Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship

Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship


The idea behind starting Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship in 2006-07 was to attract high quality Indian brains working abroad to pursue their research interests in life sciences, biotechnology and other related areas in India by providing them an attractive avenue to pursue their R&D interests in Indian institutions. It was thought that this step will create a pool of highly skilled and trained researchers working on cutting edge technologies in Indian laboratories, available for the absorption in Indian academic system through recruitment.

Nature of the Fellowship

  • This is a senior fellowship program, and awardees are to be considered equivalent to Assistant Professor/Scientist-D level officer. Fellows selected are entitled to take up teaching/research assignments and supervising Doctoral/MS students.
  • The scheme provides a consolidated monthly remuneration of Rs. 1,00,000/- p.m. In addition, a House Rent Allowance (HRA) of Rs. 18,500/- p.m. is given to fellows. In case host institute provides accommodation to the fellow, no HRA is admissible. The fellowship is taxable as per Govt. of India rules.
  • Fellows will receive a research/contingency grant of Rs. 10.00 lakh for the 1st & 2nd year; Rs. 7.50 lakh for 3rd & 4th year; Rs. 5.00 lakh for 5th year for purchase of consumables, minor equipment, international and domestic travel, engaging manpower and other contingent expenditure to be incurred for the implementation of research proposal which is a part of fellowship and Institutional overhead Rs. 50,000/ year.
  • DBT encourages host institutions to provide medical benefits, transport allowance, leave travel allowance and other benefits as per their prevailing norms as applicable to their employees of the rank equivalent to Assistant Professor/Scientist D out of their own resources/ funds.
  • Fellows retain an option for drawing either the fellowship or salary if they are appointed at a suitable permanent scientific position. Fellows opting for salary can continue to avail the research /contingency grant with prior approval of DBT.
  • Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellows could take up fellowship at any of the scientific institutes/ universities in the country. However, application should be duly forwarded by the competent authority of the host Institute. Fellows/Awardee can change his/her 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/Vice-Chancellor/Dean as the case may be). Only one nomination will be considered.
  • Awardees are eligible to apply for research grant/s to any of the funding agencies provided Co-PI is a permanent employee of the host institution.
  • Fellows can draw fellowship for a term of five years. Fellowship is further extendable for another two years on a fresh appraisal of performance of the fellow; only fellowship & HRA will be admissible during extension period. No research/contingency grant will be provided during the extension period. Those who are able to secure permanent positions will not be considered for 2nd term.


  • The applicant should possess a Ph.D./M.D. or equivalent degree with an outstanding track record as reflected in publications and other recognitions and with at least three years of post- doctoral research experience of which last two years should be from overseas laboratory.
  • Only candidates (Indian nationals) working overseas are eligible to apply. Those who have already returned to India within one year of the closing date of this advertisement but without a job are also eligible.
  • Researcher’s upto 45 years of age as determined on closing date of application are eligible to apply.


As evident from the increasing number of applications for the fellowship, more and more number of people is showing interest to come back to India and serve the nation. So far, 409 fellows have taken up positions in various Indian Laboratories, out of which, 250 fellows have already been able to seek permanent faculty positions. During the last 5 years, Department has awarded fellowship to 240 fellows. The fellows have done excellent science in the form of publications, patents, few have started spin off companies. The research done by these fellows have led them to receive prestigious awards and fellowships.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Contacts Concerned Officer for more information

Program Head Dr. Sundeep Sarin, Scientist G
Email sundeep[at]dbt[dot]nic[dot]in
Contact No. 011-24362931
Programme Coordinator Dr. Manoj Singh Rohilla, Scientist E
Phone 011-24363726
E-mail manojsrohilla[dot]dbt[at]nic[dot]in
Attached Officer Dr. Deo Prakash Chaturvedi, Scientist C
Email deo[dot]prakash[at]dbt[dot]nic[dot]in
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