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Women constitute an important section of the workforce. However, the present situation of a large number of well-qualified women scientists who due to various circumstances have been left out of the S&T activities needs to be addressed. The problems faced are several but, significantly, most often the "break in their careers" arises out of motherhood and family responsibilities. The option for revival of their profession is presently unavailable due to restrictions in age and qualification and no system at present addresses these issues.

The "Women Scientists Scheme (WOS)" 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 30-50 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, both from the point of view of pure science and its application to societal development.

Under this scheme, women scientists are being encouraged to pursue research in frontier areas of science and engineering, on problems of societal relevance and to take up S&T-based internship followed by self-employment.


The minimum essential qualification are PG degree equivalent to MSc in Basic or Applied Science, B Tech in Engineering Sciences and MBBS or other equivalent professional qualifications. The desirable qualifications are Ph.D. in Basic or Applied Science, M Tech in Engineering Sciences and MD/MS, DM/MCH in Medical Sciences from recognized Universities. Maximum age limits for these scholarships are 35 and 50 years for post graduate and doctorate candidates respectively.

The selected candidates will be given upto Rs. 20,000/- pm as Research Scholarship. This would be part of a research project which will also have provisions for small pieces of equipment, contingencies, travel, consumables and institutional overhead charges. The upper limit on Cost of these projects including the scholarship amount would be Rs. 17 lakhs for a period of three years.

Other Requirements for Women Scientist Fellowship 2010:

  1. The project proposal must show an active association with a field agency in regard to implementation of the project irrespective of the fact whether the candidate is attached to an educational institution or R&D institution or any other agency. A letter to that effect from field agency is required.
  2. A certificate from the host institution, for extending infrastructural or administrative support for the project must be enclosed with the application. Similarly, a certificate from the identified field agency showing the agreement to get associated with me project is also required.
  3. If the proposal includes clinical trials involving humans or animals, necessary ethical clearance following ICMR / CPCSEA guidelines must be sought.

Duration of Fellowship:

The Women Scientist Scholarship 2010 will be given initially for duration of two years. The period may be extended to the third year in exceptional cases, if recommended by Experts during penodic reviews. Selection Mechanism: A Committee of Experts will be involved in the selection process. The two-tier selection orocess will be adopted involving initial screening and subsequent individual presentation by the screened-in candidates before a group of Experts. The selected candidates will be informed by post. The list of selected candidates will be displayed on the website.