All those women who have studied science and want to pursue it further can avail benefit of the Women Scientist Scheme.
Launched by the Department of Science and Technology, the scheme provides career opportunities which includes fellowship to unemployed women scientists and technologists, especially those who had a break in career, for pursuing research in frontier areas of Science and Engineering.
There are three major components of Women Scientist Scheme namely,
Women Scientists Scheme-A (WOS-A) for conducting research in Basic & Applied Sciences,
Women Scientists Scheme-B (WOS-B) for S&T interventions for Societal Benefit
Women Scientists Scheme-C (WOS-C) that enables them to become Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) professional.
The fellowship amount for M.Sc, M.Phil/M.Tech and Ph.D categories is Rs.30,000/-, Rs.40,000/- and Rs.55,000/- per month respectively. The total project cost, for three years duration of these three categories, is Rs.20 lakhs, Rs.25 lakhs and Rs.30 lakhs respectively. Besides the fellowship, the total project cost also includes grant for consumables, minor equipment items, travel and contingency. The upper age limit to apply under this scheme is 57 years.
The scheme is also applicable to private institutions. Under this scheme, women are selected on all India basis. The scheme is open through-out the year so there is no last date of application, and all those interested can apply online.
On an average, per year about 400 women scientists are awarded financial support under Women Scientist Scheme. Over 30% of awardees of projects get absorbed in mainstream through regular employment. Also, more than 40% of the awardees under this scheme have been able to complete their PhD while pursuing the programme. More than 7200 research papers too have been published by these awardees.
In addition, under WOS-C component of the Scheme, 169 women scientists have already cleared the patent agent examination and about 60% of them are pursuing their career in the area of IPR and are working in leading attorney firms, IP departments of govt. agencies, Multi-National Corporations and Knowledge Process Outsourcing units. Further, 12 women scientist alumni have started either their own IP attorney firms or IP consultancy units and some are even working from home on IP assignments.