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Women Scientist Fellowship Scheme 2010

Women Scientist Fellowship Scheme 2010

Department of Science & Technology,
New Delhi Coordinated by MACS - Agharkar Research Institute,

The Fellowship Scheme for Women Scientists for societal programs is initiative of the Department of Science & Technology.

This scheme is addressed to women scientists and technologists who have "break in their careers" due to social responsibilities but have desire to return to mainstream science and work as bench-level scientists.

Women scientists desiring to apply for this scheme are required to develop their own research project / proposals demonstrating science and technological applications for societal benefits.


  1. Provide an opportunity for women scientists to re-enter into active research after a break in career, through support for S&T based R&D projects addressing the needs of people in unorganized urban or rural areas and
  2. Provide an opportunity for S&T capacity building of women on issues relevant in societal programs.

Project Proposals for:

  1. Research, development and adaptation of technology to improve the quality of life and provide additional opportunities for income generation in rural areas or urban slums.
  2. Adaptation & transfer of an innovative technology developed at laboratory level to field.
  3. Capacity building of applicant in technology areas relevant to the needs in rural areas.

Nature of Support:

  1. Support will include a scholarship grant of Rs.15,000 per month for a period of two years for candidates with Ph.D., M.Tech., MS / MD and Rs.10,000 per month for candidates having post graduate degree for a period of two years.
  2. Grant for minor equipment, consumables, contingencies, travel and overheads will also be considered if, found necessary under the work plan.

Eligibility for Women Scientists Scholarship Scheme 2010 :

Indian nationals living in India and who are currently not employed in permanent position and who possess one of the following qualifications:

  1. Ph.D. or masters degree in science.
  2. Bachelors / master's degree in engineering / technology, architecture, medicine / pharmacy.
  3. Who have break in career after the last degree received for at least three years.
  4. Whose age is below 50 years at the time of applying?
  5. Candidates selected for award of the fellowship are not expected to register for higher degree (Ph.D., etc.) during the period of fellowship.
  6. Candidate already having a permanent job or fellowship will not be considered.

Other Requirements for Women Scientist Fellowship 2010:

  1. The project proposal must show an active association with a field agency in regard to implementation of the project irrespective of the fact whether the candidate is attached to an educational institution or R&D institution or any other agency. A letter to that effect from field agency is required.
  2. A certificate from the host institution, for extending infrastructural or administrative support for the project must be enclosed with the application. Similarly, a certificate from the identified field agency showing the agreement to get associated with me project is also required.
  3. If the proposal includes clinical trials involving humans or animals, necessary ethical clearance following ICMR / CPCSEA guidelines must be sought.

Duration of Fellowship:

The Women Scientist Scholarship 2010 will be given initially for duration of two years. The period may be extended to the third year in exceptional cases, if recommended by Experts during penodic reviews. Selection Mechanism: A Committee of Experts will be involved in the selection process. The two-tier selection orocess will be adopted involving initial screening and subsequent individual presentation by the screened-in candidates before a group of Experts. The selected candidates will be informed by post. The list of selected candidates will be displayed on the website.

Women Scientist Fellowship Scheme 2010

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