Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PRMF) 2018
Updated on Feb 24, 2018 - 3:19 p.m. IST by Prabha Dhavala

Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PRMF) 2018 - Applications to the Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PRMF) have started from February 24 in online mode. The last date to apply is March 31, 2018. The Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PRMF) 2018 scheme was announced to attract talented students to pursue doctoral (Ph.D.) programs at Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc). These programmes are aimed at carrying out research in cutting edge science and technology domains, with focus on national priorities. The scheme is open to B.Tech students or Post graduate students of science or engineering & technology from the IITs, NITs, IISc, IISERs and centrally funded IIITs. Know the complete details of the Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PRMF) 2018 like eligibility, application procedure, Fellowshiphip, selection process and more from this article.

Important Dates of Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PRMF) 2018



Starting date of applications

February 24, 2018

Last date for applying

March 31, 2018

Tentative dates for interviews at nodal institutes

May 15, 2018

Announcement of results

Tentatively on June 1, 2018

Participating Institutes for Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PRMF) 2018

Eligibility Criteria of Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PRMF) 2018

  • Candidates must have completed or are pursuing the final year of four year undergraduate or five year integrated M.Tech or five year integrated M.Sc. or five year undergraduate-postgraduate dual degree programs in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs and centrally funded IIITs.

  • They must have secured at least CGPA/CPI of 8.0 (in scale of 10.0).

  • For applicants in five year integrated or dual degree programs if separate CGPAs/CPIs are awarded for UG and PG parts of the program then the CGPA/CPI of UG part (first four year) will be considered.

  • Candidates must have completed the required academic qualification in the last five years.

How to apply for Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PRMF) 2018?

Click here to apply

What to keep ready before applying

  • A recent passport size photograph in png & jpg format. The photo must not be older than six months

  • Aadhaar details. Candidates who have no Aadhaar card must apply for one and enter the enrolment number. Applicants belonging to Assam, J&K, and Meghalaya should enter either their passport number, ration card number, bank account number or any other valid government issued identity number.

  • Abstract of minimum 1000 words in a pdf file. The abstract should be original in applicant’s own words and should have applicant's name on the top.  The Project abstract should clearly articulate the area of the study and should evidence interest and insights for the subject chosen. It should formulate a problem for study. It will be used for assessing the applicant's analytical and research skills.

  • CV as a pdf file. The CV should be limited to two A4 pages and should emphasize only on academic achievements and skills, e.g. ranks, merit certificates, internships, publication, research related software skills.

  • Transcript/gradesheet/marks sheet till the last completed semester as a pdf file

  • After payment, SBICollect e-receipt pdf file with the SBICollect Reference Number

Steps to fill the application form

  • Personal Details

  • Upload Photo

  • Academic Details of Qualifying Degree - The qualifying degree (i.e., four year undergraduate or five year integrated M.Tech or five year integrated M.Sc. or five year undergraduate-postgraduate dual degree program in a Science and Technology stream) must be from an IISc/IIT/NIT/IISER or a centrally funded IIIT only.

  • Upload marks sheet/grade sheet

  • Current Employment (if any)

  • Upload abstract

  • First Referee Details - The referees are whom the applicants have closely interacted with during their undergraduate or postgraduate program and who can comment on the applicant’s educational capabilities and research and analytical skills. 

  • Second Referee Details

  • Broad Discipline and Institute Combination Preference – 24 combinations are allowed. Candidates can opt for one or more discipline as well as one or more institutions.

  • Fee Payment Details - The fee of Rs 1000 can be paid online through  net banking, debit, and credit card etc via SBI Collect. Candidates should click on the given link to pay the application fees.  They should select Payment Category as ‘PMRF Application Fee 2018’. It is not necessary to have an SBI account to pay the fees. An online e-receipt will be generated as a pdf file and note the SBIcollect reference number

Save & Submit the application: There are two options of save and submit. Saving the form can be at any stage and allows candidates to edit and fill the form at their leisure. Submitting is the final stage after which candidates cannot edit or fill any details. It is advisable to save, review and then submit the application form. After saving the application for the first time, candidates will receive an email with a system generated password that should be changed using the link provided in the email.

Important Points to Note:

  • All details must match the official records.

  • The address for correspondence should be the permanent address and the final offer letter will be sent here.

  • If candidates do not receive an e-mail after saving or submitting, they should check their spam folder.

  • The institute field in the Academic Details of Qualifying Degree section requires the name of the institute where candidates have received or are pursuing qualifying degree.

Broad Disciplines & Nodal Institutes of Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PRMF) 2018

While admission under the PMRF will be made in 18 broad disciplines, they will be monitored by one IIT or IISc for each broad discipline. This includes coordinating the admission process (review applications, shortlist applicants, constitute selection committees and hold final selections). Such institute has been referred to as the Nodal Institute for that broad discipline. The list of the institutes and disciplines has been mentioned in the table below.

Nodal Institutions and Broad Disciplines

Sr. No.

Broad Discipline

Nodal Institution


Agriculture and Food Engineering

IIT Kharagpur


Architecture and Regional Planning

IIT Kharagpur


Biological Sciences (e.g. Biological Sciences, Biological Engineering, Computational Biology, Chemical Biology, etc.)

