Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship(PMRF)


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 applicants for the PMRF should:

  1. 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 IIEST/IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs and centrally funded IIITs;
  2. 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.
  3. have completed the required academic qualification in the last five years.

To access the List Of Eligible Institutes for Qualifying Degree, click here.

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.

To access the list of broad disciplines along with the respective nodal institution, click here.


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

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.

How to apply

Eligible applicants are to submit an abstract online at PMRF website. The requirement for a project abstract is aimed at assisting the selection committee to judge research and analytical capability of the applicant.

  • 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.

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.

An applicant can apply two times provided all eligibility criteria are met each time.

An application fee of Rs 1000 is to be paid.

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.

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

  • Each Nodal Institute (NI) 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
  • Each NI would first indicate whether the candidate has to appear in the written test or not. For PMRF 2018 there is no written test for any NI.

Source and for more information : PMRF website

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