Research fellowships

The Centre for Brain and Mind (CBM) is an exciting new scientific venture of the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and the National Institute for Mental Health & Neurosciences (NIMHANS), supported by Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies.

CBM will undertake cutting-edge research around mental illness with the goal of discovering novel and better methods for the diagnosis and clinical management of mental illness in humans.

Towards this goal, CBM invites applications for Research Fellowships. Research Fellowships are available across the full spectrum of research being carried out at CBM although we are particularly interested in candidates with a focus on neurophysiology, data science, human genetics and neuroinflammation.

The competition is open to basic science or clinical researchers. You are eligible for the Fellowship if you have at least 4 or a maximum of 10 years’ research experience post PhD/ MD. The Fellowships will be hosted primarily at NCBS. There are no age or nationality restrictions. The applicant must be willing to relocate to NCBS Bengaluru to initiate the Fellowship.

The Fellowships have generous and flexible funds for research, competitive personal support and require 80%-time commitment towards the fellowship project from the applicant. A hypothesis-based research proposal is essential for the complete application, along with 1 letter of recommendation.

Allowances – up to 2 post-doctoral fellows, consumables, equipment, travel costs and access to institutional research facilities

The application process requires the submission of a preliminary application. Please download the application here. The closing date for applications is 30 May 2024.

Total value of each fellowship: upto 5 crores INR

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About CBM

Rohini Nilekani Centre for Brain and Mind (CBM)

Contact Us

National Centre for Biological Sciences,
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Bellary Road, Bangalore 560065,
Karnataka, India
Phone: 91 80 23666001 / 02 / 18 / 19
Email: cbm at ncbs dot res dot in