Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarships for Doctoral Studies (India and other Asian Countries)

Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarships for Doctoral Studies (India and other Asian Countries)

Conducted By : Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund
May 31 2019   Scholarship, Fellowship   Post Graduate   India, Global
 About Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarships for Doctoral Studies (India and other Asian Countries)

Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship Summary:


Major Highlights


Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship Eligibility


Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship Rewards

Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship Application Process

Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship Selection Process


Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship Contact Details

Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship for Doctoral Studies (India and other Asian Countries) is maintained by the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund and was initially known as ‘Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowships for Post-graduate Studies in India and abroad’ proposed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in 1987. It was launched in 1994 with a collective fund of Rs 7 crores. The Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund was launched by a committee containing 110 members headed by Dr. D. Radhakrishnan on August 17, 1964, in salutation to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Data shows that 688 Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarships for Doctoral Studies have been awarded till 2017. Around 23 candidates are awarded the scholarship fund for the year 2019-2020 so far.

Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship for Doctoral Studies is available for students of India and other Asian countries to pursue Ph.D. studies in India in the following disciplines of education:
  • Indian History and Civilization
  • Sociology
  • Comparative Studies in Religion & Culture
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Philosophy
  • Ecology & Environment
In 1968, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund established Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowships to pay respect to Jawaharlal Nehru's vision of extending the frontiers of knowledge. A total of 155 fellowships have been provided so far since then. It is devoted to the encouragement, support, and sponsorship for higher learning and of free intellectual inquiry. It allows scholars to pursue projects of highly technical and sophisticated subjects. 
The fellowships are available only for Indian Nationals. The scholarships and fellowships are provided for a span of two years.

Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship Eligibility Criteria:

  • Scholarship:
    • Must be an Indian national or a national of any other Asian country.
    • Age Limit: Must be maximum 35 years of age while applying for the scholarship.
    • Academic Qualifications:
      • Must have completed Post-graduation with First Class and secured minimum 60% marks.
      • Must be registered for a Ph.D. programme in a recognized university in India and those who have not yet applied for admission for Ph.D. are not eligible to apply.
      • Must be a full-time Ph.D. scholar. Must have appeared for GATE/NET/SLET exam and have a copy of the score.
  • Fellowship:
    • Only one Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship is offered every year.
    • It is open to scholars in every discipline like Science, Humanities, Art, Civil, etc.
    • The scholar should possess the proven capacity for outstanding work and a desire to pursue a creative project, finding new possibilities in their respective field.
    • The Fellowship is open to Indian citizens and Fellows have all the freedom to work at places of his/her choice within India.
 Reward Description

Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship Rewards:


  • Tuition Fee & Maintenance Allowance: Rs 18,000 per month 
  • Contingency Grant: Rs 15,000 per annum for expenses like study tours within India, stationery, books, etc.


  • Monthly Stipend: Rs.1,00,000 which is exempt from Income Tax under section 10(17A) of the Income Tax Act, 1961. It is tenable for 2 years.
  • Contingency Grant: Rs.75,000 per annum for secretarial assistance, traveling and other contingencies.
 Application Process

Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund

Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship Application Process:


  • Students applying for Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship are required to download Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship for Doctoral Studies 2018 Application Form from the official website.
  • For the application form please visit: http://jnmf.in.s3.amazonaws.com/docs/Information_Sheet_&_Application_Form.pdf
  • Guidelines to fill the Application Form - Download the Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship for Doctoral Studies 2015 Application Form from the official website of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund. The Application Form is in PDF format. Read the details and instructions carefully before filling up the application form.
  • Steps to fill the Application Form - Fill the academic and personal details carefully and correctly. Provide the details of other sources of funding (if any). Save the file and take a print out of the application form. Affix your recent passport photo on the space provided in the application form.
  • Application fee: Rs 100
  • Submission of the Application Form - Send a hard copy of the application form along with a demand draft of Rs 100 issued in favour of “Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund” payable at New Delhi to the following address: Administrative Secretary, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, Teen Murti House, New Delhi-110 011 on or before 31st May. 
  • Attach the following documents along with the application form and DD:
    • A synopsis with a maximum limit of 1500 words with 1.5 spaced text.
    • Supervisor/Guide’s report (OR) University Doctoral Monitoring Committee’s report.
  • No entries are to be sent via e-mail. Only hard copies sent via post will be accepted.
  • Note: The documents must be attached in the following series: Application Form with the affixed passport photo Synopsis Report by the Guide/Monitoring Committee. Incomplete Demand Draft and unsigned forms will be rejected.


  • There is no printed form for application. The application may be sent in plain paper giving the following details : 
    1. Bio-data, along with details of original work. 
    2. Experience in the field of specialization. 
    3. The project proposed to be undertaken (A synopsis typed in double space, in not more than a thousand words).
    4. A copy of recent passport size photograph. 
    5. Undertaking in the following format to be submitted only after you have been awarded the Fellowship. 
  • Those in Government service, either in a State or at the Centre, should send their applications through proper channel.
  • The Fellowship Scheme is a continuing one and there is no last date for receipt of applications.
 Selection Process

Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship Selection Process:

  • The Selection Committee consists of experienced people in different fields of human endeavor and strives to maintain the highest standards of excellence.
  • Completed application forms together with all the necessary enclosures should reach Administrative Secretary, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, Teen Murti House, New Delhi-110011 on or before 31st May.
  • The Selection Committee will prepare the list of shortlisted candidates and call them for the interview round which will be held in late November or early December.
  • Students who are selected in the interview round will be granted the scholarship.
  • The decision of the committee will be final and binding.
 Contact Details

Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship Contact Details:

  • Address: Administrative Secretary, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, Teen Murti House, New Delhi-110 011
  • Phone: +91-11-23013641, +91-11-23017173, +91-11-23018087
  • Fax: +91-11-23011102
  • Email: jnmf@bol.net.in