Scholarships & Fellowships
Swarnajayanti Fellowships Scheme
Description: Govt. of India had instituted a scheme "The Swarnajayanti Fellowships" to commemorate India's fiftieth year of Independence. Under this scheme a selected number of young scientists, with proven track record, are provided special assistance and support to enable them to pursue basic research in frontier areas of science and technology. The fellowships are scientist specific and not institution specific, very selective and have close academic monitoring.
Nature of Support: The support will cover all the requirements for performing the research and will include a fellowship of Rs. 25,000/- per month for five years, for those scientists who do not draw any salary from any other source. The fellowship would be limited to Rs. 10,000/- per month for those who draw salary from another source. In addition to fellowship, grants for equipment, computational and communication facilities, consumables, contingencies, administrative support, national and international travel and other special requirements will be covered. Scientists selected for the award will be allowed to pursue unfettered research with a freedom and flexibility in terms of expenditure as approved in the research plan.
Duration: The duration of the fellowship will be for a period not exceeding five years.
Eligibility: The applicant should possess one of the following degrees or equivalent: Ph.D in Science/Engineering, Masters in Engineering or Technology/MD in Medicine. Scientists should be active in the frontier areas of science and engineering with outstanding contributions, (research publications, peer recognition etc.) in his areas of research. The fellowship is open to Indian Nationals residing in India or abroad. The scientists can choose to work at any S&T institution in India, however, he/she will have to submit a letter from Head of the institution at which they wish to pursue research, stating that administrative and basic infrastructural support to facilitate research will be provided. The institute should also undertake financial and other management responsibilities of the project throughout the five year term in case fellowship is awarded to the scientist. The fellowship is open to scientists between 30 to 40 years.
Selection: The selection procedure will include consideration at various stages. An empowered committee will make the final selection based on the recommendation of expert committees. Scientists selected for the award should have accomplished innovative original research in frontier areas of science & technology.
Contact: Application to be submitted to Sh. Neeraj Sharma, Scientist F, Swarnajayanti Fellowship Cell, Department of Science and Technology Bhawan, New Mahrauli Road, New Delhi - 110 016. For more information visit:
Source: DST, Govt. of India