Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship (SERB-OVDF) Scheme for PhD students

Designation/Position- Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship (SERB-OVDF)

About- Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a Statutory body of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India has launched SERB Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship (SERB-OVDF) Scheme for creating a talented pool of internationally active and trained manpower.

The Scheme offers opportunities for PhD students admitted in the Indian institutions for gaining exposure and training in overseas universities / institutions of repute and areas of importance to country for period up to 12 months (extendable up-to a maximum of six months on case-to-case basis, based on performance evaluation) during their doctoral research.

The selected fellows will be paid a monthly fellowship amount equivalent to US $ 2000, one-time Contingency / Preparatory allowances of Rs. 60,000/- to cover visa fee, airport transfer charges, medical insurance etc. The selected fellows will also be provided shortest route economy class air fare from their place of work in India to the place of the host institute and back. One additional to and fro travel cost would also be provided to the fellow, if the period of stay is one year or more. Students should make their own arrangement for accommodation etc. One visit, each by the Indian supervisor to the Overseas Institution where the student is working and overseas faculty to the host Indian Institution of the student during the tenure of the fellowship is also admissible under the Scheme.

Research/Job area

Applications are invited from Ph.D. students in two modes-

  1. Indian Ph.D. supervisors who had made research collaboration with foreign counterparts in their individual capacity .
  2. Indian/Overseas Institutions who had signed an Agreement / MoU with SERB for student mobility.

Applications will be sought twice a year. The selection would be made among students who obtained an offer letter from overseas institution to carry out research in chosen areas of interest to India. The applicants belonging to mode (i) above should apply directly to SERB through www.serbonline.in . In case of mode (ii) the application / recommendation should reach SERB through the Institute / University concerned. Students intend to undertake research visit to the following Universities to whom SERB had signed MoU should apply directly to the University: 

Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA
Contact Person: Mrs. Heidi Arola ([email protected]), Managing Director for Global Partnerships. 
More Details available at: http://www.purdue.edu/india/

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Contact Person: Mr. Dan Fredrick ([email protected]), Manager, Sponsored Student Program 
More Details available at: https://www.ualberta.ca/graduate-studies/prospective-students/apply-for-admission/visiting-exchange-applications

Eligibility/Qualification-

  • The scheme is open to Indian nationals only.
  • The applicant should have registered for full-time Ph.D. Degree in any of the recognized Institutions / Universities in India in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (including Medicine, Pharma, Agriculture and related S&T areas) disciplines.
  • Should have received an offer letter from a reputed overseas institution to carry out research for a specified duration. The host supervisor should provide an official confirmation that they will host the student detailing the period of stay and other requirements.
  • Part-time and sponsored students are not considered under the Program. Also students who have submitted their thesis for award of the Degree of Ph.D. are not eligible to apply.

Job/Position Description- The selected fellows will be paid a monthly fellowship amount equivalent to US $ 2000, one-time Contingency / Preparatory allowances of Rs. 60,000/- to cover visa fee, airport transfer charges, medical insurance etc. The selected fellows will also be provided shortest route economy class air fare from their place of work in India to the place of the host institute and back. One additional to and fro travel cost would also be provided to the fellow, if the period of stay is one year or more. Students should make their own arrangement for accommodation etc.

While formulating the proposal, the host overseas scientist should clearly mention the level of fees that their Institute charge for undertaking the research training of the student. If necessary, a nominal grant is provided as Bench fee / tuition fee / consumable cost / overhead charge to the overseas host institution.

One visit, each by the Indian supervisor to the Overseas Institution where the student is working and overseas faculty to the host Indian Institution of the student during the tenure of the fellowship is also admissible under the Scheme. The following provisions are made for them to undertake research visits

How to Apply- For successful online submission of the application the following points may be noted:

  • Applicants should first register into the online website   click here to register
  • After log-in, applicants are required to fill all the mandatory fields in Profile Detail section under User Profile. which includes Bio-data, Photo, Institute Address etc.
  • Details including Project Title (max 500 characters), Project summary (max 3000 characters), Keywords (max 6), Objectives of project (max 1500 characters), Outcome of the proposal (max 1500 characters) should be provided online at the time of submission of the application.
  • Work Methodology and Research plan has to be uploaded in single PDF file not more than 4 pages (max 10 MB).

