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 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).

  • In general, the postdoctoral work should be undertaken in a place different from where the candidate has carried out his/her doctoral studies. The Ph. D. Guide of the candidate cannot be chosen as his/her mentor for DSKPDF.

  • As per the resolution of the UGC Empowered Committee meeting held on November 09, 2016, not more than three Dr. D. S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellows should be allowed to work with a Mentor at any given time.

  • It is necessary to identify a Mentor with whom the candidate would like to work for his/her postdoctoral research. The mentor should have successfully guided 3 Ph. D. students at the time of application of the candidate. Mentor consent expressing willingness to guide applicant postdoctoral work is needed to be produced at prior to the online application. Choosing Ph. D. guide as a postdoctoral mentor is not permitted under DSKPDF 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.