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Swarna Jayanti Fellowship: DST

  • 13 Nov 2020
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The Department of Science & Technology (DST) has selected 21 scientists for the Swarna Jayanti fellowship.

Key Points

  • The Swarna Jayanti Fellowships scheme was instituted by the Government of India to commemorate India's fiftieth year of Independence.
  • It provides special assistance and support to a selected number of young scientists with a proven track record to enable them to pursue basic research in frontier areas of science and technology.
  • The award consists of a Fellowship of Rs. 25000 per month in addition to the salary drawn from the parent Institute along with a Research Grant of Rs. 5 lakh per annum by Department of Science and Technology (DST) for a period of 5 years.
    • In addition to fellowship, grants for equipment, computational facilities, consumables, contingencies, national and international travel, and other special requirements, if any, is covered based on merit.
    • The fellowships are scientist specific and not institution-specific, very selective, and have close academic monitoring.
  • Scientists selected for the award are allowed to pursue unfettered research with a freedom and flexibility in terms of expenditure as approved in the research plan.
    • The project should contain innovative research ideas and it should have a potential of making impact on R&D in the discipline.
  • The project submitted by the selected Fellows are considered for funding by the Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) as per SERB norms.
    • SERB is a statutory body under the Department of Science and Technology, established by an Act of the Parliament of India in 2009.

Source: PIB

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