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Q1: Does SERB discriminate Project Investigators working in Private Universities/Institutions in funding ?A1: No. SERB does not discriminate Project Investigators working in Private Universities/Institutions. Funding decisions are made based on merit of the proposal , competence of the Investigator(s), and the infrastructure available in the implementing institution, and not on the category of institutions the Investigator is working.
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SERB Distinguished Fellowship

It has been noticed that many active senior scientists who are passionate in research find it extremely difficult to continue their research after superannuation, and forced to stop doing research against their choice. The great amount of knowledge and more importantly the experience that they have accumulated over many years, which may be considered a non-replaceable treasure, will be lost if some avenues are not made available to them.
In order to support research of eminent scientists who do not hold any administrative roles and functions but are active and performing, SERB has instituted Distinguished SERB Fellowship Award.



  • Superannuated scientist who is active in research
  • Must have received recognition for his/her work from National and/or International scientific bodies

Grant: A research grant of Rs. 5 lakhs per annum and a fellowship amount of Rs.60,000p.m will be given to each fellow. The research grant shall be used for manpower, equipment, travel (including international), contingency etc. The award will be given initially for a period of 3 years and extendable for another 2 years.


Call for nomination is made from time to time. Nominations are accepted only when the call is made.



The details of Programme Advisors / Coordinators and Programme Officers are given below:


Name of the Programme

Programme Advisor / Coordinator

Programme Officer

SERB Distinguished Fellowship

Dr. Rita Banerjee
Scientist G

Dr.Doyil T. Vengayil
Scientist E


Last Updated on 2nd May, 2016