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B4 Science and Technology Fellowships

Up to 5 Science and Technology Fellowships for 2016-17 will be offered in fields related to the biosciences at Harvard University and other institutions in the Boston area. During their time at Harvard and Boston area, Fellows will be connected with faculty across Harvard and other academic institutions in the Boston area as relevant to each Fellow’s area of research. SAI will organize seminars at Harvard for Fellows to discuss their research with the broader community at Harvard and beyond.

A Colloquium will be organized in India at the conclusion of the Fellowship where the Fellows will engage with Harvard faculty, Indian academics, and industry leaders and highlight what they have learned during their time in Boston/Cambridge.

Fellows are expected to reside in the Cambridge vicinity during the tenure of their fellowship and to actively participate in the events and intellectual life of the Institute. In addition Fellows are expected to contribute to the greater Harvard community by teaching, mentoring, or advising students.

Stipend per month: $3,000
Health insurance up to $5,000 and round trip economy travel expenses from South Asia to Boston will also be provided.

Deadline: TBA for 2018–2019 Academic Year

SAI aims to notify applicants by early October regarding decisions.


The fellowship opportunity is open to scholars who have completed their PhD within the last five years from an institution in India and working in B4 Program Partner Institutions in Karnataka in one of the following disciplines: systems and synthetic biology, neurosciences, genomics and bionformatics, and soft robotics and biomedical engineering. Fellows will typically be recent Ph.D.s that can benefit from a 1-year project in a lab in the Boston area. Exceptional senior doctoral students, with demonstrated independence and maturity, may be considered. Applicants must be Indian citizens currently residing in India.

Application Instructions:

  1. Visit and fill out the Online Application Form.
  2. Upload an updated curriculum vitae—listing your academic degrees (including disciplines and dates the degrees were received), your publications, research presentations, previous grants and/or fellowships, and any additional experience that shows scientific background and productivity—to the Online Application Form.
  3. Upload a personal statement of 1-2 pages (no more than 600 words, 12-pt, double-space) explaining why you want to be a Fellow and how your current work makes you a good candidate. Additionally, include what you hope to accomplish/learn in one year, which partner labs might be appropriate for your work (see about lab selection), and what you plan to do when you return to India.
  4. Upload a transcript
  5. Two letters of recommendation should be emailed directly by recommenders to by the deadline. Have the sender include “B4 Fellowship Recommendation” and the applicant’s name in the subject line. Alternatively, they may mail them to SAI:

Harvard South Asia Institute
Attn: B4 Fellowships
CGIS South Building, 4th Floor
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Please note: incomplete applications will not be considered. Do not write directly to Harvard faculty regarding SAI’s Fellowship opportunities.


About B4 Fellowships

Potential Lab Partners

Frequently Asked Questions



Current B4 Fellows


Praveen Anand

B4 Fellow, Fall 2016-Fall 2017Profile

Ramya Purkanti

B4 Fellow, Fall 2016-Fall 2017Profile

Gayatri Ramakrishnan

B4 Fellow, Fall 2016-Fall 2017Profile

Parvathi M. Sreekumar

B4 Fellow, Fall 2016-Fall 2017Profile



Savitha AnanthContact Savitha G. Ananth, Program Coordinator