Important points to be noted before applying for the Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme:


  • These fellowships are open to candidates who have obtained Ph.D. degree in appropriate subjects (Sciences including Engineering and Medicine) and meant for full-time research work.

  • These fellowships are open to young researchers below the age of 35 years. A relaxation up to 5 years in age is applicable for women as well as candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST) categories. As per the decision of the Empowered committee in the 49th meeting, age relaxation of 3 & 10 years respectively to OBC and Physically Handicapped candidates will be available. Age relaxation up to 10 years for foreign nationals is also in force.

  • DSKPDF is tenable only at the Science Departments (including medical and engineering sciences) 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 they are not tenable in IITs 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.

  • It is necessary to identify a Mentor with whom the candidate would like to work for his/her postdoctoral research. Mentor consent expressing willingness to guide applicant post doctoral work is needed to be produced at prior to the online application. Choosing Ph.D. guide as a postdoctoral mentor is not permitted under SDKPDF scheme.

  • 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 scheme also has an international flavor and open to students from other parts of the world, particularly to those from developing and neighboring countries.

  • Young teachers working on confirmed posts in Academic Institutes may also apply.