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Dr. D. S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2018

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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 2018?

Dr. D. S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship (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 is offering this scholarship ?

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is offering this scholarship with an objective 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.

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 the link here to apply
Step 2: Register as a 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

What are the benefits ?

The monthly stipend for these awards would be as follows

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


1. What are the eligibility criteria while applying for Dr. Kothari PDF Scheme of the UGC?
Young researchers below 35 years of age (age relaxation applicable as per government of India rules), and who have been awarded a Ph.D. degree in appropriate subjects, are eligible to apply. For more details, please visit dskpdf site.

2. What are the criteria to be a Mentor for Dr. Kothari PDF applicant?
The faculty affiliated to an institution wherein DSK Fellowship is tenable and has successfully supervised at least three Ph.D. students can act as a Mentor for the applicant applying for DSKPDF. A number of students who have submitted the Ph.D. thesis, but have not been awarded the degree cannot be counted for this purpose.

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