Prime Minister's Research Fellowship, PMRF Scheme online Application Form

Published Date - 26 February 2018 03:08:33 Updated Date - 26 February 2018 03:11:32

Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) scheme has been promoting research & Cutting edge technologies. Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship Scheme has been designed for candidates who are willing to do Doctoral Studies (Ph.D.) in IITs and IISc, it aims at attracting the best talent in the country. Applications are open for Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) Scheme 24 February 2018 and the deadline for application is 31 March 2018.

Ministry of Human Resource Development, Central government is inviting online application forms for the Prime Minister Research Fellowship Scheme. Subsequently, PMRF scheme  will attract the best talent for Doctoral Studies (Ph.D.) in reputed institutions like IITs and IISc. Accordingly, interested candidates can apply online for PM Research Fellowship through the official website

The primary objective of PM Research Fellowship Scheme is to promote research with focus on national priorities. Moreover, govt. wants to promote Research in cutting edge technologies and science areas.

Interested and eligible candidates can apply online and fill PMRF Online Application Form through the official website between 24 February 2018 and 31 March 2018.


About Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) Scheme

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.

Under the PMRF scheme, 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 programs in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs and centrally funded IIITs are eligible for admission to full time Ph.D. programme in the IITs & IISc provided they fulfil prescribed eligibility criteria and finally get selected after shortlisting/written test/interview. For each participating IIT and IISc 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. program in one of IITs/IISc 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 years. 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.

Fellowship Details

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.


Eligibility For Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) Scheme :

The applicants for the PMRF should:

• 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 five year undergraduate-postgraduate dual degree programs in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs and centrally funded IIITs;

• have secured at least CGPA/CPI of 8.0 (in scale of 10.0). For applicants in five year 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 year) will be considered.

• have completed the required academic qualification in the last five years.

Merely satisfying the eligibility requirement does not guarantee admission. Final selection for admission of applicants will be done following a rigorous selection process.

Prime Minister Research Fellowship Scheme Online Application Procedure

The complete procedure to apply online for PMRF Application Form 2018 has been specified below:-

  • Firstly visit the official website
  • Subsequently on the homepage, click the “Apply Online” tab present in the header or directly click this link
  • Next click the “Please Click Here To Apply Online” link present at the bottom of the page.
  • Afterwards, the Prime Minister Research Fellowship Online Application Form 2018 will appear 
  • Here candidates can fill all the necessary details accurately and upload supporting documents along with fees payment receipt.
  • Finally, candidates can click the “Submit” button to complete the PMRF Application Process.
  • Furthermore, candidates can take a printout of the completed application form and keep it for any future reference.

Direct link – Candidates can directly open the PMRF Online Application Form 2018 through this link – Click Here

List Of Supporting Documents For PMRF Application Form Submission

The candidates must upload the following documents to fill and finally submit the PMRF Application Form:-

  1. Recent passport size photograph.
  2. Scanned Copy of Transcript / Gradesheet / Marksheet till the last completed Semester as PDF.
  3. Abstract (1000 words) as PDF File.
  4. Relevant Curriculum Vitae (CV) in PDF Format.
  5. SBI Collect E-Receipt PDF File.



Abstract Submission

  • The Project abstract should clearly articulate the area of the study and should display keen interest and insight on the subject chosen.
  • The Project abstract should formulate a problem for the study which would be used for assessing the applicant’s analytical and research skills.
  • The topic chosen shall be preferably in cutting-edge technology and science, with focus on national priorities.
  • 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.

Broad Disciplines & Nodal Institutes

Admission under the PMRF will be made in 18 broad disciplines.

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 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:

  • 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.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be called for a written and/or interview at the nodal institute.
  • Final selection of shortlisted applicants will be made based on the performance in the interview

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.

Important dates:

Commencement of submission of applications: 24 February 2018
Deadline for submission of the applications: 31 March 2018
Tentative dates for interviews at Nodal institutions: 15 May 2018 onwards
Tentative date for announcement of results: 01 June 2018

Online Applications Open

PMRF Participating Institutions :

  • IISc Bangalore
  • IIT Bhilai
  • IIT Bhubaneswar
  • IIT Bombay
  • IIT Delhi
  • IIT Dharwad
  • IIT(ISM) Dhanbad
  • IIT Gandhinagar
  • IIT Goa
  • 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



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