What is the PMRF at IIT Madras?

The Prime Minister’s Research Fellows (PMRF) Scheme is a program that aims to enhance the quality of research in higher educational institutions and encourage and reward scholars in research. Candidates are selected through a rigorous selection process with frequent performance reviews.

As a student at IITM pursuing a PhD or Direct PhD, you are eligible to apply for the PMRF scheme via two modes:

  • Direct entry: Direct entry is meant for newly admitted PhD and direct PhD Scholars. While applying through the direct entry channel, candidates must satisfy the criteria specified here.
  • Lateral entry: Lateral entry is for students enrolled in ongoing PhD/Direct PhD/Upgraded PhD programs. To apply for PMRF through the lateral entry channel, the candidate must satisfy the criteria specified here.

Selection Process: There are 2 stages in the selection process: the shortlisting and the selection stage. During the shortlisting stage, IIT Madras will internally evaluate your application and decide whether they can nominate you. If nominated, your application is then assessed by the PMRF Nodal Committee for a final decision.

Duration and Stipend: The period of PMRF will be 5 years for direct PhD scholars and 4 years for PhD scholars. Fellowship under PMRF is Rs. 70,000/- for the first two years, Rs. 75,000/- for the third year, and Rs. 80,000/- for the final two years. PMRF Scholars are also eligible for a contingency grant of Rs. 2 Lakhs per annum.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your research experience and receive generous funding through PMRF! For more information about the program, visit the PMRF NCC website or click here to view specific details related to the PMRF program at IITM.