AJC Bose Post Doctoral

AJC Bose Post Doctoral Fellowship Programme

The Botanical Survey of India (BSI), under the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), has launched the AJC Bose Post Doctoral Fellowship Programme. The program is intended for Indian researchers who wish to work on cutting-edge Plant Systematics/Taxonomy and address contemporary taxonomic issues. The fellowship’s focus areas will be determined by the Internal Committee of BSI or Research Advisory and Monitoring Committee (RAMC), depending on the organization’s needs.


The aim of the Research Associate Fellowship Programme is to provide a platform to top
quality researchers in the area of Plant Systematics/Taxonomy and Plant Conservation, to use and expand the resources available at the BSI or to collaborate with other scientific
institutions in the country and to address the complex taxonomic problems, and survey and
documentation of un-explored/under-explored areas/plant groups. The Fellows will work for
a period of two to three years at of the regional centers of BSI located across the country and to also undertake research in the following thrust areas identified by the RAMC.

a. Revisionary studies and nomenclature of different plants groups (including
cryptogams and phanerogams).

b. Molecular systematics and phylogeny of any plant group/family/genus.

c. Floristics and ecological studies

in special reference to climate change.

d. Traditional knowledge and Ethno-botany.

e. Conservation biology and Botanic Garden.

f. Threat assessment and vulnerability of species.

Eligibility Criteria

1. The programme is open to all researchers working in the field of Plant
Taxonomy/Systematics of any plant groups (both cryptogams and phanerogams),
floristic related study leading to recent issues of climate change, research associated
traditional knowledge of plants, documentation and understanding of plant resources
of India.

2. Indian citizens with Ph.D. in Botany from a recognized University in India with
research experience in Plant taxonomy/floristics, and in any relevant fields are eligible
to apply this fellowship programme. Candidates with published research work in peerreviewed reputed journals with proven leadership qualities in the area of
taxonomic/floristic research will be preferred.

3. The applicant should have an appropriate background and experience of research in
the area of Plant Taxonomy/Systematics, Conservation and associated traditional
knowledge or other related areas that are directly or indirectly involved.

4. The upper age limit for applicants is 35 years, relaxation in age for
SC/ST/OBC/Women candidates applicable as per Government of India Norms (OM
SR/59/Z-05/2019 dated 10 July 2020 by DST, MS&T, GOI).

Selection Procedure

1. Applications from talented researchers having proven record in the field of Plant
Taxonomy/Systematics and allied disciplines of any plant groups will be invited
through open advertisement in national dailies/websites of BSI. Candidates will be
shortlisted based on their qualification and experience. Mere possession of
qualification and experience may not ascertain the shortlisting of candidates for
interview or selection.

2. Shortlisted candidates will be informed through e-mail for appearing before an
interview committee to be conducted physically through a short notice. The candidate
needs to present the plan of work through PowerPoint presentation.

3. The composition of the expert committee will be the Director, BSI as Chairman, two
subject experts (preferably from other Organizations/Universities), Technical Section
Incharge, BSI (HQ), one Scientist from MoEFCC, as member. The members will
evaluate the research projects and conduct interviews to select Research Associate
taking into account the guidelines and the prescribed procedures.

4. Selected candidates will be liable to be posted anywhere in the country (irrespective
of his/her project proposal), including field sites, regional centres and Headquarters of
BSI. The Research Associate is also expected to travel extensively including the remote areas.

5. The original certificates and other credentials will be verified at the time of joining
and at the time of the verification of original documents (even after selection), if it is
found that an attempt has been made by the applicant to willfully conceal,
misrepresent or canvass the facts, such applicant will not be considered for selection
and due action will be initiated.

6. A certificate from the Head of the Regional Centre of BSI and Mentor under whom
the research project is to be undertaken is required.

7. The Director, BSI reserves the rights for selection of any number of candidates or not
to select any RA or cancel of the advertisement without assigning any reason.


Financial Assistance

The tenure of the award is three years with no provision for further extension. The financial
assistance available under the RA is as follows:

Fellowship @ Rs. 47,000/- for First year
@ Rs. 49,000/- for Second year
@ Rs. 54,000/- for Third year
Contingency @ Rs. 1,00,000/- per annum


The stipend of Research Associate is exempt from the payment of income tax under 10(16) of IT Act.

House Rent Allowance (HRA)

i. HRA is not permissible for those candidates who are staying in Government

ii. In case of non-availability of Government accommodation, the RA may make his/her
own arrangements of accommodation and he/she may be entitled to draw HRA as per
categorization of cities by the Govt. of India.


No separate/fixed medical assistance will be provided. However, the RA may avail
the medical facilities available in the Institution.


i. Maximum 10 days of leave in a year is allowed to a RA in addition to public holidays,
however not entitled to any other vacations.

ii. Female candidates are eligible for maternity leave as per Government of India rules
only once during the tenure of the award.


