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. Women candidates are eligible for maternity leave with full pay upto 180 days 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 the DSKPDF Cell. Decision on the request will be taken by the UGC- Empowered Committee.
The candidate should send a hard copy of the report as per the given format to
* Joint Secretary, University Grants Commission, (Attn. BSR Section) Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi-110 002
* National Co-ordinator, Dr. D. S. Kothari Postdoctoral Cell, C/o Interdisciplinary School of Scientific Computing, University of Pune, Pune-411007.
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. 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.
The Fellows can join within 60 days from the date mentioned on the Award Letter received from UGC. However, in exceptional situation, Fellows can the join within six months. For this, the candidate has to lodge a request with DSKPDF cell and wait for the final decision from the UGC.
The Fellow has to lodge a request enclosing duly filled and signed Certificate V along with Ph.D. degree certificate to DSKPDF Cell, Pune. Decision regarding the request will be taken by the Empowered Committee.
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.