Documents required –

  • Copy of the Ph.D. registration certificate
  • Bio-data of the Indian Supervisor 
    ( Including Academic & Research Qualifications, Publications list , Patent list, Details of research projects being implemented/ completed/ submitted, if any)
  • Bio-data of Overseas Host Scientist 
    (Including Academic & Research Qualifications, Publications list , Patent list, Details of research projects being implemented/ completed/ submitted, if any)
  • Certificate from the applicant Download Template
  • Endorsement letter from the head of the Indian institution Download Template
  • Letter of acceptance of research plan by the Host Scientist and Indian Supervisor
  • Letter of acceptance from Overseas Host Institution
  • Recommendation letter from the Indian supervisor along with undertaking Download Template

Last Date for Apply– 30th June 2018

Click here to see details- 

Click Here for Official Website- 

318 COMMENTS

  1. Dear sir/madam I would like to visit abroad for continuing my Ph.D. Kindly let me know what are the countries and Universities to be chosen? Are there any specific countries or Universities to carry out

    • I am from IIT Roorkee. one of our student from Biotech department got this scholarship in Purdue University. But no result in official website..

      • Hi can I please get the contact details of the student who got the fellowship? then maybe I could contact him to understand how he got his notification from SERB and so on…Thanks in advance

      • can you please provide me with the contact details of the student who got this fellowship..then I would be very grateful..I would be able to contact him regarding how he received notification from SERB and so on…Thanks in advance

      • Hi Jaydeep. I am Rachana Gupta, research scholar from mnit. I have applied in SERB-OVDF 2018 whose status is coming ‘submitted’. I would be really grateful to you if you share the information regarding SERB’s notification here or at [email protected]. Please if possible do needful for us. Thank you.

  2. Selected candidates have been informed in private and other will be informed by december end.
    So if you have not got any mail, like me, stop wasting time .. 🙁

  3. Applying OVDF to SERB through their online portal, results are not yet declared from now itself. Otherwise, Purdue University and the University of Alberta released their result through personal mail.

  4. Hope I am not late to this party 🙂
    I got mail from SERB last month. Tentative date for declaration of the result is this December end.

  5. THIRUKKUMAR, they replied to me that result will be declared by december end.
    You can also write or call to them.. People in serb are nice and supportive, they are replying to my every mail 🙂

    • I also got the same, what does it mean should we have any current collaboration with overseas host to owe this fellowship

      Please reply

      • Not sure. Unfortunately, my supervisor does not have any such govt funded project collaboration.

        However they had mentioned :

        “If yes, please provide the details of the collaboration.”

  6. I also got the same message and like others, my supervisor is also not have any collaboration with host institute. Can anyone please help me what you have replied.
    Are they going to reject if no such collaboration is there???
    Thanks in advance

  7. Some of the earlier comments suggest the result’s gonna be out in Dec end. However, when I called last month (near Oct 20th), they said , it will be declared in Nov end. Has anyone contacted them recently?

  8. They informed that still they did not got any approval to move ahead with applications from higher authorities because some application is still under re-consideration. Hence it will take some more time .. might be three to four months 🙁

  9. I think it’s because of the protests of fellowship hike, the ovdf results are getting delayed. SERBonline seems to be a part of the committee along with DST.

  10. Last week SERB informed my friend that it will be declared by 28th December but today is 27th december. In the above chat, you can see every individual is writing different date. As SERB people are telling different date to every individuals, asking about OVDF status is an offense here ..lol

    • Yes I contacted one week ago. They said, it will be declared soon and same will be displayed on website. They will not informed individually.

  11. Yes I contacted one week ago. They said, it will be declared soon and same will be displayed on website. They will not informed individually. Contact numbers are working.

  12. i called serb at about 1 pm. time displaying on this website always differ. ?
    i was told the result is already declared and asked me to check on the website. i was about to ask the website detail but he hung up the call.
    I called on this number 01126590324 at 12:57 pm.
    this whole thing is sometime so frustating. anyone if knows about the result please do update.

