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Dr. D. S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2015-16

Deadline: 31-Dec-2016

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AwardFellowship for First, Second and third year is Rs. 46,500/- and a contingency grant of Rs. 1,00,000/- p.a.
EligibilityPhD holders with up-to 35 years of age
Scholarship provider contact details

The National Coordinator,
Dr. D.S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship Cell,
C/o Interdisciplinary School of Scientific Computing
Savitribai Phule Pune University
Ganeshkhind Post Office
Pune 411 007.

Phone No: (020) 25601406

Email ID:


Dr. D. S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship (DSKPDF) Scheme was introduced by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in year 2007 on the recommendation of the Empowered Committee (EC) chaired by Professor M. M. Sharma.
In addition to the existing RA/PDF positions provided by various funding agencies, a need was felt for PDF scheme running in a flexible mode, with fast track, on-line handling and decision making.
It was envisaged that the new PDF scheme must be tuned to the ground realities prevailing in our university system.
The DSKPDF Scheme was also expected to provide an opportunity to many fresh Ph. D..s to overcome the deficiencies in training at the doctoral level research and to explore new areas of research in better settings in the Indian University Sector.
    DSKPDF Scheme is open for full time research work, predominantly to young researchers preferably below 35 years of age who have received their Ph. D. degree or have submitted their Ph. D. thesis.
The Reservation Policy of Government of India with regard to SC/ST/OBC/PH is followed.
    Appropriate age relaxations for reserved category/women candidates are given as per UGC guidelines.
It is necessary that candidates identify Mentor for their postdoctoral Research work and obtain his/her consent for the guidance. After the selection, those holding the Ph. D. degree are directly awarded the PDF.
Those who have submitted their Ph. D. thesis are awarded a 'bridging fellowship' (with marginally reduced stipend) until they are formally awarded the Ph. D. degree. 
    DSKPDF is tenable only at the Science Departments of Indian Universities and UGC funded inter-University centers (such as IUCAA) which are eligible to receive Development grants from the UGC.


Aspirant below 35 years of age (Up to 3, 5 and 10 years of age relaxation for OBC, SC/ST/Women and physically handicapped respectively is admissible), who have either received a Ph.D. degree or submitted their Ph.D. thesis under science faculty are eligible to apply. It is necessary that candidate identifies a Mentor (affiliated to University/Institute wherein DSK Fellowship is tenable) for his/her postdoctoral Research work and obtain his/her consent for the mentorship. If selected, those holding the Ph.D. degree will be directly awarded the PDF.

Those who have submitted their Ph.D. thesis will be awarded a 'bridging fellowship' (with marginally reduced stipend) until they are formally awarded the Ph.D. degree. Higher PDF (with marginally elevated stipend) is admissible for those applicants, identified as outstanding by standing (core) peer committee of reviewers.
Teachers below age of 35, working on confirmed posts in Academic Institutes may also apply. However, along with the hard copy, they will be required to submit a certificate from their Head of the Institution (Registrar of University / Principal of a college) that the teacher will be given attest one year of sabbatical / special leave without financial support for carrying out their postdoctoral work.

The fellowship will be awarded on a yearly basis with renewal/termination clause on the basis of PDF mentor/peer group appraisal. However, the maximum duration of the PDF award would be 3 years. No extension is possible under any circumstances. Candidates should give an undertaking while availing the award, along with the endorsement of the research mentor that they would stay in place for a minimum of six months. Once the candidate is awarded the DSKPDF, and he/she joins the fellowship, he/she will not eligible to apply ever again for DSKPDF in the same or other workplace.

If applicant has already applied for Dr. D. S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship and has been declared as unsuccessful, he/she is permitted to apply freshly with new research proposal only after one year from date of declaration of the earlier result.

How to apply?

You should apply for Login ID and Password before uploading the actual application. For getting the Login Id, you should fill the simple form, where you have to enter some basic information about yourself and about your Degree. It is necessary that the name given by you should match the one on your Master's and Ph.D. degree certificates for obtaining the Login ID and Password. After filling the basic form, you will receive an e-mail just for the email verification. Simply Click on the link given in your email, and your authenticated information will reach them
After verification of the information at their side, You will receive a mail containing a Login ID and Password at the E-mail address provided by you within 7 working days of your request.
You may upload your actual application form by using the above Login ID and Password. Please fill-in all the columns and attach the summary of your Ph.D. work, a summary of the proposed research work and a Mentor's CV in specified format limiting to 100 kb size individually. You may choose to attach a PDF or doc file for this purpose.

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