Scholarships & Fellowships
CSIR Junior Research Fellowship ( JRF)
Description: A certain number of JRFs are awarded each year by CSIR to those holding MSc or equivalent degree, with minimum 55% marks after qualifying the National Eligibility Test ( NET) conducted by CSIR twice in a year Application Procedure: Applications for JRF are invited twice a year through press advertisment on all India basis in the prescribed application form. The completed application form may be submitted to the Controller of Examinations, Examination Unit, CSIR Complex Building, Opp. Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa, New Delhi ?110 012. Age Limit: The upper age limit for JRF shall be 28 years which is relaxed up to 5 years in the case of candidates belonging to Schedule Castes/Schedule Tribes, Women, Physically Handicapped and OBC applicants. Selection procedure: The Selection for award of JRF shall be made on the basis of a competitive written test called the National Eligibility Test (NET), conducted by CSIR at national level and consisting of two papers.

Paper - 1 is objective type consisting of Part (A) general nature and part (B) is subject type. It tests the mental ability and broad awareness of scientific knowledge at the rudimentary level.

Paper-2 is to be selected from the amongst (1) Chemical Sciences (2) Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Planetary Sciences (3) Life Sciences, (4) Mathematical Sciences and (5) Physical Sciences. The second paper requires short descriptive answers to questions.

Usually examinations are held for a day on the third Sunday in June and December, each year. The candidates who qualify in the test are informed individually after the result is finalized. The Fellowship is awarded on receipt of necessary details of the qualifying degree examination, place of work, research topic, the name of supervisor and the concurrence of the Institution to provide all the necessary facilities. The validity of the offer of this award will be one year . The candidate is expected to register for Ph.D degree within a period of one year from the date of joining. Stipend& Tenure: The stipend of a JRF selected through the all India test will be Rs 8000/ p.m for a period of 2 years. In addition, annual contingent grant of Rs. 20,000/- per fellow will be provided to the University / Institution. On Completion of two years as JRF, the stipend may be increased to Rs. 9000/- p.m for the 3rd and subsequent year, on the basis of assessment of Fellows? research progress/ achievements through interview by an Expert Committee consisting of the Guide, Head of the Department and External Member from outside the University/ Institution who is an expert in the relevant field, not below the rank of Professor/ Associate Professor. As far as possible the External Member should be the chairman of 3 member Committee.
Contact: For more information : Council For Scientific and Industrial Research