Prime Minister’s Fellowship Scheme for Doctoral Research

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Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) aims to build up best management systems which would match the best global practices in the area of promotion and funding of basic research. Promoting basic research in Science and Engineering and to provide financial assistance to persons engaged in such research, academic institutions, research and development laboratories, industrial concerns and other agencies for such research and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto are the primary and distinctive mandate of the Board.

About the Fellowship:

Science and Engineering Research Board has taken the initiative for supporting aspiring PhD scholars with double scholarship (up to Rs. 6 lakh per annum), 50% of which will be provided by government and balance 50% by a sponsoring industry, for doing research for four years and the research fellow will receive PhD degree by doing this industrial research.

Eligibility : Fellow Doctoral fellow should have enrolled / admitted for PhD in last 14 months from the date of submission of applications in any recognized Indian University / Institute / Research Laboratory · Doctoral fellow should obtain “No Objection” from his/her Institution before applying · Areas of research should be in Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture or Medicine

  • The topic of research should have practical relevance and industrial application · The candidate and the proposed research topic should qualify on criteria of excellence and relevance and be of technical and scientific merit the selected doctoral fellow should be willing to work with / in industry as and when required by the industry partner during the project period · The research Duration: should not be more than four years leading to award of PhD degree to the doctoral fellowSelection Process & Broad Criteria for Selection · The project should be innovative and of high scientific merit; with discrete R&D as opposed to exploratory investigation · The proposed research should have a high potential to translate into a business opportunity and commercialization · High credibility, capacity of doctoral fellow and the institution

Monetary Support: Fellowships for up to 100 research projects are supported in every financial year 2 Fellowship amount of up to Rs. 6,00,000/- per annum per candidate (To be increased soon) 50% contribution is by SERB [being equivalent to the prevailing Government norms for JRF / SRF (inclusive of HRA)]. This amount is subject to revision as per the JRF / SRF norms from time to time. Rest 50% (matching equivalent of SERB component) comes from the partner company.

Duration: 4 Years

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