J.C. BOSE FELLOWSHIP

The JC Bose fellowship is awarded to active scientists in recognition for their outstanding performance. The fellowship is scientist-specific and very selective.

Eligibility
  • Should be an active scientist with a record of outstanding performance apparent from the award of SS Bhatnagar prize and/or fellowship of science academies (including engineering, agriculture and medicine).
  • The scientist should be in service at the time of nomination to this fellowship.
  • The nominee should be an Indian national working in institutions/Universities in India.

Duration
  • The duration of the fellowship will be initially for five years. In case, the fellow superannuates during the term of the fellowship, the fellowship can be continued if a host institution is willing to host the fellowship
  • The tenure of the fellowship may be extended for subsequent term of 5 years based on rigorous assessment of research performance during the tenure of the fellowship. A minimum of 25% of the applicants seeking extension will not be granted extension.
  • The fellowship can be availed up to 68 years of age.

Nature of Support
  • The fellowship amount is Rs. 25,000 per month in addition to regular income.
  • Research grant of Rs. 15.00 lakh per annum.
  • Overhead of Rs.1.00 lakh per annum to the host institute.

Nomination
  • The nominations can be sent by the Heads of the Institutions; JC Bose Fellows and Presidents of National science academies.
  • The nominations are received throughout the year.

Selection

Selection of JC Bose Fellows will be made periodically (normally twice a year) by a Search-cum-Selection Committee specially constituted for the purpose, as per the broad guidelines of the fellowship scheme


Online Application Procedure

For successful online submission of the application the following points may be noted:

  • Nominator should first register into the online website.  click here to register
  • After log-in, go to Menu --> Proposal Submission --> Form Submission.
  • Some of the details of Nominee like Name,email,contact details, area of specialization,educational qualifications, employment details & research experience etc. have to be entered at the time of submission.
  • Research Contribution in Last 5 years of the Nominee has to be uploaded in single PDF file not more than 10 MB. Download Template

Documents required (in PDF) should be in prescribed format:
  • Recommendation Letter

Contact person Details:

The contact details of Programme Officers are given below:

Dr. Pravakar Mohanty, Scientist 'C'
Science and Engineering Research Board
5 & 5A, Lower Ground Floor,
Vasant Square Mall,Plot No. A, Community Centre,
Sector-5, Pocket-5, Vasant Kunj
New Delhi-110070
Tel: +91-11-40000382
Email: p.mohanty@serb.gov.in


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q1: For whom the J.C. Bose Fellowship is meant for?

A1: The J.C. Bose Fellowship is meant to recognize active scientists for their outstanding performance. The fellowship is scientist-specific and very selective.

 

Q2: What are the eligibility criteria for applying/availing J.C. Bose Fellowship?

A2:

  • Should be an active scientist with a record of outstanding performance apparent from the award of SS Bhatnagar prize and/or fellowship of science academies (including engineering, agriculture and medicine).
  • The scientist should be in service at the time of nomination to this fellowship.
  • The nominee should be an Indian national working in institutions in India.

 

Q3: What are the areas covered under J.C. Bose Fellowship?

A3: All Areas of Science (in the broadest terms) are covered by this Fellowship.


 

Q4: What is the nature of support for the J.C. Bose Fellow?

A4: The J.C. Bose Fellow will receive personnel Fellowship of Rs.25,000/- per month and a Research Grant of Rs.15.00 Lakh per annum. Rs.1.00 Lakh is provided as Overheads for the host institute.

 

Q5: What is the upper age limit up to which the J C Bose fellowship can be availed?

A5: 68 years.

 

Q6: Can the JC Bose fellow continue the fellowship after superannuation?

A6: The JC Bose fellowship can be continued after superannuation provided a host institution is willing to accept the fellowship and provide all necessary infrastructure and administrative support.

 

Q7: When can a person apply for the J.C. Bose Fellowship? What is the last date of acceptance of the application?

A7: The nominations for the J.C. Bose Fellowship are accepted throughout the year and there is no last date of acceptance of the nomination.

 

O8:Who can nominate for J C Bose Fellows?

A8: Heads of Institutions, JC Bose fellows, Presidents of Science Academies can send the nominations.

 

Q9: What is the duration of the J.C. Bose Fellowship?

A9: The J.C. Bose Fellowship duration is 5 years.

 

Q10: How/When can the individual start his J.C. Bose Fellowship?

A10: A letter is sent by the Science & Engineering Research Board to the Individual as well as to the host Institute informing the award of J.C. Bose Fellowship. On receipt of this offer letter, the Individual has to send acceptance letter indicating the month when he/she wants to start the Fellowship, and then the Institute will forward the acceptance letter to the Science & Engineering Research Board. Based on this letter, the Board will process for necessary approvals and a Sanction Order will be issued to the host institute (and a copy to the J.C. Bose Fellow). When the grant money is received at the host institute, the J.C. Bose Fellow can start his Fellowship.

 

Q11: How does a J.C. Bose Fellow get his subsequent Grant?

A11: The Grant for the subsequent years is released after receiving Statement of Expenditure (SE) and Utilization Certificate (UC) in the prescribed format (available in the website). The SE and UC are to be submitted financial year wise i.e. from 01st April to 31st March. For the first year it would be from the Date of Start (DOS) to 31st March and subsequently from 01st April to 31st March.

 

Q12: Is the personal fellowship received in J.C. Bose Fellowship scheme taxable?

A12: Yes, it is taxable.

 

Q13:Can a fellow change the host institute during implementation of J.C. Bose Fellowship?

A13: A J C Bose fellow can change the host institute during implementation of J.C. Bose Fellowship. He has to forward NOCs from both the Institutes along with final financial papers indicating balance unspent grant from the old institute and appointment letter from the new Institute indicating the joining date and duration of the appointment.

 

Q14: What are the guidelines for superannuated fellows availing of the JC Bose fellowship along with any other fellowship/ honorarium?

A14: Superannuated JC Bose fellows can avail the award money provided for SS Bhatnagar Prize/Academy fellowships and honorarium/salary being provided by the host institution in addition to JC Bose fellowship. However, they are not allowed to avail any other fellowship of a similar kind such as DAE Raja Ramanna Fellowship. Any misinformation in this regard may lead to full recovery of J C Bose fellowship with penal interest from the awardees.

 

Q15:Is there a provision for extension of the fellowship?

A15:

  • The fellowship can be renewed for a period of 5 years after rigorous assessment of research performance of the fellow during the tenure of the fellowship. The fellows will be required to submit a document highlighting the research work done during the previous 5 years, with complete list of publications/patents, and manpower trained during the tenure of the fellowship. The criteria for renewal will be based on research performance. Any other accomplishment such as occupying leadership position will not be counted as factors.
  • Minimum exit of 25% of the fellows will be enforced while giving the extension of the fellowship.

 

Q16:Is there a flexibility to utilize the research grant?

A16: A J C Bose fellow can change the host institute during implementation of J.C. Bose Fellowship. He has to forward NOCs from both the Institutes along with final financial papers indicating balance unspent grant from the old institute and appointment letter from the new Institute indicating the joining date and duration of the appointment