The results of research work will be encouraged to publish in peer-reviewed journals
as well as other popular forms of scientific documentation at the discretion of the
Director, BSI. Due authorship will be given to all researchers and other team
members, who have contributed to research papers and patents. In case of any dispute,
the decision of Director, BSI will be final and binding. In all the publications the
copyright will be retained with Director, BSI. The right to commercial exploitation of
the results and patent arising out of the investigation will, however, rest exclusively
with BSI.

Utilization of Contingent Grant

Contingent grant can be utilized for the following purposes

i. Towards meeting actual train fare and the Daily Allowance during tours of the
Research Associate.

ii. For attending Seminars/Symposia, for presenting accepted papers.

iii. For purchase of chemicals/consumable items/Books/Software required for research
work and equipment exclusively required for the research projects.

iv. For purchase of photographic materials and computation charges for the research
work, stationary, postal charges related directly with the research project with prior
permission of Director, BSI.

v. For undertaking a journey in connection with field data collections and or attending
courses/training/seminars/symposiums/workshops, etc. the Research Associates are
entitled to Govt. an operated Ship 2nd Class/Govt. Operated Express Bus/Express 3rd
AC Class Train by the shortest route.

Deliverables/Outcomes of the Programme

i. A top quality trained manpower will be available to undertake need-based research in
emerging fields of Plant Taxonomy/Systematics/Climate Change

ii. Interaction among the Scientists working in different institutions of the country would
be promoted and enhanced. This would enable a multi- and interdisciplinary approach
to address complex issues in Plant taxonomy/Systematics.

iii. Innovative and critical accounts of plant monographs/revisions, accounts for Flora of
India and field explorations, species recovery, and multiplication of threatened plants
for conservation in the country would be developed based on knowledge/data
emerging from the research work under the program.

Monitoring of the Progress Work

i. Research Associate (RA) will be paid a monthly Fellowship of Rs. 47,000/-.
Research Associate Fellowship will be tenable initially for a period of one year. It
may be extended further at the discretion of Director, BSI. In such a case the progress
of RA would be assessed each year by an Assessment Committee consisting of two
external members not below the rank of Professor, Mentor of the candidate, Technical
Incharge of the BSI as members and Director, BSI as the Chairman.

ii. The RA is expected to publish at least two research papers annually in SCI journals.
In case the progress is not considered satisfactory and no publication of research
articles to the credit of the RA, further extension may not be considered. The total
tenure of RA is three years with a provision for no extension. If at any stage the
research work is found unsatisfactory, the fellowship may be terminated. The decision
of the Director, BSI in this regard will be final.

iii. Report: The RA shall submit monthly, half-yearly and annual reports on the progress
of his/her work, through the supervisor/mentor and the Officer–in-Charge of
In the prescribed proforma, division/Section of BSI, HQ/Regional Centre.

iv. The RA shall not accept or hold any appointment, paid or otherwise, or receive any
emoluments, salary, stipend, etc. from any other source during the tenure of the
award. However, no extension is permissible beyond the total period of three years.
Any claim/reference to this effect will be treated illegal.

v. If the RA is availing any other fellowship/project from any other organization at the
time of selection, he/she shall be required to surrender one award.

vi. On completion of the award, he/she will submit the detailed comprehensive report as per the objective(s) of the study to the Director/Technical Incharge, BSI. The last 3 installments of the fellowship will be released only after submission of final satisfactory report and research work in the Repository.

vii. Termination of the fellowship: If the RA wishes to leave the fellowship before the
end of the tenure, it should be with the prior approval of Director, BSI. The notice in
this regard may be submitted at least 3 months before the resignation to the Director,
BSI. The fellowship may also be terminated, if the Director, BSI is not satisfied with
the progress or conduct of the Research Associate.

viii. Cancellation of Award: The fellowship is liable to cancellation, in case of Misconduct, Unsatisfactory progress of research work, Candidate is later found ineligible, Candidate is already availing scholarship/fellowship from any other sources, Candidate if found employed during the RA tenure, any false information furnished by the applicant or any fraudulent activity by the RA awardees.

AJC Bose Post Doctoral Fellowship Programme

General instructions:

1. Please read the terms and conditions carefully before filling up the proforma.

2. All short listed candidates need to make a power point presentation (.ppt) during the
interview before the selection committee regarding their achievements and proposed plan
of work.

3. All financial grants under the Research Associate Programme shall be governed by the
guidelines prescribed by the Government of India for release of grants to Institutions
including furnishing of Utilization Certificates, Audited Statement Expenditure, Periodic
Progress Reports, etc.

4. Selected candidate has to sign the Terms and Conditions at the time of acceptance of the

5. The application submission date will start from the date of publication of
the advertisement in the Employment News. The filled in application form in all aspects
should reach to the Scientist In-charge, Technical Section, Botanical Survey of India,
CGO Complex, 3rd MSO Building 5th Floor, Salt Lake City, Sector I, Kolkata – 700064,
within 30 (Thirty) days from its publication in the Employment News. The envelope
should be superscribed as ‘Application for R

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