Women Scientists Programs
DST's Scholarship Scheme for Women Scientists
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
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.
Category of Scholarships
Three categories of scholarships, with research
grants, are available for Indian citizen. Scholarships are
envisaged in both institutional and non-institutional modes.
Under the institutional mode, national and state-level organizations,
recognized universities, educations and R&D laboratories
would be considered for grant by the Department.
S&T - based Non-Government, Voluntary and
Non-Profit organisation, working on societal issues and having
the legal status of a registered society would be considered
under the non-institutional mode,
The various categories of Scholarship available
are indicated below:
- Scholarship for Research in Basic/Applied Science (WOS-A)
- Scholarship for Research in S&T - based Societal Programs
- Internship for the Self-Employment (WOS-C)
The scheme is meant to encourage women candidates,
preferably those having a break in career and not having regular
employment. Qualification for the scholarships are as follows
Women Scientists Scheme (WOS-A):
The 'Women Scientists Scheme (WOS-A)' of the Department of Science and Technology is aimed to provide opportunities to women scientists and technologists for pursuing research in basic or applied sciences in frontier areas of science and engineering. A special provision has been made under this Scheme to encourage those women scientists who have had break-in-career. It will provide a launch pad for them to return to mainstream science and work as bench-level scientists in the field of science and technology.
For Online Submission of WOS-A Proposals - http://online-wosa.gov.in
The 'Women Scientists Scheme (WOS-A)' of the Department of Science and Technology is aimed to provide opportunities to women scientists and technologists for pursuing research in basic or applied sciences in frontier areas of science and engineering. A special provision has been made under this Scheme to encourage those women scientists who have had breaks in their careers. It will provide a launch pad for them up to the age of 50 years to return to mainstream science and work as bench-level scientists in the field of science and technology.
Scientific Disciplines: The scholarships have been instituted in the following subject areas : (1) Physical Science; (2) Chemical Science; (3) Mathematical Science; (4) Life sciences; (5) Earth Sciences; (6) Atmospheric Sciences; (7) Engineering Sciences. A project proposal should be submitted in active collaboration with an academic/R&D institution in the chosen subject area.
Support: This scheme will provide a research grant with an upper limit of Rs. 23 lakh (for Ph.D. or equivalent) and Rs. 20 lakh (for M.Sc. or equivalent) for a well-defined R&D project proposal for a period of three years. This grant will include the fellowship of the applicant and cost of small equipments, contingencies, travel, consumables etc. Institutional overhead charges will be extra.
- Persons already in employment need not apply.
- Women scientists, with a minimum of Post Graduate degree, equivalent to M.Sc. in Basic or Applied Sciences or B.Tech. or MBBS or other equivalent professional qualifications, are eligible for this scheme. Maximum age limit for this category is 35 years at the time of submission of the application. The amount of fellowship for such candidates will be Rs. 20,000/- PM.
- Women scientists having a Ph.D. in Basic or Applied Sciences or M.Tech. or MD/MS, DM/MCH in Medical Sciences from recognized Universities can apply up to the age of 50 years. The amount of fellowship for such candidates will be Rs. 35,000/- PM.
- Age relaxation of 5 years would be given to candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC and physically challenged category. Attested copies of supporting documents in this regard must be enclosed.
- Preference would be given to candidates having a break-in-career due to family reasons.
- Also, preference would be given to Ph.D./equivalent degree candidates. M.Sc./equivalent candidates may, however, be also considered if they have a bright academic record and demonstrable research experience in the form of publications, dissertations, patents, etc.
Date of Application :The Scheme is open throughout the year. Therefore, there is no last date of application.
Procedure For Applying:
- Five (5) copies of neatly typed application (in single space and on both sides of the paper) should be submitted in the enclosed format at the address given below.
- Carefully prepared proposal should be concise focused and complete in all respects.
Application Format Click Here
Address for Submission of Application and Enquiries:
Dr H B Singh
Women Scientists Scheme (WOS-A)
Department of Science & Technology
Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road
New Delhi – 110016
E-mail: haribsingh at nic dot in
Phone No: 011-26590273
Online Application: http://online-wosa.gov.in
scholarship is specially intended to encourage women scientists
involved in research and application of innovative solutions
for various societal issues. This scholarship would be made
available to the aspiring women scientists willing to work
for the search, design, adaptation and demonstration of Science
and Technological skills and techniques for improving the
income generating activity and reducing drudgery of weaker
sections of our society in different occupations, capacity
building on the societal programs at the grassroot level etc.
The minimum essential qualifications are PG
degree equivalent to M.Sc in basic or Applied Science, B Tech
in Engineering Science and MBBS or other equivalent professional
qualifications. The desirable qualifications are PhD in Basic
or Applied Science, M.Tech in Engineering Science and MD/MS,
DM/MCH in Medical Science from recognized Universities. Cut
off age for the candidate is 50 years. The candidates should
also have working experience and linkages with the relevant
organization to carry out research on R&D projects of
The selected candidate will be awarded upto
Rs. 10,000/- pm (for Post Graduate in science and bachelors
in Engineering and Medicine) and Rs. 15,000/- pm (for Doctorate
in Science and Masters in Engineering and Medicine) as Research
Scholarships and a research grant up to a maximum limit of
Rs. 15 lakhs including the scholarship amount for a period
of three years to cover the cost of small equipment, travel,
contingencies, consumables and institutional overhead charges.
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of on-going projects :
category is mainly focused to provide an opportunity to women
scientists for self-employment by utilizing their specialized
domain knowledge in areas such as patenting, proof reading,
science journalism, technical translation, clinical pathology
labs, medical transcription etc. The objective of this scholarship
is to create a large pool of trained women workforce with
experience in the diverse areas mentioned above and building
up a professional network.
The three components of the scheme (WOS-A, WOS-B
and WOS-C) are being implemented through the following wings
Dr H B Singh
Officer in Charge,
Department of Science and Technology,
New Delhi - 110 016
Email: haribsingh at nic dot in
Department of Science and Technology,
New Delhi - 110 016
Email: sharma dot jyoti at nic dot in
Patent Facilitating Centre- TIFAC,
Department of Science and Technology
A Wing, 5th Floor
New Delhi - 110 016
Phone : 011- 42525802, 26852937
Email: wosc.pfc at gmail dot com, sangeetanagar2005 at gmail dot com