Next Gen Scientists Foundation (registered under the Trust act of India 1882) offers an opportunity to fund internships for undergraduate and postgraduate students who wish to gain research experience in life sciences. Interns will conduct independent research under the mentorship of Principal Investigator of their interest at select Indian institutes. This year given the pandemic, we will accept applications for remote internships in Computational Biology, in addition to the usual on-site internships. NGS interns can apply to get their final year thesis projects funded starting 2023.
Applicants will be deemed eligible if the following conditions are satisfied:
- Be interested in undertaking a life science-associated internship for a period of two (minimum of 56 days) or three (minimum of 84 days) months
- Be a student in the (i) 2nd year of a 3-year undergraduate program or (ii) 2nd /3rd year of a 4-year undergraduate program or (iii) 1st year of a 2-year masters program or (iv) 2nd /3rd /4th year of a 5-year integrated program at an Indian institute
- Be accepted to work in the lab of a principal investigator in any Indian Institute outside of their institute of study
Students receiving financial assistance from the principal investigator and/or any other agencies (KVPY, INSA, JNCASR, IIT, IISER) cannot get additional support from the program.
Finding a PI mentor for your internship:
We DO NOT provide internship opportunities directly. The program only funds students accepted by PIs to work in their labs. We want you to have a productive internship experience. So, please ensure that the prospective PI mentor has at least three years of experience as faculty and at least three publications in peer-reviewed journals as a corresponding (last) author. If you’re unsure where to look, visit the list of recommended institutes.
We accept applications only through the online application system. Carefully read the application guidelines before applying and follow the instructions. The application system opens on December 1 2021 and closes at 12:00 midnight on March 31 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Hence, early applications are encouraged. Selected applicants will be invited to interview via Skype in April.
Results will be announced before April 31 2022. Selected candidates will be informed via email.
NGS Interns will receive a stipend amount of INR 6000 per month for on-site internships and INR 3000 for remote internships for a period of up to 3 months upon satisfying requirements . For on-site interns, travel will also be reimbursed up to the cost of a III class AC train ticket (round-trip).
Internship period :
The internship can span any two to three month period between May and July 2022 as per the convenience of the student and the PI.
Besides funding your research experience, our program also emphasizes on effective scientific communication. During the internship period, interns are required to contribute an article to NGS blog and submit a monthly progress report. At the end of the program, participants should give a presentation on their experience as a part of the NGS Internship webinar program.
Starting from 2022, NGSF interns get the added benefit of applying to get support during their Bachelors/Masters thesis research work. The only requirements for applying to the program are 1) Be selected as part of the NGSF Internship Program and 2) Perform your dissertation/thesis work outside of your institute of study. If selected, we will provide a stipend of INR 6000 per month for upto 6 months.