Scholarship Examination in India

ICMR, with its 30 state-of-the-art Institutes/Centers, is amongst the foremost research organizations in the field of Bio-Medical Sciences. Over the years, the Council has helped India user in a scientific milieu, creating and nurturing talent in many disciplines such as communicable and non-communicable diseases, basic medical sciences, reproductive health including nutrition, human resource developments etc.

ICMR Postdoctoral Research Scholarship

  • CATEGORY : Post Doctoral Research Fellowship
  • RESEARCH AREAS : Bio-medical Science
  • FELLOWSHIP PROVIDED BY : Indian Council of Medical Research
  • PROVIDED TO : Promising fresh PhD/ MD/MS holders

ICMR Postdoctoral Research Scholarship Scheme is being instituted to foster high quality research opportunities to promising fresh PhD/ MD/MS holders in the cutting edge areas of basic science, communicable and non communicable diseases, and reproductive health including nutrition at ICMR Institutes /Centers. Special focus will be on fundamental research in areas of science and other priority areas identified by ICMR from time to time. ICMR intends to offer fifty (50) such fellowships every year for working in ICMR Institutes/Centers with state-of-art R&D facilities. These fellowships will be allocated by Director General, ICMR, depending upon the needs of the Institute /Centre.

ICMR Postdoctoral Research Scholarship Eligibility

Fresh PhDs/MD/MS within three years of completing their PhD/MD/MS and also those who have submitted PhD/MD/MS thesis.

ICMR Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is open to Indian nationals only.

Tenure: Two years and extendable for maximum one more year based on outstanding performance and recommendations by the Director / Officer-in-Charge of the concerned ICMR Institutes/ Centers.

Maximum Age Limit

32 years, relaxable upto 5 years in case of SC/ST/OBC/PH and women candidates, as on last date of application ( 30 June and 31 December ) . For deserving candidates age can be relaxed maximum upto period of 3 years based on earlier work done, publications, awards etc. along with the request by sponsoring Director /Director-in-charge. Director General may consider and relax on the recommendation of the screening committee.

Amount of ICMR Postdoctoral Research Scholarship

ICMR Post Doctoral Fellows will be paid a consolidated fellowship of Rs.50,000/- per month plus House Rent Allowance (HRA), Non Practicing allowance (NPA) as admissible and a contingency grant of Rs.3.0 lakhs per annum. 25% of the contingency grant can be used for travel including per diem expenses.

Mode of ICMR Postdoctoral Research Scholarship Selection

Selection of the “ICMR Centenary Postdoctoral Research Fellows” will be made through interview of short listed candidates by specially constituted Committees by Director General based on their publications, citation and its impact factor. The place of interviews will be decided by the Director General, ICMR. Eligible candidates must route their applications through the sponsoring ICMR Institutes/ Centers. Applicants coming abroad may also be considered in absentia, if eligible and found suitable by the committee.

Accommodation and other benefits

Accommodation may be provided by ICMR Institutes/ Centers if available. However, in such cases HRA will not be paid. ICMR Postdoctoral Fellows will be entitled for medical benefits and leave as per the ICMR rules for JRF/Research Associates.

Other relevant information

ICMR Postdoctoral Research Scholarship amount will be paid to ICMR institutes/Centre every six months including contingency grant.

All other rules and regulations as applicable to ICMR JRF/ Research Associate (can be seen at will be applicable to PDF’s. In all matters, the decision of ICMR shall be final.

List of ICMR Institutes/ Centers and their Niche Areas/R&D activities are available on the ICMR web site. For more information about institute/centre, please visit the websites of the individual Institutes/ Centers.

Date’s for receiving application: Selection will be made twice in a year and this will be 31st December and 30th June every year.

How to Apply for ICMR Postdoctoral Research Scholarship

Applications format is available in the official website. List of ICMR Institutes/Centers are available at ICMR web Page at Applications complete in all respect must reach on or before the closing date (twice in a year). Candidates are advised to contact the Director/ Officer-in Charge of ICMR Institutes/Centers where they are interested to pursue their PDF. Applicants can visit the site at to know the activities of the Institutes/ centers and to know the their mandates. Application received without the recommendation of the Director /Officer-in charge of the sponsoring ICMR institutes/centers will not be entertained.

Where to apply for ICMR Postdoctoral Research Scholarship

Applications duly filled in the prescribed format and complete in all respect should be sent to the contact address given below.

“Application for ICMR CENTENARY -Post- doctoral Research Fellowship” should clearly be written on top of the envelope containing application form.

ICMR Postdoctoral Research Scholarship Contact

Director General
Dr K K Singh, Scientist “G”
Division of Human Resource Planning and Development,
Indian Council of Medical Research
Ansari Nager
New Delhi-110029

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