ICMR being an apex
research agency for formulation, coordination and promotion of
Biomedical Research in the country is also engaged in promoting
critical mass of human resources as well as fostering research
temperament amongst medical graduates. Amongst its several
Human Resource Development programmes the Council has reinstituted
Talent search scheme of providing financial support to selected
‘Medical Graduates/ Postgraduates’. The scheme has the approval of
its Governing Body (GB) held on 2nd August 2000 and 11th July
The programme is designed
to identify young medical graduates with brilliant academic records
for pursuing postgraduate qualifications & to motivate them to opt
for career in its research cadre. The selection of the candidates will
be made on the basis of a competitive National level examination
consisting of a written test conducted at 3 or 4 Centres in the
country. The candidate passing all MBBS examination in the first
attempt with 60% or more aggregate marks will be eligible for the
Under this programme, the
selected medical graduates would be provided financial assistance for
4-5 years and a total of 25 fellowships will be available per year.
(Programme is ongoing at three Centres viz., King George’s Medical
University (KGMU), Lucknow; National
Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru and SRI
Ramachandra University , Chennai ).
The highlights of scheme
are as follows:
a. The Council will
provide financial support equivalent to Junior Resident’s salary+
allowances on a running pay scale for 3 years followed by
Senior Resident’s salary + allowances on a running pay scale for 2
years to selected candidates.
of Awards: Limited to 25 per year.
c. Eligibility: Medical
graduates who are selected and admitted through national level test to
the MD/MS-PhD courses in above stated (three) MCI
recognized Institute/College and who wish to avail of the ICMR award
for pursuing their research project.
d. Upper age
limit: Max.45 years.
1.1 The scheme would be
widely publicized though advertisement in leading news papers,
circulars to the medical institutions and ICMR website once a year.
This will be the responsibility of the host organization.
1.2 A nominee from Director General, ICMR
should be placed in the interview.
1.3 It will be done through written
competition followed by interview.
1.4 Selection would be made on the basis of
merit. In the event of leaving this scheme without completing the
programme the whole amount will be remitted to the Council with
1.5 The candidate and the guide will indicate
their choice of the research topic and will give a brief description
of the objectives, methodology, design of the study, expected out
come, Up-to-date literature search, ethical considerations and
facilities available at the institute for conducting the study as per
the proposed protocol and an undertaking by the head of the
institute that the candidate will be permitted to undertake the
proposed research activity (within two years).
Council would provide a total support for 5 years duration to the
selected candidates ‘on the condition’ that the candidate would
provide following documents to the Council. An undertaking to the
effect that the funds received from the Council will be used strictly
for the purpose for which it has been released and;
the event of leaving this scheme without completing the programme the
whole amount will be remitted to the council with suitable
justifications. A surety bond will be executed by the candidates
entering into the programme on Rs 100/- non-judicial stamp paper. The
original certificates will be retained and it will not be returned to
the candidates before completion of the course unless he /she deposits
a sum of Rs. 50,000/-.
A copy of the award letter issued by the Vice chancellor / Director of
A copy of the thesis protocol submitted to the University/Institute as
a part of the research programme.
An electronic copy of the same.
A short summary of the thesis (2-5 pages) prepared by him, outlining
the objectives, methodology, findings and discussion.
Part-I thesis to be submitted for fulfillment of requirement of MD/MS
at 2 ½ years after joining and examination at 3 years for MD degree
after acceptance of thesis by two examiners (for MD+Ph.D).
Part-II thesis (final) to be submitted for fulfillment of requirement
of PhD at 4½ years after joining and public defense at 5 years after
acceptance of thesis by 3 examiners (for MD+Ph.D).
2.1.7 An additional 1 year post Doctoral
fellowship will be given to successful candidates.
2.1.8 If registered for P.h.D after
MD (condition 2.1.5 & 2.1.6 is not applicable). However,
Total duration will be 3 years, The Director-General, ICMR; will make
the final decision on grant of extension for one year.
registered for P.h.D after MBBS (condition 2.1.5 &
2.1.6 is applicable)
Council will provide financial support, they get Junior Resident’s
salary+ allowances on a running pay scale for 3 years followed
by Senior Resident’s salary + allowances on a running pay scale for
2 years to selected candidates & contingency grant of
Rs.15, 000/- PA. (For item 2.1.8 –for total 3 years). The
financial assistance would be provided in yearly installments.
Statement of expenditure will be required for releasing next
Same rules and
regulations will be followed as existent for Junior Residents/Senior
Residents in Central Government Institutions/Autonomous Institutes.
2.3 The grant shall be
released in the name of the head of the Institute directly with a copy
to the Guide and the candidate.
2.4 The amount will be
used by the candidate for pursuance of research and may use the funds
for purchase of reagents, preparation of thesis, secretarial
assistance or any other activity connected with the research project
following fair and reasonable procedure.
2.5 He will be required
to provide information to the Council regarding the manner in which
the funds were utilized duly signed by the Head of the
The fellowship can
be terminated at any time on a month's notice if the progress of work
is not satisfactory or on receipt of an adverse report from the Guide.
The fellowship can be terminated forthwith if the particulars
given in the application form for fellowship are found to be
incorrect or false.
The local institutional
committee (approved by ICMR) and Guide should review his/her case
Annually whether extension for another year should be given. The
Director-General, ICMR, will make the final decision on grant of
of thesis/Research papers:
The preparation and submission of thesis will be the responsibility of
the student and his/her guide. Should publish minimum five
papers/publications in International Journal. The candidate will
acknowledge the assistance provided by ICMR for any publication
emerging out of this thesis.
The candidate should submit documents listed in item No.2.1 within
given period to the institution/organization failing which, The
award will be treated cancelled and all financial assistance provided
will be reimbursed to the DG, ICMR.
(i) Selection of candidates
at the sole discretion of Council
(ii) The scheme can be withdrawn at
(iii) This scheme is not linked with
any other research capacity building schemes under which the students
are in receipt of stipend etc.