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MHRD Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PMRF)

PMRF 2018 - Prime Minister's Research Fellowship

Last date to apply

31 March 2018

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About PMRF Prime Minister's Research Fellowship

PMRF Prime Minister's Research Fellowship conducted by MHRD will be offered to 3000 meritorious students from IITs, IISc, IIITs, NITs, and IISERs. Selected students will be selected in three batches starting from 2018-19 through a rigorous process and 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 online application form to get PMRF Prime Minister's Research Fellowship. The application process has been started from 24 February 2018 and the direct link to application page is available on this page below.

MHRD Prime Minister's Research Fellows (PMRF)

PMRF Prime Minister's Research Fellows 2018 Dates



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 Prime Minister's Research Fellowship 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 Prime Minister's Research Fellowship Reward


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 research paper. The Fellows selected under the scheme will be recognized as “Prime Minister’s Research Fellows”.

PMRF Prime Minister's Research Fellowship 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

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 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 Application

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.

Submission Abstracts 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 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 Prime Minister's Research Fellowship 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:

  • For each subject area, the Selection Committee constituted by the NI will select candidates after the interview.
  • 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.
  • An appropriate algorithm will be developed by the IITs/IISc for selection of the candidates and linking them to potential guides.

PMRF Prime Minister's Research Fellowship 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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