DST Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Fellowships Program (DST-STI-PFP)

This fellowship program is introduced with the broad objective of improving human resources that can engage with and contribute to the STI policy domain and strengthen the knowledge base, think tank, and evidence based policy making.

The fellowship will provide an opportunity to develop the skills for young scientists and engineers who are interested in engagement with the STI policy domain and/or as STI policy researchers.

The DST-STI-PFP fellowship has two components:

  • Postdoctoral fellow- 5 fellowships
  • Junior Research Fellow (JRF)- 5 fellowships


This first and primary track will be a 2-year fellowship (with a possible extension of one more year, depending upon performance) where the recipient would be located in a DST-CPR (by mutual agreement) to undertake STI policy research aligned to the research program of that CPR.


  • Applicant must have Science, medicine, engineering, social science (with a background of STI policy) academic scholars, STI policy researchers
  • Applicant must hold good academic record.
  • Applicant must hold a Ph.D. degree (within the last 3 years).
  • Applicants must be skilled of handling independent research work and have published at least 3 research papers in peer reviewed journals.
  • Age: below 35 years.


Applicants are required to submit following documents written in English:

  1. Research Proposal (maximum 5 pages) on empirical research on STI policy issues, preferably, the issues concerning to thematic areas of the candidates’ desired DST-CPR.
  2. CV
  3. Recommendation letters (02).


This second track will be three-year fellowship that could be extended by 2 years, depending upon the performance/progress of the work.


  • Applicant must be a Graduate students with B.E., B. Tech. or equivalent,
  • Applicant must hold Master’s degree in natural science, medicine, engineering or social science with a background of STI policy research within the last 2 years.
  • Applicants must provide a recommendation letter from their guides or advisors who may guarantee the quality of research result.
  • Age: below 30 years.


Applicants are required to submit following documents written in English:

  1. Research Proposal: write-up on STI policy issues, preferably, the issues related to thematic areas of the candidates’ desired DST-CPR (2 page).
  2. CV
  3. Two recommendation letters.

How to apply:

  • Applicants must submit a copy of application in prescribed format.
  • The envelope should be superscripted with “DST-STI-PFP Application”.
  • Application must be directed to Dr. Akhilesh Mishra, Scientist D, Department of Science and Technology, Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi-110016 by speed post.
  • A soft copy of proposal must also be mailed at akhilesh.mishra@nic.in
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Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India

Fellowship Level Postdoctoral, JRF
Country India
Subject areas Natural Science, Engineering, Social Science
Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Open for Indian nationals
Deadline 28 July 2016

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