Are you a young woman with a passion for aerospace? Apply for Kalpana Fellowship now

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The Kalpana Fellowship Scheme, a one-year program for young women introduced by Skyroot Aerospace, a Hyderabad-based startup, is now open for applications. Photo:

Here is a great opportunity for young women interested in aerospace technology to get first-hand experience in this scientific branch. The Kalpana Fellowship Scheme, a one-year program introduced by Skyroot Aerospace, a Hyderabad-based startup, is now open for applications.

With the recent opening of India's space sector to the private industry by the Indian Government, breaking the monopoly held by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), Skyroot Aerospace made history by launching India's first privately-built rocket, Vikram-S, in 2022.

Established in 2018 by Pawan Kumar Chandana, a former ISRO space scientist turned entrepreneur, Skyroot Aerospace currently employs over 300 professionals and has garnered investments worth Rs 800 crore.

Who can apply?

Named after the legendary astronaut Kalpana Chawla, the scholarship offers selected candidates the opportunity to pursue a one-year research fellowship at Skyroot's Max-Q campus in Hyderabad.

The program's benefits include mentoring by renowned space scientists, a competitive stipend, and a fellowship certificate. Exceptional performers during the fellowship also stand a chance to be absorbed as regular employees of Skyroot.

Skyroot co-founders Pawan (left) and Naga (right) soon after the successful test-firing of the technology demonstration version of Skyroot Aerospace's solid propulsion rocket motor – Kalam-5. Photos: Skyroot Aerospace

Eligibility criteria require applicants to hold a BTech / MTech / PhD within the last two years with no other professional experience, or be final-year students in these courses, accompanied by a no-objection certificate from their colleges.

Stipend details

Monthly stipends are set at Rs 30,000 for final-year BTech students and Rs 35,000 for final-year MTech students. Graduates with BTech and MTech degrees will receive Rs 50,000 and Rs 55,000, respectively. PhD holders are eligible for a stipend of Rs 80,000.

Kalpana Chawla
Kalpana Chawla, Indian-American astronaut and the first woman of Indian origin in space. Photo: Manorama Archives

Selection process

The selection process involves three rounds – an online test, a case study/problem statement, and a technical interview. Interested applicants can find more information on the official website at

Important dates

The deadline for registration is March 20, with the fellowship scheduled to commence in July. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to embark on a journey in aerospace with the Kalpana Fellowship.


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