WISE Post-Doctoral Fellowship (WISE-PDF) - Call For Proposals Open!

WISE Post-Doctoral Fellowship (WISE-PDF) – Call For Proposals Open!

WISE Post-Doctoral Fellowship (WISE-PDF) – Call For Proposals Open! DST is starting new program ‘WISE-PDF’ for women Post Doctoral Fellows in Basic and Applied Sciences. Proposal submission in WISE-PDF is open throughout the year. WISE-PDF is emerged from WOS-A program after its redesigning. Therefore, WOS-A is now closed for new proposal submission. Ongoing projects under WOS-A will be continued and complete their tenure with same terms and conditions.


The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is implementing a dedicated umbrella scheme “Women in Science and Engineering-KIRAN (WISE-KIRAN)” with aim to support women from all walks of life in the domain of Science & Technology. The Department has re-structured one of the flagship programme “Women Scientists Scheme” and come up with a new programme “WISE Post-Doctoral Fellowship (WISE-PDF)” that aims to provide opportunity to women scientists and technologists between the age group of 27-60 years who want to continue the research as bench-level scientists in basic and applied sciences.

Scientific Disciplines:  (1) Physical & Mathematical Sciences [PM]; (2) Chemical Sciences [CS]; (3) Life Sciences [LS]; (4) Earth & Atmospheric Sciences [EA]; (5) Engineering & Technology [ET].


  1. Employment: Candidates in regular employment are not eligible for WISE-PDF. However, women scientists who are temporarily employed in research or academics may apply in the scheme but they have to leave their earlier assignment if WISE-PDF project is approved. The position of research staff in any project, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Research Associate, etc. will be considered as temporary assignment.
  1. Age: The minimum age to apply is 27 years and maximum is 60 years. Women scientists, less than 27 years of age are NOT eligible.
  1. Educational Qualification:
    1. Women Scientists having Ph.D. in Basic/ Applied Science or equivalent degree like MD, MS, MDS, etc. are eligible for WISE-PDF.
  1. Break in Career: Break in career is not mandatory to apply in WISE-PDF, however, women who have break are also encouraged to apply in this programme.

Financial Support: The Programme provides fellowship of the applicant @Rs. 55,000/- per month, Research Grant of Rs. 2.0 Lakh per year and cost of small equipment (up to a maximum of Rs. 3.0 Lakh) along with Institutional overhead charges and House Rent Allowances as per DST norms.

Project Duration:  3 years (maximum)

When to apply: The WISE-PDF programme is open throughout the year for new proposal submission.

Instructions for Proposal Submission

Registration at portal:

  • First of all, aspirants need to register themselves at online portal with their active e-mail ID to apply in WISE-PDF.
  • An auto-generated email will be sent to applicant with ID and link to create password

Steps for Proposal Submission:

  • After login at ’portal’, applicants may submit full Project Proposal under WISE-PDF.
  • There are different Project Proposal Documents (PPDs) that include files to be submitted online as well as to be uploaded.
  • The file size should not exceed 2MB in any case.
  • It would be useful to first prepare uploading files which enable applicant to submit proposal in smooth and time bound manner.
  • The formats of all the PPDs are available at home page of portal under ’Formats’ for ready reference of the applicants.

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Documents’ Details

File Type

1 Project Proposal Document PDF
2 Project Proposal Document DOC/DOCX
3 Biodata of PI (Signed) PDF
4 Mentor’s Biodata (Signed) PDF
5 Caste Certificate (If SC/ST/OBC/PH) PDF
6 DOB certificate (10th class certificate) PDF
7 Photograph of PI PNG
8 Signature of PI PNG
9 Highest Degree PDF
10 House Rent Allowance (if eligible) PDF
  • Before submission, preview your full proposal to make sure that everything is correct and in order. The proposal can be edited at this stage but after submission any editing will not be possible.
  • Once you find proposal is in order, then click “Final Submit” button for final submission of the proposal.
  • The proposal can be seen after login. It can also be printed and saved in system for your ready reference.
  • Hard copy of the proposal: There is no need to submit hard copy of proposal to DST.


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