Newton Bhabha PhD Placements Programme

UPDATE: Deadline for Newton Bhabha PhD Placement applications from UK scholars now extended till Tuesday, 6 September 2016.

About the Programme

On behalf of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, UK and the Ministry of Science and Technology, India, British Council India, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) India are pleased to invite applications for funding to support short-term PhD placements between UK and Indian institutions.

It is the third consecutive year Newton Fund India in partnership with DST and DBT is offering opportunity for the UK and Indian PhD scholars to spend a period of their study (2 to 4 months) in Indian and UK higher education institutions taking place between April to December 2017. 


Key Dates

UPDATE: Deadline for Newton Bhabha PhD Placement applications from UK scholars now extended till Tuesday, 6 September 2016.

Deadline for receipt of applications for UK Scholars:  Tuesday, 6th September 2016 by 17.00 hrs UK time.

Selection results announced by mid November 2016

Placements to take place between April to December 2017 


The programme is envisaged to: 

  • Develop individual capacity through international training and development opportunities.
  • Increase the number of highly trained researchers in the UK and India with international experience, able to contribute to the absorptive capacity for research and innovation and thus bring about economic and social benefits.
  • Build cultural understanding, and foster long-term sustainable research collaborations.
  • Develop international joint training pathways.
  • Increase awareness of the research strengths of the UK and India.


In UK, The scheme is open only for UK scholars pursuing their PhD at a UK higher education institution. 

In India, The scheme is open only for Indian scholars enrolled at Indian higher education institution with following criteria:

  1. INSPIRE PhD Senior Research Fellows (SRFs) of Batch 2013 are eligible to apply for a STEM subject.
  2. PhD Scholar who have qualified through national level test and are pursuing PhD in mid second or third year of Life sciences are eligible to apply. 

Please refer to call guidelines for full details of eligibility criteria.

Costs covered

  • Visa fee, Economy class international airfares and overseas medical insurance incurred by PhD scholars.
  • In-country costs including accommodation and stipend for PhD scholars


The application should be submitted by PhD student with endorsement from both the sending and receiving supervisors with the latter’s confirmation that they will host the PhD students; duration of the stay and level of bench fees they will charge.

Applications should include the statement of purpose.

UK applicants apply here

Indian applicants apply here


For British Council India 

Purti Kohli


For DST – India

Dr S Mallikarjun Babu

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For DBT – India

Dr. Sanjay Kalia

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