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National Post Doctoral Fellowship 2015

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open30-Sep-2015
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AwardUpto Rs. 2,00,000/- p.a.
EligibilityPh.D holder
RegionAll India
Scholarship provider contact details

Science and Engineering Research Board
5 & 5A, Lower Ground Floor
Vasant Square Mall
Sector-B, Pocket-5
Vasant Kunj
New Delhi - 110 070

Telephone: 011 40000333
Telefax: 011 40000333

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What is National Post Doctoral Fellowship 2015?

One of the most notable developments in the S&T sector in the XI Plan has been the setting up of the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) through an Act of Parliament, viz. the Science and Engineering Research Board Act, 2008. Promoting basic research in Science and Engineering and to provide financial assistance to persons engaged in such research, academic institutions, research and development laboratories, industrial concerns and other agencies for such research and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto are the primary and distinctive mandate of the Board. 

SERB aims to build up best management systems which would match the best global practices in the area of promotion and funding of basic research.

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.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

  • The applicant should be an Indian citizen.
  • The applicant should hold Ph.D. degree in Science or Engineering or M.D or M.S degree in any area of medicine.
  • The applicant must have obtained Ph.D/M.D/M.S degree from a recognized University, not before two years from the date of application. Those who have submitted their PhD/M.D/M.S 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 are awarded 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.

How can you apply ?

For successful online submission of the application the following points may be noted:

  • Applicants should first register into the online website
  • After log-in, applicants are required to fill all the mandatory fields in Profile Detail section under User Profile. which includes Bio-data, Photo, Institute Address etc.
  • Details including Project Title (max 500 characters), Project summary (max 3000 characters), Keywords (max 6), Objectives of project (max 1500 characters), Expected output and outcome of the proposal (max 1500 characters) should be provided online at the time of submission of the application.
  • Work Methodology and Research plan has to be uploaded in single PDF file not more than 10 MB


Q1: I am not able to receive any confirmation mail from SERB PORTAL?

A1: Check your Junk/Spam folder for SERB PORTAL mails. If you are receiving our mails in Junk/Spam then you can save "" in your contacts. If you are still not able to find the mails, then kindly contact th Administrator.

Q2: Co-PI for my Institute is not visible in Proposal Submission Form?

A2: If you are unable to find your desired CO-PI , it means that the Co-PI is not registered into the system. For this, you simply need to ask your CO-PI, to register into the system and fill all the mandatory fields of the First Page of the User Profile i.e. Profile Details Bio data, Institute Address.

Q3: Unable to add CO-PI from different Institute in Proposal?


  • Make sure that your CO-PI is registered into the system and has filled 'Profile Detail' section under 'User Profile' which includes Bio data, photo, Institute Address, etc. , failing which you will not be able to add your Co-PI in your proposal.
  • If you are unable to find the institute of your CO-PI during Proposal Submission, then it seems that your CO-PI must have registered with a new Institute which is not yet verified by the administrator. Once the Institute details are verified, you will find that institute in the list.You can make a request to Administrator ( to verify your CO-PI Institute.

Q4: I am not able to find my Proposal which I have saved earlier?

A4: All saved proposals are visible in Saved Proposal sub menu. Go to Proposal Submission Menu >> Click on Saved Proposal >> Select the Proposal Reference No and click on View Full Proposal Button. (A new Pop-up page will appear with full proposal details that you have already filled). Now you can make the desired changes and submit the proposal.

Q5: I am not able to find my submitted Proposals ?

A5: All submitted proposals can be accessed through View Proposal sub menu. Go to Inbox Menu >> Click on View Proposal. You will see all the proposals which you have submitted along with the current status of your submitted proposals.

Terms and Conditions



  • 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 fellowship is normally not availed at the same institution where the candidates have earned their PhD/M.S/M.D degree or with the doctoral thesis supervisor or continue on doctoral thesis work.
  • The fellowship is purely a temporary assignement, 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.
  • The fellows will be entitled to receive the grants as given below:

Nature & Duration of Support:

Sl. No. Budget Head Amount
1 Fellowship Rs. 55,000/- per month (consolidated) and Rs. 35,000/ p.m for candidates who have submitted the thesis but degree not awarded
2 Research Grant Rs. 2,00,000/- per annum
3 Overheads Rs. 1,00,000/- per annum
  • Research grant can be used for purchasing minor equipments, consumables, national travel and contingencies. There is no provision for providing manpower under this scheme. The Fellow is expected to undertake research 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
  • The fellows must seek the consent of SERB if he/she intends to be away from the implementing institute (except for field work related to the project) continuously for a period more than eight weeks.

Selection & Mode Of Application 


  • The call for applications for SERB-N PDF will be notified twice a year(September and March) through the website
  • The application form along with a research proposal highlighting the objectives of the research work to be undertaken should be submitted online through the website
  • The applicant must identify a suitable Mentor under whom the proposed research would be carried out.
  • The selection will be based on the recommendations of an Expert Committee that will be constituted by the Board. If required, the applicants may be called for personal interview.
  • Documents required (in PDF) should be in prescribed format:
  • Bio-data (under user profile section) Download Template
  • Age Proof Certificate
  • Qualification Degree/ Thesis Submission Certificate
  • Caste Proof Certificate (in case of Age Relaxation)
  • Undertaking Certificate by the applicant Download Template
  • Endorsement Certificate from the Mentor & Host Institute Download Template

Termination of the Fellowship

  • If any fellow wishes to terminate the fellowship, he/she shall inform the SERB through the mentor and host institute immediately. The implementing institute should not incur any expenditure from the date of termination of the project or the date of resignation of PI. The institute will also arrange for submission of documents mentioned above.
  • SERB reserves the right to terminate the Fellowship at any stage if it is convinced that appropriate progress is not being made or the grant has not been utilized properl


  • SERB PDFs are entitled to leave as per rules of the host institution. Participation in scientific workshops held in India or abroad will be treated as on duty. Maternity leave as per the Govt. of India instructions issued from time to time would be available to female candidates in all categories.


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