ICMR CENTENARY -Post Doctoral Research Fellow Scheme for fresh PhD | Rs.50,000/- per month + HRA

ICMR CENTENARY -Post Doctoral Research Fellow (Scheme)
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ICMR, with its 26 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 Fellowship 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.


Fresh PhDs/MD/MS within three years of completing their PhD/MD/MS and also those who have received their provisional PhD/MD/MS. Degree.
PDF Guide should be having the minimum designation of Scientist-C grade.
Postgraduate medical students are also permitted to carry out ICMR’s PDF in MCI recognized postgraduate medical colleges wherein minimum of three batches have obtained their postgraduate degree.
ICMR Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is open to Indian nationals only.


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.In the event of his/her leaving before completing one year, he/she may be required to refund the stipend drawn by him/her from the date of joining to the date of leaving the fellowship.

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 maximum 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 thee screening committee.


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 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

Fellowship 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 www.icmr.org.in) 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.
All correspondence pertaining to “ICMR CENTENARY -Postdoctoral Research Fellowship” should be addressed to :
Dr N.C. Jain, Scientist-G & Head,
Division of Human Resource Planning and Development,
Indian Council of Medical Research,
Ansari Nagar, Post Box No.4911,
New Delhi-110029

Email: drencejain[at]gmail[dot]com

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

Please read the instructions, given at ICMR website carefully before filling the Application Form (Annexure-I ). The Application Proforma is also provided there (Annexure II). List of ICMR Institutes/Centers are available at ICMR web Page at icmr.org.in. 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 icmr.org.in 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

Applications duly filled in the prescribed format and complete in all respect should be sent to :
Director General
Attention: Dr N.C. Jain,
Scientist -G & Head,
Division of Human Resource Planning and Development,
Indian Council of Medical Research
Ansari Nager
New Delhi-110029

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


Instructions to full in Application Form


  • Please download the attached Form, complete it, and return.
  • No Column of application form should be left blank.
  • Use additional sheets where necessary, with relevant columns drawn thereon, inserting proper references.
  • Completed application should be accompanied by all the requisite documents. You are requested to go through the ‘check list’ of documents before submitting the application. Incomplete applications are liable to be rejected.
  • Photocopies of documents asked for need attestation.

Item No.1

  • Name given here should be the same as given in your matriculation/ higher secondary certificate and degree certificates. If there is a change, addition or deletion, an affidavit from a Notary public/ Magistrate is necessary.

Item No.9

  • In case grades are awarded, please attach the sheet giving conversion of grades to percentage of marks.

Item No.11

  • Specializations may be indicated in terms of (a) Subject (b) Broad Area(s) of specialization and (c) Exact areas(s) of specialization.

For example

  • Subject : Reproductive Health
  • Broad area of specialization : Fertility
  • Exact area of specialization : Male Fertility
  • Subject : Bio-Chemistry
  • Broad area of specialization : Physical Chemistry of cells
  • Exact Area of specialization : Cell Chemistry

Check list of documents to be attached

  • Photograph on the main application form : Yes / No
  • Affidavit of you carry different name/ Surnames in your certificates : Yes / No
  • Attested copy of School Leaving/ High School/ Secondary School Certificate (For date of birth) : Yes / No
  • Attested copies of Mark Sheets/ Grade Cards & Degrees for BSc/MSc/MPhil/PhD, BE/ME/PhD, B Pharm/M Pharm/PhD, MBBS/MD/MS : Yes / No
  • List of Publications : Yes/ No
  • Reprints : Yes/ No
  • One page summary of Ph.D thesis (6/six copies) : Yes/ No
  • Attested copies of Letter(s) of Acceptance for paper(s) accepted for publication & preprints. : Yes/ No
  • Detailed Research proposal (6/six copies) : Yes/ No
  • Testimonials from 2 Referees (One should be PhD Guide) : Yes/ No

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