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WISE Post-Doctoral Fellowship (WISE-PDF)


The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is implementing a dedicated umbrella scheme "Women in Science and Engineering-KIRAN (WISE-KIRAN)" with aim to support women from all walks of life in the domain of Science & Technology. The Department has re-structured one of the flagship programme "Women Scientists Scheme" and come up with a new programme "WISE Post-Doctoral Fellowship (WISE-PDF)" that aims to provide opportunity to women scientists and technologists between the age group of 27-60 years who want to continue the research as bench-level scientists in basic and applied sciences.

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


  1. Employment: Candidates in regular employment are not eligible for WISE-PDF. However, women scientists who are temporarily employed in research or academics may apply in the scheme but they have to leave their earlier assignment if WISE-PDF project is approved. The position of research staff in any project, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Research Associate, etc. will be considered as temporary assignment.
  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 having Ph.D. in Basic/ Applied Science or equivalent degree like MD, MS, MDS, etc. are eligible for WISE-PDF.
  1. Break in Career: Break in career is not mandatory to apply in WISE-PDF, however, women who have break are also encouraged to apply in this programme.

Financial Support: The Programme provides fellowship of the applicant @Rs. 67,000/- per month, Research Grant of Rs. 2.0 Lakh per year and cost of small equipment (up to a maximum of Rs. 3.0 Lakh) along with Institutional overhead charges and House Rent Allowances as per DST norms.

Project Duration:  3 years (maximum)

When to apply: The WISE-PDF programme is open throughout the year for new proposal submission.