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The National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) invites applications to appear for the joint screening test for (i) the grant of NBHM scholarships to students for pursuing research for a Ph.D. degree in mathematics and (ii) admissions to the Ph.D./Integrated Ph.D. programmes of certain institutions in India which include the Harish-Chandra Research Institute (HRI), Allahabad, the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER),Pune, and the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), Chennai.
Who can apply?
- Applicants for the NBHM PhD scholarship must be mathematically motivated and hold a masters degree in (pure or applied) mathematics or statistics or must be final year students of these degree courses. They must have a good academic record (first class or equivalent grade in all years from Plus Two level to the present. Students having passed a B.Sc.(Honours) course with a second class may also apply, provided they have a masters degree or are in the final year of the same.
- Students holding a four-year B.S. (or equivalent) degree, or those in the final year of such a programme, may also apply, but they are eligible to receive the NBHM scholarship only if they secure admission to a recognized Ph.D. programme by August 2017.
- Students who wish to apply for the Ph.D./Integrated Ph.D. programmes of HRI, IISER, Pune, or IMSc must apply and appear for the written test. For this purpose, apart from the students mentioned earlier, students holding a B.Sc./B. Stat/B.S./B.Tech./B.E. degree, or those in the final year of such degree courses, with a consistently good academic record from Plus Two level as mentioned above may also apply. (For more details, visit www.hri.res.in, www.iiserpune.ac.in and www.imsc.res.in.) Students for these doctoral programs need not apply separately to these institutions again.
Eligibility to receive the NBHM Ph.D. scholarship is restricted to students who have completed their B.S./M.A./M.Sc. (or equivalent) degree and have secured admission to a recognized Ph.D. programme.
The NBHM Scholarship
Successful candidates will receive a scholarship amount of Rs. 25,000/- (Rupees Twenty-five Thousand Only) per month for the first and second year and Rs. 28,000/- (Rupees Twenty-eight Thousand Only) per month for subsequent years, a contingency grant of Rs. 32,000/- (Rupees Thirty-two Thousand Only) per year and house rent allowance as per central government norms wherever applicable. The scholarships are normally for a period of four years, sanctioned for one year at a time and renewable at the end of each year, subject to satisfactory progress. The enhanced amount of scholarship may be offered after evaluation by the Board at the end of the second year. If deemed fit, the scholarship may be extended for a fifth year at the discretion of NBHM.
To avail of the NBHM scholarship, successful students must enroll themselves in a recognized Ph.D. degree programme. The scholarship will be paid through the institution they join. Part-time research students cannot avail of the scholarship.
Candidates must appear for a written test which will feature questions based on topics normally covered in masters degree programmes in mathematics. The test will be of 150 minutes’ duration and will involve questions with short answers. Question papers of some earlier years will be available on the NBHM website (URL given at the top) and on the IMSc website (www.imsc.res.in, under ‘Quick Links’). Based on the performance in the written test, candidates will be short-listed for interview before final selection.
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