Working for technological empowerment and sustainable livelihoods at the grass root levels.

Department of Science & Technology
Ministry of Science & Technology
Government of India


Science and Technology for Women (Scholarship Programme : WOS- B)

The Scholarship Programme for Women Scientists to address societal needs is a recent initiative of the Department of Science & Technology to maximally utilize the human resource of women scientists for development of the country.


  • Utilize the skills and ideas of the applicant to participate in the developmental process of the country

  • Develop confidence of applicant to take up programmes of application of science and technology.

  • Sensitize & enthuse others scientists to take up projects addressing the needs of people in unorganized urban or rural areas.

  • Provide opportunity for S&T capacity building of applicant on issues relevant in societal programmes and

  • Provide an opportunity for women scientists to re-enter into active research after a career break.

Project proposals could be for:

  • Research, development and adaptation of technology to improve the quality of life and provide additional opportunities for income generation in urban slums or rural areas;

  • Adaptation and transfer of an innovative technology form laboratory to field

  • Capacity building of applicant in technology areas relevant to the needs in rural areas; and

Nature of Support Provided

  • Support will include a scholarship grant of Rs.15,000 per month for Level I and Rs.10,000 per month for Level II for a period of two years.

  • Grant for minor equipment, consumables and contingencies, Travel and overheads will also be considered if found necessary under the work plan.

  • For proposals on capacity building course fee along with a grant to cover boarding and lodging will be provided.


Indian nationals living in India and who possess one of the following qualifications:

  • PhD degree in Science, Masters degree in Engineering or Technology, Architecture (for Level I)

  • Masters degree in Science or Bachelors degree in Engineering or Medicine, Architecture (for Level II).

  • The applicant should be a woman below the age of 50 years as on 31st December of the current calendar year.

  • She should not be holding a regular position. If in employment, a certificate from the head of the organization may be furnished recommending the candidature and agreeing to release her for the duration of the scholarship.

  • The project proposal should be submitted in active collaboration with an academic / R&D institution or an S&T based voluntary organization, which has a similar mandate and the necessary infrastructure in the chosen subject area. A certificate from the host institute regarding extending their commitment for infrastructure and administrative support for the project would be required.

Format for application


The scholarship will be given for a duration of two years. In exceptional cases, on the recommendation of a review the period may be extended to a third year.

Selection Mechanism:

A committee of independent experts will screen and recommend names for the award of the scholarships.




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