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PMRF 2018 - Prime Minister's Research Fellowship

Last date to apply

31 March 2018

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About PMRF 2018

PMRF is Prime Minister's Research Fellowship. It is a PhD scholarship scheme that is launched by MHRD  and offers PhD scholarships to 3000 meritorious students from IITs, IISc, IIITs, NITs, and IISERs. These 3000 students will be selected in three batches starting from 2018-19 through a rigorous process and will be provided direct admission into PhD Programmes in IITs and IISc to pursue research in frontier areas of science & technology, with an enhanced monthly fellowship amount as mentioned on this page below.

Interested candidates have to fill the PMRF online application form to get the Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PMRF). The application process has been started from 24 February 2018 and the direct link to application page is available on this page below.

PRMF Scheme Details

PMRF scheme was launched to give encouragement to meritorious students from selected institutes.  PMRF scheme was launched at a total cost of Rs.1650 crore for a period of seven years beginning 2018-19. The objective of the scheme is to encourage highly skilled researchers and scientists to pursue their R&D interests in Indian Institutions.


MHRD Prime Minister's Research Fellows (PMRF)

PMRF Dates 2018



PMRF Application Begin

24 February 2018

Last date of Application Submission

31 March 2018

PMRF Interview Date

15 May 2018 onwards (Tentative)

Result Announcement

1 June 2018 (Tentative)

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PMRF 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Gender Any
Region Across India
Class/ Age B.Tech/ M.Tech Students
  • Candidates must have completed or are in the final year of B.Tech/ Integrated M.Tech/ M.Sc. in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IIT/NITs/IISERs/IIITs.
  • Candidates must have secured at least 8 CGPA.
  • The required academic qualification of candidates must have completed in last five years.

PMRF 2018 Reward

PMRF PhD Scholarship Amount


Fellowship Amount

Year 1

Rs 70,000

Year 2

Rs 70,000

Year 3

Rs 75,000

Year 4

Rs 80,000

Year 5

Rs 80,000


Rs 3,75,000

In addition to the fellowship as mentioned above, each Fellow will be eligible for a Research Grant of Rs. 2 Lakh each year for five years towards foreign travel for presenting a research paper. The Fellows selected under the scheme will be recognized as “Prime Minister’s Research Fellows”.

PMRF 2018 Application form and Process

Candidates have to fill the online application form to avail the MHRD Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship. The application process is started from 24 February 2018 till 31 March 2018. The direct link to the application form is given below. Candidates can click on the link available on this page to fill the online application form of PMRF.

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Steps to fill PMRF Application Form

  • STEP 1: General Details: Candidates have to fill their general details such as Name, DOB, Gender, Aadhaar No., Contact Details, etc. in the given sections.
  • STEP 2: Academic & Professional Details: Candidates have to fill their educational details such as Name of Degree, Marks, Year of Passing, Roll No., etc. They also are required to fill their professional details if any.
  • STEP 3: Project Details: Candidates have to describe their project summary within 100 words.
  • STEP 4: Candidates have to fill two Referee Details in the given section.
  • STEP 5: Candidates have to choose the Broad Discipline and Institute Combination Preference.
  • STEP 6: Upload: Candidates have to upload the scanned copy of their passport size photograph and the PDF file of Mark Sheet, Project, and CV.

Submission of the PMRF Form

The application form of MHRD Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship has to be submitted through the online mode. Candidates should check the filled application form before the final submission. And they also keep the photocopy of filled application form for future reference.

Abstract Submission for PMRF 2018

  • 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 the 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.

Payment of PMRF Application Fee

Candidates can pay the application fee through the SBI Online or SBI e-receipt. In the case of SBI e-receipt candidates have to fill the details of e-receipt such as Fee SBI Collect Reference Number and SBI Collect e-receipt date. They are also required to upload the SBI Collect e-receipt on the application form.

  • Application Fee: Rs 1000

PMRF 2018 Selection Process

The selection of candidates for the PMRF will be done through the two-stage process with screening by the Reviewers and final selection by the Selection Committee for each research vertical to ensure competition, standardization, transparency and selection of the best talent. This shall be done in the following manner:

  • Stage 1: Screening of Application
  • Stage 2: Interview - For each subject area, the Selection Committee constituted by the NI will select candidates after the interview.
  • Stage 3: Allocation of Institute - 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.
  • Stage 4: Linking to Guide - An appropriate algorithm will be developed by the IITs/IISc for selection of the candidates and linking them to potential guides.

In 2018, a total of 139 scholars were selected for the Ph.D Programme in IITs and IISc. The names of all the selected students are given on the website.

Know more about PMRF - Website

PMRF 2018 Contact Details

Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
Kandi, Sangareddy – 502285
Telangana, India

Phone: 040-23017112
Email: support@pmrf2018.iith.ac.in

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