Dr. D.S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

Dr. D.S Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme



Dr. D. S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship (DSKPDF) Scheme was introduced by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in the year 2007 on the recommendation of the Empowered Committee (EC) chaired by Professor M. M. Sharma. In addition to the existing RA/PDF positions provided by various funding agencies, a need was felt for PDF scheme running in a flexible mode, with fast track, on-line handling and decision making. It was envisaged that the new PDF scheme must be tuned to the ground realities prevailing in our university system. The DSKPDF Scheme was also expected to provide an opportunity for many fresh Ph. D.’s to overcome the deficiencies in training at the doctoral level research and to explore new areas of research in better settings in the Indian University Sector.

Eligibility and Duration :

Aspirant below 35 years of age (Up to 3, 5 and 10 years of age relaxation for OBC, SC/ST/Women and physically handicapped respectively is admissible), who are awarded a Ph. D. degree under science faculty is eligible to apply. It is necessary that candidate identifies a Mentor (affiliated to University/Institute wherein DSK Fellowship is tenable) for his/her postdoctoral Research work and obtain his/her consent for the mentorship. Higher PDF (with marginally elevated stipend) is admissible for those applicants, identified as outstanding by standing (core) peer committee of reviewers.

Teachers below the age of 35, working on confirmed posts in Academic Institutes may also apply. However, along with the hard copy, they will be required to submit a certificate from their Head of the Institution (Registrar of University / Principal of a college) that the teacher will be given attest three years of sabbatical / special leave without financial support for carrying out their postdoctoral work.

Application steps

The candidate should apply for Login ID and Password before uploading the actual application. Forgetting the Login ID, he/she should fill the basic form, wherein he/she has to enter some preliminary information about his/her and doctoral degree. It is necessary that the name given by the candidate should match the one on Master’s and PhD degree certificates. After filling the basic form, the candidate will receive a system generated e-mail for the email verification. The candidate may follow the instructions mentioned in that email in order to authenticate the information provided by him/her.
After verification of the information at DSKPDF Cell, the candidate will receive a mail containing a Login ID and Password at the E-mail address provided by the candidate within 10 working days of your request
The candidate has to fill the application form by using the provided Login ID and Password within 10 days. Login ID and Password will expire after 10 days. Thus candidate should strictly adhere to this deadline. Please fill in all the columns and attach the summary of your PhD work, a summary of the proposed research work and a Mentor’s CV. All uploaded files should be strictly in the specified format (Click here for the formats) limiting to 100 kb size individually. An unformatted document shall be liable to be rejected. The aspirant may choose to attach a PDF or doc file for this purpose.
All the valid applications will receive a system-generated acknowledgement from Dr D. S. Kothari Fellowship Cell. This will be accompanied by a file containing your complete application. A unique Application No. (ID) will be assigned to each application. Please note this number for further reference.
The candidates are requested to take a printout of the Application file provided at the end of Application Filling procedure. He/she has to affix his/her recent photograph and sign on the application at indicated places.

Attach duly attested copy of the following documents.

  1. Summary of PhD Work, in the prescribed format. Same as uploaded online
    Concept proposal of the postdoctoral research, in the prescribed format. Same as uploaded online
  2. A brief Mentor CV, in the prescribed format. Same as uploaded online
  3. Copy of your Graduation and Post graduation certificate
  4. Copy of your S.S.C.(10th Class Certificate)/Age Proof Certificate PhD Degree Certificate Or Certificate by the PhD guide/Registrar of University/Institute Original Certificate of Mentor on proper letterhead specifying that he/she is willing to guide you for your Postdoc Research work, in prescribed format
  5. NET/SET Certificate if applicable
  6. Reserved Category/Physically Handicapped Certificate if applicable

All documents are to be sent to

The National Coordinator,
Dr. D.S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship Cell
C/o Interdisciplinary School of Scientific Computing
Savitribai Phule Pune University
Ganeshkhind Post Office, Pune 411 007.

Please mention the application ID on the envelope. The result about the award of Dr. D. S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship will be displayed by UGC on the UGC website followed by DSKPDF website typically within 16 weeks from the date of receipt of the hard copy of your application. No interim correspondence will be entertained within this period.

If the candidate has already applied for Dr. D. S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship and has been declared as unsuccessful, he/she is permitted to apply again with new research proposal only after one year from date of declaration of result. Incomplete applications such as un-formatted documents, false/misleading information etc. shall be rejected.

Online Application: Click Here

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