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SERB-FICCI Initiative to Promote Industry Relevant R&D with Academia

Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has joined hands with FICCI to encourage and support industry relevant R&D by partnering with institutions of academic excellence. The initiative includes identifi¬cation of relevant scholar/idea, promotion and execution of SERB’s two prestigious schemes: 

  1. Prime Minister’s Fellowship for Doctoral Research 
  2. Industry Relevant R&D Scheme  

Prime Minister’s Fellowship for Doctoral Research scheme is a prestigious initiative of Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India towards the advancement of university research engagements in line with industry requirement.  The scheme encourages full time PhD scholars to pursue research in “focus areas” identified by industries as well as of national priorities. There are 100 slots of fellowships available annually to researchers to pursue PhD in reputed technology and research institutions in India. Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) on behalf of SERB implements the scheme.

Eligibility Criteria:
The applicants for the Prime Minister’s Fellowship for Doctoral Research Scheme should:
  • Indian National
  • Full time PhD registered with any academic or research institution offering PhD degree  
  • Apply within 14 months of PhD admission/registration whichever date is earlier 
  • Complete all required academic qualification in past
  • Have an industry partner to sponsor 50% of the fellowship (Rs.4lakhs per annum)
Selection Process:
Final selection for the award of SERB’s Prime Minister’s Fellowship for Doctoral Research will be done following a rigorous selection process 

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
 The IP ownership will be mutually decided by partnering academic institution, PhD scholar and the sponsoring industry. SERB & FICCI will hold no right on IP (if any) generated out of the PhD research.

Monitoring Mechanism

Awarded scholars will undergo periodic review on progress of their research work and achievement of milestones. Scholars will showcase their work during the review meetings.

Application Process 
Candidates may apply for the SERB’s Prime Minister’s Fellowship for Doctoral Research Scheme at any time of the year at 

For any query, please write to:
Ms Swapna Das at



Nirankar Saxena
  Dy. Secretary General
 Phone No. : 23316542 (D)
+91 11 23738760-70 (Extn 451)