Young researchers below 35 years of age (age relaxation applicable as per government of India rules), and who have been awarded a Ph.D. degree in appropriate subjects, are eligible to apply. For more details, please visit: dskpdf site.
The faculty affiliated to an institution wherein DSK Fellowship is tenable and has successfully supervised at least three Ph.D. students can act as a Mentor for the applicant applying for DSKPDF. Number of students who have submitted the Ph.D. thesis, but have not been awarded the degree cannot be counted for this purpose.
DSKPDF is tenable only at the Science Departments of Indian Universities and UGC-funded inter-University centers (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). Before applying, make sure that the proposed workplace qualifies under the UGC rules. The prospective candidates and mentors may contact UGC for more details.
After downloading the Award Letter from UGC website, the candidate has to submit a joining report (in prescribed format) forwarded through the Mentor, Head of the Department and Registrar of the University to the UGC. Soft copies of duly signed Award Letter and joining report must be uploaded electronically on the DSKPDF website using the link http://ugcdskpdf.unipune.ac.in/StatusReports/
Leave for a maximum period of 30 days in a year in addition to public holidays may be availed of by the Postdoctoral Fellow with the approval of the mentor and Head of the Department. In the case of short leave (less than 8 days), medical leave etc. DSK Fellow has to follow the host institution guidelines. Women candidates are eligible for maternity leave with full pay as per the Government of India rules, once during the tenure of their award. The Fellow, in exceptional cases may be allowed by the UGC, leave without fellowship and contingency, for a period not exceeding six months during the tenure of award on the recommendation of the mentor and Head of Department of the institution concerned. The period of leave without fellowship will be counted as a part of the tenure. To avail this leave, the Fellow has to be submit a request to the DSKPDF Cell. Decision on the request will be taken by the UGC-Empowered Committee.
The candidate should submit the duly signed annual progress report along with statements of accounts to the designated branch of Canara Bank. Candidate may also send the copy of the same to UGC at below address
Deputy Secretory (BSR) University Grants Commission, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi-110 002
Soft copies need to be uploaded on the DSKPDF website without fail using the link: http://ugcdskpdf.unipune.ac.in/StatusReports/
The Fellow has to inform in writing his/her intention to resign to UGC, New Delhi and DSKPDF Cell Pune. Fellow has to lodge a request with all details to DSKPDF Cell Pune and wait for reply. If request is accepted, the candidate has to submit his/her final report (format given on our website) with utilization certificate to UGC and designated branch of Canara Bank. Soft copies need to be uploaded using the link:
In general, a change in mentor/workplace is discouraged. However, DSK Postdoctoral Fellows who have completed at least 6 months of tenure at accepted work place, is eligible to apply for a change of the workplace/Mentor. In such a case, the Fellow has to lodge a formal request with DSKPDF Cell, Pune. The application must furnish the following set of documents:
* No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the current Mentor.
* Consent letter from the proposed Mentor showing willingness to work on the previously sanctioned proposal.
* Brief CV of the newly proposed Mentor as per format complied by DSKPDF Scheme.
* Summary of the work done during DSKPDF tenure with the previous Mentor.
The UGC Empowered Committee will be the final authority for making the decision.
In order to utilize the contingency grant, Fellow has to follow the rules and regulations of host institution. At the end of Fellowship period, the equipment/chemicals/computers etc. purchased from contingency grant is need to be surrender to host institution. Please note that, Fellow is not allowed to use contingency grant for international travel in any circumstances.
Yes, these PDFs also have an international flavor and are open to students from other parts of the world, particularly to those from developing and neighboring countries. Age relaxation up to 10 years is available for foreign nationals.
DSK Fellow may send a request to DSKPDF Cell by email or post. The request letter must be forwarded through the mentor and head of the department. Also, the Fellow should include the following items in his/her letter.
UGC Award letter number
Details/Justification for request
Effective dates in case of resignation, leave etc.