The “Back-to-Lab” programme of Women Scientists Division offers Post-Doctoral Fellowship to women who have break in their career, to facilitate their re-entry in science research. The fellowship is provided normally for a period of 2 years. The scheme is open to unemployed women who are permanent residents of Kerala and qualified with Ph.D. in Science or Engineering.

Terms & Conditions
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For queries:
E-mail  :  wsd1kscste@gmail.com
Tel: 0471- 2548208, 0471- 2548346

Selected candidates are eligible for a monthly fellowship of Rs. 45,000/- for a maximum period of 2 years of implementation of the project. An annual Contingent grant of Rs. 75,000/- is also eligible for the entire project duration. HRA is admissible for those availing rented accommodation. The rate of HRA admissible in the Host institution shall be applied subject to a limit of 10%, upon submission of HRA Certificate in specified format. Those who reside in own house or occupying Institute /any
Government accommodation facility are not eligible for HRA.

  • Only women candidates are eligible to apply
  • Applicant should be a Permanent Resident of Kerala.
  • Applicant should be unemployed and should be under career-break due to family commitments or other related matters, at the time of application.
  • Applicant should not receiving any emoluments from any source at the time of application.
  • Those who have availed KSCSTE Back-to-Lab Fellowship earlier for their Ph.D programme are not eligible to apply.
  • Age limit: 40 years - as on the date of application, relaxable for 3 years for OBC and 5 years for SC/ST
  • Applicant should have qualified Ph.D. as on the date of application and should have scored minimum 60% marks for post-graduation.
  • Applicant should have chosen an institution as Research Centre subject to the following.
  • The Research Centre should not be the same as Ph.D Research Centre.
  • Tenable only in R&D institutions (National/State level) or University Departments in Kerala and should belong to the category of “Government Institutions” [however, premier National Institutions viz.,IISER, IIT, IISc. etc outside the State shall also be considered ]
  • Applicant should have published at least one research paper in a SCI Journal/ secured patent.
  • Those who have already availed one Post-Doctoral Fellowship from KSCSTE or elsewhere are not eligible to apply.

The Head,
Women Scientists Division
Kerala State Council of Science, Technology and Environment
Sasthra Bhavan, Pattom (P.O), Thiruvananthapuram – 695 004
Ph: 0471-2548402
E-mail: wsd1kscste@gmail.com