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PMRD: A Central Govt. Fellowship Scheme for Young People

In a bid to reduce poverty and improve the lives of people in rural India, the central governed launched Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellows Scheme (PMRDFS). This scheme is being implemented in collaboration with the state governments to provide an opportunity for capacity building of bright professionals.

Scheme overview:

  • PMRDF is a short term work opportunity (three years) for bright young women and men who already possess some level of academic and professional expertise to serve as a public servant with the district administration improve programme delivery and interface with the marginalized section of the society to increase developmental growth.
  • Long term aim is to develop a group of development professionals who are committed to work for the poor and the disadvantaged in the isolated and deprived regions of the country.

Activities include:


However this job requires the fellows to have a strong commitment towards equity values and social justice to make a genuine difference in peoples’ lives.

 Stipend and other benefits:  


  • Selected fellows get a stipend of ₹50,000 per month during the orientation period.
  • ₹75,000 per month during the first year
  • 10% increment in the second year and third year

Other benefits:

  • Along with remuneration, they also get other official and transport facilities, travel reimbursements for official work and leave for specified amount of time if cited certain reasons.
  • After completing the due fellowship period, they are awarded with a Fellowship Certificate.

(Note: Fellows are not employees of the Government thus receiving stipend for the entire duration of the programme.)


  • Age criteria- between 22 and 27 years
  • Educational qualification- those having a graduate degree (4 years) in Medicine, law, engineering, animal husbandry, agriculture from a recognized university with satisfactory results are eligible to apply. (minimum 50% score is necessary to apply)
  • Candidates with allied PG degrees are also eligible.

A physical fitness certificate from a Government Medical Hospital is necessary in this case.

Field placements:

The selected 160 PMRD Fellows have been placed in the Western, Eastern, Northern, Central, J&K and North Eastern States of the country in 2014.

Post Fellowship requirement:

On successful completion, a PMRD fellow is required to spend a minimum of one year in public service as a paid full-time employee of the State Rural Livelihood Mission (SRLM) in the state he/she is assigned to. 

How to apply?

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