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Women Scientists Programs
The “Women Scientists Scheme (WOS)” has been evolved by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) for providing opportunities to women scientists and technologists between the age group of 30-50 years who desire to return to mainstream science and work as bench-level scientists. Through this endeavour of the Department, a concerted effort would be made to give women a strong foothold into the scientific profession, help them re-enter into the mainstream and provide a launch pad for further forays into the field of science and technology, both from the point of view of pure science and its application to societal development.Under this scheme, women scientists are being encouraged to pursue research in frontier areas of science and engineering, on problems of societal relevance and to take up S&T-based internship followed by self-employment.
Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY)
The Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is an on-going National Program of Fellowship in Basic Sciences, initiated and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to attract exceptionally highly motivated students for pursuing basic science courses and research career in science.
The objective of the program is to identify students with talent and aptitude for research; help them realize their academic potential; encourage them to take up research careers in Science, and ensure the growth of the best scientific minds for research and development in the country.
The advertisement for the KVPY Fellowship appears in all the national dailies normally on the Technology Day (May 11) and the Second Sunday of July every year.
Selection of the students is made from those studying in XI standard to 1st year of any undergraduate Program in Basic Sciences namely B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology having aptitude for scientific research. Special groups / Committees are set up at IISc to screen the applications and conduct an aptitude test at various centres in the country. Based on the performance in the aptitude test, short-listed students are called for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure. For receiving a fellowship, both aptitude test and interview marks are considered.
RAMANUJAN Fellowship
The fellowship is meant for brilliant scientists and engineers from all over the world to take up scientific research positions in India, i.e. for those scientists who want to return to India from abroad. The fellowships are scientist-specific and very selective. The Ramanujan Fellows could work in any of the scientific institutions and universities in the country and they would be eligible for receiving regular research grants through the extramural funding schemes of various S&T agencies of the Government of India.
The fellowship is meant to recognize active scientists and engineers for their outstanding performance and contributions. The fellowships are scientist-specific and very selective.
National Post Doctoral Fellowship
The SERB-National Post Doctoral Fellowship ( N-PDF) is aimed to identify motivated young researchers and provide them support for doing research in frontier areas of science and engineering. The fellows will work under a mentor, and it is hoped that this training will provide them a platform to develop as an independent researcher.
Early Career Research Award
Early Career Research Award scheme aims to provide quick research support to the young researchers who are in their early career for pursuing exciting and innovative research in frontier areas of science and engineering.
SERB Overseas Postdoctoral Fellowship
Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a Statutory body under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India is launching SERB Overseas Postdoctoral fellowship (SERB-OPDF). The Program aims to build national capacity in frontier areas of Science and Engineering, which are of interest to India by providing postdoctoral fellowship for a period of one year extendable to one more year subject to good performance. The applicant should have completed PhD degree in science and engineering not earlier than the preceding two years from recognized institutions in India.
For researchers who are in regular employment, the 2 years period may be relaxed. The Program admits candidates in *identified areas and sends them to top institutions around the globe, other than USA and also to institutions where internationally acclaimed scientists are working. The applicant should himself/herself correspond with the proposed host institution abroad for their postdoctoral work. He/she is required to produce evidence, in the form of a letter of acceptance from the host institution along with merits/uniqueness of the host institute in the proposed area.
SERB Women Excellence Award
It is for women scientists below 40 years of age who have received recognition from any one or more of the following national academies such as Young Scientist Medal, Young Associate etc. These women researchers will be supported with a research grant of Rs.5.00 lakh per annum for a period of 3 years.

  1. Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi
  2. Indian Academy of Science, Bangalore
  3. National Academy of Science, Allahabad
  4. Indian National Academy of Engineering, New Delhi
  5. National Academy of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  6. National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi

SERB Distinguished Fellowship
In order to support research of eminent scientists who do not hold any administrative roles and functions but are active and performing, SERB has instituted Distinguished SERB Fellowship Award.
Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research
Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) for human resource capacity building for industrial R&D has been recognised as one of the main deliverables by a Sub-committee of Prime Minister’s Council on Trade & Industry. One of the key recommendations that emerged from the Private Sector is to design, develop and implement a Doctoral Research Scheme under PPP for enhancing trust level in academia, research outfits and industry.
A special scheme for 100 ‘Doctoral Research Fellowships’ every year was announced during the Inception Ceremony of the Indian Science Congress Association, in June 2012 in Kolkata. Vide Prime Minister’s Office ID No–3646245/2012-ES-II dated 2 November 2012; the Prime Minister’s Office approved the proposal of naming the ‘SERB-CII Doctoral Fellowship Scheme’ as Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research. Subsequently, the Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research was formally launched at the ‘AICTE-CII University-Industry Congress & 4th Global Higher Education Summit’ held in New Delhi.
INSPIRE Fellowship
Innovation in Scientific Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE), a Scheme of the Government of India, offers standing opportunity for pursuing Doctoral Research at any recognized University or Institute in India through Fellowships at the level same as National Eligibility Test (NET) qualified candidates. INSPIRE is being implemented by the Department of Science & Technology (DST) to strengthen the National Science and Technology base. One Component of the AORC Scheme in INSPIRE is focused on attraction of student to pursue doctoral degree in basic and applied sciences including engineering, medicine, agriculture, veterinary, pharmacy etc. after either masters’ degree in Science/ Applied Science/ Engineering or bachelor/ masters’ degree in Medicine.
Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE)
Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) aims at attracting talented youth into undertaking higher education in science intensive programmes, by providing scholarships and mentoring through summer attachment to performing researchers. The scheme offers 10,000 scholarships every year @ Rs 0.80 lakh per year to talented youth in the age group 17-22 years, for undertaking Bachelor and Masters level education in Natural and Basic sciences.
However, the 18 Science subject such as (1) Physics, (2) Chemistry, (3) Mathematics, (4) Biology, (5) Statistics, (6) Geology, (7) Astrophysics, (8) Astronomy, (9) Electronics, (10) Botany, (11) Zoology, (12) Bio-chemistry, (13) Anthropology, (14) Microbiology, (15) Geophysics, (16) Geochemistry, (17) Atmospheric Sciences and (18) Oceanic Sciences, either as major/honours or their combination in BSc/Integrated MSc/Integrated MS course will be under the scope of INSPIRE Scholarship.
DBT Biology Scholarships for Plus Two
Department of Biotechnology (
DBT) biology scholarship is granted to 100 students from schools around the country. The students must be of higher secondary, intermediate or 10+2 level from any of the boards—CBSE, ICSE or state boards. This is done to encourage students to pursue studies in biological sciences and related subjects after 10+2. A total of 44 students from CBSE board, four from ICSE board and 52 (two from each state board) from the various state boards are selected for the award which carries a cash prize of Rs 20,000, a certificate and a medal.
Khorana Program for Scholars
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India, Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) and WINStep Forward are partnering to support the prestigious Khorana Program for Scholars named in honor of Dr. Har Gobind Khorana, who won the Nobel Prize in 1968 for his work at the interface of Chemistry and Biology while a member of the UW faculty. The Khorana Program will provide opportunities to Indian students to undertake research at University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) and partner universities in Summer for a period of 10 weeks.
DBT-Research Associateship (DBT – RA)
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) provides fellowships for post doctoral research in frontier areas of biotechnology and life sciences at premier institutions in India. The DBT-RA programme is being implemented by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The fellowship is initially awarded for a period of two years and the support can be extended for 1 to 2 years based on review of progress.
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT)  provides fellowships to biotechnology students to pursue doctoral research in universities/research institutions across the country. The students are selected through Biotechnology Eligibility Test (BET) now being co-ordinated by the National Centre for Cell Sciences.
Ramalingaswami Re-Entry Fellowship
The scheme is conceptualized by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) with the aim of attracting highly skilled researchers (Indian Nationals) working overseas in various cutting edge disciplines of biotechnology (agriculture, health sciences, bio-engineering, energy, environment, bioinformatics and other related areas), by providing them an attractive avenue to pursue their R&D interests in Indian institutions.
Lady Tata Memorial Trust Scholarships
The Lady Tata Memorial Trust offers awards for research work done in India for any scientific investigation having a bearing, directly or indirectly, on the alleviation of human suffering from diseases. The Trust also disburses Institutional research grants related to medical research. In making the awards/grants, the Trustees are advised by an Indian Scientific Advisory Committee.
New and Renewable Energy Young Scientist Awards
In order to promote excellence in various areas of new and renewable energy technologies, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has introduced a scheme of “New and Renewable Energy Young Scientist Awards”. The awards will be given annually, one on each area of the new and renewable energy.
National Bioscience Award for Career Development (NBACD
National Bioscience Award for Career Development (NBACD), by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) recognizes outstanding contributions of young bio-scientists below 45 years through a grant for research projects to help in their career development. The award aims to boost outstanding research in basic and applied biosciences can be granted to 10 candidates for a given financial year. It carries a cash prize of Rs 1 Lakhs, a citation and Rs 3 Lakhs/year as research grant for three years.
National Women Bio-scientist Awards
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) recognizes the contributions of senior and young women scientists in the country who are working in the areas of biology and biotechnology and have made outstanding contributions in research, technology and product development through two separate awards.
Biotech Product and process development and commercialisation Awards
Upto five awards are given every year for biotech products and process development and commercialisation. Each award will carry a cash amount of Rs 2.00 lakhs along with a citation. Rs 5.00 lakhs would be given if the product is commercialised and has much higher impact of utilisation in the country.
The Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA)
The Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA), initiated in 2005 by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), is a career-oriented prize to identify and nurture outstanding young scientists with innovative ideas and desire of pursuing research in biotechnology. The prize is for those below 35 years of age. This includes scientists without regular employment.
Distinguished Biotechnology Research Professorship Award Scheme
Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology initiated the scheme “Distinguished Biotechnology Research Professorship Scheme” in 2008-09 to recognise eminent scientists who have made outstanding contribution in Biological Sciences and have superannuated. The Scheme is to honour those eminent scientists having recognition of the highest kind and who are still contributing scientifically and remain active in the country’s forum.‘’Distinguished Biotechnology Research Professorship Scheme’’ facilitates these eminent Indian Scientists to continueto make outstanding contributions to Science.
Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy (BASE)
Recognizing that climate change, clean and efficient energy and environmental protection are among the biggest challenges facing India and the United States; the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India through its Solar Energy Research Initiative, and the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) are committed to tackling these issues by building capacity in these frontier areas. To nurture future innovators and thought leaders in Solar Energy, the Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy (BASE) Fellowship Program – a dynamic and transformative program has been developed to foster contacts between students and scientists from India and the United State.
Newton Bhabha PhD Placement Programme
On behalf of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, UK and the Ministry of Science and Technology, India, British Council- India and the Department of Biotechnology, India offer funding to support short-term PhD placements between the UK and Indian institutions.
The Newton Bhabha PhD Placement Programme will sponsor UK and Indian PhD students to spend a period of their study (3 to 6 months) in Indian and UK higher education institutions. This scholar centered programme offers PhD students an opportunity for international exchange and enable them to learn valuable new skills or techniques, access facilities or resources not readily available in their home country and build relationships with potential new collaborators, including industry partners where relevant.
United States-India Science and Technology Endowment Fund
The governments of the United States of America (through the Department of State) and India (through the Department of Science & Technology) have established the United States – India Science & Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF) for the promotion of joint activities that would lead to innovation and technopreneurship through the application of science and technology. The Endowment Fund activities are implemented and administered through the bi-national Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF). The fund aims to select and financially support promising joint U.S.-India entrepreneurial initiatives that address the theme of “commercializing technologies for societal impact” through a competitive grant program.
L’Oréal For Young Women In Science Scholarships
L’Oréal has initiated the L’Oréal India For Young Women in Science Scholarship Programme, which encourages and supports young women to pursue careers in science. The programme was instituted in 2003 and has consistently helped young women to pursue scientific studies. A scholarship of Rs. 250,000/- each is granted to promising but economically disadvantaged young women and covers college fees for study in any scientific field in a recognized college or university in India.
Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search Senior Scholarship Test
Students who have passed 10 + 2 examination in science category and are aspiring to study Basic Sciences / Medicine / Engineering in West Bengal are eligible to apply.
Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search Junior Scholarship Test
Students who have passed 10th standard examination with minimum 75% marks / equivalent C.G.P.A. (in aggregate) and currently studying in class XI in science stream (with at least 3 subjects from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Statistics, Electronics, Computer Science) in any school in West Bengal are eligible to apply.
Water Advanced Research and Innovation (WARI) Fellowship Program
Recognizing that Water is of fundamental importance for human development, the environment and the economy, and therefore needs to feature prominently in the development agenda of both India and the United States; the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln(UNL), the Daugherty Water for Food Institute (DWFI) and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) have partnered to nurture cooperation between students and scientists from both countries. TheWater Advanced Research and Innovation (WARI) Fellowship Program – a dynamic and transformative program has thus been developed to foster long term Indo-American science and technology partnerships.
For Student Internships 

Indian citizens currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Water Science and Engineering at a recognized institution of higher education and learning in India;
Age: Upto 32 years as on 31 December 2016
For Fellowships
Indian citizens having Ph.D. in Water Science and Engineering.
Applicants must be able of doing independent research work and have published in internationally recognized academic journals. Open to applicants working in the fields of Water resources, water chemistry and environmental engineering.
Deakin University & Indian Oil Corp Ltd (IOCL) PhD Research Fellowships
Deakin University, Australia and the Indian Oil Research & Development Centre conducts four (4) Deakin University & Indian Oil Corp Ltd (IOCL) PhD Research Fellowships to work on specific projects in areas of Nanotechnology, Lubricant Technology and Tribology.
Eligibility criteria : •Applicants must meet Deakin University’s PhD entry requirements. • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree such as an ME/ M Tech (Mechanical Engineering or Tribology) with a substantial research component from a recognised university in India in the fields of Chemistry (Organic/Inorganic/Physical), Nanotechnology, Mechanical Engineering or Tribology. Applicants must have graduated first class (65% or above marks in the final exams or equivalent CGPA). • Applicants must have valid Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), University Grants Commission, National Eligibility Test and Junior Research Fellowship qualifications. Attainment of these qualifications after commencement of the PhD program will not be accepted.