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Nurturing Clinical Scientists Scheme

Nurturing Clinical Scientists Scheme

About the Scheme

The Scheme of ICMR “Nurturing Clinical Scientists” has been instituted to foster high quality research opportunities for Fresh MBBS/BDS candidates, within two years of completing their degrees (Interns/MD/MS/MDS are NOT eligible) in the cutting edge areas Fundamental Basic/Clinical Research in communicable and non communicable diseases, and reproductive health including nutrition etc. at MCI/DCI recognized medical colleges/ICMR network of Institutes/Centers, among others. Special focus will be on fundamental research in areas of health research and other priority areas identified by ICMR from time to time, keeping in mind the National Health Policy 2017.

The selected candidates will enroll themselves for pursuing Ph.D./MPH in any UGC recognized University/MCI/DCI recognized medical colleges/institutes. The applicants will have to submit a Concept Note of the research work (1000 words only) to be undertaken for pursuing Ph.D./MPH to ICMR for the same. All the selected candidates will undertake the ICMR-NIE Certification e-Course on Health Research Fundamentals (detailed information of the e-Course available on the following link: http://nie.gov.in/niecer/niecer_page.htm). Applications will be accepted twice a year i.e. in June and December. .

Applications for the June 2020 batch are now invited under this initiative on a consolidated salary of Rs. One lakh/month, (No HRA is admissible) by 30th June 2020 (by 05:30pm). Total no. seats are limited to Twenty Five (25), in which 20 seats are for MBBS and 05 seats for BDS.

Important Information

Final result of selected candidates for ICMR-NCS Dec 2018 and June 2019 batches (pdf)

Notification - Applications invited for Nurturing Clinical Scientists Scheme (pdf)

Advertisement No -- HRD/Head/NCS-2020/1

Dated -- 02.03.2020

Application Form (docx)

Guidelines for Joining ICMR–Nurturing Clinical Scientists (NCS) Scheme (link)

Essential Qualification

Only MBBS/BDS candidates within two years of completing their degree from MCI/DCI recognized medical colleges, passing all MBBS/BDS examination in the first attempt with 60% or more aggregate marks. (Please note: Interns/MD/MS/MDS are not eligible).

Maximum Age Limit

32 years, relaxable up to 5 years in case of SC/ST/PH and 3 years for OBC and women candidates, as on last date of application. For deserving candidates also, 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 Principal/Director/Director-in-Charge. Director General, ICMR may consider and relax on the recommendation of the Selection Committee.

Mode of Selection

Eligible candidates must route their applications as per instructions given below before the given deadline. Application received after the closing date will NOT be considered. Selection of the “ICMR-NCS” will be made by specially constituted Selection Committee by Director General, ICMR based on their Concept Note, Academic and Professional records. Result Email will be sent only to the selected candidates.


Three years (2+1) in case of Ph.D. and two years only in case of MPH, or submission of Ph.D./MPH thesis (whichever is earlier). In case a candidate leaves the scheme before completion of one year, then he/she will have to refund the entire salary and contingency amount to ICMR for that time period.


ICMR Clinical Scientists will be paid a consolidated salary of Rs. One lakh per month only, (No HRA) and research contingency of Rs. three lakhs for three years (Rs. 1.00 lakh per year to be utilized for research work). The fellowship amount will be paid to the concerned institute/organization/university/medical college, in every six months installments.

Accommodation and Other Benefits

No accommodation facilities will be provided by ICMR.

How to Apply
  1. Complete application(only in prescribed format-Annexure-1) to be duly filled and submitted along with the required enclosures and credentials (IMPORTANT: in a single PDF file, sequence of documents should be- Application form, Concept Note, Personal Statement, Curriculum Vitae (CV), Degrees and certificates) as required ONLY through email to icmrcri[dot]hrd[at]gmail[dot]com addressed to: Dr. N. C. Jain, Scientist G & Head HRD, by 30th June 2020 (by 5:30pm).
  2. The documents should be attested as given below, to be attached with the application form:
  • Concept Note of the Research Proposal (1000 words only)- to be attested by Guide (sign & seal)
  • Personal Statement (300 words only)- Self attested
  • Detailed and updated CV- Self attested
  • Academic & Professional certificates/degrees- Self attested
  • Caste and Disability Certificate (if applicable)
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