India Science & Research Fellowship (ISRF) 2021-2022

India Science & Research Fellowship (ISRF) 2021-2022


The Department of Science and Technology of the Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India is mandated to nurture, foster and promote scientific and technological research and development in India. DST is the major agency in the
country for the promotion of basic and applied sciences through intramural and extramural research funding across disciplines and institutions. This includes support to both human capacity development and research infrastructure building.

The Department plays a critical role in supporting technology development capabilities in non-strategic sectors including societal interventions through science and technology and the promotion of innovation and techno-entrepreneurship. DST is also responsible for the formulation of the science, technology and innovation policy of the country including other
R&D enabling policies of the Government of India. One of the core responsibilities of DST is to enter into international cooperation, partnerships and alliances required for promoting bilateral, regional and multilateral S&T collaborations.


Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi is an autonomous institution of Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India. INSA was established in January 1935 with the object of promoting science in India and harnessing scientific knowledge for the cause of humanity and safeguarding the interests of the scientists, establishing linkages with international bodies to foster collaboration and expressing considered opinion on national issues. The Academy also plays a role in promoting, recognizing and rewarding excellence in scientific research. With a view to promote the pursuit of excellence in the field of ‘Science and Technology’, the Academy has instituted awards, placed in 5 categories viz., International Awards, General Medal & lecture Awards, Subject wise Medals/Lectures/Awards, Awards for Young Scientists and INSA Teacher Award. The academy also publishes journals, organizes scientific discussions and brings out proceedings and monographs. (

Department of Science and Technology
(DST)Ministry of Science and Technology
Government of India


(for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand)

Applications are invited from researchers who are actively involved in research activities and holding permanent positions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand to visit India under the India Science and Research Fellowship (ISRF) Programme to pursue research in frontier/ advanced areas of science including Medicine and Agriculture for a period of 3 – 6 months. The programme is funded by Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi.

The detailed Brochure (enclosed) may be strictly followed for applying for the ISRF Fellowship in the prescribed format which can be downloaded from the website ( The completed applications, along with relevant enclosures and duly endorsed by the Head of the Institution may be submitted to the partnering agency with a copy to DST/INSA.


India Science and Research Fellowship is to provide opportunity to scientists and
researchers from neighbouring countries namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan,
Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand to work in contemporary research areas across all major disciplines of science and technology including engineering and medical sciences at premier research laboratories and academic institutions in India.

Up to 80 fellowships (10 per country) will be awarded annually under this scheme. The
fellowship applications will be considered once a year by a Selection Committee.


  • Enable to undertake cutting edge research work in India
  • Open to faculty, scientists and researchers in science, engineering and medicine
  • Monthly sustenance allowance and one time contingency grant
  • Return airfare.


Visiting Fellowship: for durations between 3 to 6 months




  • Applicant should be a citizen/permanent residents of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand .
  • The applicant should be actively engaged in research at a University or research institution in their country in various areas of science and technology including engineering and medical sciences.
  • Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D /M.Tech /M.Sc /MBBS with 3-5 years research or teaching experience. Applicants registered for a Ph.D degree in home country may also apply.
  • Must be below 45 years of age (as on 31st March 2022)
  • The applicant should possess a valid passport.
  • Must not hold any visa for temporary or permanent residency in India.


Fellowship Allowance: Rs. 50,000/- per month which includes accommodation and medical facilities as available to host institutes.

Contingency grant to Fellow Scientist: Rs. 10,000/- as one time contingency grant.

Contingency research grant for host scientist (through institution): Rs. 20,000/- as one time grant

Airfare: Round trip air ticket by economy class from the place of employment in their own
country to the Indian host institute, through shortest route. Local transport by
Road / rail between the nearest airport and the host institute in India.

Visa fee: Will be reimbursed


  • Researchers/scientists actively engaged in research at a university or research institution
    meeting the eligibility criteria should apply using prescribed format (can be downloaded from the websites to respective implementing agency in partner country (if available) or INSA, New Delhi.
  • If the respective implementing agency in partner country is not available, Applications may be submitted as hard copy or scan copy with supporting documents (please see application form) to INSA.


a) Selection Process: Pre-screening of applications will be undertaken by the implementing Agency in partner country solely based on scientific merit and proposed contribution to advanced research in the subject field. Final selection and award decision will be made by DST, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India through their implementing agency, INSA, New Delhi.

b) Notification of selection results: Award intimation will be sent to the successful candidates by the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India through INSA. The names of the awardees, host researchers and institutions as well as their research themes will be posted also on the websites of DST, India; INSA, New Delhi and the respective Indian Embassies.

c) Placement Process:

  • Candidates are required to finalize the dates of fellowship jointly with host Indian scientist.
  • The selected candidates will be issued visa by Indian Mission in their country.
  • For visa issuance, selected candidates will be required to approach Indian Mission with all documents and travel plan.
  • A copy of these documents and other travel details must be sent to INSA, New Delhi.


The research fellows are expected to strictly observe the regulations stipulated below and those of the host institution. Failure to follow these may result in withdrawal of the Fellowship.

a) Fellow must stay in India continuously during the accepted tenure of their fellowship and devote his/her maximum working time on the research work at the host institution. Fellow should not engage in any other work, either paid or unpaid, during the tenure of the Fellowship.

b) Only due to any unforeseen circumstances a Fellow will be allowed to leave India before completing the full tenure of the fellowship after seeking due permission of Indian Host Institute, INSA/DST and parent institution. In such circumstances, the fellowship amount proportional to remaining period shall not be paid.

c) The Fellow shall follow the rules established by the host institution and DST, including prohibiting acts of research misconduct (e.g. fabricating or falsifying research results) and misuse of research fund (e.g. use for private purpose or for purposes other than the approved research activity).

d) Fellow shall not either in or outside the host institution, infringe in any way on the
human rights of others, including racial or gender discrimination or other forms of social

e) The Fellow must submit a detailed research report after completion of his / her tenure
duly endorsed by the host researcher to DST and INSA.

f) The selected fellow should have his/her own medical insurance for the period of stay in


DST Contact:
Dr. Charu Agarwal
Scientist C, International Division
Department of Science & Technology (DST)
Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road New Delhi – 110016
Email: [email protected].

INSA Contact:
The Executive Director
Indian National Science Academy (INSA)
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
New Delhi-110002
Email: [email protected].

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