Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship | Admission in Ph.D. in IITs/IISc

The Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) scheme is aimed at attracting the talent pool of the country to doctoral (Ph.D.) programs of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for carrying out research in cutting-edge science and technology domains, with focus on national priorities.

The Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) Details:


The Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) Details:

Scheme Name: Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship
No. of Seats: 1000 Seats
Educational Criteria: The applicants for the PMRF should:

    1. have completed or been pursuing the final year of four-year undergraduate or five years integrated M.Tech or five years integrated M.Sc. or five-year undergraduate-postgraduate dual degree programs in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs and centrally funded IIITs;
    2. have secured at least CGPA/CPI of 8.0 (in the scale of 10.0). For applicants in five years integrated or dual degree programs if separate CGPAs/CPIs are awarded for UG and PG parts of the program then the CGPA/CPI of UG part (first four years) will be considered.
    3. have completed the required academic qualification in the last five years.
Scheme Benefits:
  1. The Research Fellows will be offered Rs 70,000 P.M for first two years, Rs 75,000 P.M for a 3rd year, & Rs 80,000 P.M for 4th & 5th years.
  2. A research grant of Rs.2.00 lakh per year will be provided to each of the Fellows for a period of 5 years to cover their academic contingency expenses and for foreign/national travel expenses.
Abstract Submission:
  1. The Project abstract should clearly articulate the area of the study and should display keen interest and insight on the subject chosen.
  2. The Project abstract should formulate a problem for the study which would be used for assessing the applicant’s analytical and research skills.
  3. The topic chosen shall be preferably in cutting-edge technology and science, with focus on national priorities.
  4. The abstract should be original in applicant’s own words, provide formulation and other technical details of the problem. Evaluation of the abstracts will be an important component in the final selection of applicants for the PMRF.

Selection Process for Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF):

The selection process for the PMRF will be a rigorous two-stage process with screening by the Reviewers and final selection by the Selection Committee for each broad discipline to ensure selection of the best talent.

An applicant may apply for more than one combination of broad discipline and institute. An applicant will be required to provide preferences in case the applicant wishes to apply for more than one combination of discipline and institute.

The shortlisting and selection will be done in the following manner:

  1. Each nodal institute will have a team of experts who will assess the applications and prepare a shortlist of applicants for written test and/or interview at the nodal institute.
  2. Shortlisted applicants will be called for a written and/or interview at the nodal institute.
  3. Final selection of shortlisted applicants will be made based on the performance in the interview
Starting date: 24 February 2018
End date: 31 March 2018
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