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KSCSTE Research Fellowship

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The scheme “KSCSTE Research Fellowship” is for encouraging enthusiastic and passionate post-graduate science/ engineering students by supporting them financially in their Ph.D. studies. There are seven science streams in which the students can opt for fellowship. They are Mathematical Sciences, Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and Earth-Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.
Under the scheme, the fellows are selected based on a rigorous online examination among bright post-graduate students. The following is the pattern of examination:
There are two papers for the entrance examination:
  • Paper A is general which evaluates the candidate’s general knowledge and research aptitude.
  • Paper B is the subject paper. The syllabus for paper B is similar to that of the CSIR examination and this will be available on the KSCSTE website.
Pattern of ExaminationPart A (General Aptitude)Part B (Subject)
Total Questions20100
Max no. of questions to attempt2050
  • There is no negative mark.
  • The total marks will be calculated as follows:
  • Out of 90 total marks, 70 marks are from the online examination and 20 marks from the Post-graduation degree marks.
  • The cut-off marks for selection to the fellowship are based on the number of fellowships available for each stream. For reservation candidates (SC/ST, persons with disabilities), there will be a 5% reduction in cut-off marks from that of the general (UR) / General-EWS and OBC candidates.
  • The maximum number of fellowships in each subject is given below:
SubjectNo. of Fellowships
Life Sciences28
Chemical Sciences16
Mathematical Sciences10
Physical Sciences 16
Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean, and Planetary Sciences10
Environmental Sciences 10
Engineering Sciences10
  • The number of fellowships may vary based on the availability of funds.
  • The selected candidates will be intimated by e-mail and post. A fellowship offer letter will be sent to the candidate.
  • Candidates are allowed for online examination provisionally. Any mismatch found in their submitted documents and or if the applicant is found to violate the KSCSTE Research Fellowship guidelines, the fellowship will be cancelled and the candidate will be debarred in future examinations.
Necessary conditions as per Scheme:
  • The fellowship is for pursuing Ph.D. and the candidate should register in any of the Universities in Kerala to avail of the fellowship.
  • The fellowship awardees should join and pursue their Ph.D. studies in any of the Universities/research centers in Kerala as soon as the fellowship offer letter is received.
  • Once the offer letter from the Council is received, the fellow should submit an acceptance letter within the time mentioned in the offer letter, else the fellowship will be cancelled.
  • The fellowship offer shall be valid for one year from the date of issuing of the offer letter.
  • As soon as the offer letter is received, the fellow should start initiating the registration process with the University in Kerala.
  • Once the registration order from the University is received, a copy of the same along with the Terms and Conditions, a letter from the supervising teacher showing that the fellow is not availing of any other fellowship, and a joining report (mentioning the effective date of joining at the Research Centre) should be sent to the Council for initiating the release of the fellowship.
  • If the fellow would like to terminate the KSCSTE fellowship, the same should be intimated to the Council through the Head of the Institution and forwarded by the supervising teacher, immediately. The fellow should take steps to ensure the submission of SE and UC and refund of unspent amount etc. by the Institute for issuing NOC.
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