  13. Hi all,
    I got some important info from one of the professors in my institute (asked not to be named). He is connected to SERB and DST, although not specifically in this proposal.
    He says, there are around 700 applications and just 70 seats to fill (25-30 had been reserved for Purdue and Alberta), and it is thus a very difficult process to screen out.
    He further says SERB is supposed to call proposals for OVDF twice a year, and it’s already time for the next round. So, high chances are they are going to club these two rounds to increase the number of seats.

  14. Hi all. Thus is Krishna Reddy, Scholar from the Dept. of Chemistry, Yogi Vemana University, Andhra Pradesh applied for SERB-OVDF 2018. My application status is still showing as ‘submitted’ and no changes from there since the online apply. I am also letting you know that we do not have any foreign collaborations till now and asked for collaborations through mail from SERB. So I am requesting all to kindly let me know if any of yours friends from yours Universities/Institutes awarded OVDF without collaboration in the Dept. of Chemistry. I would be really grateful if anyone share the information regarding the application progress status and awardings if any without collaboration through my mail id [email protected]. Please do needful anyone in the team. Thankingly…

  15. I called serb today they told me that, results other than Purdue and Alberta will be announced at the end of Feb or March first week.

  16. Hello pooja
    I just talked to a member of ovdf. I told them their my status of notification is submitted. But couple of students got the notification of acceptance by mail. They asked me the name of student. I told your name. They told me that no such named has applied for OVDF and we didnt send any acceptance notification to a candidate. The tentative time of notification is end of feb or march.

  17. Pooja Rathore and Sneha….May I know yours host Universities and whether the institute from where you applied has MoU with that host University. Also the discipline.

  18. I called serb today, they told me the same thing that the result will be announced in feb end or march first week.

  19. It’s hard to believe that SERB is giving a different response to everyone on the results date. Anyways, hearty congratulations those who achieved it.

  20. I have called SERB today morning, they replied, the OVDF results are not yet announced, and it may take one month to officially declare the same.
    Thanks

  21. I was talking with one of my professor and he said that already mentioned in the website, first preference will be given to those whose guide is already having collaboration with the host institute/advisor. So the one whose guide is having collaboration with host institutes are in safe zone for time being but we dont know how safe you are.. lol
    Though SERB is trying their best to publish the result as early as possible but it might not be declared before April end due to some unavoidable circumstances.

  22. Is the result already declared? My portal status still shows “proposal submitted”. Anyone like me? I am really confused because some of them have received confirmation as mentioned in the above conversation. Will the results be available on the official site?

  23. Dear Rosy,
    The Results are not yet announced. I have been to SERB yesterday, they mentioned that it will be declared most probably by the end of Feb 2019.

  24. News from the center:–

    I think they gonna select very competitively. And the selection will be purely based on the previous collaborations like fundings, publications and etc.,, weightage of the proposal, country and institution, supervisors profile and etc.,

    The selection ratio will be 1:13

    They are considering only elite institutions like IITs, BITs, VIT, IISERs and NITs,

    Results will be declared on 2nd March 2019.

    • I am not sure about date but i also came to know about that SERB is giving preference to elite institute only. sad but true !!!
      In elite institutes, chances are high only for candidate whose advisor is having on-going collaboration with the host institute.

  25. According to my calculations, the number of selection will be,
    Chemical sciences -19
    Life sciences – 26
    Engg. Sciences -12
    Physical and Math -16
    Others – 20

  26. I agree with Roland. Though, I am not sure about date of result because still confusion is there due to some administration problem.
    Yes SERB is giving preference to students from elite institute and that too to candidate whose advisor is having on-going project with host institute.
    ‘I still have a doubt regarding 2nd march as result date” that what one of my professor said today :p

    • Well said @Unknown.. lol
      @Thirukkumar and @M. Venkata Krishna Reddy don’t ask silly questions here.. u better call SERB for your specific answer.. I think here we all are applicants and still in dilemma about the date.. asking question about then “who said” and “how many seat is for each subject” is silly question as nowhere in the website mention. As even female applicants are also calling SERB, you can also call SERB for your specific answer 🙂

      I dont agree with the number of selection stated by @roland. Seems roland is from biological sciences so he increased the number of seat.. 🙂 As far as I know more chances are high for engineering student.. but again this is my presumption.. @Thirukkumar and @M. Venkata Krishna Reddy better call SERB and help us by replying what information you two got 🙂

  27. I am from Engineering background. I got this information from a strongly believeable source. They generally, prefer giving more seats for bio research.

