Arturo Falaschi PhD fellowships

International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB)

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Anticipated deadline: Apr 15, 2021

Grant amount: Up to €46,800

Fields of work: Bioengineering Biotechnology Genetics & Genomics Molecular Biology

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student, Postdoctoral Researcher, PhD Student

Funding uses: Conference, Research, Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Location of citizenship: Afghanistan; Algeria; Argentina; Bangladesh; Bhutan Show all

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The ICGEB is an international, nonprofit research organization. Established as a special project of UNIDO, it became fully autonomous in 1994 and now counts over 60 Member States.

The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology provides a scientific and educational environment of the highest standard and conducts innovative research in life sciences for the benefit of developing countries. It strengthens the research capability of its Members through training and funding programmes and advisory services and represents a comprehensive approach to promoting biotechnology internationally.

The Centre is dedicated to advanced research and training in molecular biology and biotechnology and holds out the prospect of advancing knowledge and applying the latest techniques in the fields of:

  • biomedicine
  • crop improvement
  • environmental protection/remediation
  • biopharmaceuticals and biopesticide production

With Components in Trieste, ItalyNew Delhi, India and Cape Town, South Africa, the Centre forms an interactive network with Affiliated Centres in ICGEB Member States

Predoctoral Fellowships

ICGEB offers postgraduate studies with the aim of obtaining the “Doctor Philosophiae” (PhD) degree in the life sciences. Thanks to specific agreements, the title can be awarded through a number of academic institutions of international standing, which include The Open University (UK) and the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy, the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and the University of Cape Town in South Africa.  The structure of the three-year PhD course includes intensive laboratory research activities, participation in seminars and communication training during Journal Club sessions, symposia and international meetings.

ICGEB offers competitive Pre-doctoral Fellowships in Life Sciences to highly motivated scientists wishing to pursue PhD research studies in a world-class scientific environment. Fellowships include participation in a competitive research programme, access to state-of-the-art facilities, participation in ICGEB Meetings, Seminars and Journal Clubs and a competitive stipend, plus full coverage of tuition fees and health insurance.

Duration: 3 years PhD course with the possibility of 1-year extension.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicants must be nationals of an ICGEB Member State.
  • Degree requirements:
    • applicants for ICGEB Trieste should hold a BSc (Honours) degree;
    • applicants for ICGEB Cape Town and New Delhi should hold an MSc degree.
  • Candidates must have a good working knowledge of the English language, supported by a proficiency certificate (TOEFL, Cambridge Certificate, or equivalent).
    • Not required when scholastic education has been undertaken in English.
  • Candidates for Trieste, Italy must be below the age of 32 years at the time of application (i.e. date of birth after 31/03/1988).
  • There is no age limit for applications for ICGEB New Delhi and Cape Town.
  • Financial support:
    • Monthly stipend:
      • Trieste (Italy): Euro 1,300,
      • New Delhi (India): US$ 1,020,
      • Cape Town (South Africa): ZAR 10,000.
    • Travel: the fellowship includes provision for travel expenses from the student’s home country to the ICGEB lab at the beginning of the fellowship and a return travel provision upon completion of the fellowship.
    • Medical health insurance coverage is provided for the duration of the fellowship.
    • University tuition fee is covered for the entire PhD registration period.
    • Visa/permit of stay application and renewal costs are reimbursed.
    • Support for participation in Meetings and Courses is generally provided by the Group Leader / PI.


  • Nationals of Italy, India, and South Africa (ICGEB Host Countries) are not eligible to apply for ICGEB Fellowships in their home country.
  • ICGEB makes no financial provision, nor can it provide administrative support for family members of participants in the programme.

This page was last reviewed April 16, 2020 and last updated April 16, 2020