Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research
Applications can be submitted anytime during the year by eligible candidates under the Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research.
The Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB), which is an autonomous body under the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
Under the scheme, scholarships up to Rs.75000/- per month will be provided for industry-relevant/sponsored research by full-time Scholars in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Medicine.
This scheme is aimed at encouraging young, talented, enthusiastic and result-oriented scholars to take up industry-relevant research. Under this scheme, the full-time PhD scholars get double the money that they would otherwise get for doing research.
Under the Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research, the scholars get double the JRF/SRF as scholarship (as per applicable slabs). While one-half of this scholarship comes from the government, the second half comes from a partner company which also works closely with the candidate on the research project. The scheme has been made open-ended allowing aspirants to apply anytime within 14 months from their PhD registration.
Applications can be submitted anytime during the year subject to the condition that the doctoral fellow should have taken admission in full-time PhD in last 14 months from the date of submission of application in any recognized Indian University/Institute/Research laboratory. In case of a different admission/enrolment and registration date, the first date of admission in full-time PhD will be considered. In case of any dispute regarding submission date, the decision of the Apex Council will be considered as final.
Up to 100 new Fellowships are provided every year in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Medicine. 50% of the scholarship comes from SERB [being equivalent to the prevailing Government norms for Junior Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow (inclusive of HRA)], which can be revised as per the JRF/SRF norms from time to time. The rest 50% (matching equivalent of SERB component) comes from the partner company. Duration of the Fellowship is four years. If selected to receive the Prime Minister’s Fellowship for Doctoral Research, the candidate will cease to receive any other scholarship / salary from any other organisation, which he / she may be receiving at the time of enrolling into the scheme.
Applicant has to first register at www.primeministerfellowshipscheme.in.
Call for Proposal and Document Checklist are to be downloaded. Applicant should then tie up with a company and get the required undertakings signed from a valid signatory in the company as well as in the host institute.
Applications without industry partners will not be accepted by the online system. Applicant has to find industry partner on his/her own. CII facilitates match-making between research scholars and industry through the portal www.primeministerfellowshipscheme.in. The relevance of their project for industry and the extent to which the applicant is able to convey their capability to the industry will determine whether they will find industry partners or not. The interested companies will evaluate the profile and contact the applicants if they find the proposal relevant.
Applicants should talk to their research guides at the institute and find out the relevant companies in that field. They can do their own research in and around them to find out the right companies and approach them. Candidates should also keep themselves abreast with the latest technologies, trends and companies working in their field. They should try to interact with industry people in their field as frequently as possible to trigger ideas about a particular project.
Applicant should collect all documents and make digital copies of each. He/she should them fill the application form online and submit it.
Applicants are not required to send any physical copy of the application/documents to CII.
At present there are 67 companies, spread all across the world, partnering in the scheme which include 61 Indian companies and 6 international companies.
For Programme Brochure and more details, visit https://www.primeministerfellowshipscheme.in/