JNCASR Bangalore Summer Research Fellowship Program
- Intimation Date : 31st March-2012 -

The JNCASR Bangalore offers summer fellowships for two months to bright undergraduate and MSc students (renewable for a second year for selected students). This programme has proved to be popular and competitive; each year, about 5000 students from all over India apply for the 120 fellowships awarded. Fifty fellowships are supported by the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, fifteen by the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi, and the rest by the Centre.

Students are placed with research groups at the Centre or with scientists elsewhere in India. They are paid travel expenses and a monthly stipend of Rs. 6000. Selected students get the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research, and several summer projects have led to publications in leading journals.

o A random sample of projects pursued in past years is:
o Preparation of La0.5Sr0.5Co03 by Sol-Gel spin coating method;
o Study of correlated response to selection on faster development and early reproduction in Drosophila melanogaster;
o A study of the chaotic nature of flow in the neighborhood of vortices;
o Statistical analysis of fatal mining accidents in eight companies of Coal India Ltd.

Many of the summer students of past years have gone on to pursue graduate studies and a research career, at the JNCASR or at another leading university.

Research Areas

Life Sciences: Infectious and non-infectious diseases, bioinformatics, developmental biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, life-history evolution, immunology, circadian biology, animal behaviour, behavioural ecology, evolutionary genetics, experimental evolution, life-history evolution, population dynamics, phylogeography, behavioural neurobiology and behavioural genetics.

Material Sciences: Including nano sciences, energy and green materials.

Chemical Sciences: Solid state chemistry, theoretical and computational chemistry, organic, physical, inorganic chemistry, organic and asymmetric synthesis, medicinal and bio-organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, supramolecular chemistry and chemistry of nanomaterials.

Physical Sciences: Condensed matter theory and experiment, statistical physics, semiconductor materials physics, biophysics, nano physics, polymer physics, organic electronics, computational material science, soft matter, semiconductor interfaces, heterostructures, physical metallurgy and transmission electron microscopy.

Engineering Sciences: Theoretical and computational fluid dynamics, flow of complex fluids, granular media, experimental fluid mechanics, thermal science, chemical engineering and non-linear dynamics.


Atmospheric Sciences: Atmospheric boundary layer, near-surface environment, radiation, solar-terrestrial relations, monsoon dynamics, modelling.

Minimum academic requirements for applying:

Students who have secured not less than 80% in Maths and Science subjects in their 10th and 12th or equivalent examinations and not less than first class in graduation and post graduation (if applicable).

Students presently studying in I and II year of B.Sc., I, II and III year of B.E / B.Tech. I year of M.Sc. and I - IV year of Integrated M.Sc can apply for Life Sciences and Mathematics.

Students presently studying in II year of B.Sc., II & III year of B.E/ B.Tech., I year of M.Sc and II " IV year of Integrated M.Sc. can apply for Materials Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering Sciences and Atmospheric Sciences.

The students selected under this programme are placed with scientists at the Centre or elsewhere in India, for 2 months with a stipend of Rs. 6000 /- p.m and travel support as per Govt. of India norms.

Detailed information and application forms can be downloaded from or may be obtained by writing to the address mentioned below with a self-addressed envelope of 16x25 cms with stamp of Rs. 10/-

About 15 students will be chosen as Rajiv Gandhi Science Talent Research Fellows based on the completed project reports

Only selected candidates will be intimated by 31st March-2012 and the list will also be available on the web site.

Mailing address:

The Assistant Coordinator
Summer Research Fellowship Programme
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research,
Jakkur P.O., Bangalore 560 064.

For more details, see Please pass on this to those who may be interested. Thank you.

best wishes,
Dr Shanta Laishram
Assistant Professor,
Stat-Math Unit,
Indian Statistical Institute(ISI),
New Delhi, India

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