PMRF 2019 - Prime Minister's Research Fellowship Application Open

Last date to apply

15 October 2019

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About PMRF 2019

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 2019-20 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.

The PMRF application opens twice in a year for May and  December for awarding a fellowship.

Interested candidates have to fill the PMRF online application form to get the Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PMRF). The application process has started from September 2019 and the direct link to application page is available on this page below.

Latest Update: PMRF 2019 December Application released

PRMF 2019 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 2019-20. The objective of the scheme is to encourage highly skilled researchers and scientists to pursue their R&D interests in Indian Institutions.

PMRF Scholarship

PMRF 2019 Dates


December 2019

PMRF Application Begin

September 2019

Last date of Application Submission 

15 October 2019

PMRF Interview Date

November 2019

Result Announcement

Last week of November


PMRF 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”.

The tenure of fellowship will be four years for students from integrated courses and five years for B. Tech. students.

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PMRF 2019 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. OR
  • Have completed or been pursuing the final year of four (or five) year undergraduate or five years integrated M.Tech or five years 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. OR
  • have qualified GATE and be pursuing or have completed M.Tech. / MS by Research at IISc/IITs/IISERs 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 theory courses. And
  • The required academic qualification of candidates must have completed in the last three years.

PMRF 2019 Application form and Process

Candidates have to fill the online application form to avail the MHRD Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship. The application process started in September and the last date of application is 15 October 2019. 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.

Click Here to Apply Online 

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 2019

  • 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 a 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 1500

PMRF 2019 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 PhD Programme in IITs and IISc. The names of all the selected students are given on the website.

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PMRF 2019 Interview Schedule (May, June 2019)

Venue for Interview Date(s) for Interview Broad Discipline
IIT Madras 20 - 21 May 2019
Aerospace Engineering
IIT Kharagpur 25 - 26 June 2019 Agriculture and Food Engineering
IIT Kharagpur 25 June 2019 Architecture and Regional Planning
IIT Bombay 3 - 4 June 2019 Biomedical Engineering
IIT Bombay 3 - 4 June 2019 Biological Sciences
IIT Gandhinagar 06 - 07 June 2019 Chemical Engineering
IIT Bombay 2 - 4 June 2019 Chemistry
IIT Roorkee 12 - 13 June 2019 Civil Engineering
IIT Delhi 10 - 11 June 2019 Computer Science
IIT Kanpur 17 - 18 June 2019 Electrical Engineering
IIT Madras 23 May 2019 Engineering Design
IISc Bangalore 14 - 17 May 2019 Interdisciplinary Programs in Science and Engineering
IIT Hyderabad 30 - 31 May 2019 Material Science and Metallurgical Engineering
IIT Kharagpur 25 - 26 June 2019 Mathematics
IIT Madras 21 - 22 May 2019 Mechanical Engineering
IIT (ISM) Dhanbad 21 - 22 June 2019 Mining, Mineral, Coal and Energy sector
IIT Madras 20 May 2019 Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture
IIT Guwahati 29 June - 01 July 2019 Physics
IIT Delhi 11 June 2019 Textile Technology

PMRF 2019 Contact Details

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

Phone: +91-8330913053
Email: support@pmrf-dec2019.iith.ac.in

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