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 ICMR has helped in making a scientific milieu in India, 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 PDF Scheme is being instituted to foster high quality research opportunities to promising fresh Ph.D./ 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 Ph.D./MD/MS degree (awarded) and also those who have received their provisional Ph.D./MD/MS degree can apply. Degree copy to be submitted as on the last date of application form.
Note: Result notification/certificate or Viva-voce/Thesis submitted notification will not be considered
The Post Doctoral proposed research work should be the continuation of the Ph.D. or MD/MS research work. If not, then the application will not be considered.
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 PDF is open to Indian nationals only.
Two years only 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 the PDF leaving before completing one year, he/she will have to refund the fellowship drawn by him/her from the date of joining to the date of leaving the fellowship.
Maximum Age Limit
32 years, relaxable up to 5 years in case of SC/ST/OBC/PH and women candidates, as on last date of application (30th June and 31st December) .
For deserving candidates age can be relaxed maximum up to maximum of 3 years based on earlier work done, publications, awards etc. along with the request by sponsoring Director/Director-in-Charge. Director General, ICMR may consider and relax on the recommendation of thee screening committee.
ICMR PDFs 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 Post Doctoral Fellows” will be made through interview of short listed candidates by specially constituted Selection Committee by DG, ICMR based on their publications, citations and its impact factor.
The place of interview will be ICMR Hqrs. New Delhi.
Eligible candidates must route their applications through the sponsoring ICMR Institutes/ Centers. Applicants coming from 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 PDFs 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 Competent Authority shall be final.
List of ICMR Institutes/Centers and their niche Areas/R&D activities are available on the ICMR website. 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 i.e. 30th June and 31st December every year.
How to apply- Please read the instructions, given above carefully before filling the Application Form (Annexure-I).
Applications complete in all respect must reach on or before the closing date (as mentioned above).
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 website of the particular ICMR Institute/Center to know the activities of the Institutes/Centers and their mandates.
Application received without the recommendation of the Director /Officer-in charge of the sponsoring ICMR institutes/centers will not be considered.
Instructions to fill in Application Form
Please download the attached form, and fill it completely, duly with signatures as required.
No column of application form should be left blank. Kindly write NA/Nil as applicable.
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 given below, before submitting the application. Incomplete applications are liable to be rejected.
Attach self attested photocopies of all documents as required.
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.
In case grades are awarded, please attach the sheet giving conversion of grades to percentage of marks.
Specializations may be indicated in terms of:
Broad Area(s) of specialization
Exact areas(s) of specialization.
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
Where to apply
Applications duly filled in the prescribed format and complete in all respect should be sent to:
Dr N.C. Jain,
Scientist -G & Head,
Division of Human Resource Planning and Development, Indian Council of Medical Research, Ansari Nagar,
“Application for ICMR CENTENARY –Post Doctoral Fellowship” should clearly be written on top of the envelope containing application form.
Photograph on the 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 B.Sc./M.Sc./M.Phil./Ph.D., B.E./M.E./Ph.D.,B.Pharm/M.Pharm/Ph.D., MBBS/MD/MS: Yes/No
Attested copy of the Caste certificate if applicable: Yes/No
List of publications: Yes/No
Reprints of publications: Yes/ No
One page summary of Ph.D. thesis (07/seven copies): Yes/No
Attested copies of Letter(s) of Acceptance for paper(s) accepted for publication & preprints: Yes/No
Detailed research proposal (07/seven copies): Yes/No
Testimonials from 2 Referees (One should be Ph.D. Guide): Yes/No