UGC Junior Research Fellowship
The University Grants Commission Junior Research Fellowships (UGC JRF) for Indian students is determined through the National Eligibility Test which is popularly known as NET. In the teaching and research profession, the National Eligibility Test sets the standards for the entry of lecturers. National Educational Testing Bureau of the University Grants Commission is largely responsible for administering the NET. Since 1984, Junior Research Fellowships has been in operation. It is to be remembered that it was only in the month of July in1988, that the Government of India made the UGC responsible for administering the eligibility test for the Junior Research Fellowship. In the December 1989 and March 1990, the first two NET examinations were held. The CSIR JRF works with an objective to widen an opportunity to interested and enthusiastic students or scholars who have passed NET to do further studies and conduct research activities to enable them acquire either an M. Phil or a PHD degree either in any of the language, social sciences and humanities. The NET is conducted in the subjects such as Humanities, Social Sciences, Forensic Science, Environmental Sciences, Computer Science, Applications and Electronic Science. The full period of the fellowship is 5 years and under no circumstances, situations and conditions can this be stretched.
• The fellow gets the normal medical facilities readily available in the institute or university campus where he or she will be working. The amount of financial assistance under the Junior Research Fellowship are:
• A monthly allowance of an amount of Rs. 2000/-In case of disabled or visually impaired candidates. House rent allowance is given to the Junior Research Fellow.
• A monthly allowance of an amount of Rs. 8, 000 /-for the first 2 years and an amount of Rs. 9, 000 /-for the remaining 3 years, if applicable.
• There are 2 contingency allowances A and B under the Fellowship Scheme: Contingency A: an amount of Rs. 10, 000 /-yearly for the first 2 years & an amount of Rs. 20, 500 /-for the next 3 years. Contingency B: an amount of Rs. 12, 000 yearly, for the first 2 years & an amount of Rs. 25, 000 yearly, for the next 3 years
• Additionally, there is also a yearly departmental help allowance of an amount of Rs. 3, 000 /-per student or scholar to the university where the research work is being done.
• No special medical allowance is given.
Eligibility for UGC Junior Research Fellowship: This fellowship can be availed by those students or scholars who have cracked the NET examinations.
Age limit: The women applicant should not be more than 35 years of age as on 1st July of the current academic year.
Fee for Application: Application fee is not required. The application form can be downloaded from the official website or can be filled online.
Application Process: The enthusiastic students who wish to apply for CSIR Junior Research Fellowships can avail the application form by downloading it from the official website or can be obtained from the concerned authorities by sending them a request for the application form in a self addressed envelope affixed with a stamp of appropriate value before the last date for obtaining the application form.
Selection Process: A committee set by UGC chooses eminent scholars for University Grants Commission Junior Research Fellowships on the basis of their result in NET, their academic merits and their completed projects.
Important Dates: The official notification is released in the month of January or February. The commencement of Academic Session is in the month of September.
The application must be sent on the address given below:
The University Grants Commission (Selection & Award Bureau),
South Campus, Delhi University,
University Grants Commission (U. G C.),
Benito Juarez Marg,
New Delhi 110 021
Note: All scholarship and student funding schemes are largely subjected to ready availability of funds.
University Grants Commission Official website: www.ugc.ac.in