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Dr. D. S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2017

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open31-Dec-2017
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AwardVariable Awards
EligibilityPhD holders up to 35 years of age
RegionAll India
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. India Phone No: (020) 25601406 Email ID:

What is Dr. D. S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2017?

Dr. D. S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship (DSKPDF) Scheme was introduced by the University Grants Commission (UGC). 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.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

  • 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 are awarded a Ph. D. degree under science faculty is eligible to apply.
  • Teachers below the 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 three years of sabbatical / special leave without financial support for carrying out their postdoctoral work.
  • If an 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.
  • Young teachers working on confirmed posts in Academic Institutes may also apply.
  • DSKPDF scheme also has an international flavor and open to students from other parts of the world, particularly to those from developing and neighboring countries.


How can you apply ?

Application procedure to apply online-
Step 1: Click on link here to apply
Step 2: Register as new user to get login ID and password
Step 3: Fill in all the required details
Step 4: Attach all the necessary documents
Step 5: Finally submit the application form



1.  What are the leave rules?
Leave for a maximum period of 30 days in a year in addition to public holidays may be availed of by the Postdoctoral Fellow with the approval of the mentor and Head of the Department. In the case of short leave (less than 8 days), medical leave etc. DSK Fellow has to follow the host institution guidelines. Women candidates are eligible for maternity leave with full pay as per the Government of India rules, once during the tenure of their award. The Fellow, in exceptional cases, may be allowed by the UGC, leave without fellowship and contingency, for a period not exceeding six months during the tenure of the award on the recommendation of the mentor and Head of Department of the institution concerned. The period of leave without fellowship will be counted as a part of the tenure. To avail this leave, the Fellow has to submit a request to the DSKPDF Cell. A decision on the request will be taken by the UGC-Empowered Committee.

2. What is the resignation procedure?
The Fellow has to inform in writing his/her intention to resign to UGC, New Delhi, and DSKPDF Cell Pune. The fellow has to lodge a request with all details to DSKPDF Cell Pune and wait for a reply. If the request is accepted, the candidate has to submit his/her final report (format given on our website) with utilization certificate to UGC and designated branch of Canara Bank. Soft copies need to be uploaded using the link:

3. What are the deadlines to apply for DSKPDF scheme?
There are no deadlines. The application will be received throughout the year.

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Terms and Conditions

The monthly stipend for these awards would be as follows

  • Normal fellowship for the First, Second and third year is Rs. 43,400/-, Rs. 45,000/- and Rs. 46,500/- respectively
  • Higher fellowship for the First, Second and third year: Rs. 46,500/-
  • The Fellow is provided with a contingency grant of Rs. 1,00,000 p.a.


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