The National Board of Higher Mathematics (NBHM) offers master’s and PhD-level scholarships to students across India planning to pursue a research career in Mathematics. Interested students have to qualify for the scholarship test in order to be awarded the scholarship after which they appear for an interview as part of the selection process. Scroll through this blog to know more about NBHM Scholarship for PhD and Masters, its eligibility, important dates, how to apply and more!
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What is NBHM Scholarship?
NBHM stands for National Board for Higher Mathematics which was founded in the year 1993 by the Indian government under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) intending to foster development in higher mathematics and help in financing and assisting the research and projects of doctoral and post-doctoral scholars. It is funded by the Department of Atomic Energy, which is an autonomous body.
NBHM Scholarship Eligible Courses
NBHM conducts various scholarship exams to find and nurture the best talent and supports students through scholarships, fellowships, etc. NBHM provides a series of programs to train students in mathematics. Here are the three types of scholarships offered:
- Undergraduate NBHM Scholarship
- Postgraduate NBHM Scholarship
- PhD NBHM scholarship
There is currently no information regarding undergraduate scholarships. NBHM provides scholarships for undergraduate programs at very specified institutions. Details can be obtained when there will be any openings.
NBHM Scholarship for Masters
NBHM scholarships for Masters are offered to students pursuing master’s level courses in mathematics and statistics. The notification for these scholarships is generally released in the month of June every year. Notices are personally sent to renowned colleges and universities, departments of mathematics across the country. The amount of this NBHM scholarship is ₹6,000/ month.
Following qualifications are the eligibility requirements for the NBHM scholarship for masters:
- Students who have completed or are going to complete their B.A./B.Sc degree in mathematics with 60% marks or more.
- Students who have completed or are going to complete their B.A.(Hons.) / B.Sc(Hons.) degree in mathematics with 50% marks or more.
- Students who have completed or will complete their three or four years course in Integrated masters equivalent to a recognized five years course in mathematics with 50% marks or more.
- Students who have completed or are going to complete their one-year M.A./M.Sc equivalent to any recognized two-year master’s in mathematics with 60% marks or more.
The syllabus is mostly algebra and analysis, however, the question papers contain three sections, algebra, analysis and miscellaneous. The algebra section comprises questions of Linear and abstract algebra. The analysis section has real and complex analysis and the miscellaneous part of the paper contains geometry, permutations and combinations, metric spaces and related topics.
How to Apply?
- Click here to start with the application process
- You will be first asked to register and sign up.
- Read the provided instructions and click to proceed.
- Fill in all the relevant and required details and then click submit.
- Submit the requisite fee of INR 300 online and provide all the necessary documents.
Candidates will be selected strictly on the basis of written examination marks and the interview.
The written test will be for the duration of 1½ hours with MCQs and the topics covered are Algebra, analysis and mathematics.
The written test for NBHM Scholarship for masters is conducted in 5 zones:
- North Zone- Srinagar, Chandigarh and New Delhi
- Central Zone- Jabalpur, Indore, Raipur and Prayagraj
- West Zone- Goa, Mumbai, Pune and Vallabh Vidyanagar
- East Zone- Shillong, Ranchi, Guwahati, Kolkata and Bhubaneswar
- South Zone- Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad, Bengaluru.
The candidates will be selected for the next round i.e. the interview according to their written test marks and the centre for the interview would be any one of them from each zone.
NBHM Scholarship for PhD
Students with a master’s degree in mathematics, statistics or physics aiming to work in research in any branch of mathematics leading to a PhD degree are eligible to apply for the NBHM scholarship for a PhD. Here is the scholarship amount for this PhD scholarship:
- INR 25,000 per month for the first two years
- INR 28,000 per month for the rest of the three years (but only after a review of the work done in the first two years)
- Contingency grant: INR 32,000 per year (This grant can be used for the purchase of study materials, library work, etc. and the unutilized amount remaining could be used for the next year.)
Here are the eligibility requirements for NBHM Scholarship for PhD:
- Students who have passed B.Sc. (honours) with a second class may also apply provided they have a master’s degree in the final year.
- Students holding the four-year B.S.(or equivalent) degree, or those in the final year are eligible to apply for NBHM scholarship provided they are able to get admission under the PhD programme in any recognized University by August.
- Students who have applied or wish to apply for the PhD/Integrated PhD programme of HRI, IISER, Pune, IMSc or NISER may apply for the written test.
- Apart from students mentioned earlier, students holding a degree in B.Sc./ B.Stat/ B.S./ B.E./ B.Tech. or in the final year of these courses with a consistently good academic record from Class 12th level may apply.
Note: There’s no age limit for this scholarship.
Also Read: PhD Scholarships in the UK
How to Apply?
- Step 1: Register yourself on the official NBHM website with a valid email address.
- Step 2: Log in to the portal with the credentials created in Step 1. Fill out the asked details along with selecting the zone. Next, you’ll be led through the payment gateway. The fees are INR 500 and INR 650 for late submission. Once the fee is paid, you’ll be allotted an application number.
- Step 3: Download the payment receipt/pre-admission ticket. The same will also be sent to your registered email address.
- Step 4: The online process is completed although you’ll have to print a hard copy of the receipt and fill in the details along with two coloured passport-size photographs and enter your roll no. and sign.
- Your roll no. will be there in the centre-wise list of candidates published. Make sure to take two original copies of your tickets to the centre. The examination centres are the same as the zones provided above.
Here is the exam pattern of the NBHM Scholarship for PhD:
|Duration of the examination
|150 minutes/ 1½ hours
|Type of questions
|Multiple choice questions (MCQs)
|Mode of the exam
|Two (Algebra and Analysis)
No negative marking
The syllabus for NBHM scholarship for PhD is broadly divided into two sections namely algebra and analysis.
- Abstract algebra
- Abstract Algebra
- Set theory
- Binary Operation
- Matrix theory
- Groups Algebra
- Rings and Field
- Polynomials ( Calculus, Matrix Polynomial and Roots).
- Plain Algebra (lines, circles, ellipses, curves, spheres, etc.)
- Geometry algebra (polar and cartesian coordinates)
- Complex Analysis: Polar Coordinates, Poles and Residues
- Real Analysis: Sequence and Limits, Metric Spaces, Series (Infinite Series and Taylor Series Expansion)
- Functional Analysis: Continuous Function, Maxima and Minima, Differential Function, Defining Function
Under NBHM PhD Scholarship for the first 2 years, the student gets Rs.25,000 per month and in the subsequent years, the student gets an amount of Rs. 28,000 per month. In addition to this, per year a contingency grant of Rs.32,000 and house rent allowance as per the government rules is provided to the student.
In order to invite bright mathematicians for lectures, joint work and other academic activities, NBHM provides funds to university departments and other institutions.
For one scholarship the applicant needs to pay Rs. 500 and Rs.750 for both scholarships. After the deadline, the amount will increase to Rs.750 and Rs.1000 respectively.
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