    As of the first week of February, they planned to release the results on 2nd March, but now the things have been turned around. There is a problem in the administration level, so results may get delay again. Probably it will take 1 to 2 months.

  28. @Roland .. i trust you now with both number of seat and result date 🙂
    Though SERB is triyng their best to announce result as soon as possible but due to some administration problem, we should not expect result before April/may end 🙁

  29. Its very strange that SERB is telling everyone new date and every time telling next week/month.
    I think this is the most unfortunate fellowship of our country.

  30. Myself Mythli motalag from SRM University. I’m not a fake person. I got the ovdf results today. I got selected to do my research for 8 months at University of Alberta. You guys please stop thinking with your culprit mind.

    Good bye.

  31. Next time i will ask SERB, if they will announce result this year or next year.
    At present, I cant remember the name of fellowship, but few year earlier similar problem was with one more fellowship and applicant were called for interview after 2 years
    Seems this fellowship is also facing same problem 🙁

  32. News from the [email protected]

    Hi everyone,

    Results will be declared on Monday. Don’t worry, it is for sure. We are just waiting for the ministry level approval for the declaration.

    Congratzzz Thirukkumar. You have done it.

  33. Thanks @Abhiseskh varma for your information. At least I know my status now… I will submit my thesis soon then? because of the delay in OVDF result everything was messed up (at least for me)?

    Congrats to those who made it and sorry @Mythli… best wishes to you

    @sachin.. still i have a doubt on you .. lol

    • Good luck aloke. Ovdf is not the end of the world. Best wishes.. Mythili congrats.. wishes & prayers for your life ahead. Since u went on mute i too doubted your genuineness. I am not aware of my ovdf status thou..

  34. Thanks @rohith for your nice message..
    Best part is I know my status now so that i can move ahead.

    I can never be mute. That what my family member, friends and my professor says. 🙂
    As i did not got selected, i thought this platform is no more right place for me to comment anything.

    I hope you get selected.
    Wish you best of luck.

  35. Congratulation to those whose secured OVDF
    Aloke best of luck. I am in love with your positive attitude. Though I am still tensed about my result, I wish people should learn from you that OVDF is not the end of the world.
    Not now, but definitely you will win one day with this positive thought.
    Best wishes

  36. Hi friends, I have been awarded OVDF for 10 months only, but I have applied for 12 months. Is there any possibility to extend this? I am moving to Purdue next month. Wish you all success. Miss you all. Thanks for your support.

  37. The same problem with me too. I have been given only 8 months to visit Rice university. I think they have to extend the stay. I have to apply for visa now and this is a series problem if we want to stay more than the given time.

    • You can approach 3 months before the end of the tenure and you may get an extension depends on the project period you requested in the application.

      If you got 8 months means then probably 4 more months of extension you can expect.

      But here, what SERB is expecting you is to complete this project in 8 months according to the experts suggestion.

  38. @Abhishek varma can you please tell the names of all selected candidate here.
    At least application number of selected candidate please.
    Thanks in advance

  39. Congratulation to one who secured OVDF.
    Abhisek what about others. can you please inform us with selected candidate names/application number.

  40. My status changed to application not successful. It has been almost a year I was waiting for this result. Very sad news for me and family.

    Wish you all the best friends

  41. Till now, my status is proposal submitted.. anyone (through mail or personal page) get updated information from serb… Kindly share to here…
    Congratulations to selected candidates…

  42. Please check the “Proceedings”status bar in just below your SERB login page. If there is any progress statement available in that, then may be your application is in under consideration.

    Thanks and Good luck. Hope you all will get select.

  43. Still result is not out. My professor called his friend in evening. His friend is working in SERB and it is confirmed that result is not out. Someone is playing prank. Abhisek is one of them. Abhisek good try.
    Result will be declared soon but date still not confirmed.
    Aloke and other who were sad because of this fake news. Do not worry still there is hope for you all
    Cheers!!!

