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Government Extends Prime Minister’s Research Fellows Scheme

Published on July 28, 2018
Government now welcomes all potential researchers.  Union Government has announced that the Prime Minister’s Research Fellows (PMRF) Scheme will be open to all potential 

researchers from 2019 and not limited to candidates from IISc, IITs, NITs, IIEST and IISERs.
  • The decision was made after the Government failed to find adequate number of candidates for PMRF this year. 
  • Only 135 fellowships were finally offered against 1,000 positions.

About Prime Minister’s Research Fellows (PMRF) Scheme:

  • The scheme was announced in the Budget Speech 2018-19. 
  • It will be implemented for period of seven years beginning 2018-19 at total cost of Rs. 1650 crore.
  • Under it, the best students who have completed or are in the final year of B. Tech/Integrated M.Tech/M.Sc courses in Science and Technology streams will be offered direct admission in PhD programme in IITs/IISc.
  • Maximum of 3000 Fellows would be selected in the three year period, beginning 2018-19.

Monthly fellowship:

  • Selected students through the selection process laid down in PMRF Guidelines will be offered monthly fellowship of Rs.70,000 for the first two years, Rs.75,000 for the 3rd year and Rs.80,000 in the 4th and 5th years.

Research grant:

  • Each selected fellow students will also be provided, a research grant of Rs.2.00 lakh for a period of 5years to cover their foreign travel expenses for presenting research papers in international conferences and seminars.


Q. Which previously announced scheme by the Union Government, will be open to all potential researchers from 2019 and not limited to candidates from IISc, IITs, NITs, IIEST and IISERs?
a. Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yogna
b. Prime Minister’s Research Fellows (PMRF) Scheme
c. Beti Padhao Beti Bachao
d. None of the above

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