Ramanujan Fellowship is meant for brilliant Indian scientists and engineers from outside India to take up scientific research positions in India, those Indian scientists/engineers who want to return to India from abroad. The fellowship is scientist -specific and very selective. The Ramanujan Fellows could work in any of the scientific institutions and universities in the country and they would be eligible for receiving regular research grants through the extramural funding schemes of various S&T agencies of the Government of India.Eligibility
For successful online submission of the application the following points may be noted:
Q1: Is the grants received under Ramanujan Fellowship taxable?
A1: Yes, the Grant received under Ramanujan Fellowship is taxable as per I.T. rules.
Q2: To whom the Ramanujan Fellowship is meant for or what is the aim of initiating the Ramanujan Fellowship?
A2: The Ramanujan Fellowship is meant for brilliant Indian scientists and engineers from all over the world to take up scientific positions in India and for those Indian scientists who want to return to India from abroad. The Fellowship is scientist-specific and very selective.
Q3: How can a person apply for the Ramanujan Fellowship?
A3: Individual Scientists and Technologists working abroad should approach the Institutions of his/her choice for hosting them for the fellowship. The nominee will then fill out his application through the serb online portal serbonline.in and submit it to his nominator who will verify the application and then submit the nomination to SERB through online portal only.
Q4: What are the areas covered under Ramanujan Fellowship?
A4: All Areas of Science (in the broadest terms) are covered by this Fellowship.
Q5: Which are the institutes and universities where the Ramanujan Fellow can work?
A5: The Ramanujan Fellows can work in any of the scientific institutions and universities in the country other than the institute where he/she has obtained his/her doctorate degree.
Q6:Is Ramanujan fellow eligible to apply for Core Research grant proposal?
A6: Yes, Ramanujan fellows are eligible to apply for Core Research grant proposal.
Q7: : What are the eligibility criteria for applying for Ramanujan Fellowship?
Following are the eligibility criteria for applying Ramanujan Fellowship:
O8:What is the duration of the Ramanujan Fellowship?
A8: The Ramanujan Fellowship duration is for 5 years only.
Q9: : How/When can the individual start his Ramanujan Fellowship?
A9: A letter is sent by the Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) to the Individual as well as to the host Institute informing the award of Ramanujan Fellowship. After this the Individual has to join the fellowship within six months of the date of approval letter and to send his / her Acceptance Letter to the Host Institute, indicating the tentative month when he wants to start the Fellowship, and then the Institute will forward his Acceptance Letter to Science &Engineering Research Board along with the details of the bank for transfer of fund through RTGS(in the prescribed format). Based on this letter SERB will process the case for getting administrative and financial approvals and then a Sanction Order is issued to the Host Institute (marking a copy to the Ramanujan Fellow) and a copy to the Drawing and Disbursing Officer, SERB for disbursing the grant under Ramanujan Fellowship. When the grant money is received by the Host Institute, the Ramanujan Fellow can start his/ her Fellowship.
Q10: What is the nature of support the Ramanujan Fellow is entitled for?
A10: For Fellows who will be availing the Ramanujan fellowship after 31.12.2018, the revised funding pattern of Ramanujan fellows is as follows:
Q11: What is the emoluments under Ramanujan Fellowship for HRA?
A11: SERB gives only consolidated fellowship of Rs.1,35,000/- p.m (including HRA component) per month.
Q12: Can a person avail grants under Ramanujan Fellowship and Salary from the Institute at the same time?
A12: No, A person can opt either to avail his/ her salary from the Institute or Fellowship amount under Ramanujan Fellowship and it is applicable to the fellows those who have started the fellowship on or before 31.12.2018(after the issuance of the sanction order on or before 31.12.2018 as per terms and conditions of latest O.M. dated 01-01-2019). Fellows who get a permanent position after 31.12.2018 (issuance of sanction order happened after 31.12.2018), will relinquish the Ramanujan fellowship in total in case they get salary from institute on getting permanent, tenure track or on contractual basis.
Q13:Can a fellow change the host institute after getting Ramanujan Fellowship?
Q14: How many times a person can avail International Travel per year in the Ramanujan Fellowship?
A14: A person can avail one International Travel per year under Ramanujan Fellowship.
Q15:How does a Ramanujan Fellow get his subsequent Grant?
A15: The Grant for the subsequent year are released only after receiving the Statement of Expenditure (SE) and Utilization Certificate (UC) in the prescribed format (available in the website). The SE and UC are 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. In addition, a work report of for that FY is also required.
Q16:What payments can be made to the project staffs employed for Ramanujan fellow under Research grant?
A16: The project staff can be paid as per the SERB order issued time to time. Latest orders are available at SERB website.
Q17:Can an Indian scientist/engineer working in India under a permanent/temporary position be nominated by the institute for Ramanujan Fellowship?
A17: : No, Ramanujan Fellowship is meant for reverse brain drain i.e. inviting brilliant Indian scientists and engineers who want to return to India from abroad to take up scientific positions in India.
Q18:What is the time duration for selected candidates to join the host institute as a Ramanujan fellow?
A18: The selected candidates must join their host institute within 6 months from the issue of the Ramanujan Fellowship Award letter, else the award will be cancelled automatically.
Q19:Can an Institute nominate an employee having temporary employment in India?
A19: No, Institute can nominate Indian scientist for Ramanujan Fellowship only from outside India, having no position or employment in India.
Q20: From where a candidate can get himself nominated from?A20:
Q21:What is the role of SERB in supporting Ramanujan Fellows?
Q22:What is the entitlement of Ramanujan fellow in the host institute?
A22: The SERB recommended Ramanujan fellow is equivalent to Scientist-D for the TA/DA etc.
Q23: Can a Ramanujan Fellow entitled to guide/supervise the M.Phil/Ph.D Scholars?
A23: SERB encourages Ramanujan fellow to get guideship at their respective host institute based on the applicant research experience, so then they can supervise M.Phil/Ph.D scholars which will help them in their academic career development.