List Of Biotechnology Internships - India 2016

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Hello to all aspiring biotechnologists! We at Peshaa have put together the most comprehensive listing of all Biotechnology summer internships for the year 2016. This list only includes internships offered by high quality research institutions and universities in India.

Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai: TIFR is the holy mecca of research in India!! TIFR conducts a Visiting Students Research Programme (VSRP) annually for students interested in being a part of world class research work. This program is highly competitive and more details about the the application process and selection details can be found here. The deadline for application submission is January 29, 2016.

National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore: NCBS offers training opportunities to science and engineering students who are interested in working under the supervision of scientists and faculties at the institute. Interested students can email professors whose research interests aligns with theirs and enquire about training positions and other vacancies in their labs. Many students also do their final year semester projects at NCBS. For more information about their training opportunities, please refer to this link here.

The Three National Science Academies ( Indian National Science Academy (INSA) - New Delhi, Indian National Academy of Science (NAS) - Allahabad and, The Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS) - Bangalore) : The Three National Science Academies together offer a two-month summer fellowship for students interested in pursuing world class research with scientists associated with these academies. Applications for the 2016 summer fellowships programme has been announced and the details can be found here. The deadline for application submissions is 30th November, 2015 for online version and 7th December, 2014 for print version. Hurry up!!.

Once selected for this fellowship, each student gets placed in the lab of a scientist who is associated with the three academies. The scientists are usually from prestigious institutions such as IISc, IITs, IGIB, ICGEB, NCCS etc.

Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Bangalore: Students interested in pursuing summer internships at the IISc can email professors whose research interests aligns with theirs and enquire about open positions in their lab. Many students have also been placed at the IISc for summer training and internships programmes through the two-month summer fellowship offered by the three national science academies. Sometimes, many departments within IISc post summer internship opportunities in their departmental website.

Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB), Gurgaon: RCB is inviting applications for their 6-months summer training programme without stipend. Students from 4 year courses/PG in Sciences are invited to carry out their project work which will count towards the partial fulfillment of their degree. The project work can be extended to 1-year of duration depending on vacancies available. Application deadline for 2015 session is 10th November, 2014. For more details, please refer to this link.

National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi: NII provides opportunities for students who wish to do their project work under the supervision of the scientists at the institute. Students who are pursuing Masters degree (e.g. MSc, MVSc, MTech, integrated masters students in their 4th year etc.) may apply. For more details on the deadline and other information, please refer to this link.

Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore: Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore: JNCASR conducts an annual summer research fellowships programme of two-months duration for BTech, BSc and MSc students. In total, 120 fellowships are awarded each year. Application details for the 2016 session can be found here.

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB), Thiruvananthapuram:RGCB offers plenty of paid summer training programmes, skills development workshops and training courses. For a list of all the training programmes offered by RGCB, please refer to this link here.

Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Delhi: IGIB offers summer training programmes (two-months duration) and final year semester projects of 6 months and 1 year duration. Entry to the two-months program is through various government fellowships such as JNCASR, INSA, IASc etc. The deadline for this training is in the month of February. For students who are interested in doing their semester projects at IGIB must email scientists whose work interests them along with their CV and other application requirements. For further details, please refer to this link here.

Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad: CCMB conducts a summer training programme (6 weeks duration from May - June) for students who are in their 1st year of MSc or 6th semester of BTech or 8th semester of integrated B.Tech-M.Tech program. Only Students who are admitted in a Master's program (M.Sc.) in year 2015 or B. Tech program in 2013 or Integrated B. Tech - M. Tech. (5 year) program in 2012 can apply, i.e., Students who will complete their 1st year of M.Sc. or 6th Semester of B. Tech. or 8th Semester of Five year Integrated B. Tech - M. Tech in June/July 2016 are eligible to apply. M. Tech. students are not eligible. Computer science students with flair for biology may also apply. CCMB also offers project dissertation programs for Biotech and Life Sciences students. The deadline for application submission for the 2016 summer program is 8th Feb 2016. The training and application details for 2016 can be found here.

National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), Haryana: Students who are interested in doing their summer training at NBRC must be selected through the summer fellowship of the 3 National Science Academies (IAS, INSA, NAS). For more details, please refer to this link.