  44. Guys, Don’t believe anybody’s answer here. Everyone is talking here on their own opinion. Also results not declared yet for OVDF 2018 scheme those who are applied other than Purdue University and Alberta University. Actually, SERB is releasing results for only those who applied with the above two universities.

  45. Result of all applicants may be declare tomorrow or on Tuesday. This is recent update. But again I will wait till further notification by SERB.
    As all will be informed on the same day, my professor asked me not to panic if anyone is writing anything
    Yes exception are applicant of Purdue and Alberta University.
    Best of luck guys.

  46. I am in full of tension now and can’t even do any work. I worked hard for the past few years. I am desperately looking for the results. Atleast SERB should consider those who satisfy with all the required qualifications. Among 120 millions of population awarding 50 or 60 will not be fair at all. I’m sure that this result gonna be a big impact in my career. I pray god for everyone. Best of luck guys.

  47. Today i called to SERB. I am fed up by listening the same reply over and over again, last week they said the result will be announced by the end of this week, now again they are saying the same thing by the end of this week.

  48. Hi,
    I just called SERB..they said that the results will be declared by this week…my proposal status is still showing “Proposal Submitted”. they said that other than alberta and purdue all other results will be declared by this week…is it true? or has anyone from other universities also got mail confirming their selection?

  49. Hello All, I wonder when the results will be out. SERB is really testing the patience of the students. It would have been very convenient if they had decided on the date of results and posted it on the website.

  50. at least they should release the name of all selected candidate name in website. Later on they can send them email individually.
    Main sufferer for the delay will be the one who will not get selected. Its for sure majority will get rejected due to tough competition and limited seat

  51. sorry guys. Because of so many confusion with SERB, there will be no more update from my side till result is announced.
    prabhas don’t worry, out of 120 million only about 1000 have applied for OVDF. so still there is a hope for all of us. I think every scholar who have applied is deserving but government cant give fellowship to all of us. Govt has its own limitation. if anyone is getting selecting I think they might be more deserving then rest. we should take result in a positive way. OVDF is not end of the world.
    No my advisor is not having any ongoing project with host professor and i dont have any repentance for the same because from the beginning it has written clearly preference will be given to those whose advisor is having ongoing project with host advisor. so where is the problem.

    moreover dont waste time as in case you dont get you will not get this time back. think about it.

    if i dont get, i will complete my work soon and move ahead. i am thankful to have a supporting guide.

    best wishes. i will be back only if i have something concrete to share.

    best of luck

  52. I still don’t understand how much more time do SERB need to publish this result.
    SERB is telling this week or within 2-3 days every time i am calling since last one month.

  53. Dear aloke, i had a talk with my prof. now, he said there will be delay in OVDF result. Due to tension between India and pakistan, most of the application process are at halt. further he added, Serb was about to declare OVDF result this week but all went wrong?

    Thanks prabhas hope God may help us in positive way
    best

  54. I’m thinking to forget about this OVDF and lets enjoy the life. I’m gonna take my girlfriend to Ooty to get rejuvenate. ? so much of tension. i have not even received this much pressure from my supervisor.

    • Actually she is my lab mate and junior here at iitm and it all happened by coincidence. We mutually understand each other and enjoying both in research and personal life. Last spring we had a nice trip to Europe and after that we didn’t find the time.

      Cheers up Jerin. Hope you will find your time at most enjoyable.

  55. Last Friday I was told no matter what happens result will be declared by 27-02-2019 and now 27-02-2019 ends today. Dhanpal, seems you are right. My supervisor is also suspecting the same.

  56. Nakita and alone, please stop doing your investigations here. Try to understand the purpose of this portal. Have some common sense whoever is talking.

    • Thats all. February end is over. First, Serb was telling November end and consecutive month ends. Now we are heading with expectations towards march end.

      Whats the **** is SERB doing ?

      This is very dangerous one for the researchers. Who is responsible for my 10 months of time if I’m suppose not selected? Generally, results should be released in 3 months, but now it is running 3 times beyond the limit.

      They could have released the date of results when the call for application was out.

