Application process (How to Apply)


The application process will be open once in the year. More details will be made available SPPU-PDF website from time-to-time. Applications should be filled electronically using the forms that are available on the website. It is mandatory that the applicant must be domiciled resident of Maharashtra and has received a Ph.D. degree in appropriate subject. It is also necessary to obtain the concurrence of the Mentor (affiliated to SPPU Departments / Schools or an approved research center at affiliated college of SPPU which have received at least A Grade from NAAC) to accept the applicant as a postdoctoral fellow. The proposed Mentor must have at least three Ph.D. students guided/supervised towards successful completion of the Ph.D. work. The application will be processed further on satisfying preliminary requirements. However, it is necessary that a signed printout of the application must be received by the SPPU-PDF Cell, along with the required documents supporting candidature, within 10 days from the date of online application. In case Ph.D. viva is defended but the degree certificate is awaited, duly signed certificate by the guide or the Registrar of University/Institute must be attached. Further, a signed letter (in prescribed format) from the proposed Mentor indicating his/her willingness to accept the candidate for postdoctoral work must be attached.


After scrutinizing the documents sent by the applicant, the Coordinator of the scheme will constitute a standing (core) peer committee of reviewers as per the area of research mentioned by applicant, to assess the application. On the basis of the recommendation of standing peer committee, candidates whose applications meet the requirement of minimum selection criteria will be called for a personal interview. The coordinator will make final recommendation in accordance with decision of interview panel.


Since this is a promotional scheme to inculcate postdoctoral research culture, emphasis during the review process/selection will be on an appropriate mix of the candidate's accomplishment at the Ph.D. level and the professional standing of the Mentor.


There will be a maximum of 60 SPPU-PDF awardees at any given time, with typically 20 awards per year.


Application steps


  • Go to the site
  • Fill basic information to get login ID and password: The candidate should fill the basic information to get Login ID and Password. The basic information contains preliminary data of the candidate such as name, email ID, birth date and Ph.D. degree details. It is necessary that the name given by the candidate should match with the one on his/her Ph.D. degree certificate. Please ensure that the Email id you have provided is active as all further correspondence will be made on the same. Also, please note that some Mail Service Providers may put our reply-email into the SPAM/Junk Folders. For this reason, please check your SPAM/Junk Mail Folder also.
  • Do the email authentication : Immediately after filling the basic information, the candidate will receive a system-generated email for verification. The candidate has to click on a link provided in an email.
  • Ph.D.Guide will do verification: Also an email will be sent to the Ph.D. Guide of the candidate to verify the candidate's Ph.D. degree accomplishment. Please inform this to your Ph.D guide.
  • SPPU-PDF Cell will send login ID and password:The SPPU-PDF Cell will scrutinize the basic information of the candidate and send Login ID and password to the candidate's registered email ID typically within 7 working days.
  • Fill online application and upload supporting PDF files:
    1. The provided Login ID and password will be valid strictly for 10 days. Within this stipulated time, the candidate is required to fill in the complete on-line application form and upload PDF supporting files viz. Ph.D. work summary, postdoctoral research proposal and Mentor's CV in the specified PDF format (limiting to 100 kB size individually). Hardcopy of the applications which are incomplete and contain documents which do not follow the prescribed format shall be rejected.
    2. All the valid online applications will receive a system-generated acknowledgment from SPPU-PDF Cell which contains a file of his/her complete application. A unique Application No. (ID) will be assigned to each application. Please note this number for further reference.
  • Application hard-copy:Take printout of the application, affix your passport size photograph and attach the hardcopy of listed supporting documents in the sequence given below.
    1. Summary of Ph.D. Work (same as uploaded online)
    2. Concept proposal of the postdoctoral research (Same as uploaded online)
    3. Duly signed Mentor CV original copy (Same as uploaded online)
    4. Original Consent Certificate of the Mentor on official letterhead (in the prescribed format)
    5. Copy of S.S.C.(10th Class Certificate)/Age Proof Certificate
    6. Copy of Graduation and Post-graduation certificate
    7. Ph.D. Degree or provisional Certificate
    8. NET/SET Certificate if qualified
    9. Reserved Category/Differently abled(PH) Certificate if applicable
    10. Copy of Maharashtra state domicile Certificate
    11. Other documents if required

  • The candidate has to arrange to send the signed hard copy (only through speed post ) of the application form along with aforementioned documents to the following address

    The Coordinator
    SPPU Postdoctoral Fellowship Cell
    5th floor, New Chemistry Building
    Department of Chemistry
    Savitribai Phule Pune University
    Ganeshkhind, Pune 411 007.

    Please mention the application ID on the envelope. The result about the award of SPPU Postdoctoral Fellowship will be displayed on SPPU-PDF website typically within three to four months after the receipt of the online application.
  • Incomplete applications containing unformatted/unreadable documents, false/misleading information etc. shall be rejected.

Easy Steps for Applying SPPU-PDF

Fill basic information and request for login ID and password

Email verification

Get login ID and password provided by SPPU-PDF cell after scrutiny of your basic information

Proceed with filling online application by provided login ID and password

Take printout of your application

Submit application to SPPU-PDF cell along with documents supporting your candidature