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ICAR Postdoctoral Fellowship 2019 – Application, Eligibility, Dates

ICAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2019

ICAR Postdoctoral Fellowship 2019: Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), a Deemed to be University, New Delhi has invited applications for ICAR Post-Doctoral Fellowship (PDF) Scheme at IARI, New Delhi for 2019-20.

ICAR Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • The ICAR Postdoctoral Fellowship (ICAR-PDF) is a new programme under the ongoing ‘Strengthening and Development of Higher Agricultural Education in India’ Scheme of Agricultural Education Division (ICAR) to support the bright and talented researchers to pursue Post-Doctoral programme to build capacity in frontier areas of national interest in Agriculture and Allied Sciences.

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Important Dates

  • Last Date to Receive the Application: 02nd September 2019

Number of Fellowships

  • Under this programme, 10 PDFs will be hosted at IARI, New Delhi

Nature & Duration of Support

  • The fellowship is purely a temporary assignment and is tenable for a period of one year. The host institution should provide necessary administrative, infrastructural and laboratory facility support to the awardees. In case, suitable accommodation is not available at the host institution, awardees shall have to make their own arrangements in this regard.

ICAR Fellowship Duration & Amount

  • The duration of the fellowship is one year with a Fellowship amount of Rs.75,000/- per month and research grant of Rs.2,00,000/-. The fellowship amount would be over and above the salary amount received by the awardees and the amount would be taxable as per the Govt. of India rules.
  • The research grant can be used for the purchase of minor equipment’s, consumables, contingencies and domestic travel. There is no provision for providing contractual manpower (RA/SRF/YP) support under this scheme. The expenditure on purchases of minor equipment’s, consumables, contingencies and domestic travel, shall be incurred after following codal formalities and within the ambit of relevant rules.
  • The fellowship along with research grant will be released in two installments. The fellows are not eligible to receive any other fellowship from any Government or Non-Governmental source during the tenure of the fellowship.

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  • Mentor must hold a regular academic/research position in concerned ICAR-DU having a Ph.D. degree and should be a faculty member. The mentor must have a minimum of 10 years of service experience in the relevant area of work with the experience of guiding minimum of 2 Ph. D. students. A Mentor shall not have more than two ICAR-PDF fellows at any given time.
  • The list of Mentors and research areas is given as Annexure B at the announcement link given at News Link of or at IARI News link at

ICAR Postdoctoral Fellowship 2019 Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant should be an Indian citizen. Applicant must have obtained Ph.D. degree (with course work) from a recognized University and should be working (in service) in an institution under ICAR-AU System.
  • He/she should have completed minimum three years of service (including clearance of probation) in regular capacity as a Scientist or equivalent in ICAR-AUs system working in any area of Teaching/Research/Extension.
  • The upper age limit for the fellowship is 40 years on the last date of submission of application (2.9.2019). Age relaxation of five years will be given to candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/Physically Challenged and Women applicants.


  • ICAR-PDF can be availed only once by a person in his/her career. The selected fellows are not allowed to work with their Ph.D. guides/Co-guides.
  • Those from ICAR-DUs are not eligible to apply for Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the same ICAR-DU.
  • The fellow has to serve the sponsoring institution at least for one year after completion of PDF and to this effect he/she has to execute a bond compulsorily at the time of joining in the DU. Specimen of bond is available at Appendix-2 of Annexure-1, given at News Link of or at IARI News link at

ICAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Selection Process 2019

  • Applicants will be evaluated based on parameters/weighted scale by taking into account the relevance of the area of study, the proposed research plan, academic records, achievements and their past work experience
  • The applicants will be called for personal interview/presentation of research plan by the Selection Committee.
  • Once selected, the applicant must register for the programme as per the schedule, date and time intimated by the respective ICAR- DU. In case of delay, the offer will get terminated automatically and no separate communication towards cancellation will be issued. At time of joining he/she has to give an undertaking as per the format at Appendix-1 of Annexure-I, given as part of the Notification
  • During the Program, the awardees shall not hold any other responsibility/ post/position/work and need to devote his/her full time for the proposed research work.

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ICAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Procedure 2019

  • Applications format is available as Annexure C at
  • The applicant should highlight the objectives, outline of the proposed research work and its utility to the parent Institute.
  • Along with application, the applicants must furnish a letter of approval of research plan from the mentor including a declaration regarding availability of adequate infrastructural facilities and equipments to execute the work plan
  • The work plan should be endorsed by the respective Director of ICAR Institute/Vice-Chancellor of Agricultural University under the ICAR-AU system. Each Mentor will give maximum of two consent letters for each cycle/calendar year.
  • Soft copy of the application has to be sent to [email protected]; [email protected]
  • Hard copy of the application, complete in all respects, has to be sent through proper channel, to reach the ‘Dean, Post Graduate School, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi-110 012’, latest by 2nd September 2019.

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