  57. Y so serious… I expected te results will be published oly after my thesis submission… so happy to hear it ll b released soon .. Enjoy research lyf guys..

      • Hey hey.. who is this ? posting any thing on my name.
        From now onward I am not posting anything here sorry..
        I came to update something interesting news but now no update from my side nor my professor side. I was trying to help you all guys by updating information but its seems dangerous now.
        From now onward I am leaving this forum. So I am not responsible for any comment after this.
        Best of luck guys.

  58. In the end, sufferer will be the ones who will not get selected !!! That is what i am worried about.
    Its okay if the result is getting delay due to some unavoidable situation but at least SERB should post a final tentative date or the list of selected candidate in their website so that all applicant can move ahead in their life accordingly.

  59. Worst government ever I have seen. No diplomatic relationship with the neighbors. PhDs are jobless. No importance for research and agriculture. Jobless youngsters are increased ever since 2014. No proper plans for the GDP growth.

  60. It is extremely unfortunate that the results are being delayed for so long. The authority do not even reply to our emails. Initially the OVDF scheme looked interesting, at least on paper… but the fact is that literally no one knows when will the result be out. In my opinion, there is absolutely no need for SERB to cater out new schemes, if they are incapable of managing them properly in a time-bound manner.

  61. They told me it will be announced in march only.They are keep changing their comments over the time. this week that week, jan end, feb end and now march end. I think they also dont know anything. Just they have to say something thats why they are misleading us.

  62. Durga i agree with you. they said the same thing to my friend but to me they told april end.
    me and my friend was just laughing about it and then you wrote. Now, we are 100% sure that SERB is confused with the date. by the time result will be announce half of the applicant will have their phd degree.???

  63. There is one proverb “ If ur married to a money u are supposed to jump from trees to trees” V all applied for Indian Govt funding… v must wait until the time comes… Iam satisfied after seeing this portal… Iam not Alone

  64. There is one proverb “ If ur married to a monkey u are supposed to jump from trees to trees” V all applied for Indian Govt funding… v must wait until the time comes… Iam satisfied after seeing this portal… Iam not Alone

  65. Guys OVDF result will take some time to publish. on monday i am planning to ask serb on twitter and let see what happen then

  66. Dear Friends!
    Please don’t take any drastic step like tweet and all. It will affect all the applicants adversely.
    From a source – there are some funding issues (the fund for ovdf is yet to release from the higher authority to SERB) and thats why SERB is not able to proceed right now. The fund will be probably released end of March/ 1st week of Apr and then they will proceed accordingly.
    But for any drastic step from our side may force SERB to cancel all the applications. When you guys have waited so long, please wait for another 1 month.

  67. Nirnay okay there is not harm in waiting for 1 month. i agree with you but remember result will not be declare before may end or it may extend further due to some unavoidable situations as you said.
    I was planning to request serb at least to release the name of the selected candiate so that other can move ahead in their life accordingly. think about if you are not selected after all this long wait. how will you feel. i wish you get selected but think about that feeling of not selected.
    i feel proud being a lady paarvathi came forward to support me but being a man you step backward and then people say women are not brave. very strange. i was about to request but again as if this step will harm everyone. i will focus only on getting my status. take care

  68. A very good idea to approach serb via twitter. Pankaj, please write to them and i will support you. Please write in a polite manner and explain our situation of 10 months wait.

  69. # My email to the ministry #

    Dear Honorable Dr. Harsha Vardhan,
    It is extremely unfortunate that the results are being delayed for so long for about 11 months. The authority do not even reply to our emails. Initially the SERB’s OVDF scheme looked interesting, at least on paper… but the fact is that literally no one knows when will the result be out. In my opinion, there is absolutely no need for SERB to cater out new schemes, if they are incapable of managing them properly in a time-bound manner.

    Its very strange that SERB is telling everyone new date and every time telling next week/month. I think this is the most unfortunate fellowship of our country.

    I wonder when the results will be out. SERB is really testing the patience of the scholars and scientists. It would have been very convenient if they had decided on the date of results and posted it on the website.

  70. Guys please support Bhushan Shenvi by sending your request to SERB. At least SERB will know we are requesting together.

