Call for Applications: DST-Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Fellowship Programme (DST-STI-PFP 2018)

Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) are now recognized as playing a significant role in advancing human, social, and economic development and meeting the aspirations of people and nations across the world. As a result, understanding STI processes and exploring ways to strengthen them is a major strand of intellectual activity, evinced by the explosion of literature on these topics in the last decade. Department of Science and Technology (DST) recognized the importance of evidence-driven research and analysis in underpinning the effective achievement of the objectives of this policy and established DST Centers for Policy Research (CPRs) in various academic institutions across the country. These centers are engaged in targeted research in number of key areas relevant to the country, train young scholars in STI policy research, and contribute towards providing inputs to DST.

As the country is lagging behind in terms of critical mass and proper structure of policy research institution(s), Policy Research Cell of DST had announced STI Policy Fellowship Programme. in 2016 with the broad objective of (a) enhancing human resources that can engage with and contribute to the STI policy domain and (b) strengthen the knowledge base, think tank, and evidence based policy making. The 3rd Call for STI Policy Fellowship is announced to provide an opportunity to develop the skills for young scientists and engineers who are interested in engagement with the STI policy domain and/or as STI policy researchers. This programme aims to attract and encourage top-quality researchers as POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW (Max 10 numbers) to work on the issues pertaining to STI policy and contribute their knowledge and analytical skills in the policy realm.

Candidates with background of science/medicine/engineering/ social science (with a background of STI policy) academic scholars, STI policy researchers, with good academic record are required to submit their application (including a proposal of maximum 5 pages on empirical research on STI related policy issues), in prescribed format available at DST website through ONLINE MODE ONLY ( The proposal preferably on the issues pertaining to thematic areas of the candidates’ desired DST-CPR or Policy Research Group in academic/research institutions must be formulated though consultation with the mentor from the respective Centre/group. No Need to send the hard copy of the application to DST. Any other information’s related to the DST-STI Post-doc Fellowship programme may be enquired, if needed from:- Dr. Akhilesh Mishra, Scientist D, Department of Science and Technology, Technology Bhawan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi-110016 email: Phone: 011-26590254.

Last Date of Submission: June 10th, 2018.

The complete details of the fellowship can be found at:

Please Note: Those who wish to pursue their proposed project at DST-Centre for Policy Research at IISc Bengaluru through this fellowship, may kindly get in touch with, (no later than 10 days before the last date of submission)

Prof. T. A. Abinandanan


DST-Centre for Policy Research

Indian Institute of Science,

Bangalore – 560 012


[Applicants may note that R&D related proposals will not be considered. Proposal must be on STI policy related issues only]