IIT Bombay


Biomedical Engineering (e.g. Biosystems Science and Engg., Medical Science and Technology, etc.)

IIT Bombay


Chemical Engineering (e.g. Biochemical Engineering, Polymer Science & Engineering, Cryogenic Engineering, Energy, Environment, Materials, Systems Engineering etc. )

IIT Gandhinagar


Chemistry (e.g. Biochemistry, Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Electrochemistry, High pressure chemistry, Surface chemistry, Photochemistry, Solid State and Structural Chemistry, etc.)



Civil Engineering (e.g. Environmental Science and Engineering, Earth Sciences, Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences, Ecological Sciences, Sustainable Technologies, Atmospheric Sciences, Transportation Research and Injury Prevention, Oceans,Rivers,Atmosphere and Land Sciences, Geology and Geophysics, Mining Engineering, Ocean Engg and Naval Architecture, Water Resources, Building Technology and Construction Management, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Transportation Engineering, etc. )

IIT Roorkee


Computer Science (e.g. Computer Sciences and Automation, Computational Science, Computer and Data Systems, Information Technology, Theoretical Studies, Intelligent Systems and Human Computer Interaction, Systems Engineering, Theoretical Computer Science, etc.)

IIT Delhi


Electrical Engineering (e.g. ECE and EE, Electronics, Nanoscience and Engineering, Cyber Physical Systems, Applied Research in Electronics, Instrument Design and Development, Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering, Telecommunication, Nano Science and Technology, Power system, High Voltage, Photonics, etc.)

IIT Kanpur


Engineering Design (e.g. Advanced Geometric Computing, Automotive Control, Electromagnetic Research, Rehabilitation Bioengineering, Optomechatronics, etc.)

IIT Madras


Interdisciplinary Programs in Science and Engineering (e.g. Nano Science & Nano Technology, Cyber Physical System, Energy, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Environment, Linguistic Science and Technology, Oceans, Rivers, Atmosphere & Land Sciences, Railway Research, Cryogenic Engineering, Quality and Reliability, Polymer, BioX ,Alternate Hydro Energy Centre, Transportation Systems, Disaster Mitigation & Management, Pulp & Paper Technology, Water Resource Development & Management, Earthquake Engineering, et.c)



Material Science and Metallurgical Engineering (e.g. Materials Engineering, Materials Science, etc.)




IIT Kharagpur


Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace Engineering, Solid Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Biomedical Engineering, Advanced Computational Engineering , Energy Science and Engineering, Micro-Nano and Bio Sciences and Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Product Design and Manufacturing, Manufacturing, Energy, Industrial Tribology, Machine Dynamics and Maintenance Engineering, Advanced Technology Development, Industrial and Systems Engineering, etc. )

IIT Madras


Mining, Mineral, Coal and Energy Sector ( e.g. Mining, Mineral, Fuel, Petroleum, Mining Machinery, Renewable Energy, Geological Engineering, Geotechnology etc.)

IIT (ISM) Dhanbad


Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture (e.g. Petroleum Engineering, Offshore Technology, etc.)

IIT Madras


Physics ( e.g. Biophysics, Astronomy and Astro Physics, High Energy Physics, Instrumentation and Applied Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Low Temperature Physics, Quantum and Statistical Physics, Soft Condensed Matter Physics, etc. )

IIT Guwahati


Textile Technology

IIT Delhi

Selection Process of Prime Minister's Research Fellowship (PRMF) 2018

The shortlisting and selection will be done as follows

  • The team of experts from each nodal institute will assess the applications and prepare a shortlist of applicants for written test and/or interview at the nodal institute.

  • Shortlisted applicants will be called for a written and/or interview at the nodal institute.

  • Final selection of shortlisted applicants will be made based on the performance in the interview

  • It may be noted that a rigorous review of the performance of Prime Minister’s Research Fellowshiphip holders will be done each year and continuation of the next year Fellowshiphip shall be contingent upon successful review of the current one.

Fellowship Details

Year of study/Research

Amount (Rs)

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3


Year 4


Year 5


Other details

  • In addition, a research grant of Rs.2.00 lakh per year will be provided to each of the Fellowship for a period of 5 years to cover any academic contingency expenses and for foreign/national travel expenses

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

  • Industry participation in the PMRF programme would be explored through CSR funding so as to enable industry to sponsor maximum number of Fellowship.

Monitoring Mechanism

The National Coordination Committee (NCC) will periodically review and monitor implementation of the scheme. The NCC will in turn report to MHRD about the status of the scheme, fund flow and utilization thereof, as well as policy changes required to make the scheme more effective.

In addition, monitoring will be done as follows

  1. There will be internal reviews twice a year.

  2. There will be a National Convention every year where all PMRFs will showcase their work. This will be an occasion for the Industry to participate in the Convention.

  3. A website set up by the NCC will showcase the areas of work of each PMRF which will list all publications.

Coordinating institute:

Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad

Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
Kandi, Sangareddy - 502285
Telangana, INDIA

Email (for application related support):


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