Scholarships & Fellowships
Ramanna Fellowship
Description: The objective of Ramanna Fellowship is to offer continued core financial support to those researchers who have performed excellently well in their ongoing basic research projects of SERC (viz. FAST TRACK Scheme for Young Scientists, Women Scientists Scheme-A, SERC Individual Research Projects, Nano Science and Technology Initiative projects and Swarnajayanti Fellowship projects). For major financial support for their research activities including major equipment and infrastructure creation, however, they would continue to go through the other available schemes of SERC and DST.

Eligibility
All researchers who have received a regular research project from SERC in Basic Sciences and Engineering (viz. FAST TRACK Scheme for Young Scientists, Women Scientists Scheme-A, SERC Individual Research Projects, Nano Science and Technology Initiative projects and Swarnajayanti Fellowship projects) and whose performance in implementing their project has been judged to be "excellent" by the respective peer-review committees. It is clear that there will be no age limit under this scheme and the scheme will be open to scientists with or without employment.

Support: The Ramanna Fellows would receive a Ramanna Fellowship per month plus a research grant of Rs. 10 lakh/year for a period of three years.

Ramanna Fellowship:

1) In case the scientist is employed, the Ramanna Fellowship will be Rs. 5,000/- p.m.
2) In case the scientist is not in regular employment and has a M.Sc. or equivalent degree, she/he would get a fellowship amounting to 70% of the Swarnajayanti Fellowship amount (at present, Rs. 25,000/- p.m.).
3) In case the scientist is not in regular employment and has a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, she/he will get a fellowship amounting to 90% of the Swarnajayanti Fellowship amount.
4) In case the scientist is not in regular employment, and if the Ramanna Fellowship follows a Swarnajayanti Fellowship, she/he will get a fellowship amounting to 100% of the Swarnajayanti Fellowship amount.
5) A superannuated Ramanna Fellow would receive a fellowship of Rs. 20,000/- p.m. in addition to his retirement benefits.

Research Grant: The research grant of Rs. 10 lakh per year will be towards hiring of research manpower, national travel (for self, research staff and scientific visitors for consultation), international travel for self for attending one international conference / school/ workshop/ symposium/ scientific meeting per year, consumables, minor equipments, spares, maintenance support and contingencies.

Operational Mechanism:

Investigators who have ongoing 3-year individual research projects in basic sciences and engineering under the SERC umbrella (viz. FAST TRACK Scheme for Young Scientists, Women Scientists Scheme-A, SERC Individual Research Projects, Nano Science and Technology Initiative projects and Swarnajayanti Fellowship projects), and who are confident of excellent output from their project, may submit 5 copies of a proposal for Ramanna Fellowship in prescribed format (Annexure-II) with 15 copies of an Interim Project Completion Report (IPCR) in DST format (available at the website www.serc-dst.org on their ongoing projects 6 months prior to the completion of their ongoing projects. The IPCR will be reviewed by the peer-review committee overseeing the programme and, in the event of its finding the progress made in the project `Excellent', it would examine the proposal for Ramanna Fellowship and make appropriate recommendations. DST would, then, award Ramanna Fellowship to the scientist based on the recommendations of the peer-review committee.The progress of an ongoing Ramanna Fellowship, thus funded, would be reviewed by DST through the PAC overseeing that area.
Contact: Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. For details visit http://www.serc-dst.org/ramannafellow.htm
Source: Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India