SPARSH Fellowship Program

The Social Innovation Immersion Program (SIIP), a component of SPARSH scheme, is BIRAC’s Social Innovation fellowship/award program aimed at creating a pool of healthcare “Social Innovators” who could identify the needs & gaps within communities and then can help bridge the gaps either through an innovative product development or services. The call for “SPARSH Social Innovator (SPARSH Fellows)” at 14 Sparsh centres across India is now open.
The immersion program is a unique social Innovation platform which provides opportunity for clinical and rural immersion with a fellowship from BIRAC under the aegis of Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India. The scheme aims to invest in ideas and innovations that improve health care of all Indians and encourage affordable product development in the social sector.
AIC-CCMB aims at recruit SPARSH Fellows working the field of Aging and Health. The objectives for the SPARSH program are:

  • Identify and provide support to cutting edge innovations towards affordable product development that can bring significant social impact and address challenges of inclusive growth.
  • Provide support in form of impact funding of biotech product innovations (with social goals) that can be scaled.
  • Create and foster a pool of social innovators in the field of biotech and provide a platform to share the best practices, understand intricacies of business models in social innovation and network.

Highlights of the Fellowship/Award

  • Fully funded fellowship with monthly stipend of Rs. 50,000 pm
  • Rs. 5 Lakhs mini kick start grant
  • Clinical/ Rural Immersion
  • Access to BIRAC network of Mentors and Investors
  • Mentoring by SPARSH Knowledge partner and 14 SPARSH Centres
  • Opportunities to seek funding on completion


  • The Social Innovation fellowship is a prestigious award which will be provided to only Indian Citizen
  • Indian undergraduate (B.Tech, BE, MBBS) or postgraduate (MSc, MS, M.Tech, MPhil, MD) & PhD below 35 years from fields of life sciences, Agriculture, Engineering, medicine & human biology are eligible to apply.

The fellowship is for duration of 18 months and cannot be extended further.

How to Apply
For submitting application please log in to BIRAC website

Last date for submitting applications: 15th January 2020

For further queries please contact
Sonia Gandhi
Sr. Manager, Investments, BIRAC
E- mail:

Atal Incubation Centre – Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology
Phone: +91-40-2719-5630