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Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship Program


Features of the Scheme

Modification in the Scheme


  • “Prime Ministers Research Fellowship Scheme” was announced in budget speech 2018-19 .
  • It aims to realize importance of innovation and technology for progress and development of the nation.
  • The government has launched this scheme at a total cost of 1650 crore for a period of seven years beginning 2018-19.
  • This scheme comes under the ministry of Human Resources Development.

Features of the Scheme

(1) Eligibility Criteria:

Under this Scheme, the best students who have completed (in last 5 years) or are in the final year of B. Tech or Integrated MTech or M.Sc. in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs/IIITs, with at least 8.0 CGPA, will be offered direct admission in Ph.D. programme in the IITs / IISc,  after going through the selection process.

(2) Fellowship grant: Such students will be offered the following fellowship for under PMRFs:

  • Apart from this, a research grant of 2.00 lakh will be provided to each of the Fellows for a period of 5 years to cover their foreign travel expenses for presenting research papers.

(3) Tenure:

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

(4) Maximum number of Fellows:

A maximum of 3000 Fellows would be selected in a three year period.

(5) Monitoring Mechanism:

The National Coordination Committee (NCC) will periodically review and monitor implementation of the scheme.

Modification in the scheme

The scheme was limited to the IISc, IITs, NITs, IIEST and IISERs when launched but  from 2019 the scheme is open for all potential researchers. The decision was made after Government failed to find adequate number of candidates for PMRF this year. Only 135 fellowships were finally offered against 1000 positions.


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