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The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), under Ministry of Ayush, is an ensemble of 30 tangential institutes. This apex body in India is amongst the leading research organizations in the field of Ayurveda i.e. Indian heritage system of medicine. Over the years, the council is devotedly working for undertaking, coordinating, formulating, developing and promoting research on scientific lines in Ayurvedic Sciences through its different peripheral units and also through collaborative studies with various Universities, Hospitals and Institutes. The research activities of the Council include Medicinal Plant Research (Medico - Ethno Botanical Survey, Pharmacognosy and Tissue Culture), Drug Standardization, Pharmacological Research, Clinical Research, Literary Research, Documentation and Health Care Research Programmes through various outreach activities.

Ayurveda is currently bearing in mind as an alternative to modern medicine in respect of number of diseases therefore much thrust has been given to the systems of Ayush as well as Ayurveda, through many initiatives by the Government. A modern approach towards research linked with outcomes is one such initiative being taken by the Ministry of Ayush. Availability of quality- research manpower is unarguably one of the essential components to achieve this intent. In this milieu, Ministry of Ayush through its Research Councils has already envisaged Ayush Ph.D. fellowship scheme to meritorious scholars from Ayush systems. At this instant as an auxiliary inventiveness “CCRAS Post Doctoral Fellowship Scheme” has been instituted to identify promising young researchers with innovative ideas and provide them with training and research opportunities in different multidisciplinary areas. This scheme is duly approved by the Secretary, Ministry of Ayush, Government of India in his capacity as Chairperson of Executive Committee along with the approval of Standing Finance Committee (SFC) and Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the CCRAS (copy of approvals are appended at pages I to III). The scheme aims at facilitating their transition from mentored to independent research career. CCRAS intends to offer ten (10) such fellowships every year to promising fresh PhD/PG degree holders of Ayurveda and Ph.D. holders of related science disciplines at reputed organizations like CSIR, ICMR, DBT, National Institutes, recognized Universities and National Institutions of Ayush etc. These fellowships will be allocated by Director General, CCRAS, depending upon the needs of the Institute/Centre.

1. CCRAS Post Doctoral Fellowship is open to Indian nationals only. The applicant should be an Indian citizen.
2. For Ayurveda Discipline: Any Ph.D./PG degree holders of Ayurveda may apply within three years of award of Ph.D./PG degree but if the Ph.D./PG is continued, they may not apply for PDF. Any Ayurveda candidates, who have submitted Ph.D./PG thesis and received their provisional Ph.D./PG degree can apply for PDF.
3. For Allied Sciences Disciplines: Any Ph.D. degree holder of Allied sciences disciplines may apply within three years of award of Ph.D. degree. Any Allied sciences candidates, who have submitted Ph.D. thesis and received their provisional Ph.D. degree can apply for PDF.
4. Applicants should have research publications in high impact factor SCI journals.

Maximum Age Limit
1. The candidate should not be more than 40 years of age on the last date of application. Maximum relaxation is up to 5 years in case of SC/ST/Physically handicapped candidate and women candidates and 3 years in case of OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) candidates.
2. For deserving candidates age can be relaxed up to maximum of 3 years based on earlier work done, publications, awards etc. Director General, CCRAS may consider and relax on the recommendation of the screening committee.

CCRAS Post Doctoral Fellowship is a full time research work for the tenure of two years and extendable for maximum one more year based on outstanding performance and recommendation from the Mentor at University/Institution/Lab where working and approval of the Director General, CCRAS.

1. CCRAS Post Doctoral Fellows will be paid a consolidated fellowship of Indian Rs.60,000/- per month plus House Rent Allowance (HRA) as admissible and a research contingency grant of Rs.3.00 lakh per annum provided subject to submission of the proposal through mentor forwarded by the Head of the Institution within 3 months of joining the fellowship which will be examined by the Research Council for any adjudication, if required before consideration for approval. The unspent balance of research contingency grant at the end of a year may be carried forward to the next year.
2. Contingency Research grant can be used for expenses on minor equipment, consumables etc (as per Annexure-VIII). There is no provision for providing manpower support under this scheme. The Fellow is expected to undertake the research objectives by himself/herself during the entire duration of the fellowship.
3. 25% of the contingency grant can be used for domestic and international travel including per diem expenses.
4. The fellows are not eligible to receive any other fellowship from any Government or Non- Governmental source during the tenure of the fellowship.
5. The fellowship cannot be utilized for any other research work expect the approved research work for the PDF proposal.

How to apply
This programme exclusively accepts online applications and does not entertain hard copy submissions. If there is any difficulty encountered while completing the application, candidates can contact the Council for assistance. The applicant needs to register on the CCRAS PDF Portal ( December month and then proceed to submit the form, research proposal and required documents online.

Mode of Selection
After initial scrutiny of the application form and uploaded documents, the shortlisted candidates will be called upon for presentation of their proposed research proposal followed by interview by specially constituted committee. Final selection will be based on the presentation of the proposed research project followed by interview of short-listed candidates by specially constituted committee. The selected candidates for presentation/Interview will be intimated by e-mail in January, 2024.

1. The post-doctoral research work should not be the same as Ph.D. work.
2. The duration of full time regular fellowship shall be for two years which may be extendable for maximum one more year based on outstanding performance and recommendation from the Director General, CCRAS and the Mentor at Institution/ lab where working. In no case the fellowship beyond three years will be considered. However, extension for submission of final report may be granted on justified reasons without any additional financial commitment of the CCRAS.
3. The contingency grant may be utilized for books, stationery, computer related costs, and the field work expenses connected with the research work.
4. The CCRAS reserves the right to publish the fellowship report funded by it.
5. The scholar shall acknowledge CCRAS’s support in all publications resulting from the research output of the fellowship and should submit a copy of the same to the DG, CCRAS.
6. All fellowships are subject to income tax deductions as per the Government of India rules at the level of Council.
7. CCRAS follows Government of India Rules & Directives with regard to SC, ST and persons with benchmark disability.
8. A fellow is not entitled for the same fellowship or pay protection more than once.
9. While accepting any fellowship from the CCRAS, a fellow should not accept any other fellowship or research project or regular financial benefit/assignment from any other institution.
10. Any kind of paid or honorary, part-or-full-time employment is not permissible during the tenure of Fellowship

11. The selected fellows are expected to do full time research in India. They could, however, undertake data collection outside India in exceptional cases and if warranted by the needs of the proposal. For this the PDFs are required to obtain approval from DG, CCRAS.
12. The scholar should not have been subjected to any disciplinary/ legal action/ proceedings/ financial penalties in his/ her career/ research career.
13. The final report submitted by the scholar will be considered satisfactory only after its evaluation by the DG, CCRAS.
14. Books/periodicals/equipment purchased by the scholar out of the contingency grant should be deposited to the Council and a certificate to this effect may be submitted along with the final report.
15. Application submitted against one Call will not be considered for the subsequent Calls.
16 The Council reserves the right to reject any application/nomination. It is also not responsible for any postal loss/delays in communications.
17. Incomplete applications in any respect shall not be considered for fellowship.
18. The final authority related to the interpretation of the guidelines or any issue left is vested with the DG, CCRAS. However, any relaxation would require approval of Ministry of Ayush/ CCRAS.

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