Govt Launches Fellowship & Grants Schemes For Women Researchers In Science

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New Delhi: Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan has launched the SERB – POWER schemes that aim to encourage emerging as well as eminent women researchers to undertake research and development activities in frontier areas of science and engineering.

The schemes will promote women researchers in regular service in academic and research institutions to take up research and development at the highest level through two categories of research support: SERB – POWER Fellowship and SERB – POWER Research Grants, NDTV reported.

The SERB-Power Fellowship offers a personal fellowship and a research grant to top performing women researchers for a period of three years, while the SERB – Power Research Grants ensure funding to undertake highly impactful research across all disciplines of science and technology.

The SERB – Power Fellowship will be given to women researchers in the age group of 35-55 years. The fellowship will be of Rs 15,000 per month in addition to regular income, while the research grant will be of Rs 10 lakh per annum for a period of three years.

SERB (Science and Engineering Research Board) is a body under the Department of Science and Technology. Speaking at the virtual event on Thursday, Vardhan emphasised the significance of empowering women researchers in the science and technology landscape.

The minister said globally, just 30 per cent of researchers are women while 18.6 per cent of India’s full-time research and development personnel are women.

Highlighting the problems faced by women scientists like career interruptions especially related to caregiving responsibilities, Vardhan said they need special attention and alternate ways of support system.

The new Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) 2020 will also emphasise on encouraging women scientists, Vardhan said.

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