The “Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana” is an ongoing program which is started by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to encourage students of Basic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to take up research careers in their respective areas. The aim of the program is to identify and encourage talented students with aptitude for research.
This program is mainly to assist the students and to realise their potential and to ensure that the best scientific talent is tapped for research and development in the country. The scholarships are provided (up to the pre-Ph.D. level) to the selected students. The summer programs for the KVPY Fellows are organized in prestigious research and educational institutions in the country for more skill development in research.
The KVPY is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India. The program is administered by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc, Bangalore). The selection of students from those studying in +1, +2, any U.G. Program in Science / Medicine and also Engineering students having aptitude for scientific research, are carried out by IISc (Bangalore), IIT-Bombay (Mumbai), and ICMR (New Delhi), respectively, in association with two Zonal Centers one at Kolkata (Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Kolkata) and another at Mumbai (HBCSE, TIFR). There are special groups or committees set up at IISc, which screen the applications, conduct interviews at various centers, make the final selection.
The Department of Science and Technology - the nodal agency of the Government has entrusted the overall responsibility for organizing the scheme to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and set up a National Advisory Committee (NAC) for overseeing its implementation. A Basic Committee and a National Scientific Committee look after both the administrative and academic aspects of the KVPY Program.
BASIC SCIENCES Monthly Fellowship Annual
SA and SP
(After X Class) Rs. 4000 Rs. 16000
SB and SP
During B.Sc./B.S. and
1st to 3rd years of
Integrated M.Sc. Rs. 5000 Rs. 20000
SB and SP
During M.Sc./M.S and
4th and 5th years of
Integrated M.Sc. Rs. 7000 Rs. 28000
SP (Basic Science / Monthly Fellowship Annual
Engineering students) Contingency
1st, 2nd and 3rd year Rs. 5000 Rs. 20000
During Subsequent Years Rs. 7000 Rs. 28000
SP (MEDICINE) Monthly Fellowship Annual
1st, 2nd and 3rd Year Rs. 5000 Rs. 20000
During Subsequent Years Rs. 7000 Rs. 28000
Continuation of fellowship
Annual renewal of fellowships will depend on maintaining a good academic performance (I Class or 60% marks in aggregate) in each academic year in the chosen stream and satisfactory performance in the Summer Programs. Note that KVPY Fellows who opt out of the chosen stream (Basic Science or Medicine) at any stage will forfeit the Fellowship and Contingency Grant with immediate effect. The fellowship for the students selected under the stream SA will be continued after the 12th standard (+2) only if they pursue an undergraduate course in Basic Science (B.Sc./B.S./Int. M.Sc.)
Summer programs are important parts of the nurture program for KVPY Fellows. These are meant to expose the Fellows to methods of scientific research and inculcate in them an abiding interest in doing scientific research. These are normally organized during the summer vacation, when KVPY Fellows spend one or two weeks in scientific institutions listening to lectures by experts in different fields of science, engineering or medicine, see things in a research environment, science in action, watch scientists at work, interact with scientists, visit nearby scientific research laboratories and institutions, and exchange views with other research students. Sometimes Fellows with specific interest are associated with individual scientists who talk to them about their interest, help them clear their doubts, give them problem to work out, let them to do experiments, and tell them about the future scope in the area of their interest.
The Summer Program for KVPY Fellows in the Basic Science Stream is arranged either at Bangalore or Kolkata or Allahabad or Mumbai or Pune or Mohali or Trivandrum for One / Two weeks.
The Summer Program for KVPY Fellows in the Engineering Stream is organized by IIT-Bombay. The Fellows get an opportunity to work on innovative projects under the guidance of distinguished engineering faculty.
KVPY Fellows in the Medicine Stream are required to attend a summer program for two weeks or more on a mutually convenient time of the fellow and the mentor who may be identified by the fellow in consultation with ICMR, New Delhi.
Each KVPY Fellow will be issued with an Identity card so as to have access to renowned National laboratories/ Universities who have agreed to extend special privileges like library, laboratory facilities to KVPY Fellows on production of the ID card.
KVPY hopes that the award of the Fellowship to student is an encouragement and an opportunities that they derive from it will expose them to research in the subject of their liking and induce them to choose a research career in science. This would really be a fulfilment of the main objective of the KVPY program.
These Fellowships are only for Indian Nationals studying in India.
The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, offers attractive fellowships (Rs. 4000 to Rs. 7000 p.m) and contingency grants (Four months fellowship p.a) for students studying in Basic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Selection to the program takes into account academic excellence and demonstrated interest in pursuing a research career. Selection procedures are different for SP (Basic Sciences) and SP (Medicine). All of them, however, include an interview for final selection.
