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Dr. D.S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

The call for applications for the Dr. D.S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme is open for interested and eligible applicants with a background in biological sciences. This scheme is open throughout the year so make sure you check out all of the details on the eligibility, application procedure and such below:

Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme Details

Dr. D. S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship (DSKPDF) Scheme was introduced by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in the 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 for 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 awarded their Ph. D. Degree under science faculty. 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. DSKPDF is tenable only at the Science Departments of Indian Universities and UGC-funded inter-University centres (such as IUCAA, IUAC, UGC-DAE-CSR etc.) which are eligible to receive Development grants from the UGC. Thus the fellowship is not tenable in I.I.T.’s or CSIR/DRDO/DAE laboratories etc. These are also not tenable in colleges (either Autonomous or affiliated). In general, the postdoctoral work should be undertaken in a place different from where the candidate has carried out his/her doctoral studies. The Ph. D. Guide of the candidate cannot be chosen as his/her mentor for DSKPDF.

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Eligibility and Duration for Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme:

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), that are granted a Ph. D. degree under science faculty is eligible to apply. It is necessary that the applicant identifies a Mentor (affiliated to University/Institute where DSK Fellowship is tenable) for his/her postdoctoral Research work and acquire his/her consent for the mentorship. Higher PDF (with marginally elevated stipend) is admissible for those candidates, identified as outstanding by standing (core) peer committee of reviewers.

Teachers below the age of 35, working on confirmed posts in Academic Institutes might likewise apply. Nevertheless, along with the hard copy, they will certainly be required to send a certification from their Head of the Institution (Registrar of University/ Principal of a college) that the teacher will be given attest 3 years 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 the PDF mentor/peer group appraisal. Nevertheless, the maximum duration of the PDF award would certainly be 3 years. No extension is possible under any type of circumstances. Candidates should give an undertaking while availing the award, together with the endorsement of the research coach that they would stay in place for a minimum of six months. When the candidate is granted the DSKPDF, as well as he/she, joins the fellowship, he/she will certainly not eligible to apply ever again for DSKPDF in the same or various other workplaces.

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

Stipend: [Effective from 1st December 2014] for Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

The monthly stipend for these awards would be as follows

  • Normal fellowship for First, Second and third year is Rs. 43,400/-, Rs. 45,000/- and Rs. 46,500/- respectively
  • Higher fellowship for First, Second and Third year: Rs. 46,500/-

The Fellow is provided with a contingency grant of Rs. 1,00,000 p.a.

How to Apply for Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme:

Easy Steps for Applying DSKPDF

  1. Fill basic information and request for login ID and password
  2. Email verification
  3. Get login ID and password provided by DSKPDF cell after scrutiny of your basic information ( typically within 7 working days )
  4. Proceed with filling online application by provided login ID and password
  5. Take printout of your application
  6. Submit the application to DSKPDF cell along with documents supporting your candidature

Important Links for Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme:

Enquiries under application:

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.

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Phone No: (020) 25601406, +91 9422044046

Working Hours: 10:30 to 17:30 Monday to Friday (except on public holidays)

Email ID: [email protected].

Enquiries under RTI:

Enquires under Right to Information (RTI) act may be directed to UGC, New Delhi and not to the DSKPDF Cell, Pune.

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