ICAR - National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology (NRCPB): NRCPB offers project based training to BTech and MSc/MTech students. Their 2016 application is yet to open, but you can check their 2015 details here.

Instem, Bangalore:If you want to work on stem cell research, then this internship might be exactly what you are looking for. Instem accepts MSc and BTech students to do their final year projects and short term summer projects. Applications are accepted all through the year and faculty members choose the students who will work in their labs. For more details, please refer to this link.

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and National Institute of Technology (NIT): The IITs and NITs routinely conduct summer research fellowships that are of 2 to 3 months of duration. Since the IITs are recognized world over, doing internships here will make a huge difference to one's career. Please watch out this space as we will be updating as soon as the IITs and NITs release their summer internship announcements. As of now, the following IITs and NITs have opened their application for the 2016 program.

  • IIT Bombay:The procedure for doing project work at IIT Bombay is detailed here.
  • IIT Madras:Their summer fellowship for year 2016 is yet to open. But the information and deadline for the 2015 programme can be found here. They also have a research internship programme and for more information , please refer to here.
  • IIT Roorkee:IIT Roorkee is inviting applications from students of all engineering disciplines (including Biotechnology) for their two month summer internship in 2015. Application deadline is 30th November, 2015. More details can be found here.
  • IIT Gandhinagar:IIT Gandhinagar offers a summer internship programme every year for BTech and MTech students from all over India. Their 2016 application is yet to be released, please refer here for more information.
  • IIT Ropar:IIT Ropar offers two month summer internships every year for undergraduate students from any institute across India. For more details, please visit this link.
  • IIT Guwahati: IIT Guwahati's Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering offers summer internships for biotech undergraduate students for a maximum of 10 weeks from May to July. For more details, please refer to this link.
  • IIT Bhubaneswar: IIT Bhubaneswar offers a winter and summer internships for students from across the country for a maximum period of 8 weeks. For more details, please refer here.
  • NIT Rourkela: NIT Rourkela offers a 2 month paid internships every year for students across the country. Their 2016 application form is yet to open, but you can check their 2015 form herefor more details.


Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER): IISER Pune conducts a 4-8 week summer student programme for students in their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of BSc/BTech and 1st year of MSc or MTech. IISER Thiruvananthapuram, Mohali, Bhopal and Kolkata also conduct summer programmes each year. For more details, please check their website periodically for deadlines etc.

Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL), New Delhi: BCIL organizes an annual Biotech Industrial Training Programme (BITP) for students who have completed their degree in Biotechnology and related fields. Students with BE, BTech, MSc and MTech degrees are eligible to apply. The aim of this training program is to help students cultivate the required skill sets for finding jobs in the biotech sector. The training period is for 6 months and students are paid a stipend of Rs. 10,000 per month. Deadline for the 2015 program's application submission was May, 2015 and the program details for 2015 can be found here.

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Center For Biomedical Research, Delhi:ACBR conducts an annual Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) of 14 weeks duration in the newly emerging techniques of Biotechnology. SURP trainees undergo both theoretical and analytical training in biomedical sciences and biotechnology. Applications for training under SURP must be sent to the Director of ACBR on or before 15th May every year. ACBR also accepts students who are selected via the three national science academies , Indian National Science Academy New Delhi, Indian National Academy of Science, Allahabad and, The Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, two month summer fellowship.

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi: The School of Life Sciences, JNU organizes an annual summer school program of 2 months duration. Applications are invited from students pursuing graduate or postgraduate studies in any branch of science and technology (Bsc, MSc, BTech,BE, MBBS, MTech etc). Deadline for applications submission for 2014 was on 24th April 2014. The application deadline for 2015 might fall around the same time.

CSIR- Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (IICB), Kolkata: IICB conducts annual summer training and project/dissertation work programs for postgraduate students (B.Tech students are not eligible to apply) studying in a recognized institution in India with at least 60% and above marks since high school. All applications must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the commencement of the training. Students looking for short term summer trainee positions must apply through government sponsored programmes such as KVPY, INSPIRE, INSA/IAS etc. Direct applications to IICB are not entertained. The following link directs to the 2015 summer program details. The 2016 session details are yet to be announced.

National Centre For Cell Science (NCCS), Pune:NCCS Pune invites MSc/MTech graduates to do their final year project training from January 2016 to June 2016. Application deadline is 20th October, 2015 and more information can be found here