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  • The ICMR initiated the Short Term Studentship (STS) Program in 1979 in order to promote interest and aptitude for research among medical undergraduates. The main objective of this program is to provide an opportunity to undergraduate medical students to familiarize themselves with research methodology and techniques by being associated for a short duration with their seniors on ongoing research program or by undertaking independent projects. This serves as an incentive for them to take up research as a career in the future. The Guide/Institution must provide the student with all facilities (kits, reagents & other requirements) for carrying out research.

  • The value of the studentship is Rs. 10,000/- per month for two months’ duration (Rs. 20,000/- only) and is meant to be a stipend for the student. This is paid only after completion of research and approval of final report. Costs of research must be borne by Institution/ Medical/Dental College where the research is conducted. A certificate will be issued and posted to the Principal’s/College office after 6-8 months of Report results are announced in Jan 2021. The Certificate will be issued only to the Student whose report will get selected. However the Guide can keep a xerox/scan copy of the same.
  • This Program is only for MBBS/BDS students studying in Indian Medical/Dental colleges recognized by MCI/DCI, before they appear in their final exams and therefore, interns/ PG students are not eligible to apply. Students of paramedical/non-medical courses may not apply.

  • The student must carry out the research in his/ her own medical/dental college under a Guide who is also employed in the same medical/dental college as a regular Faculty. Only permanent full time faculty members working in any of the Department of the Medical/Dental College, where the student is enrolled can be assigned as the Guide for STS. Part time Consultants/Visiting Faculty/Residents/Tutors/Pool officers/PG students/Faculty from different medical/dental college cannot be the Guide for STS.

  • Only one student will be allowed to work under one guide. Two or more students are not permitted to work on same topic together. Proposals submitted on the same topic by different students are liable to be rejected outright. The student may have one Guide and other Co-Guides. However, ICMR will recognize only ONE main Guide for all purposes.

  • In case, the Guide has to be changed due to transfer or any other reason, then a new Guide has to be assigned by the Dean/Principal of the concerned Medical/Dental College in which the Student is enrolled and scanned copy of the letter duly forwarded (with sign and stamp) has to be sent to ICMR through email informing the same. A No Objection Certificate (NOC) is also required from the previous Guide and letter of acceptance from the new Guide. All the three letters (with proper sign and stamps in PDF format ONLY) to be sent by email to stshrd2017@gmail.com

  • After that the student can update the new Guide details by themselves at the time of online Report Submission.

  • Indian National students(MBBS/BDS) who are studying in recognised medical/dental colleges of India can only apply. Students who are holding OCI cards/ PIO cards/ NRI’s studying in Indian medical/dental college can also apply and copy of the OCI/ PIO/ NRI card must be submitted.

  • MBBS/BDS students studying in any foreign medical/dental colleges are not eligible for this Program.
  • STS is a fully online program. No hard copies have to be submitted.

  • The student is required to register on ICMR website in the month of mid December and then submit the application form and proposal online by January every year which will be evaluated by ICMR. Results will be announced in April and list of selected students displayed on the website. If selected, the student is expected to complete the project in any two given months between April and September every year and submit the report before the last date of submission. The student will be awarded stipend and certificate only if his/ her report is approved.

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  • The last date of registration & submission of proposal each year is during second half of January.

  • Guide must take overall responsibility for the conduct of the research project, preparation and submission of complete report & the required enclosures within the stipulated time period.

  • The selection of the candidates for award of research studentship will be done after technical evaluation of the research plan by a panel of experts. The decision of ICMR in regard to selection of students will be final. Requests for reconsideration will not be entertained and reasons for rejection of applications for award of studentship will not be provided.

  • The student should obtain a clearance from the Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC) if the proposal involves research on human participants and from Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC) if the work involves use of animals. The IEC/ IAEC approval should be obtained any time between January–April before beginning actual research work. The certificate may be submitted either along with proposal or with the report. Informed consent is to be obtained for research on human participants. For more information please refer to ICMR National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical and Health Research on Human Participants, 2017 and National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Children respectively.
      General Instruction
  • Students are requested to visit ICMR website (www.icmr.nic.in) and comply with instructions updated from time to time about STS program.

  • Students who were unable to complete their STS project can re-apply for next STS program with the same project. However, it will not be given any special preference and will be treated as a fresh/ new application.

  • For queries send an email at stshrd2017@gmail.com and please quote the Reference ID in all your e-mail correspondence for quick reference.

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