SPM Fellowship

SPM Fellowship | Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship Eligibility Criteria, Selection Procedure

SPM Fellowship: To celebrate the birth anniversary year (2000) of Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, CSIR has established a special fellowship after the name of “Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee”, which is called (SPM) FELLOWSHIP. He was the first Vice-President of CSIR of Independent India. This fellowship is open to toppers of CSIR-UGC JRF (NET) awardees.

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This fellowship has been launched to nourish the young scientific talent and to sustain the purpose of the hunt of scientific research. The scope of this fellowship is seeking Ph.D programmes with a unique fellowship in CSIR Labs/other specialized R & D institutions/universities.

Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship Eligibility Criteria, Selection Procedure

The stipend provided under this fellowship is Rs.36000/- + HRA every month, during the first two years of the fellowship and a Contingency award of Rs.70000/- per annum may be increased to Rs.42000/- + HRA per month from third year onwards based on assessment through interview. These stipends may be returned to JRF (NET), if performance is found unsatisfactory.

The duration of SPM Fellowship is initially for 2 years. Extendable as per standard rules for CSIR JRF (NET) plan. The maximum tenure will be up to 5 years.

SPM Fellowship Contingent Grant

An annual contingent stipend of Rs.70,000/- per person is provided to the University/Institution. For less than one year, the contingent grant will be applicable on a pro-rata basis. A portion of this grant may be used by the fellows, in the case of research work, purchase of books, etc.

The unspent amount of contingency grant may be carried forth to the next year, at the end of a year. Still, the upcoming release of contingency reward will be subject to modification of unspent balance of contingency reward of the prior year. It is thereby limiting contingency payment to a maximum of Rs. 70,000/- in a year. Moreover, request (claim) for freedom of contingency grant of the past financial years will not be considered.

The CSIR Research Fellows will be granted a lump sum amount of Rs.3000/- extra when they submit the PhD thesis in e-form. For more details, fellows may contact to: Head, CSIR’s Unit for R&D of Information Products (URDIP), ‘JOPASANA’, 85/1, Paud Road (Near Vanaz Engineering Company), Kothrud, Pune -411 038, Maharashtra. Website address: www.urdip.res.in.

Contingency grant can be used for:

  • Buying books, etc. related to research topics.
  • Reaching train ticket (AC III tier) and DA in case the fellow requires to travel in hunt of research or presenting a paper in the conference.
  • To register for PhD programme & submission of thesis.
  • To use for registration fees for visiting conferences in India & abroad.
  • To buy chemicals/ consumable things/ minor equipment.
  • Copies of research papers.
  • Contingency allowance may be utilized for unique items such as buying laptop/desktop computer once in the complete tenure, on the recommendation of the supervisor. Though the prior consent of CSIR is necessary. The items which are purchased, will be the property of the host institute and the fellow has to submit all those items, on completion of their tenure or resignation from the fellowship.
  • For attending discussions abroad, SPM Fellows should be employed in the travel allowance scheme of HRDG where partial/ full airfare is given to research students for giving their research papers. Yet, once in the complete tenure, per diem expenses for the conference session can be challenged from contingency allowance as per host institute’s rule.

Eligibility Criteria

A maximum of 10 SPM Fellowships will be awarded through an interview method from NET held in December 2014, each in Chemical Sciences and Life Sciences, and five each in Earth, Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences.

Only those applicants who fulfil the below given criteria will be called for SPM fellowship interview.

  • Applicants in the ratio of 1:3 will be called for an interview in each subject.
    Category-wise number of applicants to be called for an interview based on reservation procedure, i.e. 27% for
  • OBC, 15% for SC, 7.5% for ST and 3% for PWD.
  • Top 14 applicants each in Chemical and Life Sciences, and seven applicants each in Earth, Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences in an unreserved category will be taken from the consolidated merit list of General/OBC/SC/ST/PWD.
  • Top 8 applicants each in Chemical and Life Sciences, and four contestants each in Earth, Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences will be taken from OBC section. Maximum leisure of 5% of the cut off of the 14th/7th applicants of an unreserved section will be given to OBC applicants subject to a shortlisting of a maximum of 8/4 applicants for an interview in the particular subject.
  • Top 5 applicants each in Chemical and Life Sciences, and two applicants each in Earth, Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences will be taken from SC section. Maximum leisure of 10% of the cut off of the 14th/7th applicants of an unreserved section will be given to SC applicants subject to shortlisting of a maximum of 5/2 applicants for an interview in the particular subject.
  • Top 2 applicants each in Chemical and Life Sciences, and one applicant each in Earth, Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences will be taken from ST category. Maximum leisure of 10% of the cut off of the 14th/7th applicants of an unreserved section will be given to ST applicants subject to shortlisting of a maximum of 2/1 applicants for an interview in the particular subject.
  • Top 1 applicant each in Chemical and Life Sciences Earth, Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences will be taken from the PWD section. Maximum leisure of 10% of the cut off of the 14th/7th applicants of an unreserved section will be given to PWD applicants.
Subject Number of candidates to be called for interview Unreserved OBC SC ST PWD
Chemical Sciences 30 14 8 5 2 1
Life Sciences 30 14 8 5 2 1
Earth Sciences 15 7 4 2 1 1
Mathematical Sciences 15 7 4 2 1 1
Physical Sciences 15 7 4 2 1 1
Engineering Sciences 15 7 4 2 1 1

Selection Procedure

Shyma Prasad Mukherjee (SPM) Fellowships will be granted through the interview process.

Frequently Asked Questions on SPM Fellowship

Question 1.
What is SPM Fellowship?

Answer:
To celebrate the birth anniversary year (2000) of Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, CSIR has established a special fellowship after the name of “Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee”, which is called (SPM) FELLOWSHIP. He was the first Vice-President of CSIR of Independent India. This fellowship is open to toppers of CSIR-UGC JRF (NET) awardees.

Question 2.
What is the Objective of SPM Fellowship?

Answer:
This fellowship has been launched to nourish the young scientific talent and to sustain the purpose of the hunt of scientific research.

Question 3.
What is the scope of SPM fellowship?

Answer:
The scope of this fellowship is seeking a Ph.D programme with a unique fellowship in CSIR Labs/other specialized R & D institutions/universities.

Question 4.
How much stipend is provided to SPM fellows?

Answer:
The stipend provided under this fellowship is Rs.36000/- + HRA every month, during the first two years of the fellowship and a Contingency award of Rs.70000/- per annum may be increased to Rs.42000/- + HRA per month from third year onwards based on assessment through interview. These stipends may be returned to JRF (NET), if performance is found unsatisfactory.

Question 5.
What is the duration of SPM fellowship?

Answer:
The duration of SPM Fellowship is initially for 2 years. Extendable as per standard rules for CSIR JRF (NET) plan. The maximum tenure will be up to 5 years.

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