January 18, 2011

Biotechnology Career Advancement and Re-orientation Programme for Women Scientists

Bio-CARe Programme for Women Scientists

Course(s) Offered: Biotechnology
Course Level: Graduate (research)
Provider: Indian Government
Country to Study in: India

Scholarship Description
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, India announces the launch of the Biotechnology Career Advancement and Re-orientation Programme (Bio-CARe) Scheme for Career Development of employed/unemployed women scientists who have not received any extra-mural grants in the past.

The purpose is to facilitate the participation of Women Scientists in Biotechnology Research, thus building capacities for women scientists employed fulltime in Universities and research laboratories or unemployed women scientists after a career break so as to help them undertake independent R&D projects.

There are two schemes:
i). Scheme I – Research Grant Opportunity (RGO):
The programme aims at giving project grants to women scientists (employed & unemployed) for whom it would be a first grant. The purpose is to build capacities for women scientists employed fulltime in Universities and small research laboratories or unemployed women scientist after a career break so as to help them undertake independent R&D projects.

ii). Scheme II -Career Re-orientation Fellowship (CRF):
This scheme would be mainly for women scientists who are trained in a particular area, but leave their permanent jobs / or are unemployed and would now like to change their career path to take on newer areas.

Eligibility
In order to maximize their reach, the schemes are open to applicants (aged 55 years or less on the date of application) from all areas of Life Sciences / biology (including Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Medicine and Bio-Engineering).

The following apply to applicants:
  • M. Tech / M.D / Ph. D/Equivalent degree in any branch of Life Sciences
  • Women Scientists who are employed or unemployed and are desirous of coming back after a break.
  • Women Scientists for whom it is the first grant. (Women Scientist who have already availed any grant as PI from any Government Funding Agency including WOS (A&B) Scheme of DST are not eligible to apply).
  • Women Scientists upto 55 years of age
The scheme is open to women applicants from all areas in Life Science or Biotechnology (including agriculture, veterinary science and medicine)

Eligible groups
Only women can apply

Participating Institutions
Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, India

Fields of study
Postgraduate research and development in Biotechnology

Number of awards
Not specified.

Sponsorship duration
See Scholarship benefits below

Scholarship benefits
Scheme I – Research Grant Opportunity (RGO):
Under this scheme the women scientists who are unemployed will be provided monthly emoluments ranging from Rs. 35,000/- to 45,000/- p.m. The employed women scientists in addition to salary will get an amount of Rs.5,000/- p.m as an incentive.

Scheme II -Career Re-orientation Fellowship (CRF):
Specialized skills would be essential and this would require training in the relevant field such as IP management, Bioinformatics, Policy research and analysis, Translational research, Regulation etc.

This training could be for a period ranging from 3 months -12 months.

Under this scheme the women scientists who are unemployed will be provided a stipend of Rs.25,000/- p.m. and employed scientists will get an amount of Rs.5,000/- p.m as an incentive in addition to their salary.

Method of Application
To apply, visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete details on how to apply for this programme.

DEADLINES:
All applications must be submitted before January 28th, 2011.

PLEASE NOTE:
The processing time is generally upto 9 months. The successful candidate will be informed about the decision taken on their proposal once the entire selection procedure is finalized. No interim correspondence will be entertained and canvassing in any form would lead to disqualification of the applicant.

Proposals received after the deadline/incomplete proposals shall not be considered.

Application Deadline: 28 January 2011
Open to International Applicants: No

Further Scholarship Information and Application

Related: List of Scholarships for Women

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