How to get admission for Newton-Bhabha PhD placement programme 2016-17


Are you interested in research related to science and want to pursue PhD? Newton-Bhabha PhD placement programme is one such programme to fund your research and supports you financially in your course. All the details are mentioned in this article for your reference.

What is Newton- Bhabha PhD placement programme

It is a joint programme aimed to develop and support people with great visions for research in their PhD. It is funded by Department of Science and Technology (DST), British Council India and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and includes 2-4 months short term PhD placements at Indian higher education or research institutions in India or UK for Indian and UK PhD scholars respectively.
20 students are supported by DST from India as well as from UK in a programmes named as Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). DBT supports around 40 students (20 from India and 20 from UK) in the field of Life Sciences.

Application details for 2016-17

Application for Newton- Bhabha PhD placement programme is open for the year 2016-17 and invites UK-India scholar candidates from the field of STEM and life sciences. The included fields of research are as mentioned below-
  1. Engineering Physical and space sciences – This includes Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Physical Mathematics, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

  2. Public health and well being

  3. Biological and medical sciences – This includes Life sciences, Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology, Micro biology, Bio chemistry, Medicine , Pharma and Veterinary Sciences

  4. Environment Food and Agriculture sciences

After completion of selection process, the funding will be disbursed by March 2017 for this academic year and the final placements will take place from April till December 2017.

Eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria slightly differ for Indian and UK residents.
Indian- Indians who are registered at Indian higher education institution are only eligible for this programme. These include-
  • Senior Research Fellows from INSPIRE PhD of 2013 Batch. These are eligible for STEM

  • NET qualified PhD scholars who are already pursuing their PhD in the field of Life science are eligible for Life Science field. Other exams like GATE, ICMR-NET, INSPIRE are ICAR-NET included for this programme. Candidates need to upload their certificate of qualification of these examinations.


UK side- UK scholars who are pursuing their PhD at UK home institution are only eligible for this programme.

Candidates from both the sides must have a valid passport before making application. They will be asked to submit their PhD thesis only after completion of their Newton Bhabha PhD placement.
There is a separate Eligibility checklist which can be viewed at https://www.britishcouncil.in/sites/default/files/newton_bhabha_phd_call_guidelines_2016-17_.pdf

Important dates


  • Call announcement- 5th July 2016

  • Call Close- 16th August 2016

  • Notification to selected scholars- 8th November 2016

  • Placements to be undertaken- April to December 2017

  • Report submission- Within 30 days of the completion of the placement


Funding details

The funds are divided among all the funding organizations. The British Council provides funds for Indian scholars' bench fees in the UK which cannot be more than £5,000. It is applicable where the UK host university is not able to waive the bench fees. The supervisor from Host University can also apply for this with applicable upper limit as £5,000 and this must be included in the application and endorsement letter. British Council also supports stipend for Indian scholars in UK and the amount for the same is £1300 per month.
On another side, the Newton Bhabha sponsor the meals, accommodation and domestic travel, etc. by providing funds of around £1,300 per month.
The DST or DBT covers will cover the Visa fee charges, international traveling fare charges (Economy class) and travel insurance charges for Indian Scholars.

Evaluation details

The organizations have decided some evaluation criteria and interested candidates must go through them carefully before applying for this fellowship. The same can be read at "https://www.britishcouncil.in/sites/default/files/newton_bhabha_phd_call_guidelines_2016-17_.pdf".
The evaluation process includes multiple steps. As a first level of assessment, the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and British Council conduct independent evaluation of short listed candidates. After completion of this independent evaluation, they prepare a joint panel and take final decision for selection. The screening of candidates is done on the basis of their priority sectors of the programme and its relation with social-economical development of India.

Contracts and Agreement details


Indian PhD Scholars- In this case, a signed agreement between British Council and UK Host University is must required for successful disbursement of stipend and bench fees. The timing of disbursement is notified along with the agreement. The UK host institution take the responsibility of disbursement of stipend.
The DST or DBT releases the funds directly to scholar's Indian Institutions. Then these Indian institutions do disbursement of money for various purposes like Visa, Airfare and Insurance.

For UK PhD Scholars- In this case, the British Council signs the agreement with UK home Institution which lead to disbursement of stipend for airfare, visa fees and insurance. The UK home institution takes responsibility of disbursement of funds and the British Council disburse the funds to host institution only after receiving signed agreement from them. The receipts of cost of visa, airfare and insurance can be submitted by scholar or the host institute along with the report to British Council.
DST or DBT has to inform Indian host institutions about final selection of UK scholars and then the funds towards scholar's per month stipend get released. This fund includes accommodation and one time travel allowance to the Indian institution.

How to apply

The endorsement from both the sending and receiving supervisors is an important part of application. The receiving supervisor also needs to give confirmation that he or she will host the PhD scholar during the scholar's stay. This letter should also confirm that the candidate will get support in all aspects including academic as well as pastoral. The endorsement letters from UK institutes must mention about the bench fee if applicable. The other charges like registration fee, etc must also be disclosed to the scholar in advance.
Link for application

The original advertisement can be seen at http://www.dbtindia.nic.in/newton-bhabha-phd.

Contact Details


For DST – India- Dr S Mallikarjun Babu at "sm.babu@nic.in"
For DBT – India- Dr. Sanjay Kalia, Room No. 814 Block 2, 8th Floors, Department of Biotechnology, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi – 110 003, Email ID – sanjay.kalia@nic.in
For British Council – India- Ms. Purti Kohli at "newton@in.britishcouncil.org" or "purti.kohli@britishcouncil.org"

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