Stream SA: Students enrolled in the XI Standard (Science Subjects) during the academic year 2011-2012 and have secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects in the X Standard Board Examination.
Stream SX: Students enrolled in Class 12 (+2) of the academic year 2011 - 2012 and aspiring to join undergraduate program in Basic Sciences (B.Sc/B.S./Int. M.Sc) for the session 2012 - 2013 provided they secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST) marks in aggregate in MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE subjects in the X Standard Board Examination.
Stream SB: Students enrolled in 1st year B. Sc./B.S./Int. M.Sc. during the academic year 2011–2012 and have secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST) marks in aggregate in SCIENCE subjects in the XII Standard Board Examination.
SP (Basic Sciences)
Students enrolled in XI/XII standard, I/II year (B.Sc../B.S./Int. M.Sc.) in Basic Sciences and I/II year B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. during the academic year 2011–2012 and have secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST) marks in aggregate in the X & XII Standard Board Examinations. Additionally students enrolled in the II year B.Sc./B.S./Int. M.Sc/B.E./B.Tech./B.Arch. program must have secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST) marks in the I year examination. A hard copy of an original and creative Science based research project done by the applicant is required to be submitted along with the application.
Note for Students applying for Stream SP (Basic Sciences)
This has been started in order to recognize and encourage creative and innovative talent of youngsters. The project done by the applicant as a part of this application must be based on a novel and innovative idea. The project can be experimental or theoretical in nature. However, the project must show that the applicant is creative and adventurous, and ready to explore. The project should not merely reflect use of certain techniques or reporting of routine experimentation, an improvement of an existing product or a technique may be accepted provided such improvement involves originality and creativity. One may try to incorporate some addition to the design or practical implementation that improves an existing technique. The main criteria that would be followed for selection for the interview would be originality and innovation. Only after these criteria are met, the level of sophistication and the nature of the project would be taken into consideration.
Stream SP (Medicine): Students joining First / Second Professional year of MBBS/B.V.Sc/BDS/B.Pharma program during the academic year 2011-2012. Students must have passed XII Standard Board Examination with 80% (70% for SC/ST) marks in aggregate in Science subjects or passed First Professional MBBS/B.V.Sc/BDS/B.Pharma exam with not less than 60% (50% for SC/ST) marks. A Copy of the Bio – Medical research project is required along with the application.
Note for Students applying for Stream SP (Medicine)
KVPY application requires the report of a project, chosen and executed by the applicant and supervised by a teacher/professional in the relevant field, to be submitted along with the application. Based on the project submitted and scrutiny of application forms, short listed candidates will be called for an interview, which is the final stage of the selection procedure. The interview will be conducted at IISc., Bangalore. Application without the Bio-Medical project report will not be considered.
The project should not be a routine one (such as measuring a well known property of a material). Applicant's creativity and originality should be amply reflected in the project. The supervising teacher/professional is required to provide two recommendation letters on the form (supplied along with the application form) certifying the extent of the applicant's original contribution to the project.
Applications (Online and Hard copy) are available from 15th July 2011.
Request for Application Form
Each Stream has its own application form. Students who wish to apply for more than one Streams should submit separate applications.
Applicants may apply either by Hard copy or Online.
Link to Online application forms will be made available from 15th July 2011. Those who are unable to apply online, may request for a Hard Copy.
Hard copy of the application form can be obtained from KVPY on request by remitting a processing fee*, ** of `Rs. 200/- (Rs. 100/- for SC/ST) at any core banking branches of STATE BANK OF INDIA, payable at all branches in India into the credit of "Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana(KVPY) A/c. No. 10270577392" and sending the "Pay-In-Slip" along with the request, clearly indicating the stream (i.e. SA, SB, SP) on the envelope.
* Girl students are exempted from payment of processing fee.
** Physically and visually challenged candidates are exempted from payment of the processing fee.
The SC/ST – candidates should provide a copy of the caste certificate issued by a competent authority in the prescribed proforma.
The completed application form along with the
Caste certificate in the case of SC/ST candidate
Medical certificate from the prescribed authority in case of physically and visually challenged candidates.
Project report in the case of SP (Basic Sciences/Medicine).
Copy of the marks statement of the qualifying examination(s), in the case of Stream SP.
The original copy of the challan of processing fee of Rs. 200/- (Rs. 100/- for SC/ST)
should reach KVPY on or before 12.9.2011 (Monday).
KVPY will not be responsible for postal delays in receiving completed application.
Last date for receipt of the request for application form.
1. By post 02 September 2011
2. In person at IISc 09 September 2011
Last date for closing of Online application : 09 September 2011
Last date for receipt of the completed application : 12 September 2011
(both Online/Hard Copy along with cast certificate,
project report and processing fee) :