Organisation : Indian Institute of Technology IIT & Indian Institute of Science IIS
Fellowship Name : PMRF May 2019 Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship
Applicable For : Students Pursuing M.Tech. / MS by Research
Applicable State : All India
Website : https://may2019.pmrf.in/
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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.
Related / Similar Fellowship : PMRF May 2020
Who Can Apply?
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 program 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.
Eligible and interested candidates under this option ‘b’ should register for GATE at the official GATE 2019 website, 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 1 (a), 1 (b) or 1 (c) in the preceding three years from when the application is submitted.
** The Project abstract should articulate and display keen interest and insight on the subject chosen.
** The Project abstract should formulate a problem which could be used for assessing the applicant’s analytical and research skills.
** The topic chosen should be in frontier areas of science and technology, preferably focusing on national priorities.
** There should be at least two referee names for each applicant, for the Selection Committee to seek feedback from
a. The following would be the fellowship for the PMRFs
Year | Amount (Rs)
Year 1 – 70,000
Year 2 – 70,000
Year 3 – 75,000
Year 4 – 80,000
Year 5 – 80,000
b. Apart from this, each Fellow would be eligible for a research grant of Rs.2 lakhs per year (total Rs.10 lakh)
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 select candidates after interview.
b. The allocation of Institute for the doctoral study would be done by the Selection Committee, keeping in view the choices of the selected candidates and the availability of academic and other infrastructure.
c. An appropriate procedure will be developed by the IITs/IISc for selection of the candidates and linking them to potential guides.
1. Do I need to submit a project proposal along with my application?
You must submit an abstract as described on the PMRF website.
2. Does PMRF scheme apply for part-time Ph.D.?
No, PMRF is for undertaking full-time Ph.D. program at IISc, IITs and IISERs.
3. Is there a word limit for the abstract? Can I upload the proposal in JPEG format?
The word limit is 1000 and it must be in PDF format. No other format is acceptable.
4. How many times can I apply for fellowship under the PMRF scheme?
You can apply two times provided all eligibility criteria are met each time.
5. Will the written test/ interview of different streams be conducted on the same date.
No. The tests will be conducted on different dates with a gap of a day or two so that an applicant may reach from one Nodal Institute to the other Nodal Institute in time.