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Alert: BOYSCAST Fellowship

June 01, 2004 13:07 IST
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Government of India
Ministry of Science & Technology
Department of Science & Technology

BOYSCAST Fellowship For The Year 2004-05

The 'Better Opportunities for Young Scientists in Chosen Areas of Science & Technology (BOYSCAST)' programme of the Department of Science & Technology offers young Indian scientists/technologists opportunities to visit international institutions. This will enable them to interact with scientists/technologists abroad, get exposure to the latest research techniques and participate in and contribute to the latest developments in specially chosen areas of science & technology.

Applications are invited from Indian nationals for the award of fellowships under the BOYSCAST programme for conducting advanced research/ undergoing specialised training in overseas research laboratories/ institutes in chosen frontline areas of science & technology for the period of three to 12 months.

The chosen areas fall under the following broad areas:

(1) Atmospheric and Earth Sciences

(2) Chemical Sciences

(3) Engineering Sciences

(4) Life Sciences

(5) Mathematical Sciences

(6) Physical Sciences

The candidates may please visit our websites, and, or refer to the advertisement in the Employment News edition dated May 8, 2004 for details of the specific chosen areas under each of the above broad areas.

Eligibility criteria: Young Indian scientists/technologists who fulfill the following conditions:

Academic qualifications: Master's degree in engineering, technology or its equivalent or a PhD in science or technology or its equivalent or M D degree in medicine or its equivalent.

Age: Up to 35 years (as on April 1). The applicants belonging to SC/ST/OBC and women candidates may be allowed a five-year relaxation in the age limit.

Employment: A regular position in a recognised S&T institution/university/college.

Candidates must be officially sponsored (their application to be formally forwarded) by the employer/head of the institution or agency with commitment to depute them for research/training under BOYSCAST programme.

A forwarding note merely stating that the above would be considered only after the fellowship is awarded will not be considered.

Place of work: The fellow should be accepted by a foreign scientific/technological institution, which is internationally recognised as an outstanding institution where major work in the identified area is in progress.

Candidates who have earlier availed of this fellowship or/and candidates who have availed any other overseas fellowship for a period of more than three months through any Government/public funding agency during last two years will not be considered for this fellowship.

Procedure for application: Applications for the award of the BOYSCAST fellowship should be sent in the prescribed format.

Please refer to the detailed advertisement in the Employment News edition dated May 8, 2004 for the application formats and other details regarding the submission of the application.

The detailed advertisement is also available at the website: and

Application should reach the DST within 45 days from May 8, 2004.
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