PMRF Scheme is aimed at attracting the talent pool of the country to doctoral (PhD) programs of IITs and IISc for carrying out research in cutting edge science and technology domains, with focus on national priorities.

National Coordination Committee comprising of 7-8 Directors of the IITs/IISc, will be the apex decision making body of the Scheme to monitor the scheme. The body will report to MHRD about the status of the scheme, fund flow and utilization thereof, and policy changes required to make the scheme more effective.

The candidates for the PMRF should have completed, or are in the final year of BTech or Integrated MTech or MSc in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs/IIITs; they should have secured at least 8 CGPA and completed the required academic qualification in the last five years i.e. those who are awarded degree in past five years (i.e. graduated during or after 2014) are eligible to apply for PMRF 2018.

There is an application fee of Rs 1000. The applicant should click on the fee payment link that will connect to SBI Collect. The applicant does not need to have an SBI account to pay the fees on the SBI Collect page. The fee can be paid through various modes that include net banking, debit, and credit card etc. The applicant will need to enter the SBICollect Reference Number and upload the SBICollect e-receipt pdf file for the online application.

The tenure of fellowship will be four years for students from integrated courses and five years for B. Tech. students. At the time of joining, each Fellow shall be given deliverables to be achieved each year. This will be decided by the Department which the Fellow is joining. The deliverables are to be designed keeping in view the topic selected by the Fellow.

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 fellowship as below:

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.