Newton-Bhabha Fund PhD Placement Programme 2020

About the programme

The Newton-Bhabha Fund is back with its annual PhD Placement Programme. This year, the fund will offer PhD scholars from India and the UK to spend a period of their study (up to two to four months) in UK higher education institutions. These students will get an opportunity anytime between April- December 2021.

The Newton-Bhabha Fund fosters long-term sustainable research collaborations between UK and India. On behalf of the Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy in the UK and ­ Ministry of Science and Technology in India along with British Council India, the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), we are pleased to invite applications for funding to support short-term PhD placements between UK and Indian institutions.

Result for the PhD Placement Programme application is expected to be announced by the end of January 2021.

Key dates

Result announcement: End of January 2021

Placements to take place: Between April 2021 to December 2021

Aim of the programme

The programme is envisaged to:

  • Develop individual capacity through international training and development opportunities.
  • Increase the number of trained researchers in the UK and India to foster research and innovation in the two countries.  
  • 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 for UK scholars pursuing their PhD at a UK higher education institution. Please see the list of eligible UK institutions in the downloads section below. 

In India, the scheme is open only for Indian PhD scholars enrolled at Indian higher education institutions with the following criteria:

  1.  INSPIRE PhD Senior Research Fellows (SRFs) of Batch 2017 are eligible to apply for a STEM and Life Sciences subjects.
  2. PhD Scholar (other than INSPIRE Fellows) pursuing PhD in mid second or third year of Life Sciences are eligible to apply.
  3. ICSSR Doctoral Fellows or registered PhD scholars (full time) studying in second or third year of Social Sciences are eligible to apply.

Costs covered

  •  Visa fee, economy class international airfares and overseas travel insurance for PhD scholars.
  • In-country costs including accommodation and stipend for PhD scholars
  • Bench fees (if applied for) by UK host university

How to Apply

Applications are now closed.

Support for finding the UK Host University

Universities UK International (UUKi) offers a scholar support service to help connect Indian scholars to potential UK supervisors. Those interested and would like assistance in finding a UK supervisor, should complete the Host Request Form on the UUKi website, before 16 July 2020.


For British Council India

Purti Kohli at

For DST – India

Tamana Arora: 

For DBT – India

Dr Ketan Thorat:


Mr Mahesh Madhukar: