National Post Doctoral Fellowship (N-PDF) scheme for PhD candidates is open I Apply

New Delhi: The Science and Engineering Research Board (SEBI) has invited call for proposals from researches for National Post Doctoral Fellowship (N-PDF). N-PDF aims at motivating and supporting young researchers and provide them support for doing research in frontier areas of science and engineering. The fellows will work under a mentor, which will provide training to them to develop as an independent researcher.

Eligibility: As per the information document on N-PDF scheme, the applicant should be an Indian citizen. The applicant must have obtained PhD/MD/MS degree from a recognized University. Those who have submitted their PhD/MD/MS thesis and are awaiting award of the degree are also eligible to apply. However, such candidates, if selected, will be offered lower fellowship amount till they qualify the eligible degree. The upper age limit for the fellowship is 35 years at the time of the submission of application. Age relaxation of 5 (five) years will be given to candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/Physically Challenged & Women candidates.


Financial Support & Duration of Support: The fellowship is tenable only in India and can be implemented in any of the recognized academic institutions, national laboratories and other recognized R & D institutions. The host institution should provide necessary administrative and infrastructural support.

The fellows will not be allowed to work with the PhD guide/co-guide. It is also normally not availed at the same Department / institution where the candidates have earned their PhD/MS/MD degree.

SERB informed that the fellowship is purely a temporary assignment, and is tenable initially for a period of 2 years. In exceptional cases, depending on the progress of research, the fellowship can be extended for one more year. There is no provision to extend the tenure beyond three years.

The fellows will be entitled to receive the grants as given below:

Fellowship Rs 55,000/- per month (consolidated) and Rs 35,000/ pm for candidates who have submitted the thesis but degree not awarded:

Research Grant Rs 2,00,000/- per annum

Overheads          Rs 1,00,000/- per annum

Research grant can be used for minor equipment, consumables, contingencies and domestic travel. There is no provision for providing manpower support under this scheme. The Fellow is expected to undertake the research objectives by himself/herself during the entire duration of the fellowship.

The fellows are not eligible to receive any other fellowship from any Government or Non-Governmental source during the tenure of the fellowship.

How to apply online: Applicants should apply via the official website of SERB: . The closing date for submission of online application is 30 April 2017. For more details on the N-PDF fellowship scheme, candidates should refer the official website of SERB, mentioned above.

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