FAQs

1. Q. How do I apply for PMRF Direct Entry?
A. You need to apply for the regular PhD programme in one of the PMRF Granting Institutions. If selected, and your candidature is found strong enough, the institute will nominate you. Note that you must have been selected in the PhD programme at the beginning of the current semester. In case you were selected in the PhD programme earlier, you can only be considered in the lateral entry mode. Nomination does not guarantee acceptance for PMRF. After nomination, an expert panel will look at the nominations and make decisions.

2. Q. Is there a central portal where I can apply for Direct Entry?
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No. There is no such portal because you have to go through one of the institutes and get admission in the PhD programme.

3. Q. What is the deadline for Direct Entry Application?
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There is no separate deadline. You need to look at the deadlines for applying to the regular PhD programme in the PMRF Granting Institutions.

4. Q. When will the interviews for PMRF be held?
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There will be no such interviews.

5. Q. How do I apply for PMRF Lateral Entry?
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You need to be a PhD student in one of the PMRF granting institutions, and then get nominated by the institution.

6. Q. If I am a PhD student in Institution A, can I get lateral entry PMRF in some other Institution B?
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No. You will get PMRF for continuing your PhD in Institution A only.

7. Q. What are the deadlines of degree completion for applying for PMRF Lateral entry - December 2021?
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In case you joined the PhD programme after a Masters degree, then your date of admission should be in December 2020 or later. In case you joined the PhD programme after a Bachelors degree, then your date of admission should be December 2019 or later. For candidates in Integrated Masters-PhD programme, the date of completion of all requirements of the Masters programme should fall in December 2020 or later. For candidates who convert from Masters to PhD during the tenure of the Masters programme, the date of joining PhD programme should be in December 2020 or later.

8. Q. How many times can I apply for PMRF Lateral Entry ?
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At most twice.

9. Q. What is the deadline for applying for PMRF this year?
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Exact date will be announced later.

10. Q. I am a PhD student in one of the PMRF granting institutes. Who should I approach for lateral entry nomination?
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Your point of contact should be your supervisor, Head of Department and PhD coordinators.

11. Q. I am enrolled in Integrated Masters-PhD programme. Will the courses done during the completion of Masters requirements count towards the 4 course requirement for lateral entry?
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Yes. These will count if you are enrolled in Integrated Masters-PhD programme or convert to PhD programme during the tenure of Masters programme. Note that courses like thesis work, seminar or any other course which only requires one-to-one interaction with an instructor will not count towards the 4 course requirement.

12. Q. I am in an intergrated Masters-PhD programme. From what date will the 12 month period for lateral entry start getting counted?
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It should be 12 months from the date when you have completed all requirements of the Masters programme.

13. Q. What is the overall selection process?
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For both direct entry and lateral entry, one of the PMRF Granting Institute needs to nominate you (as explained above). Then a central discipline specific selection panel will look at your application and make decisions.

14. Q. Is there reservation quota for PMRF.
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No.

15. Q. I converted from Masters programme to PhD programme in one of the PMRF granting institutes. Am I eligible for direct entry ?
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No. Candidates who convert from Masters to PhD programme during the tenure of Masters programme, or complete requirement of Masters programme during an Integrated Masters-PhD programme are not eligible for Direct Entry.

16. Q. Once I get nominated by my institute, what is the application process?
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Once the PMRF committee receives your nomination (through your institute), you will receive a link to submit your application. You will be asked to submit details of your academic background along with transcripts, details of research experience or internship, CV, research proposal or statement of purpose, list of publications, and reference(s) who are willing to write a strong letter of recommendation for you.

17. Q. Are there any disciplines excluded in the PMRF scheme?
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The scheme is meant for areas in science and technology only.

18. Q. I am not a citizen of India. Can I apply for PMRF?
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No (sorry), but check out ASEAN.

19. Q. I satisfy all the eligibility criteria for PMRF nomination, but I haven't been nominated by my institute/university.
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The PMRF eligibility criteria are a minimum criteria. Each institution is free to run its own selection process for PMRF nominations. It can impose additional criteria during this process.

20. Q. Who will make the final decision?
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A sub-committee made up of experts in each discipline as per the table below will recommend.

Civil Engineering, Earth Science, Architecture, Ocean and Naval Engg - Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee

Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Design - Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering - Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Computer Science & Engineering, Data Science, Mathematics - Indian Institute of Science

Biomedical Engineering, Biological Sciences, Agricultural Sciences - Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Chemical Engineering, Textile Engineering - Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati

Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering - Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Physics- Jawaharlal Nehru University

Chemistry - Banaras Hindu University

Interdisciplinary areas in Science and Engineering - Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Based on the recommendations, the PMRF National Coordination Committee will make the final decisions.

21. Q: I am an undergraduate currently in the 4th year with 8 CGPA. I want to know how I would apply for the fellowship.

A: You need to first secure a PhD admission in one of the PMRF granting institutes, and based on whether you satisfy the eligibility criteria, that institute will nominate you.