Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) will institute two
Young Investigator Awards per year. This is an attractive, career
oriented scheme to identify and nurture outstanding young
scientists with innovative ideas and desirous of pursuing research
in frontier areas of Biotechnology, especially on the biology of
chronic and infectious Disease and Spice Genomics. Young
scientists below the age of 35 years will be considered for this
award. Scientists in regular employment at RGCB will not be
eligible for the award. The award consists of financial support
for a 3 year project (upto Rs.10 lakhs per year) besides a
fellowship of Rs.40,000/- per month (consolidated) under the
mentorship of Senior Faculty of RGCB.
The applicant should have an excellent academic career and
should have publications in high impact journals. The proposed
research project should clearly reflect the innovative thinking
and execution capabilities of the applicant. The following minimum
eligibility conditions also apply :
Qualification: Ph.D. in any branch of Life Science
including Medicine, Veterinary Sciences, Pharmacy, Agricultural
Sciences, and Engineering Sciences related to biology.
Candidates with a Master degree in Medicine,
Engineering/Technology are also eligible to apply. Those likely
to complete their Ph.D. programme in the next three months are
also eligible to apply.
The candidate should have secured First Class grades
in examinations of all academic courses for award of a degree
from the graduate level onwards.
Cumulative publication impact factor of over 25 (with
at least one paper in a journal with impact factor over 5)
Age limit: 35 years or below at the time of
submission of the application. Age relaxation of 5 years is made
for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC, Women and Physically
The applicant should be an Indian National.
The duration of the project will normally be for a period of
three years subject to satisfactory progress. In case of research
of outstanding merit, based on a review of the project by a
committee of experts and their recommendations, the duration of
the project may be extended by two more years up to a maximum
period of five years.
Mode of Selection
Mere fufilling of minimum eligibility is not a criteria for
applications being considered. The applications received from
eligible candidates are reviewed by an expert committee for
selection on the basis of their career profile, distinctions,
quality of publications, patents, innovative thinking, scientific
originality of the project and the detailed scientific comments. A
maximum of two Awards may be given per year with a maximum of 5
Young Investigators at any point of time.
Review of the progress of the Awardees
The expert committee will also monitor the progress of the
project, judge any additional requirement of the project and take
midcourse correction wherever essential. The review will be done
once every year. In case of unsatisfactory progress, the
fellowship can be terminated. The selection committee will also
decide about extension of the project beyond three years.
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