Junior Research Fellowships
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
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
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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