SERB Science and Technology Award for Research (SERB-STAR) 2021-22

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EligibilityAcademic researchers within 40 to 50 years of age
AwardINR 15,000 per month and other benefits


About the Program

Science and Engineering Research Board, Government of India invites applications for SERB Science and Technology Award for Research (SERB-STAR) 2021-22 from academic researchers between 40 and 50 years of age. This fellowship aims to recognize and reward outstanding performance of Principal Investigators (PIs) of SERB projects. Selected scholars will get a fellowship of INR 15,000 per month, a research grant of INR 10 lakh per annum and INR 1 lakh per annum as overhead charges for a period of three years.

Fellowship Details
  • SERB Science and Technology Award for Research (SERB-STAR) 2021-22 Deadline28-Jul-2021

    To be eligible, an applicant must:

    • Have completed the individual-centric SERB project in previous three financial years with "Excellent" grading
    • Be a PI of such projects (Note: Co-PIs are not eligible) 
    • Hold a regular academic/research position in a recognized academic institution or national laboratories or any other recognized R&D institutions
    • Be within 40 to 50 years of age as on December 31 of the year in which the call is made

    The selected fellows will get the following awards:

    • A fellowship of INR 15,000 per month
    • Research grant of INR 10 lakh per annum
    • INR 1 lakh per annum as overhead charges for a period of three years
    • Project completion report (PCR)
    • List of publications resulting from the completed project (if any)
    • Reprints of publications (if applicable)
    • Details of patents from the completed project (if any)
    • Patent documents (if applicable)
    • Documents related to technology transfer (if any)
    • List of complete publications, patents and any other significant contribution
    • Certificate from PI 
    • Endorsement certificate 
    • Technical Document 
    How can you apply?

    Follow the steps below to apply for the scholarship:

    Step 1: Register at SERB online portal
    Step 2: Make log-in and fill all the required details.
    Step 3: Under 'Form Submission', choose the scheme: 'STAR' and fill the nomination form.
    Step 4: After filling the details, send STAR nomination form to the Nominator.
    Step 5: Nominator would receive intimation via email with a link to SERB online portal, to view the filled-in STAR Nomination form.
    Step 6: Nominator has to submit the nomination to SERB.
    Step 7: Once submitted, PI and Nominator will receive an intimation regarding the successful submission.

Important Dates

The start date for application: 15th June 2021
Application deadline: 28th July 2021

Selection Criteria

The selection by a competent committee will be based on the performance of completed projects and other research work would carry a top-up weightage.

Terms and Conditions
  • PIs who have an ongoing fellowship/honorarium such as JC Bose Fellowship, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, Swarnajayanti Fellowship, etc. are not eligible for this fellowship.
  • Candidates who are nominated for SERB STAR but are unsuccessful can be re-nominated for consideration in the following year subject to fulfilling other eligibility criteria.
  • A nomination shall be made by the Head of the Institution of the nominee.
  • Up-to 30 awards per year and not more than 90 at any time will be given.

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