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The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), Bangalore, and the University of Cambridge are pleased to announce the NCBS-inStem-Cambridge Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The Fellowship allows for the joint-appointment of up to 4 Postdoctoral Fellows per year to work in Cambridge for half the period of a 4-year term, with the other half of the tenure to be completed in a partnering research group based in NCBS or inStem.


  1. For supporting research projects requiring Postdoctoral Fellowships for four years, with an expectation that approximately 50% of the Fellow’s time will be spent in Cambridge and 50% of the time will be spent in NCBS or inStem.
  2. Operating costs such as consumables, equipment, etc. are to be borne by the host PI at Cambridge or NCBS-inStem.
  3. Applications where the Cambridge-based PI is affiliated to one of the other institutions in the Cambridge area (including the MRC institutes, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the Babraham Institute, etc.) may also be considered, at the discretion of the selection committee.

Part one - how to apply (31 January 2017, application cycle closed):

In Part one, PIs from research groups in Cambridge and NCBS-inStem are invited to apply for projects to be supported through this scheme. Applications will be reviewed by a joint selection committee, following which successful projects will be announced.

Application form

Part two - how to apply (21 April 2017, application cycle closed):

Full applications consisting of the following should be sent by email as a single pdf package to and to

  • Your latest CV
  • A research proposal with detailed plans and timelines of the project, developed in close collaboration with your proposed hosts. The length should not be more than 4-5 pages including references.
  • PDF versions of 1-3 first-author publications.
  • Letter of support from your proposed hosts (e-mailed directly to and
  • At least 2 letters of reference/recommendations (e-mailed directly to and

Deadlines for Part 2 of the application process are specific to each project. Please refer to 'Joint Projects' for details. Full applications must be received by 21st April 2017. Short-listed candidates will have to present their research proposal and will be interviewed by the panel in Bangalore or in Cambridge in the 3rd week of May 2017. Decisions will be announced within 2 weeks of the interviews.


Further information:

Further information on NCBS and inStem is available through their respective annual reports here and here. Please contact Nina Martin ( at the University of Cambridge's Strategic Partnerships Office, or Mukund Thattai ( at the Academic Office, Bangalore for any additional information.