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DST Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Fellowships in India, 2016

Applications are invited for DST-STI Policy Fellowship Programme at doctoral and postdoctoral levels to generate a critical mass of policy researchers. Indian applicants are eligible to apply for these fellowships.

This program aims to attract and encourage top-quality researchers to work on the issues pertaining to STI policy and contribute their knowledge and analytical skills in the policy realm.

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Course Level: Fellowships are available at Doctoral and Postdoctoral levels. The fellowship will have following two components: – Postdoctoral Fellow and Junior Research Fellow.

Study Subject: Fellowships are awarded in the field of Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy.

Scholarship Award: The duly constituted Experts Committee will select candidates based on their research track record and the relevance, quality, and significance of their proposals. Once the Committee finalizes the selection, the programme office (Policy Research Cell, DST) will notify result to selectees via e-mail. The selected candidates will be awarded a fellowship of Rs. 80,000/- (consolidated) in the level of INSPIRE Faculty for the Postdoctoral Fellows and Rs. 25000/- + HRA pm in case of Junior Research Fellows (at par with JRF). Based on the Committee’s decision, an amount up to Rs. 200,000/- will be granted annually to the Postdoctoral Fellows and Rs. 50,000/- to the Junior Research Fellows to cover research-related costs and contingency.

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Eligibility: The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for these fellowships:
Postdoctoral Fellow:

Science/medicine/engineering/ social science (with a background of STI policy) academic scholars, STI policy researchers, with good academic record and holding a Ph.D. degree (within the last three years) are eligible to apply. Applicants must be capable of doing independent research work and have published at least 3 research papers in peer-reviewed journals. At the time of application, applicant’s age should be below 35 years.

Junior Research Fellow:

Graduate students (B.E./B. Tech. or equivalent), Master’s degree in natural science, medicine, engineering or social science with a background of STI policy research within the last two years. Applicants are required to provide a recommendation letter from their supervisors or advisors who may guarantee the quality of research result. At the time of application age of the applicant should be less than 30 years.

Nationality: Indian applicants are eligible to apply for these fellowships.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: Postdoctoral Fellow: STI policy researchers, with good academic record and holding a Ph.D. degree (within the last three years) are eligible to apply.
Junior Research Fellow:

Graduate students (B.E./B. Tech. or equivalent), Master’s degree in natural science, medicine, engineering or social science with a background of STI policy research within the last two years.

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How to Apply: Candidates are required to submit a copy of the application in prescribed format available at DST website www.dst.gov.in. The envelope should be super scribed with “DST-STI-PFP Application”. The application should be sent to Dr. Akhilesh Mishra, Scientist D, Department of Science and Technology, Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi-110016 by speed post. A soft copy of the proposal should also be mailed at akhilesh.mishra-at-nic.in.

Postdoctoral Fellow: Applicants are required to submit following documents written in English:

  • Research Proposal: A proposal of maximum 5 pages on empirical research on STI policy issues, preferably, the issues pertaining to thematic areas of the candidates’ desired DST-CPR.
  • The proposal must include: a) a research title, b) a research objective, c) research background/ questions, d) research methodologies, and e) a research plan, including the evidence-based outcome.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two recommendation letters

Junior Research Fellow- Applicants are required to submit following documents written in English:

  • Research Proposal: A two-page write-up on STI policy issues, preferably, the issues pertaining to thematic areas of the candidates’ desired DST-CPR. Curriculum Vitae
  • Two recommendation letters.
  • Initially, it is proposed to start 5 fellowships in each track and then review after the first year, for further expansion. The remuneration and terms and conditions will be guided as per applicable rules, of DST. The fellowship programme will be run by Policy Research Cell, DST.

Application Deadline: Last Date of Submission for both (i) & (ii): July 28, 2016.

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