Scholarships & Fellowships
ICMR Junior Research Fellowships
Description: ICMR JRF Examination is the first step in the process of admission to the Ph.D/ Research Programme through council's support. Test for ICMR JRF fellowship are conducted at the five centres viz. Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai once a year. The award of JRF is made on merit basis by holding an entrance examination after issuing a countrywide admission notice. The admission notice is published in leading English Newspapers of India usually during March/April and also on the website. The entrance examination is usually held in the first week of July. ICMR holds a national level examination for determining the eligibility of Indian National candidates for the award of Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) through Indian Council of Medical Research. The award of Junior Research Fellowship to the successful eligible candidates will depend on their finding placement in a medical college / hospital / university / national laboratory / institution of higher learning and research as applicable.

A total of 100 Fellowships would be awarded. Eighty Fellowships would be awarded for work in the field of biomedical sciences with emphasis on Life Sciences (like microbiology, physiology, molecular biology, genetics, human nutrition, human biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, biochemistry, biophysics, immunology, zoology, botany, veterinary sciences, bio-informatics etc.). Twenty Fellowships would be awarded for work with emphasis on Social sciences like psychology, sociology, home science, statistics, environmental sciences, anthropology and social work.

Two separate merit lists, one comprising the candidates qualifying for life sciences and the second for those candidates qualifying for social sciences, will be made on the basis of their performance in the above test.

The candidates selected for the JRF programme of ICMR would be permitted to enrol themselves for the Ph.D. programme of any University recognised by the UGC/MCI. However, the JRF programme would not have any connection with the Ph.D. programme. The validity of fellowship awarded to a candidate will be six months.

Another 100 candidates would be selected for consideration for positions of JRF under various research schemes of ICMR (subject to fulfilling the conditions for appointment under the schemes) for the duration of that scheme. These JRFs would also be permitted to complete Ph.D. while working in the scheme, if enrolled. The validity of result will be two years for placement in ICMR funded projects.
SC/ST/OBC/Physically Handicapped (PH) applicants will be given such special consideration as per policy guidelines.
Candidates qualifying for the award of JRF will receive fellowship from ICMR.

Duration and Emoluments: The value of the fellowship is at present Rs. 8000/- (Rupees Eight thousand only) Per month. It will be revised from time to time as decided by the ICMR.

Educational Qualification: M.Sc./M.A. or equivalent degree with minimum 55% marks for General/OBC Candidates and 50% for the SC/ST & physically handicapped candidates in the subjects mentioned under the head method of selection.

Age Limit :The age limit for admission to the eligibility test is 28 years (upper age limit relaxable upto 5 years in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST, physically handicapped (PH) and female candidates, 3 years in the case of OBC category.

Syllabus: As prescribed by UGC.
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Contact: Indian Council of Medical Research, Post Box No. 4911 Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110029
Source: Indian Council of Medical Research