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PMRF Applications to start from tomorrow, Feb. 24

PUBLISH DATE 23rd February 2018

New Delhi: Prime Minister's Research Fellowship, PMRF applications would start from tomorrow, February 24, 2018. Candidates interested in applying are required to apply online on the official website pmrf.in. PMRF was announced in the Union Budget 2018 speech by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Under the scheme, 1000 students from IITs, NITs, IISER's and centrally funded IIITs would be selected each year for Research Fellowship at any of the 23 IITs or Indian Institute of Science, IISc Bangalore. Check the eligibility, important dates, selection process, steps on how to apply as well as direct link to apply online for PMRF 2018.

The students who are selected for the fellowship would be offered admission will be offered admission to the Ph.D. program in one of IITs or IISc. The students would also get a fellowship reward of Rs. 70,000 per month for the first two years, following which they would get Rs. 75,000 per month for the third year and Rs. 80,000 per month in the fourth year. Also, each fellow would get Rs. 2.0 lakh per year for a period of 5 years to cover any academic contingency as well as expenses for international travel/ paper presentation, etc. The fellowship is aimed at selecting the best 1000 minds across various technical fields. 

Eligibility for Prime Minister's Research Fellowship

As per the guidelines now available, final year students of IITs, NITs, IISERs and centrally funded IIITs are eligible to apply. The students include those who are in the four-year undergraduate or five years integrated M.Tech. or integrated M.Sc. program in the said institutes. Students of these institutes who have been awarded degrees from in the past five years are also eligible to apply. Please note, students who have completed their bachelors from a different engineering college (not included in the list) but have completed their M.Tech from IIT or the listed institutes are NOT eligible to apply for the fellowship.

Also, candidates are required to have scored a minimum CGPA/CPI of 8.0 on a 10.0 scale. Please note, for the students in the integrated program or the dual degree program, the CGPA or CPI of UG part (first four years) will be considered.

Important dates for Prime Minister's Research Fellowship Application 2018

Start of Online Application: February 24, 2018 (at 10:00 am)

Close of Online applications: March 31, 2018

Tentative dates for interviews at Nodal institutions: May 15, 2018, onwards

Tentative date for announcement of results: June 1, 2018

Selection Process for PMRF 2018

Candidates who fulfil the eligibility criteria are required submit their details in the application form along with a project abstract of not more than 1000 words in a PDF format. The abstract should formulate a problem of study in the correct format with the name of the candidate on the top. The candidate is required to submit an original abstract in his/her own words. This abstract would be sued to assess the applicants' analytical ability as well as research skills. Once shortlisted, the candidates would then have to appear in a GATE like single entrance test for the chosen domain followed by an interview.

Steps on how to apply as well as direct link to apply online for PMRF 2018

Candidates can start from tomorrow, February 24, 2018. The online application portal would be opened on pmrf.in from 10:00 am tomorrow and would be available until March 31, 2018. Candidates are required to fill the form, provide Aadhaar card details and other documents as may be asked in the application form. The direct link to the website is also provided here. Candidates can go through the details, the FAQs and other important information provided on the website. Fee payment can be done online. Steps on payment of fee and how to fill the forms are also provided on the official website.

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