Guidelines and Applications ICGEB-DIC-MOST International Fellowship Program (IFP)

The ICGEB-DIC-MOST International Fellowship Program (IFP) offers competitive Short-term Fellowships in Life Sciences to highly motivated scientists from the eligible ICGEB Member States wishing to pursue postgraduate research in China. The Program supports the mobility of researchers to prestigious Chinese laboratories for a period of 6 or 12 months, to benefit from the expertise and technologies available in the receiving laboratories.

Deadlines for Applications: Calls temporarily suspended

Guidelines for Application

Program scope

The International Fellowship Program (IFP) is a new initiative launched by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) and the Department of International Cooperation of the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (DIC-MOST). The IFP Call is managed by the China National Center for Biotechnology Development (CNCBD) with the support of the ICGEB.

The IFP is aimed at promoting the training of scientists and researchers in developing countries and emerging economies, particularly in Asia, Africa and countries involved in the Belt and Road initiatives. The Program supports short-term fellowships of scientists from eligible ICGEB Member States in these regions as listed below (see Eligibility section) to prestigious Chinese laboratories as a way of enhancing skill development, acquiring specific hands-on training in technologies available in the receiving laboratory and increasing bilateral cooperation in science and technology between China and the relevant ICGEB Member State.

The list of Chinese Partnering Institutes including a short description of hosting Research Groups is available at: IFP – Partnering Institutes in China. Partnering Institutes in China have been identified among suitable internationally-oriented high quality research centers. Each Partnering Institute has signed a Partnership Agreement with the CNCBD outlining obligations towards fellows and scholarship administration.

How to apply

As a first step, applicants should contact the Principal Investigators (PI) in the Partnering Institute of their choice to define together the research project proposal that will be submitted for evaluation. Applications should outline the impact for the fellow’s career, the benefit to the home laboratory and the suitability of the receiving laboratory. Proposed projects should show clear evidence of strong collaborative potential between the originating laboratory and the Chinese laboratory of destination.

The Partnering Institute shall provide the applicant with a “work consent” letter to state its willingness and capacity to host the fellow (both in terms of available laboratory space and administrative/logistics/insurance obligations undertaken). The “work consent” declaration should be submitted by the applicant as part of her/his application documents.

The application is to be completed on-line according to the guidelines and application form below by the deadline of 30 September 2019.


As per the rules of the “Young Talented Scientist Program” funded by the Chinese MOST, the Call is open exclusively to nationals of the following countries:

  • Europe: Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia
  • Africa: Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, Sudan, Nigeria, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania
  • Asia: Bangladesh, India, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Viet Nam
  • Middle East: Iran, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey
  • Central America & Caribbean: Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Panama
  • South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela

Applicants should have received a Ph.D. degree; in case of equal scientific merit, preference is given to applicants with postdoctoral experience.

Applicants wish to spend 6 or 12 months at a partnering research institute in China.

No age limit applies. However, in case of equal scientific merit, preference is given to younger and/or female scientists.

Terms and benefits

Fellowships are awarded for periods of 6 or 12 months. Any requests for alternative durations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The fellowships cover the stipends of the fellows and are awarded in the context of the Chinese “Talented Young Scientist Program”. The funding standard is fixed at a monthly stipend of 12,500 RMB Yuan (approximately 2,000 USD/month before tax) to cover the cost of housing and living expenses. The fellowship stipend will be paid through bank transfer directly to the bank account of the Partnering Institute where the fellow works. Travel costs are not covered by the fellowship. Travel expenses shall be borne by the fellow or by the Partnering Institute, to be agreed.

The Partnering Institute in China will provide health insurance, adequate laboratory space and set up, as well as laboratory consumables and assist the fellows with visa/permit of stay procedures and any necessary administrative issue. Partnering Institutes will also provide support to the fellows for accommodation and logistics.

The IFP is funded in the context of the “Talented Young Scientist Program” financed by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). The rules of the Program will apply.

The ICGEB/CNCBD cannot make financial provision, or provide any administrative support for family members wishing to accompany successful applicants.

Selection procedure

The ICGEB Fellowships Selection Committee will evaluate complete applications received by the closing date and shortlist the best candidates on the basis of scientific merit. Final selections will then be made by the CNCBD Selection Committee and the China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC).

The final decision on awards will be taken by the CNCBD/CSTEC according to national priorities based on the shortlist of candidates provided by the ICGEB.

CNCBD will notify both selected and rejected candidates by e-mail as soon as the selection procedure is concluded. 

For further information
ICGEB Fellowships Office
ICGEB Trieste
Email: [email protected], [email protected]