  71. Its good to hear that everyone is requesting to SERB. I too will copy and sent my request. Thanks Bhushan Shenvi for your initiating the process.

  72. 9810115311
    This is Honorable Minister Dr. Harsha Vardhan’s number. You can also send your request via whatsapp/SMS or by calling (if no response).

  73. I think at first we should only send mail to above address.
    Our prime objective is to request SERB and not to make them angry.
    If any one of us don’t get any reply within a week or two weeks, then only we will move ahead to twitter or whatsapp.
    Roland did you sent email to SERB?

  74. Better to make a whatsapp group to share our thoughts. Because, it will avoid some misleadings. Like, it happened during our previous conversation. People like Abhishek Varma were misleading. In that way, we lost Mr. Aloke, Mr. Dhanpal, Mr. Mukul kumar and etc.,

    I have sent my request to the above emails.

  75. Now SERB is not picking up our calls. Why do they want to release such an unfortunate fellowship to trouble the students????????

    What the hell are they doing??????????????

  76. Overseas postdoctoral fellowship was awarded only for 35 to 45 people in the past. So, I presume that ovdf will be awarded up to maximum 60. Also, SERB was telling 100 (40 for MoU signed universities + 60 for regular call) fellowships will be given yearly, said during the ovdf inaugural function and it was circulated in the daily newspaper.

  77. Thanks kyra for informing us about twitter. Welcome to Digital India !!!
    Now, I think even our email will be ignored like that. This whole thing is so frustrating.
    Nowadays I feel like I should talk with the wall in my lab for sometime rather than calling SERB. Even the wall will say something new rather than saying next week or next month.

  78. Dear pramod,
    Don’t worry. God is there to punish all these irresponsible people.

    I too get frustrated sometime and other day I decided for suicide by considering my situations then I changed my decision.

    Here, nobody is ready to listen PhD candidate’s problems and situation, though, I am one of the leading researcher in my field and having good number of publications.

    What is the use of all these research when I don’t have money for food for the next day?? Just passing the days. Past few days I cried alone in the lab.

    But somewhere at the edge of my heart still that confidence is pushing me to run. I understand your situation more than anybody else.

    Don’t lose heart. Everything will be alright in sometime. Good things will take time to happen.

  79. Dear Reseacher. Thanks for your supporting comment.
    But God should not punish anyone. Its seems responsible people are also helpless like us. :p
    With or without OVDF I am completing my PhD because PhD is just a mere degree and that is important for me.
    Considering suicide, I will never do that for sure . no matter what happens in life because there are many people who are earning well without phd also. Yes we can depressed because of the work pressure but should not think of suicide. That is waste I think. No one will care if you die or not. Even family member also forget that after certain time. So just enjoy the moment as it is..

    TO SERB, if I dont get selected. Its there loss because they will loose at least 5 papers from me and that too in good impact journal..

    Cheers !!!!

    • Dear Kannan,

      Extremely sorry for you…But I ahve a question, Did you get to know by calling them? or did your aplication status also change to “not recommended”

  80. Called on this number, 01146003044, they asked my name and application number, and informed me that I’m recommended by the expert committee. 🙂 Seems definitive, but will still wait for the official results in the website, which they are trying their best to publish. They further said, the release of funds could take 2-3 months as there’s still no approval from finance ministry.

    Huge relief after 9 months of waiting ! Hope the results are out soon, and for the people who did not get, take it as just another competitive proposal. Who knows, something greater is waiting for you in the future!

    • You are from which institute and where did u apply ? Did you have a prior collaboration with the host institution ?

  81. I also contacted to the above number. But they do not respond to me and he never asked my name and application number.

  82. Today, I called. They asked my name and application number and told me that I have not recommended by expert committee.
    all the best to all applicants.

  83. The whole serb scheme is a fraud. I m from IIT Bombay, Department of chemistry…from our department 6 people apply for this fellowship and everyone was not recommended…how it is possible that not even one student from elite institute get selected? I don’t know what is happening they not even announced the official date for results.

  84. There is a confusion friends.
    Last time, when I called SERB informed, they me that I am not recommended but on friday when my friend called they informed him that both of us recommended. I don’t whether i will be sad or happy :)(.
    We must wait till the official result is declared.

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