SwarnaJayanti Fellowships 2012 - Indian Scholarships

Govt of India had instituted a scheme titled SwarnaJayanti Fellowships to commemorate India’s fiftieth year of Independence

Under this scheme a selected number of young scientists, with excellent track record, are provided special assistance and support to enable them to pursue research in frontier areas of science and technology
The fellowship is scientist specific and not institution specific, very selective and has 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

The fellowship will be provided in addition to the salary they draw from their parent Institution

In addition to fellowship, grants for equipments, computational facilities, consumables, contingencies, national and international travel and other special requirements, if any, will be covered based on merit

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

The project should contain innovative research idea and it should have a potential of making impact on R&D in the discipline


The duration of the fellowship will be for a period not exceeding five years


The applicant should possess Ph.D in Science/ Engineering/ Medicine

Scientists should be active in the frontier area of science and engineering with outstanding contributions in the form of research publications and/ or patents, peer recognition from scientific community, awards etc in his/ her area of research

The fellowship is open to Indian Nationals residing in India or abroad

The scientists from abroad can choose to work at any S&T institution within 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

Age eligibility:

The fellowship is open to scientists between 30 to 40 years of age as on 31st December, 2011

Applications of candidates who have completed 40 year of age as on or before 31st December, 2011 will not be considered


The selection procedure will include consideration at various stages

The Department constitutes a subject committee which screens applications received and calls the screened in applicants for presentation

The candidates shortlisted after presentation by the subject committees will have to make presentation to the National Core Committee of Experts which gives its final recommendations

An empowered committee of secretaries will make the final selection based on the recommendation of National Core Committee

Scientists selected for the award should have accomplished innovative original research in frontier areas of science and technology


Applications for the SwarnaJayanti Fellowships are invited from eligible candidates

The candidates may be required to submit further additional information as required and present the project idea before final selection

Only one hard copy and one soft copy (to be sent over email in .pdf format) of the application in the prescribed format along with the project document should be submitted to

Milind Kulkarni, Scientist-F,

Department of Science and Technology

, Technology Bhawan,

New Mehrauli Road,

New Delhi-110016, Email milind@nic.in

The last date for submission of applications is 30th April, 2012

For further details visit website http://www.dst.gov.in

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