Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellows (PMRDF)-Government Of India


Ministry Of Rural Development


This is a holistic programme covering all aspects of self-employment organising the groups into SHGs providing infrastructure, training, credit, technology and marketing support. The objective of the programme is to uplift the rural poor above the poverty line in 3 years by providing them income generating assets through a mix of bank credit and government subsidy.

Essential criteria:

  1. Should be a citizen of India
  2. Aged between 22 and 27 years at the time of application: for candidates belonging to SC/ST category, the maximum age limit will be 32 years.
  3. At least, a graduate from a recognised university with a four-year degree course, including those like agriculture, animal husbandry, engineering, law, medicine, or a post-graduate from a recognised university (in the case of a graduate holding the degree of a course duration of fewer than four years). A one-year post-graduate the course will also be considered valid for eligibility if it is regular, full-time and if the degree/equivalent diploma is recognised by theAICTE/MCI/UGC.
  4. At least 50% marks in the aggregate or equivalent grade at the graduate or postgraduate level, whichever is qualifying.

Sponsored By

Central Government of India


A 3-year holistic programme providing infrastructure, training, credit, technical and marketing support to rural SHGs for starting up


Applications for selection of Fellows shall be sought through public advertisements. Interested applicants shall be required to submit their application as per format notified by the Central Government.



The fellows shall be entitled to a consolidated stipend package of Rs.50,000 per month during the orientation period and Rs.75,000 per month during the first year and a 10% increment during the second year, subject to the Fellow’s satisfactory performance as determined by NRLPS in consultation with Programme Mentor (i.e., TISS, etc.). This package shall be deemed to cover the Fellow’s honorarium, boarding and lodging expenses during the orientation period, accommodation/ house rent during the rest of the Fellowship period, health insurance, life and disability insurance cover and any other contingency expenses. It will be mandatory for the Fellows to purchase suitable health insurance and life and disability insurance cover for the entire duration of the Fellowship including orientation period. During the orientation programme, the Fellows shall be paid their stipend by NRLPS through the Programme Mentor and the Fellows will pay for the boarding & lodging and any other expenses during the entire orientation period including the district attachment in the course of the orientation programme.

How To Apply

A Udyami Helpline: Dial 1800-180-6763 [Toll Free Number] for queries relating to this Schemes.

Contact to any of the following

  1. To The Zilla Parishads Or
  2. To District Rural DevelopmentAgency at District Level all over the country.




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