Published: 27th May 2019
Anna University launches two-year post-doctoral fellowship with Rs 45,000 stipend
The university is looking for candidates who are ardent on publishing papers and can compete with ongoing global research
To encourage young researchers, Anna University has launched a two-year post-doctoral fellowship programme. Researchers with a PhD in any science or engineering subject can apply for the fellowship, said J Kumar, university registrar.
While there are only about 15 vacancies currently, it will be increased if more promising candidates apply for it, he said adding, "the Fellow can use any resource available in the varsity. He or she can seek guidance from any department staff, use the libraries, labs or benefit from other scholarships or tie-ups we have with other institutions or the government." For instance, they can work on projects with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) using this fellowship.
The university is looking for candidates who are ardent on publishing papers and can compete with ongoing global research, he said. The eligibility criteria include candidates who have obtained a Ph.D. with first class in the last three years and a good academic record throughout. At the time of joining, the candidate should submit provisional or degree certificates of their Ph.D. and other qualifications. Candidates under the age of 32 will be preferred.
While the fellowship is given only for two years, if the candidate's performance is satisfactory and the outcome of the research is compelling, the varsity may extend the fellowship by a year, he said.
Kumar told Express that candidates will be evaluated based on the strength and novelty of the research proposal, the expertise brought in by the applicant to the department's or mentor's research area(s) and value addition the project can give to the university. He said, "If an applicant is found suitable, the shortlisted candidate will be called for an interview. Once selected, a mentor(s) will be assigned."
Fellows are eligible for a stipend of Rs 45,000 a month and Rs 10,000 for accommodation. An additional travel grant of Rs 1 lakh per year, will be given. "The university has invested a corpus fund of `18 crore, interest from which will fund these Fellows. If we recruit more Fellows, we'll invest more," he said.
The performance of the Post-Doctoral Fellow will be assessed by a Performance Evaluation Committee (PEC). The panel will meet every six months to assess the performance of Post-Doctoral Fellows. The candidate should present a progress report to PEC detailing the research work carried out and research findings supported by publications, patents, technology transfer agreements or details on commercialisation of the product.