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How to apply for NPDF?


The SERB-National Post Doctoral Fellowship (NPDF) is aimed to identify motivated young researchers and provide them with support for doing research in frontier areas of science and engineering.

The fellows will work under a mentor, and it is hoped that this training will provide them with a platform to develop as an independent researcher.


  • The applicant should be an Indian citizen
  • The applicant must have obtained a Ph.D/M.D/M.S degree from a recognized University. Those who have submitted their PhD/M.D/M.S thesis and are awaiting award of the degree are also eligible to apply. However, such candidates, if selected, will be offered lower fellowship amount till they qualify the eligible degree
  • The upper age limit for the fellowship is 35 years at the time of the submission of application, age will be calculated by taking the date of closure of the respective call. Age relaxation of 5 (five) years will be given to candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/Physically Challenged & Women candidates
  • NPDF can be availed only once by a candidate in his/her career.
  • The mentor must hold a regular academic/research position in a recognized institution in India. Should hold a Ph.D. degree in Science or Engineering.
  • A mentor shall not have more than two SERB NPDF fellows at any given time.
  • Applicants of NPDF, SRG and EMR can submit their proposal only once in a calendar year in any of these schemes.

How to apply for NPDF?

All applications should be submitted through the SERB online portal Usually, one month window is provided to submit the application along with other documents. The following documents are mandatory.

• Research proposal (see for the correct format).
• Proof of Date of Birth (Class X certificate or Date of Birth Certificate).
• Proof of Caste (only for cases seeking age relaxation).
• Proof of Ph.D. Degree or proof of Ph.D. thesis submission certificate.
• Endorsement Certificate signed by Mentor and Head of the Host Institution (format can be downloaded from
• Undertaking Certificate by the applicant (see online portal for its format.
• Reprints of your two best publications.
• CV of the Mentor (see online portal for its format).

The applicants are advised to follow detailed instructions provided in the SERB online portal


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