PhD scholar in the UK

Results declared for the Newton Bhabha Fund PhD Placement Programme (2019 -20)

British Council in collaboration with Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and select Indian Higher Education Institutions and Universities are pleased to announce the Results for Newton Bhabha Fund PhD placement Programme 2019-20. To view the same, please click on “List of successful candidates” under the download section.

About the programme

On behalf of the Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy, United Kingdom (UK) and the Ministry of Science and Technology, India, the British Council in India, the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Indian Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) invited applications for funding to support short-term PhD placements between UK and Indian institutions.

The Newton-Bhabha Fund offered the opportunity for UK and Indian PhD scholars to spend a period of their study (up to two to four months) in Indian and UK higher education institutions, to take place between March 2020 and December 2020.

Key dates

The call for application is now closed!

Selection results: Announced (Check the download section to view the list of selected candidates)  

Placements to take place between: March 2020 and December 2020

Aim of the programme

The programme aims 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.

Eligibility criteria

In the UK, the scheme is open only to UK scholars pursuing their PhD at a UK higher education institution in area of STEM and Life Sciences. Please see the list of eligible UK institutions in the downloads section below.

In India, the scheme is open only to Indian scholars enrolled at public-funded Indian higher education institutions with the following criteria:

  1. INSPIRE PhD Senior Research Fellows (SRFs) of Batch 2016 are eligible to apply for a STEM and Life Sciences subjects.
  2. PhD Scholars (other than INSPIRE Fellows) who have qualified through national level test and are pursuing PhD in mid second or third year of Life Sciences are eligible to apply. The following national level tests are considered: CSIR/UGC-NET, GATE, BET, ICMR-NET, ICAR-NET
  3. PhD scholars (other than INSPIRE and those applying for Life Sciences) pursuing PhD in second or third year from public funded Indian HEIs, that submitted a response to British Council’s Expression of Interest (EoI) are eligible to apply. List of Institutions that submitted their EoI can be accessed in the downloads section.

Please refer to the call guidelines in the Download section below for full details.

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
  • Bench fees (if applied for) by UK host university



For British Council India
Write to Purti Kohli at

For DST – India
Write to Tamana Arora at 

For DBT – India
Write to Dr. Amit Parikh at