National Board for Higher Mathematics, Department of Atomic Energy, Anushakti Bhavan, C.S.M.Marg, Mumbai-400001, has invited applications for appearing for the joint screening test for (i) the grant of NBHM scholarships to students for pursuing research for a Ph.D. degree in Mathematics and (ii) admissions to the Ph.D./Integrated Ph.D programmes of certain Institutions in India which include (i) Harish-Chandra Research Institute (HRI), Allahabad (ii) Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune (iii) Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), Chennai and (iv) National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Bhubaneswar.

Eligibility: Applicant for the NBHM PhD scholarship must be mathematically motivated and should hold a Master’s degree (Pure or Applied) in Mathematics or Statistics or must be a final year student of these degree courses. They must have a good academic record (First class or equivalent grade) in all years from Plus Two level to the present. Students having passed B.Sc (Honours) course with a second class may also apply, provided they have a Master’s degree or are in the Final year of the same. Those holding a four-year B.S. (or equivalent) degree, or those in the Final year of such a programme, may also apply, but they are eligible to receive the NBHM scholarship only if they secure admission to a recognized Ph.D. programme by August 2018. Students who wish to apply for the Ph.D./Integrated Ph.D. programmes of HRI, IISER, Pune, IMSc, or NISER must apply and appear for the written test. For this purpose, apart from the students mentioned earlier, students holding a B.Sc./B. Stat/B.S./B.Tech./B.E. degree, or those in the Final year of such degree courses, with a consistently good academic record from Plus Two level as mentioned above may also apply. For more details, visit www.hri.res.in, www.iiserpune.ac.in, www.imsc.res.in and www.niser.ac.in

Students for these doctoral programs need not apply separately to these institutions again.

Eligibility to receive the NBHM Ph.D. scholarship is restricted to students who have completed their B.S./M.A./M.Sc. (or equivalent) degree and have secured admission to a recognized Ph.D. programme on or before August 1, 2018.

NBHM Scholarship: Successful candidates will receive a scholarship amount of Rs. 25,000/- per month for the first and second year and Rs.28,000/-  per month for subsequent years, a contingency grant of Rs.32,000/- per year and house rent allowance as per central government norms wherever applicable. The scholarships are normally for a period of four years, sanctioned for one year at a time and renewable at the end of each year, subject to satisfactory progress. The enhanced amount of scholarship may be offered after evaluation by the Board at the end of the second year. If deemed fit, the scholarship may be extended for a fifth year at the discretion of NBHM.

To avail of the NBHM scholarship, successful students must enrol themselves in a recognized Ph.D. degree programme. The scholarship will be paid through the institution they join. Part-time research students cannot avail of the scholarship.

Selection Procedure: Candidates must appear for a written test to be held on January 20, 2018 (Saturday).

The written test will be conducted at the following centres, divided into five separate zones:

Zone 1: Chandigarh, Delhi, Srinagar

Zone 2: Allahabad, Indore, Jabalpur, Raipur

Zone 3: Goa, Mumbai, Pune, Vallabh Vidyanagar

Zone 4: Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Kolkata, Ranchi, Shillong

Zone 5: Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad

The test of 150 minutes' duration will have questions which require short answers, from topics normally covered in Master’s degree programmes in Mathematics. Question papers of some earlier years will be available at www.nbhm.dae.gov.in and at www.imsc.res.in, under ‘Quick Links'.

Based on the performance in the written test, candidates will be short-listed for interview before final selection.

Application: Applications should be made on plain paper in the format given at https://www.imsc.res.in/~office/nbhm/nbhmphdad201819.pdf.

The filled application should be sent along with a recent passport sized photograph and a self-addressed envelope affixed with a Rs. 5/- postage stamp to the address as given below for the appropriate zone in which the candidate wishes to appear for the written test. The envelope containing the application should be super-scribed ‘NBHM Ph.D. Scholarship’. Applications should not be sent to the NBHM office. Names of two centres from the respective zone must be clearly indicated, giving the order of preference.

Addresses of zonal coordinators for sending completed applications

Zone 1: Prof. Gurmeet Kaur Bakshi, Department of Mathematics, Punjab University, Hans Raj Gupta Hall, Chandigarh-160014(gkbakshi@pu.ac.in)

Zone 2: Prof. Kalyan Chakraborty, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Chhatnag Road, Jhusi, Allahabad-211 019 (kalyan@hri.res.in)

Zone 3: Prof. Siddhartha Bhattacharya, School of Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Colaba, Mumbai-400 005 (siddhart@math.tifr.res.in)

Zone 4: Dr. Avishek Adhikari, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Calcutta, 35, Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata-700019 (avishek.adhikari@gmail.com)

Zone 5: Prof. S. Kesavan, c/o Institute of Mathematical Sciences, CIT Campus, Taramani, Chennai - 600 113 (kesh@imsc.res.in)

The last date for receipt of completed applications is December 8, 2017 (Friday).

Hall Ticket for written test showing the centre will be sent to reach candidates by January 5, 2018 (Friday). If it is not received by this date, applicant should contact the zonal coordinator to whom the application was sent to find the status of the application. If hall ticket is not received by January 15, 2018, applicant should contact centre-in-charge suggested by zonal coordinator.

Contact: e-mail:psmsnbhm@dae.gov.in, msnbhm@dae.gov.in

Website: www.nbhm.dae.gov.in