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The Academy instituted the INSA Honorary Scientist Scheme in May 2000 to continue to engage and utilize the expertise of active superannuated Fellows of the Academy involved in research in their specialized disciplines in some recognized institutions/universities in India or to contribute to the growth of science by working from their residence through activities such as preparing monographs/books and other publications.



The objective of the programme is to continue to engage and utilize the expertise of superannuated Fellows of INSA.


Name of the Position:

The awardee shall be called ‘INSA Honorary Scientist’



Superannuated INSA Fellows working in India. The upper age limit to apply for INSA Senior Scientists will be 75 years.


Number of Positions:

The number of INSA Honorary Scientist to be selected each year will be decided by the council.


  • The term of an INSA Honorary Scientist is initially for a period of three years, extendable for another two years after a review of the performance during the past three year period.

  • Selected Fellows have to join within a period of six months from the date of issue of the offer letter.

  • INSA Honorary scientist position will be operated only through the organization to which the fellow is affiliated.


Financial Support:

Contingency grant of Rs. 1,00,000/- per annum will be released in one installment directly to the Honorary Scientist or through the host institution.

  • The contingency grant can be utilized for purchase of any equipment/s required for research, Computer/ Laptop/ ipad, Printer, Scanner, Camera, secretarial assistance, stationery, communication, travel (within India and abroad), Air fare, registration fee, per diem, accommodation etc. as per the norms of the Host Institute. Items purchased out of the contingency grant will be the property of Host Institute after completion of project of INSA Honorary Scientist.

  • In case INSA Honorary Scientist wants to retain any of the above items like computer/laptop/iPad/printer, etc., purchased under contingency head he/she may pay 10% of the actual cost of the item to the host institute provided the items are purchased minimum two years before the completion of the tenure of the programme.



INSA Fellows may nominate themselves or other superannuated Fellows for the position of Honorary Scientist. Fellows may write to the President INSA along with a brief CV, proposed plan of work and a letter of acceptance from the host institute if he/she intends to work through an institute. This certificate will not be required if the scientist intends to operate from home. The names of awardees will be reported at the subsequent Council meeting.



The Honorary Scientist can join any time between 1st January to 31st December of the year.


Progress Report and Renewal of Position:

Honorary Scientist will submit a report of his/her work in the prescribed format after completion of each year along with utilization certificate and request for further grant.


Interaction with other Agencies:

The Honorary Scientist is allowed to take up sponsored Research and Consultancy within the norms of the host Institute.



   The Position will stand terminated from the date the Honorary Scientist accepts any paid position.
   Support under the INSA Honorary Scientist Programme should be acknowledged in all publications.
   Final adjustment/settlement of accounts should be done within a period of 30 days of termination of position.
   Council is empowered to amend any of the regulations.


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