closing date of the submission of the
(vi) Applicants cannot have more than one fellowship at a given point of time.
(vii) The application has to be endorsed by the mentor and the head of the host institute (DBT
Autonomous Institute) chosen by the applicant to take up the fellowship in the prescribed
(viii) In case a fellow is accepted a regular position in the DBT autonomous institute, salary
component of the fellowship will be discontinued from the date of joining the position,
however, other components of fellowship will be continued for the remaining tenure of the
(ix) The fellowship is co–terminus with the project duration.
4. NATURE OF SUPPORT
(i) The scheme provides a consolidated monthly remuneration of Rs. 75,000/– p.m.
(ii) 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.
(iii) 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.
(iv) 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
5. WHERE WILL THE MKB–YRFP FELLOWS WORK?
(i) MKB–YRFP Fellows can take up the Young Investigator grant at any of the DBT–
Autonomous 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.
(ii) Candidate should submit his/her nomination through single host institute only. However,
institutions can nominate more than one candidate.
6. DURATION AND NUMBER OF FELLOWSHIP
(i) 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.
7. HOW TO APPLY?
(i) Eligible applicants should submit application as per prescribed proforma to DBT duly
forwarded by the Host Institute (DBT AIs only) where they intend to take up fellowship.
8. MODE OF SELECTION
(i) A national–level Selection Committee constituted by the Department of Biotechnology for
the purpose will select the final candidates for MKB–YRFP.
9. Financial Support
10. OTHER CONDITIONS
1. A letter from the mentor, giving consent to provide laboratory space where the
applicant desires to work, should be enclosed with the application. The laboratory
should be able to support major needs of the project.
2. Fellows are not entitled to any kind of salary during the fellowship. If during the
fellowship, the fellow finds a regular employment in DBT AIs or receives any other
fellowship, he/she should immediately inform to the DBT. In that case fellow can avail
only the manpower, consumable, travel and equipment components of the fellowship. If
fellow accepts a permanent position in other than DBT AIs, he/she needs to opt out of
the MKB–YRFP fellowship.
3. The financial transactions of the award programme will be to be handled by the host
institute, which will be responsible for submitting the Utilization certificate (UC) and
Statement of Expenditure (SE) every financial year.
4. Each Institute will be sanctioned a consolidated budget for the number of fellows
selected for each Institute. Budget will include the Fellowship amount and
5. The awardees will be the corresponding author for any publication emanating as a result
of the research carried out on account of the award. The mentor and others could be co–
authors. The support of DBT should be suitably acknowledged in the publications
(papers, reports etc.) arising out of the research work done under this award programme.
6. The Fellow will submit annual progress report through Host Institute.
7. Institute will constitute an Expert Review Committee to review the scientific work done by the
Fellow and submit minutes of the Review Committee to the DBT along with UC/SE.
How to Apply:
Application in the prescribed proforma should be submitted mandatorily online through DBT portal (ePromis) (http://www.dbtepromis.nic.in) on or before 15th July 2022.
One hard copy of the application along with requisite documents should also be sent to:
Dr Deo Prakash Chaturvedi, Scientist-C,
Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology,
Room No. 814, 8th Floor, Block-2, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi – 110003.
To apply for this job please visit www.dbtpromis.nic.in.