M K Bhan – Young Researcher Fellowship Programme (MKB-YRFP)

    Young Researcher Fellowship

    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


    The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of
    India, had launched a new grant opportunity in 202021, the M K BHAN YOUNG
    RESEARCHER FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME (MKBYRFP), 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 PostDoctoral 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 DBTAutonomous Institutes only.


    (i) To provide attractive opportunities to young researchers for developing them as
    independent investigators.

    (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.


    (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 takeup 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 coterminus with the project duration.


    (i) The scheme provides a consolidated monthly remuneration of Rs. 75,000/ p.m.
    (ii) MKBYRFP 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) MKBYRFP 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 CoPI is a
    regular faculty. However, they can take research grant from anywhere but salary from only
    one source.


    (i) MKBYRFP 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.


    (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.


    (i) A nationallevel Selection Committee constituted by the Department of Biotechnology for
    the purpose will select the final candidates for MKBYRFP.

    9. Financial Support

    MK Bhan


    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 MKBYRFP 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
    Contingency/Research Grant.

    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.

    Original Notification

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