Scholarships & Fellowships
Boyscast Fellowship
Description: The 'Better Opportunities for Young Scientists in Chosen Areas of Science & Technology (BOYSCAST)' programme of the Department of Science & Technology (DST) provides opportunities to the young Indian scientists/technologists for visiting international institutions to enable them to interact with scientists/technologists abroad, get exposure to latest research techniques, participate and contribute to the latest developments in specially chosen areas of science & technology.Applications are invited from Indian Nationals for the award of fellowships under the BOYSCAST programme for conducting advanced research/undergoing specialized training in overseas research laboratories/institutes, in chosen frontline areas of science & technology for the period of three to twelve months. The areas are : Atmospheric and Earth Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Engineering Sciences ,Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences. Eligibility:Young Indian scientists/technologists who fulfil the following conditions can submit application/proposal for award of BOYSCAST fellowship: (i) Academic Qualifications: Master?s Degree in Engineering, Technology or equivalent or Ph.D. in Science or Technology or equivalent or M.D. Degree in Medicine or equivalent.

(ii) Age: Up to 35 years (as on 1st April, 2005). The applicants belonging to SC/ST/OBC and women candidates may be allowed relaxation in the age limit up to 5 years.

(iii) Employment: A regular position in a recognized S&T institution/university/college. Candidate must be officially sponsored (their application to be formally forwarded) by the employer/head of the institution or agency with commitment to depute them for research/training under BOYSCAST programme. Forwarding note merely stating that above would be considered only after award of fellowship will not be considered by DST.

(iv) Areas of work: Area proposed by the candidate should be in line with the above mentioned chosen areas.

(v) Place of work: The fellow should be accepted by a foreign scientific/technological institution, which is internationally recognized as an outstanding institution where major work in the identified area is in progress. There should be willingness of the foreign institution to accept and extend necessary support to the candidate for the work proposed. The candidate should himself/herself correspond with their proposed host institution abroad for placement. Candidate is required to produce evidence, in the form of a letter of acceptance from the overseas institution to be visited along with merits/uniqueness of that host institute in the proposed area.

vi) Young scientists and technologists having established credibility in the proposed area of work will be preferred.

(vii) The institute to which the candidate belongs, should have either already initiated major research activities in the chosen area or should have immediate plans to initiate such programmes, based on the expertise of the individual and proposed training abroad.

(viii) Candidates who have earlier availed of the BOYSCAST fellowship will not be eligible for consideration again for this fellowship. The candidates who have availed any other overseas fellowship for a period of more than three months through any Government/public funding agency during last two years will also not be considered for this fellowship.
Contact: Application complete in all respects should be addressed to:
Dr. P.K. Malhotra,
Scientist - F,
SERC Division (BOYSCAST Programme),
Department of Science & Technology, Technology Bhavan,
New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi-110016.
For more information visit : www.dst.gov.in & www.serc-dst.org
Source: SERC, Govt of India