Swarnajayanti Fellowship for Young Scientists

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The ‘Swarnajayanti Fellowship’ for young scientists was instituted by the Indian National Science Academy to give budding scientists the impetus and the encouragement to carry out further studies and advanced research work in the field of science and technology. The Department of Science and Technology (DST) was established in May 1971 with the intention of learning the uncharted territories in the field of science and technology.

The DST plays a crucial role in the overall development of science and technology in the country. The Swarnajayanti Fellowship Scheme was started by the Government of India through the Indian National Science Academy in 1997, the year in which India celebrated its fiftieth year of independence. This scheme provides financial help to an elite group of young scientists to carry out basic research work in the critical areas of science and technology.

Eligibility Criteria

The following are the eligibility criteria under the Swarnajayanti Fellowship Scheme:

  • Candidates who have done PHD. In Science or Engineering or a post graduation in Engineering or Technology or a MD in medicine.
  • They should be carrying out research work in a nascent subject of science or technology and should have published research papers.
  • Indian nationals, resident in India or outside India can apply for the Swarnajayanti Fellowship.
  • Candidates have an option of being employed in any science and technology institute in India.
  • Candidates age should be between 30 − 40 years.

Duration of Scholarships

The period of the Swarnajayanti Fellowship will be for a maximum period of 5 years and will not be extended under any circumstance.

Value of Scholarship

  • A fellowship grant of ₹ 25,000 per month for 5 years to those candidates who are not engaged in the regular course of employment.
  • The fellowship grant is reduced to ₹ 10,000/-per month for candidates who are engaged in the regular course of employment.
  • Financial help or aid in the form of grants for equipments, travel and communication will also be provided.

Application for Swarnajayanti Fellowships

Eligible candidates need to send the applications for the ‘Swarnajayanti Fellowships’ in the described format, with any additional information or details that they may be necessary to submit.


  • Indian National Science Academy. Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg New Delhi-110002
  • Telephone:+ 091 − 011 − 23221931
  • Fax:+ 091 − 011 − 23235648,23231095
  • Email: insa@giasdl01. vsnl. net. in
  • Link: dst. gov. in