Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research
Jointly promoted by Science & Engineering Research Board (SERB) &
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

In the Year of Science, to attract talent for Doctoral Research and to boost industrial research by academic institutions, the government and industry have jointly developed a scheme to provide double scholarships to PhD Fellows. Applications are invited from already registered PhD fellows for academic year 2012 in Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Medicine from any recognized IndianUniversityor Institute or research laboratory in Indiafor award of Prime Minister’s Fellowship for Doctoral Research for a maximum period of four years to do research on industry-relevant topics leading to awarding of PhD degree. Application format and necessary documents required are available on the website:
Amount and Duration of Fellowship

  1. 100 Fellowships will be awarded every year, starting from 2012
  2. Duration of Fellowships will be four years
  3. Fellowship Amount will be approximately Rs 6 lakh per annum (government scholarship of approximately Rs 3 lakh per annum being equivalent to the prevailing norms for JRF / SRF. Sponsoring industry will match government scholarship)
  4. If selected to receive the Prime Minister’s Fellowship for Doctoral Research, the candidate will cease to receive any other scholarship which he / she may be receiving at present
  5. Continuation of the Fellowship for once selected candidates will be based on satisfactory performance certified jointly by industry and institutions on an annual basis


  1. Only those who have already enrolled and registered for PhD in 2012 in any recognised university or institution or research laboratory will be eligible to apply
  2. The registered PhD Fellows should have already identified a broad area of research which has practical relevance and industrial application
  3. They should also have identified an industry partner who is willing to sponsor their research
  4. The candidate and the proposed research topic should qualify on criteria of excellence and relevance
  5. The candidate should have proven outstanding track record
  6. The candidate should be willing to work in / with industry on specific projects


  1. Applications will be submitted online
  2. A joint committee of SERB and CII, to be called Apex Council, will conduct transparent selection and monitoring of projects
  3. The availability of Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research will be advertised on the website of SERB and CII. Institutions may consider setting up appropriate mechanisms at their end to spread awareness among prospective candidates about this new Fellowship scheme

Way to Participate
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For more details, please visit

Mr S S Kohli
Scientist ‘F’
Department of Science & Technology
Ministry of Science and Technology
Government ofIndia
Technology Bhavan
NewMehrauli Road
New Delhi-110 016
Tel: +91-11-26590499

Ms Shalini S Sharma
Head–Higher Education
Confederation of Indian Industry
3rd Floor,IGSSSBuilding
28, Institutional Area,Lodi Road
New Delhi-110003
Tel +91-11-45772009
Fax: +91-11-45772014

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