May 2019

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Promoting research in

cutting-edge technology

& science areas

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Prime Minister's Research

Fellowship Scheme for

Doctoral Studies (Ph.D.) in IISc, IISERs and IITs

aimed at

attracting the best talent

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Promoting research

with focus on

national priorities

About PMRF

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

Under the PMRF scheme for PMRF May 2019, students who have completed, or are pursuing, the final year of four year undergraduate or five year integrated M.Tech or five year integrated M.Sc. or five year undergraduate-postgraduate dual degree programmes or two year M.Sc. programmes in Science and Technology streams from IIEST/IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs and centrally funded IIITs or any other Institute / University recognized in India, are eligible for admission to full time Ph.D. programme in the IISc, IISERs and IITs provided they fulfil prescribed eligibility criteria and finally get selected after shortlisting/written test/interview. For each hosting institute (IISc, IISERs and IITs) the Ph.D admissions under the PMRF scheme will be supernumerary.

Applicants who fulfill the eligibility criteria, and are finally selected through a selection process, will be offered admission to Ph.D. programme in one of IISc/IISERs/IITs with a fellowship of Rs.70,000/- per month for the first two years, Rs.75,000/- per month for the 3rd year, and Rs.80,000/- per month in the 4th and 5th year. Apart from this, 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.

There will be a rigorous review of the performance of Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship holders and continuation of the next year fellowship shall be contingent upon successful review.


The online application portal is now open.

The deadline for submission of applications is 11.30 pm, 07 April, 2019.




The applicants for the PMRF should:
a. have completed or be pursuing the final year of four (or five) year undergraduate or five year integrated M.Tech or five year integrated M.Sc. or 2 year M.Sc. or five year undergraduate-postgraduate dual degree programs in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs/IIEST and centrally funded IIITs. These candidates should have secured a CGPA/CPI of at least 8.0 (on a 10-point scale). For applicants in the five year integrated or dual degree programs, if separate CGPAs/CPIs are awarded for UG and PG parts of the programme then the CGPA/CPI of UG part (first four year) will be considered, OR

b. have completed or be pursuing the final year of four (or five) year undergraduate or five year integrated M.Tech or five year integrated M.Sc. or 2 year M.Sc. or five year undergraduate-postgraduate dual degree programs in Science and Technology streams from any other (not covered in a.) Institute / University recognized in India. These candidates should have secured a CGPA/CPI of at least 8.0 (on a 10-point scale) or equivalent till the last semester and have secured a score of 750 or higher in the respective GATE subject. OR

c. have qualified GATE and be pursuing or have completed M.Tech. / MS by Research  at IISc/IITs/IISERs ( hereafter referred to as host institutions) having a minimum CGPA or CPI of 8.0 (on a 10-point scale) at the end of the  first semester with a minimum of four courses. Those candidates who are applying after the first semester, the CGPA or CPI requirement of 8.0 will be based on all the courses, labs, thesis that the candidate has completed. This is applicable to above eligible candidates at the time of application.


d. have completed the required academic qualifications in (a), (b) or (c) in the preceding three years from when the application is submitted.


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 should be in frontier areas of science and technology, preferably, focusing on national priorities.

  4. There should be at least two referee names provided by each applicant for the Selection Committee to seek feedback.


Broad Disciplines & Nodal Institutes

  1. Admission under the PMRF will be made in 19 broad disciplines.

  2. For each broad discipline one IIT or IISc will coordinate the admission process (review applications, shortlist applicants, constitute selection committees and hold final selections) and will be referred to as the Nodal Institute for that broad discipline.


Selection Process

The selection process for the PMRF will be a rigorous process consisting of Screening by the Reviewers, and final selection by the Selection Committee for each research vertical to ensure competition, standardization, transparency and selection of the best talent. The process may also include written test and/or discussions, if necessary. The allocation of Institute shall be done in the following manner:

a. For each subject area, the Selection Committee constituted by the NI will will conduct the interviews and select candidates.

b. The allocation of Institute for the doctoral study would be done keeping in view the choices of the selected candidates and the availability of academic and other infrastructure.

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

The IPR policy shall be as per the Institute's Policy on IPRs. The IPRs are owned by the Institution where the Fellow has worked.


Monitoring Mechanism

The National Coordination Committee (NCC) will periodically review and monitor implementation of the scheme. The NCC will report to MHRD the status of the scheme, fund flow and utilization thereof, and policy changes required to make the scheme more effective.

Apart from this, the monitoring will be done in the manner detailed below:

  • There will be internal reviews twice a year.

  • There will be a National Convention every year where all PMRFs will showcase their work. This will be an occasion for the Industry to participate in the Convention.

  • There will be a website set up by the NCC showcasing the areas of work of each PMR.


The following would be the fellowship for the PMRFs:


Amount (Rs)

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3


Year 4


Year 5


Apart from this, each Fellow would be eligible for a research grant of Rs. 2 lakhs per year (total Rs. 10 lakh)

The tenure of fellowship will be four years for students from integrated courses and five years for B. Tech. students.

Industry participation in the PMRF programme would be explored through CSR funding so as to enable industry to sponsor maximum number of fellows.


PMRF May 2019 Host Institutions

IISc Bangalore

IISER Berahampur

IISER Bhopal

IISER Kolkata

IISER Mohali


IISER Thiruvananthapuram

IISER Tirupati

IIT Bhilai


IIT Bhubaneswar

IIT Bombay

IIT Delhi

IIT Dharwad

IIT(ISM) Dhanbad

IIT Gandhinagar


IIT Guwahati

IIT Hyderabad

IIT Indore

IIT Jodhpur

IIT Kanpur

IIT Kharagpur

IIT Madras

IIT Mandi

IIT Patna

IIT Roorkee

IIT Ropar

IIT Jammu

IIT Palakkad

IIT Tirupati