Prime Minister's Fellowship for Doctoral Research

About the Scheme

The government and industry have jointly developed the Prime Minister?s Fellowship Scheme to attract talent for doctoral research, nurture leadership qualities in scholars, provide exposure to international best practices & innovations and encourage industrial research in academic institutions. The scheme has the provision to award up to 100 new scholarships every year, of up to Rs 8.7 lakh per annum per candidate. This means, a monthly stipend of between Rs 55,000.00 to Rs 72,800.00 depending on HRA. As per the provisions of the scheme, as approved by the Department of Science and Technology, the scholarship is given for a maximum period of four years, 50 per cent of which comes from the government and 50 per cent from the partner company. The scheme is open-ended and applications can be submitted through the portal any time during the course of the year. The first batch of this fellowship commenced in 2013. Since then 104 fellowships have been awarded.


Areas covered are Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine.

Key Features of the Fellowship

In addition to attractive scholarship, the Prime Minister?s Fellowship emphasises on providing a unique and invigorating experience to selected fellows. It ensures best national and international exposure for them and also provides mentoring through industry and academic experts through the mechanism of annual review meetings. Periodically, mentorship sessions are also organised with the help of expert external agencies, such as British Council. Review meetings have so far been held in pristine surroundings of renowned institutes such as the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai; Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai and outreach workshops have been held at the Panjab University, Chandigarh; Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati and PSG Institute of Technology, Coimbatore.


  • The applicant should be a full-time PhD scholar in any recognized Indian university / institute / research laboratory. The scholar?s PhD registration date should not be more than 14 months from the date of submission of application.
  • The applicant should have a valid industry partner who should be ready to support the research project financially as well as provide guidance and mentorship.
  • The mutually agreed topic of research, between the applicant and the supporting company, should be innovative, have practical relevance and industrial application.
  • The selected applicant should be willing to work with / in the supporting company as and when required during the project period.

Selection Parameters

  • The projects should be innovative and of high scientific merit; with discrete R&D as opposed to exploratory investigation.
  • The proposed research project should have a high commercialisation potential.
  • The applicant, the academic guide and the industry mentor should have strong track record.

How to Apply

  • Register as a student on the portal or The application form should be prepared according to the guidelines and submitted online through the website as mentioned below :-
  • (FICCI co-ordinating industry chambers) or
  • (CII co-ordinating industry chambers)
  • Download the Call for Proposal and Document Checklist
  • 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
  • Collect all documents and make digital copies of each
  • Fill the application form online (the form cannot be downloaded and requires net connectivity while filling)11111111
  • Submit application
  • Do not send any physical copy of the application / documents to CII

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: How can I apply for this fellowship?

A1: You can apply for this fellowship through the website

Q2: What is the procedure for applying for the fellowship?

A2: Following is a step-by-step guide for the application process: -

1   Register as a student on the portal

2   Download the Call for Proposal and Document Checklist

3   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

4   Collect all documents and make digital copies of each

5   Fill the application form online (the form cannot be downloaded and requires net connectivity while filling)

6   Submit application

7   Do not send any physical copy of the application / documents to CII

Q3: How does the online application work?

A3: Candidates need to refer to Annexure I in the Call for Proposal document which is available on the home page of the portal All the required documents and details needed to be given should be collected before filling the online application.

Q4: I had filled the application online but before I could click on the ?Submit? button, my net connection snapped and my application was lost. Will I need to fill it again?

A4: Yes, if all data is lost you will need to fill the form again. However, this is unlikely if you save your progress from time to time while filling up the form. A ?Save? option is provided in the online form. You can use this option to save all data you may have entered and can continue to fill the form later from the same step where you last left.

Q5: What is the timeline till which the application can be submitted? Will an additional hard copy, stamped / signed of the application required to be sent to CII?

A5: The scheme is open-ended and the scholars can apply anytime during the year subject to the condition that the doctoral fellow should have registered for 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 any dispute regarding submission date, the decision of the Apex Council will be considered as final. No hard copies of any kind need to be sent to CII; only soft copies are required to be uploaded as indicated in the form.

Q6: What are the requisite details an applicant needs to fill in?

A6: Refer to Annexure I in Call for Proposal.

Q7: Can I apply if I do not have an industry partner? Will CII help in finding one?

