Kerala Biotechnology Re-entry Fellowship (KBIReF)


The aim of this senior level fellowship programme is to attract well-trained and highly skilled researchers with good track record of research (Indian nationals) working abroad in various frontier areas in biotechnology (biomedical sciences, agriculture, veterinary science, bioengineering, energy, environment, bioinformatics and other related areas), by providing them an attractive opportunity to pursue research and development in biotechnology in research and academic institutions in Kerala. It is expected to provide services of highly skilled researchers to augment the scientific manpower in academic and research Institutions in Kerala.


The applicant should possess a Ph.D., MD. or equivalent degree and at least three years of post-doctoral research experience in premier research laboratories abroad with an outstanding track record of research in biotechnology related areas as reflected in publications and other recognitions.
Only candidates (Indian nationals) working overseas who are below 45 years of age are eligible. The fellowship is tenable at any reputed institutions in Kerala. Those who have already returned to India and are currently working in India are not eligible.
Number of Fellowships
Up to five fellowships will be awarded every year.

Details of the Award

Kerala Biotechnology Re–entry Fellowship is a senior fellowship programme, and the awardees are to be considered at par with the faculty/scientists at the host institute. They are entitled to take up teaching/research assignments in the host Institution and supervising Doctoral/MSc students.
Each K-BiREF Fellow will be entitled to a consolidated monthly remuneration of Rs. 75,000/ with an annual increase of 3%; in addition, each fellow is entitled to 10% House Rent Allowance per month. In case where host institute provides accommodation to the fellow, no house rent allowance is admissible Annual research /contingency grant of Rs 7.5 lakhs each for first and second year and Rs 5.0 lakhs each for the subsequent 3 years for the purchase of consumables, reagents, minor equipments, and engaging manpower, to meet travel expenses and other contingent expenditure to be incurred to carry out the proposed research.
Host Institution may provide medical benefits, transport allowance, and other benefits as per the prevailing norms applicable to their employees of the equivalent rank out of their own resources/ funds.
Tenure of fellowship

Fellows can draw fellowship for a term of five years. Fellowship is further extendable for another term on fresh evaluation of performance of the fellow.

How to Apply

Eligible candidates may submit the application in the prescribed proforma and duly forwarded by the competent authority to the Advisor, Kerala Biotechnology Commission, KSCSTE, Sasthra Bhavan, Pattom Trivandrum - 4. Detailed bio-data, list of publications, reprints of top five publications, research proposal, letters of recommendation (academic)/ names of at least three referees, and letter of consent from the Head of the host Institute shall be submitted along with the application.

Mode of Selection

Applications will be screened by an expert committee consisting of experts nominated by the Commission. Short listed candidates will have to appear for an interview /presentation which can be either in person or through skype or similar tele-mode. Selected candidates have to execute an agreement accepting the terms and conditions of the Award and must join the Host Institution within three months’ time.

The last date of receiving the applications is on or before 15 November, 2017.


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