The first phase of the National Photonics Fellowship is over, and we are no longer accepting applications. DeitY if and when there is a second phase. Thank you all for making the first phase a success.

National Photonics Fellowship of India

For the best and the brightest young mind, an opportunity to participate in research in the emerging field of Photonics, at some of the most advanced laboratories of the nation.

The main goal of the fellowship is to expose the best students to high quality research and help them decide about a future career in Photonics R&D (academic or corporate). 15 students (soon-to-graduate or fresh graduates) would be chosen each year and given the opportunity to spend between 3-12 months in a selected laboratory in a premier academic institute. The student will be free to choose a laboratory from a list of laboratories who have agreed to mentor such students (except for a laboratory in his/her home institution). They will spend their time contributing to a research project in photonics (which involves generation/ manipulation/ sending/ receiving / processing of light to push the boundaries of diverse fields ranging from communication and fundamental physics to biology and clinical medicine, even art).

In addition, there will be an annual fellows' conclave where each of them would present their work, and where they will have a chance to interact with leading scientists and members of industry active in the field. A certificate will be awarded after successful presentation of their work.

Sponsored by

The Department of Information Technology, Govt. of India

Governing board

  • Prof. Arnab Bhattacharya, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
  • Prof. Balaji Srinivasan, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
  • Prof. Subrat Kar, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
  • Prof. Sudipta Maiti, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (co-ordinator)