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    Admitting full time meritorious research scholars
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    Promote research culture in
    AICTE approved Institutions.
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    Nurture Talents For Technical Research
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    Promote Collaborative Research
    Between Institute And Industries

Thrust Areas

Indicative Thrust Areas are given below
Nuclear Engineering and Allied Technologies
Robotics and Mechatronics
Energy Efficiency, Renewable and sustainable Energy
Electric and Hybrid Mobility
Smart Cities, Housing and Transportation
IoT, I2oT and Embedded Systems
Nano Science and Technology
Big Data, Machine Learning and AI
Drug modelling and development
Biomedical and Rehabilitation
Smart Technologies for Agriculture and Food Industry
Water purification, conservation and management

Important Dates



Portal Opening date



Access to on line submission of applications



Closing of online application submission



Display of final list of students eligible for interview



Start date for interviews at selected academic institutions



End date Interviews at selected academic institutions



Second cycle of Interview



Display of selected candidates and their allotted institutes



Reporting at institute by candidates



The fellowship/contingency will be granted to research scholars admitted in research institutes of AICTE. National Nodal Centre will augment the process for selecting candidates as per the eligibility criteria for grant of National Doctoral Fellowship.


The candidate must have secured cumulative grade point average of 7.5 on the scale of 10 or equivalent at both B.E/B.Tech/B.Pharm and M.E/M.Tech/M.Pharm. In addition to that candidate should have qualified GATE / GPAT score during last five years. For SC/ST/PH candidates CGPA requirement will be 7.0 on the scale of 10 or equivalent or general candidate must have secured 75% marks or above & 70% marks for candidates of reserved categories.


The candidate should be less than 30 years of age as on 31st August of year of application, however age relaxation of 5 years would be applicable to candidates belonging to SC/ST, women and physically challenged category.

Other Information

Duration of the Scheme

The duration of the scheme shall be for a period of 3 Years. No further extension will be granted, however, extendable by 6 months in special cases with the recommendation of Institute and approval of National Nodal Centre. Further extension of 6 months may be given on the recommendations with the approval of AICTE.

Intake of the Scheme

The total number of candidates selected under this scheme per year would be limited to 150 per year. Number of candidates/Institute would be about 3 per Institute subject to the availability of seats in the research centre and demand of a research centre by candidates. If the seats allotted to the institution remain vacant, these seats will be allotted to the other institutions by the Nodal Centre on the approval of AICTE.

Reservation Policy

Reservation for fellowship shall be as per Central Reservation Policy i.e. 15% to SC candidates, 7.5% to ST candidates and 27% to OBC candidates (NCL only), and will be observed at National level.

Disbursement of the Funds

The candidate will be provided the fellowship of Rs. 28,000/- per month + House rent allowance wherever the hostel accommodation/Institute accommodation is not available as per the rates of Ph.D. Scholarship notified by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education (Technical Section-I) vide F. Number 17-2/2014-TS.I dated 18.02.2015.Contingency grant will be admissible at the rate of Rs.15,000/- per annum.

Processing Methodology

Candidates will be identified by the National Nodal Centre of AICTE as per the functions and duties of National Nodal Centre.