How to apply for NCBS Young Investigator Programme-2020

Have you just completed your PhD and want to do research independently? NCBS is inviting applications from young researchers for the Young Investigator Programme –2020. Interested and eligible candidates can apply for the fellowship programme. Read the article to know the full details of the Young Investigator Programme(YIP).

About the Young Investigator Programme (YIP)

Young Investigator Programme (YIP) was started in 2004 by the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS). NCBS is offering a programme for young researchers who want to kick start their career as an independent researcher. many of these young researchers have got independent faculty positions. So, this programme provides a career option for a variety of researchers.

Subject Areas: Biological Sciences and Natural Sciences.

No. of Fellowships: NCBS has seven fellowship positions, however, a minimum of one appointment of YIP will be done in a year.

Benefits to YIPs: Attractive salary and other benefits will be provided to YIP along with accommodation, at a nominal rent.

Duration of Appointment of Young Investigator: The appointment of a Young Investigator will be for 7 years i.e. 3 +2 +2 years that means initially appointment will be for 3 years, that will further be renewed for another 2 years. The decision for renewal is done at the end of the 3rd year. Similarly, renewal for the next two years will be made at the end of the 5th year.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicant must have finished his/ her PhD and must be willing to research independently.
    An applicant with some post-doctoral experience can also apply, provided he/she must be willing to explore a specific research experience in his/her early career.
  2. NCBS promotes the researcher who wants to work in a new direction through new approaches.
  3. The researchers are encouraged to work in the diverse fields of biology. However, applicants interested in research in new disciplines are given preference. Hence, the candidates whose research intersects with the physical sciences, engineering, and medicine, will be encouraged.
  4. The program is open to Indian citizens as well as international applicants.

Who are not eligible?

  • The candidates with considerable postdoctoral experience (more than 3 years), or who are already senior independent investigators are ineligible but can apply for a faculty position at NCBS.
  • Proposals that are primarily high-throughput screening projects with no central scientific hypothesis are not encouraged.
  • The researchers with proposals that are linked closely with an existing research group at NCBS should apply to the 'NCBS Fellows programme.

When to apply for NCBS Young Investigator Programme

It is suggested the applicants must apply at the earliest possible in their career with a clear-cut and well-defined future plan of research. The award of fellowship depends upon the capabilities and commitment shown in the application.

How to apply

To apply online the candidate must visit the official website of NCBS. The candidate must submit the following documents with his application:
  • Updated CV with the complete list of publications.
  • Summary of all research accomplishments (maximum 1-2 pages).
  • Reprints of most significant papers (maximum 5) as soft copies for ready reference.
  • Research proposal describing plans for future research that is planned for over 5 year (maximum 3-5 pages).
  • Reference letters including names, addresses and emails of 6 referees who are willing to comment on candidate's application as well as on his/her capabilities.

Selection Procedure

All the application received will undergo a preliminary screening. Selected candidates will be informed and called to visit NCBS. Referees of selected candidates will also be contacted and asked specific questions related to the applicants. Candidate's application will be considered just after his/her visit to NCBS and file will remain active for a year from the date of submission.

Selection process at NCBS

At NCBS there will be no formal interview, instead, candidates will be asked to give a research seminar. After the seminar, the candidate will also get an opportunity to speak to all faculty members independently. If invited, the candidate must plan at least spending of two days at NCBS.

The seminar: Prepare for the seminar well in advance. It is suggested to practice well. Target your audience and try to get engaged in your talk and don't provide too much data. You can present a slightly linger intro but keep the audience tied. There will be one hour for a seminar talk.

Meetings with individual faculty members: NCBS arrange a series of meetings of the applicant with the faculty members. These meetings will be of informal nature as well as interactive. They will give you a possibility to discuss one another's research interests in more detail. Faculty members will certainly be keen to learn how your experience and research capacities will improve NCBS.

Meetings with the Dean and/or Director NCBS: There will be a meeting with the Dean or Director, NCBS. During this meet, try to explain yourself briefly and productively. So, prepare a list of what you want to do at NCBS well in advance.

Funding Details

NCBS provide start-up funds to Young Investigators. It also supports for research settings, equipment, resources facility required to fulfil their research work. Deployment of two research assistants can be done under this scheme whose salaries can be booked during the start-up period. Young Investigators can also attend one international meeting yearly using this support.

Award of Fellowship

After the candidate's NCBS visit that is including seminar presentation and meeting with faculty and comments and reports received from all six referees the candidate's application will be put up before an internal committee for discussion. An internal committee will closely look ion the application. After their inputs, the application will be forwarded to the whole faculty for discussion. Upon receiving a positive response from the faculty, the candidate's application will be steered through an internal committee and the NCBS Management Board. All this procedure will take some time but no longer than 3 months. Selected candidates are informed accordingly.

Deadlines: The last date for application submission is not fixed. NCBS is accepting application online.

Contact Details

Upinder S. Bhalla
Dean, NCBS


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