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Organization : Department of Science and Technology (DST)
Scholarship Name : Vaishvik Bharatiya Vaigyanik (VAIBHAV) Fellowship 2024
Applicable For : Citizen of India
Last Date : 15th March 2024
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What is DST VAIBHAV Fellowship?

The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, is implementing the VAIBHAV Fellowship Program. VAIBHAV Fellowship envisages a collaboration between scientists of Indian Diaspora with Indian Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs), Universities and/ or public funded Scientific Institutions. The VAIBHAV Fellow would identify an Indian Institution for collaboration and may spend up to two months in a year for maximum 3 years. Last Date of Fellowship is 15th March 2024.

Related / Similar Scholarship : EDUCAIT Pragnya Flagship Program

Emoluments for VAIBHAV Fellowship

** Fellowship in INR 4 Lakh, for minimum 01 month and maximum up to 02 months per year for a period of maximum 03 years,
** International Travel from place of work in parent institute to place of work in India in business class once a year,
** Fully furnished Accommodation in guest house or hotel up to Rs.7500/- per day
** Contingency Rs.1,00,000 per year for research expenditure in India.
** Domestic Travel (economy class) for academic purposes up to two Indian academic/ scientific institutes in a year

Institutional Financial Support:
In addition to the emoluments to VAIBHAV Fellow, the financial support (up to Rs 5.00 lakhs per year for 03 years) will be given to host institution to facilitate the VAIBHAV fellow for research work as per DST norms. This funding will cover the following expenses in connection with a project;

Eligibility of VAIBHAV Fellowship

For applicants – VAIBHAV Fellow :
** Non-Resident Indian (NRI), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCI), currently working abroad
** Ph.D/M.D/M.S/M.Tech degree from a recognized University
** Engaged in active research
** Working/worked in Institute/University (in regular/tenure employment) for at least 5 years or more. [Desirable: top-200 QS World University Ranking (subject-wise)]
Working in Industry or Research Laboratories of repute in abroad for at least 5 years or more (but should not be PhD or Post-doctoral fellow)

For host Indian Institutions :
** Higher Educational Institutions / University ranked in top 200 in NIRF overall rankings or having NAAC ‘A+’ grade or above and/or
** Public funded Scientific Institutes/National Laboratories.

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Required Documents for VAIBHAV Fellowship

Documents needed to apply
i. Biodata of VAIBHAV Fellow (07 pages max) (format attached as Annexure-I)
ii. List of recent publications of VAIBHAV Fellow (last three years) with impact factor
iii. Copy of certificate for highest qualification
iv. Copy of passport
v. Copy of OCI/PIO Card /Work Visa
vi. Undertaking by the Applicant and the host in the prescribed format (format attached as Annexure-II)
vii. Consent Letter / No-Objection letter / Forwarding letter from Indian Host Institution (on letterhead expressing consent to allow the applicant’s research work in his institution) (format attached as Annexure-III)
viii. Consent Letter/ No-Objection letter/ Forwarding letter from VAIBHAV Fellow’s Institute/ University/ Company (format attached as Annexure-IV)
ix. Bio-data of the Host Scientist along with list of publications of last three years including the impact factor (format is same as Annexure-I)
x. Conflict of Interest (to be given by the Host Scientist in prescribed format) (format attached as Annexure-V)

How to apply for VAIBHAV Fellowship?

Application should be submitted to DST by Host Indian Scientist through on-line E-PMS Portal of DST only.
Please note following important application instructions:
** Host Scientist need to apply on behalf of the Indian Diaspora as DST would release the funds to the host Institution which will be reimbursed to the fellow by the host Institution.

** It is advised that before filling the online form, may kindly read all the guidelines and formats. The main advertisement may be seen at DST website (, however, detailed guidelines are available at e-PMS portal only (

** The Indian host need to register at the e-PMS portal of DST using the following link

** After registration, the Indian host need to select the VAIBHAV Scheme under International Cooperation Division at the e-PMS portal. Thereafter, the online application may be filled and submitted with all relevant information through e-PMS portal of the DST. Applications would be received in on-line mode (through ePMS) only. Physical or e-mail applications will not be considered.

** Any shortcomings in the proposal or non-submission through the e-PMS portal will result in rejection of the proposal. DST will not be responsible for these shortcomings.
** It may be noted that after submission, applicant will get Temporary Project Number (TPN), auto generated by the system, which should be mentioned in all future correspondence.

Terms & Conditions of VAIBHAV Fellowship

** Multiple applications from Host/Applicant shall be rejected. One host/applicant can submit only one application.
** In case applicant could not submit the proposal in time, DST shall not entertain that project offline and also no request to extend the date would be entertained.
** Without consent letter from Head of Institute of Host and applicant, the application shall not be entertained and shall be treated as disqualified.
** No calls/emails will be entertained 72 hrs prior to the closing of call.

Important Dates of VAIBHAV Fellowship

** Launch of VAIBHAV fellowship at DST websites – 23 January 2024
** Deadline to submit Application in current cycle – March 15, 2024 (5:00 PM IST)

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