This is a flagship programme of the JNCASR, introduced in 1991. Science and engineering students at the bachelors and masters level are placed at institutes of repute all over the country, for two months training in the areas of their interest in the Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Engineering. Selection is based on merit. About 70 fellowships are offered each year. The admitted students are given a fellowship of Rs. 10,000/- per month. Since its inception in 1991, 2522 students have benefitted from this programme. This is one of the highly acclaimed programmes of the Centre and the students are very appreciative of the benefits, enabling them to get inspired towards scientific research during the early stage of their education. Several SRFP fellows have pursued a career in science and engineering and hold responsible positions in India and abroad.


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

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

Chemical Biology: Sensing, Imaging, Diagnostics, Drug delivery, Bioorganic chemistry laboratory, Alzheimer's Disease, Molecular Probes, Medicinal Chemistry, Drug Discovery, Biomaterials, Antimicrobial Resistance, Semi-synthetic glycopeptide, Synthetic peptidomimetics, Antibiotic adjuvants, Fluorescence imaging and Super resolution microscopy.

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

Materials Sciences: Nano sciences, energy and green materials.

Engineering Sciences: Computational fluid dynamics using mesoscopic simulation techniques, dynamics and rheology of complex microstructured fluids including suspensions, emulsions and polymer solutions, flow of granular media, Active matter, Hydrodynamic stability of Newtonian and viscoelastic fluids, high Reynolds number flows and turbulence, non-linear dynamics and chaos, vortex dynamics, heat and mass transfer, geophysical fluid dynamics, microfluidics, acoustofluidics, and microgravity science.

Eligibility Criteria:


Students pursuing UG/PG programmes in the disciplines of Science/Engineering/Technology/Medicine/Veterinary Sciences are eligible to apply.

General Pre-requisite: Students who have secured not less than 65%  in core/main subjects (except languages) and in aggregate in 10th and 12th standard or equivalent examinations, and not less than first class in the previous semesters of qualifying degree, as applicable at the time of submitting the application. 


Life Sciences: 

Students presently studying in I and II years of B.Sc.(3 years), or I, II and III years of B.S./ B.E. /B.Tech (4 years), or equivalent or I year of M.Sc./M.E./M.Tech (2 years) or I, II III and IV year of Int. M.Sc./BS-MS (5 years)  or I/II/III year of MBBS/BVSc (4 years) can apply. 

Chemical Sciences:

Students presently studying in the I/II/III/IV years of BS-MS/Int. M.Sc. (5 years), I year of M.Sc./M.E/M.Tech (2 years) can apply.

Chemical Biology: 

Students presently studying in I and II years of B.Sc.(3 years), or I, II and III years of B.S./ B.E. /B.Tech (4 years), or equivalent or I year of M.Sc./M.E./M.Tech (2 years) or I, II III and IV year of Int. M.Sc./BS-MS (5 years)  or I/II/III year of MBBS/BVSc (4 years) can apply. 

Physical Sciences:

Students presently studying in I and II years of B.Sc.(3 years), I, II and III years B.S./B.E/B.Tech. (4 years), I year of  M.Sc./M.E/M.Tech (2 years) and I, II, III and IV years of Integrated M.Sc.(5 years) can apply.

Materials Science:

Students presently studying in the I/II/III/IV years of BS-MS/Int. M.Sc. (5 years), I year of M.Sc./M.E/M.Tech (2 years) can apply.

Engineering Sciences:

I, II and III years of B.S./B.E/B.Tech.,(4 years), I year of M.Sc./M.E/M. Tech (2 years), I, II, III and IV year of Int. M.Sc./BS-MS(5 years) can apply.

General Information

Fellowship: The students selected under this programme are placed with scientists at the Centre or elsewhere in India for 2 continuous months with a stipend of Rs. 10000 /- p.m. 

Traveling Allowance: The second sleeper train fare by the shortest route from college/residence to JNCASR and back.

Application Fee: While submitting the application, the application fee of Rs. 500/- is to be paid through NEFT/IMPS to: 

  • Name of the Account Holder: JNCASR
  • Name of the bank: Canara Bank
  • A/c No.                 : 0683101013474
  • IFSC Code           : CNRB0000683
  • Branch Name       :  IISc, Bangalore
  • After making online payment, the transaction receipt details are to be given in the application and the receipt is to be uploaded at the appropriate place.

Referee Recommendation letter:

  • The referees may be send to via email with the subject line - SRFP Recommendation: <Student Name>. 
  • The referee may begin with their own introduction and the duration and nature of their acquaintance with the candidate before moving on to covering his/her academic credentials, performance, relevant qualities, projects, and publications, and why the referee feels that he/she will be a good fit for the JNCASR summer research program.

Admission for SRFP-2024 is open from 23rd Nov. 2023 to 5th Feb.2024. 

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