A7: Applications without industry partners will not be accepted by the online system. Candidates have to find industry partners on their own. CII facilitates match-making between research scholars and industry through the portal All those who want to search for industry partners are requested to register themselves on this portal. Registration on this portal, however, will not guarantee that the candidate will find an industry partner. The relevance of their project for industry and the extent to which the candidate is able to convey their capability to the industry will determine whether they will find industry partners or not. The interested companies can evaluate the profile and contact the applicants if they find the proposal relevant.

Q8: How can I find relevant industry partners?

A8: Candidates should talk to their research guides at the institute and find out about 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 idea thrashing about a particular project.


Q9: If an applicant submits the form, can it be submitted again?

A9: Refer to point number 4 regarding saving progress. Candidates can review and re-review their forms any number of times before uploading them finally. Once uploaded, however, the form cannot be submitted again.

Q10: If I apply this year and am not able to get the scholarship this time, will I be allowed to apply next year?

A10: Yes, you can apply as a fresh candidate with updated information, provided you satisfy all the eligibility conditions.

Q11: Will applicants get automated response to submission? Will somebody call from CII to confirm the receipt of application?

A11: Applicants will get an automatic response at the submission of applications. They will not receive any calls from CII. In case you do not receive a system generated email regarding the submission of their application within 24 hours, the applicant must contact CII at pmschemeciiin and cc: nehaguptaciiin.

Q12: Which are the institutes where PM Fellows are doing their research?

A12: Following are some of the institutes where PM Fellows are pursuing their PhD: Acharya Nagarjuna University, Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research, Alagappa University, Amity University, Anna University, Banaras Hindu University, Bidhan Chandra KrishiViswavidyalaya, Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University, Institute of Chemical Technology, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Indian Institute of Science, Indian Institutes of Technology, IIT Bombay - Monash University Research Academy, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Manipal University, National Chemical Laboratory, National Institutes of Technology, PSG College, Punjab Agricultural University, Saurashtra University, SavitribaiPhule Pune University, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Tata Memorial Hospital, Thiagarajar College of Engineering and Kurukshetra University

Q13: Which are the companies who are supporting PM Fellows in their research?

A13: Following are some of the companies who are supporting PM Fellows in their research: Abellon Clean Energy Limited, Applied Materials Inc., Arche Biologics, Autosys Engineering (P) Limited, Beauscape Farms, Bharat Forge Limited, Cadila Pharmaceuticals Limited, CYMK Inks LLP, Eaton Corporation, Envian Engineers Private Limited, EON Electric Limited, Forbes Marshall Private Limited, G.E. Motors Private Limited, GE India Technology Center Private Limited, General Mills India Private Limited, Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited, Google India Private Limited, Hoganas AB, HPCL, IBIDEN Co. Limited, Infosys Limited, Intel Corporation - USA, Intel Technology India Private Limited, Jai Bharath Gum & Chemical Limited, Joegeetha Plastic Pipes, Kamineni Hospital Limited, K-Pack Systems Private Limited, Krish Biotech Research Private Limited, Maxim Crop Sciences Private Limited, Maxim Integrated ? California, Microsoft Research, Morphing Machines Private Limited, NanoXpert Technologies, Natco Pharma Limited, NMDC, Nova-Surface Care Centre Private Limited, Nuziveedu Seeds Limited, Ozone Research and Application India Private Limited, P&G - Beijing, Persistent Systems Limited, Petrotech Society, Piramal Healthcare Limited, Prathista Industries Limited, Preca Solutions India Private Limited, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Limited, Sahajanand Medical Technologies Private Limited, SampurnAgri Ventures Private Limited, Shell India Markets Private Limited, Simco Global Technology & Systems Limited, Skymax Research & Regulations, Solar Agrotech Private Limited, SreeAkzya Dyeing, Strand Life Sciences, SuyogNirmiti, Talga Resources Limited, Tata Chemicals Limited, Tata Steel Limited, The Punjab State Cooperative Milk Producers Fed Limited (Milkfed Punjab), Thermax Limited, Trichy Distilleries & Chemicals Limited, United Phosphorus Limited, Vaata Infra Limited, Varsha Bioscience and Technology, Verdenta Hybrid Seeds Private Limited, Xerox India Limited and Zim Laboratories Limited