The Kerala State Young Scientist Awards by the KSCSTE are intended to honour talented young Scientists in recognition of their outstanding contributions in any branch of science and technology coming within the purview of the Council. The research carried out independently in Kerala by young scientists of Indian origin with Ph.D in any branch of Science& Technology who is working in Kerala for the last three years will be taken into consideration for the award.
Number of Awards:
The number of awards made in each year will be limited to 14. Awards will not be shared.
- Age: 37 years as on 31st December, 2018(Nominees with date of birth on or after 31-12-1981 are eligible).
- Qualification: Ph.D. with 3 years Post-Doctoral experience.
- Experience: Working experience in any R&D/Academic institution in Kerala continuously for the last 3 years.
Candidates may be nominated by Vice-Chancellors of Universities in Kerala, Directors of Research Institutes/ R & D Centres of Industries, Heads of University Departments, Principals of Colleges with approved centres of research, Fellows of the Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, India, Indian National Academy of Engineering and Indian Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
Nominations will be valid for 3 years or the eligibility age whichever is earlier. However, a fresh nomination (only once) can be made, if the nominee has not yet crossed the age bar. Nominations in the prescribed format along with all supporting documents must reach the Director, KSCSTE, Sasthra Bhavan, Pattom P.O., Thiruvananthapuram - 695004 latest by 15th November 2018. Nominations which are not complete or received after the due date will not be considered.
Candidates recommended by the screening committee after a rigorous criteria-based screening will be invited for presentation of their research work. The candidates will be informed of their selection for the award individually by mail. The awards will be distributed during the inaugural session of the Kerala Science Congress by the Chief Minister. The Awardees have to make a 15 min presentation of the award winning work in the Plenary Session of the Kerala Science Congress.
Cash Prize and Research Grant
Each Awardee will be presented with a certificate with citation and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000/-. In addition, in exceptionally meritorious and needy cases, the recipient may be considered by the Council for a research grant of Rs.50 lakhs after due consideration of the research project with the help of an expert committee. The Awardee, within 3 years of the receipt of the award, will be considered for a visit abroad for presenting the research work at a conference.