National Post Doctoral Fellowship

Key Information

Conducted By Science and Engineering Research Board [SERB]
Eligibility Indian students below 35 years who have obtained their Ph.D. or submitted their thesis
Region India
Rewards Up to INR 55,000 per month fellowship and INR 3,00,000 for research grant and overheads
Last Date of Application April 13, 2020

National Post Doctoral Fellowship [N-PDF] Summary:

This scholarship is awarded by the Science and Engineering Research Board [SERB] to Indian postdoctoral applicants. The fellowship aims to support talented and motivated young researchers by assisting them in conducting research in science and engineering. The fellows work under a mentor to assist them in gaining experience and adequate skills required for development as an independent researcher. The fellowship is temporary and its tenure is 2 years.

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National Post Doctoral Fellowship Eligibility Criteria:

The National Post Doctoral Fellowship eligibility is as mentioned below:

  1. The candidate must be an Indian citizen.
  2. The candidate should have completed a Ph.D./ M.D/ M.S degree from a recognized university.
  3. The upper limit of the fellowship is 35 years at the time of application submission.
  4. Age relaxation up to 5 years will be provided to candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ OBC/ Physically Challenged and women candidates.
  5. N-PDF can be availed only once by candidates in their career.
  6. The mentor should hold a regular position in a recognized institution in India along with a Ph.D. degree in Science or Engineering.
  7. A mentor can at max have one N-PDF fellow under him at any given time.
  8. Multiple applications of the same candidate in a year will not be allowed.

National Post Doctoral Fellowship Rewards:

The Rewards of National Post Doctoral Fellowship are mentioned below:

  • A monthly stipend of INR 55,000 will be provided to the selected candidates
  • A monthly stipend of INR 35,000 will be provided to the selected candidates who have received their degree yet
  • A research grant of INR 2 lakhs per annum will  be provided
  • Overhead grant of INR 1 lakh per annum

National Post Doctoral Fellowship Application Process:

  1. The candidates have to visit https://serbonline.in/SERB/Registration.do to register and make a profile on the website
  2. After the registration process is complete the candidate can log in and fill in the application form
  3. All the necessary documents should be uploaded as a single PDF file
  4. Then the application can be submitted

Documents Required:

  • Certificate of age proof of the candidate
  • Bio-data of the candidate
  • Qualifications certificate
  • Category certificate (in case the candidate belongs to any of the minority communities)
  • Undertaking Certificate by the applicant
  • Endorsement certificate of the candidate from the mentor and host institute
  • A short CV of the mentor

National Post Doctoral Fellowship [N-PDF] Selection Process:

  1. The application form along with the research proposal should be submitted on the official website
  2. The applicant must identify a suitable mentor under whom the applicant will carry out the research
  3. The selection of the awardees will be made on the basis on recommendations made by an Expert Committee
  4. The candidates may be called for a personal interview

Termination of Fellowship:

  • If the fellow wishes to terminate their scholarship, they must inform their mentor and host institute at the earliest.
  • The implementing institute should not incur any expenditure from the termination of the project.
  • The candidates granted the scholarship are entitled leaves as per the policies of the host institution and, maternity leave according to Govt. of India rules.
  • Participation in scientific workshops will be treated as on-duty.

National Post Doctoral Fellowship [N-PDF] Contact Details:

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Contact Number: 011–40000398
  • Address: Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) 5 & 5A, Lower Ground Floor, Vasant Square Mall, Sector-B, Pocket-5, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi - 110070

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