Prime Minister Research Fellowship

Fellowship are non-profit organization system that provides help and benefits and the Prime Minister Research Fellowship is one of such. As you read through, we will show what they are all about and how to apply.

Prime Minister Research Fellowship

Prime Minister Research Fellowship

The Prime Ministers Fellowship for Doctoral Research scheme is a prestigious endeavor launched by the Science and Engineering Research Board, a part of the Department of Science & Technology under the Government of India.

This initiative is aimed at enhancing the collaboration between universities and industry, aligning research efforts with industry needs.

The program encourages full-time Ph.D. scholars to conduct research in specific “focus areas” that have been identified by industries and are also in line with national priorities.

Each year, there are 100 fellowships available for researchers who wish to pursue their PhD studies in well-established technology and research institutions in India.

The implementation of this scheme is carried out by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) on behalf of SERB (Science and Engineering Research Board).


Duration: 4 Years

Area of Research

1. Science

2. Technology

3. Agriculture

4. Medicine

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Prime Minister’s Fellowship for Doctoral Research Scheme, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Be a citizen of India.

2. Be enrolled as a full-time PhD student at an academic or research institution that offers PhD degrees.

3. Submit their application within 14 months from the date of PhD admission or registration, whichever is earlier.

4. Have successfully completed all necessary academic qualifications in the past.

5. Secure an industry partner who is willing to sponsor 50% of the fellowship amount, which is Rs. 4 lakhs per annum.

Application Process

They will only consider online applications submitted through the program’s website. Please refrain from sending any hard copies of the application or supporting documents.

Candidates can apply for the SERB’s Prime Minister’s Fellowship for Doctoral Research Scheme throughout the year via the website

Documents to be submitted

1. Recent Passport Size Picture

2. PhD Enrolment & Registration Certificate

3. 10th, 12th, Graduation & Post-Graduation Certificate

4. Scan of Other Degree / Diploma Certificates (if applicable)

5. Profile of the host institute

6. Bio-data of PhD Supervisor, not exceeding 3 pages

7. Profile of Partner Company with Logo

8. Bio-data of Industry Mentor, not exceeding 3 pages

9. Undertaking from the Research Supervisor and Head of the Organization of the Institute / University

10. Undertaking from the Industry Partner in the Research Project

11. Letter from the Industry Partner (on the company’s letterhead) on the research problem and the future plans for implementation, if any


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