SERB Ramanujan Fellowship 2021-22

To encourage not only bright and talented scientists and engineers from overseas to take up scientific research posit in India but also scientists with an outstanding track record who intend to return to India, Science & Engineering Research Board.

The government of India has invited nominations for the five years long Ramanujan fellowship (not extendable) which encompasses all areas of Science (in the broadest term). This fellowship is a good chance for those scientists who intend to return to India. The fellowship is scientist-specific and very selective.

The fellows should work in any of the scientific universities or institutions in the country including departments or other academic institutions and national laboratories. The following criteria have to be met by the candidates to be eligible for the Ramanujan fellowship for the academic year 2021-22.

Upon accepting the Ramanujan fellowship, an applicant shall not accept any other scholarship or fellowship from another University/Institute. A declaration regarding this manner is required to be put together by the selected individual. If at any stage of the fellowship process, any kind of false information is detected, the candidates will either be asked for a refund or fined.

The department of the science & engineering research board is conveyed for the enhancement of the amount under Ramanujan fellowship to Rs.1,35,000/- p.m. and annual contingency/research grant to Rs.7.00 lakh per annum and Rs.60,000/- pa as overhead charges for all the Ramanujan fellows.

In each year financial year before the release of the next installment of grant-in-aid, the progress of the Ramanujan fellows will be reviewed by a specially constituted subject area/discipline wise committee constituted by SERB.

The progress review meeting will be held at the start of the financial year. During the meeting, Ramanujan fellows will bring progress reports and financial papers of the previous completed financial year for the release of the next installment of the grant.

In the case of existing fellows, the increase in fellowship amount will apply only to candidates who are currently receiving the fellowship. The window for receiving nominations is open throughout the year. There is therefore no last date to apply for the Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) Ramanujan fellowship scheme.

The candidates who have been absorbed by the institute (who earlier received the Ramanujan research grant) cannot come back to avail of this fellowship amount. However, they will be eligible for an enhanced research grant of Rs.7.00 lakh per annum.

The matter of joining period after declaration of the result was re-examined and decided to convey that the recommended candidates have to join the host institute within six months from the date of declaration of the result. The amount received under this fellowship is also taxable as per the income tax rules.

Ramanujan Fellowship

SERB Ramanujan Fellowship Details:

  • Organization: Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB)
  • Fellowship Name: Ramanujan Fellowship 
  • Website:
  • Academic Year: 2021-22
  • Duration: The fellowship duration will be a maximum of 05 years.

Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria for Ramanujan Fellowships 2021-22:

The candidate should be below the age of forty (40) years.
The candidate should possess a higher degree, such as a Ph.D. in Science or Engineering, Masters in Engineering / Technology, or MD in Medicine, etc. with adequate professional experience.
The outstanding track record of the fellow must be reflected adequately in research publications and recognition’s keeping in mind the fact that the fellowship is highly selective.
In case of selection of the candidate for a regular position in the university or institute, the candidate can either avail fellowship amount with the research grant or salary from the institution with the research grant.
The candidates will be eligible for receiving stipends through the funding schemes of the Govt. of India.

Fellowship Amount:

 The following incentives will be granted to the candidates who are successful in securing the Ramanujan fellowship for themselves:

  • Rupees 1,35,000/- every month as the amount of the fellowship.
  • Each fellow will also receive an additional research grant of rupees Rs.7.00 lakh pa and Rs.60,000/- pa (for consumables, travel, research manpower, and contingencies, etc.).

The Nomination of RNF 2021-22:

  • The scientists can choose to work at any S&T institution in India including universities, departments, or other academic institutions and National Laboratories.
  • However, necessary administration and research and development, and basic infrastructural support must be provided by the institute of choice.
  • The availability of the Ramanujan Fellowship will be first advertised by the universities or institutes through their websites to attract applications from the interested candidates. The institutes will then send the nominations of the selected candidates to the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB). Appropriate mechanisms may be set up to scrutinize and recommend the nominations.
  • If desired, institutions can also be approached by individual scientists and technologists for hosting them for the fellowship. The individuals can then forward their nominations to the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) for the fellowship.
  • A highly efficient and empowered search – cum – selection committee shall be appointed for the selection of the fellows. The committee shall conduct the procedure periodically.

How to Apply for Ramanujan Fellowship 2021-22:

The eligible applicants can fill the application form and submit it to the Institute. The nomination (application) should be forwarded by the Head of the Institute in a given prescribed format available online at SERB official website e.g.

The window for receiving nominations is open throughout the year. There is therefore no last date to apply for the Ramanujan Fellowship. All nominations may be sent to the Secretary, Atten: Ramanujan Fellowship Scheme, Science & Engineering Research Board, 5 & 5A, Lower Ground Floor, Vasant Square Mall, Sector-B, Pocket-5, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070.

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