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ICGEB EMPOWER Fellowships 2021 (stipend available)

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Apply for ICGEB EMPOWER Fellowships – Guidelines for Application. The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) under its Youth4South initiative and the ICGEB have partnered to offer early-career female scientists from the Global South, aged 45 or under, exchange visits of 6-months at the ICGEB laboratories in New Delhi (India) and Cape Town (South Africa) or at other institutions based in an eligible ICGEB Member State, to perform research work on biotechnology and related fields, including Health (Infectious Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases), Sustainable and Effective Agriculture, Industrial Biotechnology and Renewable Energy.

Financial Support

ICGEB EMPOWER Fellowships will cover the following things for the period of 6 months

  • Monthly stipend: US$ 1,800 or equivalent
  • The fellowship includes provision for travel expenses from the participant’s home country to the host lab at the beginning of the fellowship and a return travel provision upon completion of the fellowship as well as medical health insurance coverage is provided for the duration of the fellowship.
  • Visa/permit of stay application and renewal costs are reimbursed.
  • ICGEB makes no financial provision, nor can it provide administrative support for family members of participants in the program


  • Applicants must be nationals of an eligible ICGEB Member State; although priority will be given to candidates from Least Developed Countries.
  • Applicants may not apply for fellowships to be undertaken in their country of origin unless working abroad at the time of application.
  • Pre-doc and postdoc researchers may apply, although preference will be given to scientists having already completed their PhD/Master or equivalent.
  • No age limit applies, but preference will be given to candidates below the age of 45.
    Good working knowledge of English is mandatory for fellowships at ICGEB New Delhi and Cape Town.


Applicants should contact the ICGEB Group Leader of their choice in New Delhi or Cape Town or the Principal Investigator of the identified hosting laboratory in one of the eligible ICGEB Member States by sending a motivation letter and an outline of the proposed research project (2 pages maximum), to determine availability of laboratory space and define the proposal that will form an integral part of the application. Proposed projects must be innovative and fall within the ICGEB research domain namely Health (Infectious Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases), Sustainable and Effective Agriculture, Industrial Biotechnology, and Renewable Energy (please see https://www.icgeb.org/science/ and ICGEB laboratories in New Delhi and ICGEB laboratories in Cape Town).

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Type of Opportunity Scholarships and Fellowships
Deadline30 September,2021
OrganizerThe United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)



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