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Prime Minister Research Fellowship Scheme 2020

PUBLISH DATE 8th May 2020

The HRD Ministry has recently announced significant amendments in the Prime Minister's Research Fellowship Scheme including reduction in the required GATE score and introduction of a lateral entry option.

The National Institutes of Technology (NITs) among the top 25 institutions as per NIRF ranking will also be eligible to grant the fellowship.

PMRF 2020-21: HOW TO APPLY

There are two channels of entries, one direct entry and lateral entry. In lateral entry, the students, who are pursuing PhD in PMRF granting institutions (completed 12 months or 24 months as per certain requirements) can also apply to become fellow under the scheme as per new guidelines.

Candidates can apply for PMRF through either of these two channels Direct Entry Channel and Lateral Entry Channel.

  1. Direct Entry Channel

To apply for PMRF through this channel, the candidate must satisfy all of the following criteria:

(1) In the preceding three years, the candidate should have either:

(a) completed or be pursuing the final year of Bachelors or Masters degree in Science and Technology streams from any of the Institute/University recognized in India with CGPA of 8.0 or above and GATE score of 650 or above in the relevant subject (the GATE criteria is waived if the qualifying degree is from one of the centrally funded technical institutes), or,

(b) qualified GATE and completed or be pursuing M.Tech./MS by research at one of the PMRF Granting Institutes having a minimum CGPA of 8.0 or above at the end of the first semester with a minimum of four courses.

(2) They apply and get selected in the Ph.D. programme in one the PMRF granting institutes.

(3) The PMRF granting institute, which has admitted the student in the Ph.D. programme through the regular selection process (interveiw), makes a strong recommendation for award of PMRF in view of his/her merit. The metrics on which the candidates will be judged will include (but not restricted to): research exposure, publications, performance in international academic competitions, grades and recommendation letters.

  1. Lateral Entry Channel

To apply for PMRF through this channel, the candidate must satisfy all of the following criteria:

(1) The candidate should be pursuing Ph.D. in one of the PMRF granting institutions. Further, he/she should have completed at most 12 months in the PhD programme if he/she joined the programme with a Master’s degree; and should have completed at most 24 months in the PhD programme if he/she joined the PhD programme with a Bachelor’s degree. He/she should have completed at least four courses in the PhD programme with CGPA / CPI of 8.5 or above.

(2) The PMRF Granting Institute, in which the student is enrolled, makes a strong recommendation for the candidate and uploads the relevant information on the PMRF web-portal, in view of his/her merit clearly demonstrated during the first 12-24 months (as relevant) of the program;

(3) The metrics on which the candidates will be judged include (but not restricted to) a strong research proposal, publications record and grades. Due weightage should be given to publication in reputed journals/conferences.

PMRF 2020-21: ELIGIBILITY

a) Bachelors or Masters degree in Science and Technology streams (completed or pursuing)
b) CGPA of 8.0 or above
c) GATE score of 650 or above
d) The PMRF Granting Institute, in which the student is enrolled, makes a strong recommendation for the candidate and uploads the relevant information on the PMRF web-portal, in view of his/her merit clearly demonstrated during the first 12-24 months (as relevant) of the program;

PMRF 2020-21: BENEFITS

The selected candidates not only get a chance to pursue PhD in top institutes of India but also they get financial benefits. They get Rs 70,000/- per month for the first two years, Rs 75,000/- per month for the third year and Rs 80,000/- per month for fourth and fifth year.

Year Benefits
First year Rs 70,000/- per month
Second year Rs 70,000/- per month
Third year Rs 75,000/- per month
Fourth year Rs 80,000/- per month
Fifth Year Rs 80,000/- per month
First to fifth year Rs 2,00,000/- per year

Apart from the above-mentioned financial aid, the candidates will get Rs 2,00,000 per year for a period of five years for academic and foreign/national travel expenses.