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Women Scientists Scheme (WOS)


Women constitute an important section of the workforce. However, in the present situation a large number of well-qualified women scientists have been left out of the S&T activities due to various circumstances. The problems faced are several but significantly, most often the "break-in-career" arises out of motherhood and family responsibilities. The options for revival of their profession are meager in current system due to restriction in age and qualification/experience criterion. The "Women Scientists Scheme (WOS)" for research in basic and applied sciences has been evolved in this context, by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) for providing opportunities to women scientists and technologists between the age group of 27-60 years who desire to return to mainstream science and work as bench-level scientists. Through this endeavour of the Department, a concerted effort would be made to give women a strong foothold into the scientific profession, help them re-enter into the mainstream and provide a launch pad for further forays into the field of science and technology.

Scientific Disciplines: (1) Physical and Mathematical Sciences [PMS] (2) Chemical Sciences [CS] (3) Life Sciences [LS] (4) Earth and Atmospheric Sciences [EAS] (5) Engineering & Technology [ET].

Financial Support: This scheme provides a research grant which includes the fellowship of the applicant and cost of small equipments, contingencies, travel, consumables etc. Institutional overhead charges and House Rent Allowances are not included in total project cost.

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Total Project Cost

(excluding HRA & Overhead)


Ph.D or equivalent

Rs. 55 K + HRA as per norms

Rs. 30 lac


PG in Professional Course (M.Phil./M.Tech/M.Pham, etc)

Rs. 40 K + HRA as per norms

Rs. 25 lac


PG in Basic Science (M.Sc) or equivalent e.g. B.Tech/MBBS, etc

Rs. 31 K + HRA as per norms

Rs. 20 lac


  1. Employment: Candidates in regular employment are not eligible for WOS. However, women scientists who are availing any temporary positions in research or academics may apply in the scheme but they have to leave their earlier assignment if WOS project approved.


  1. Age: The minimum age to apply is 27 years and maximum is 60 years. Women scientists, less than 27 years of age are not eligible.


  1. Educational Qualification:
    1. Women Scientists who have completed PG in basic Sciences, graduation or PG in professional courses and Ph.D. and have break in career are eligible for WOS.
    2. Candidates who are registered in Ph.D and receiving any fellowship are not eligible to apply.
  2. Break in Career: Minimum 2 years’ break is required after Ph.D award.