Saloni Jain @Eduncle posted an Article
August 22, 2019 • 3:59 pm

CSIR NET Scholarships for JRFs - Prize Money and Eligibility Criteria!




Doesn’t it feel good when you get rewarded for the efforts you make to achieve the success? And the feeling becomes more special when you get to know that you are receiving a Scholarship for the same.


If you want to pursue your career in the Research area, then it would be worthwhile to apply for CSIR NET Exam. As CSIR offers wonderful scholarships and awards to those candidates who qualify the exam with top ranks and perform outstandingly in Research areas respectively.


Important Note - Central Government has taken a welcome decision to revise the fellowship amount by over 20% for JRF, SRF, Ph.D. scholars working in science and technology.


The Government has enhanced the current stipend amount of INR 25,000/- to INR 31,000/- per month for Junior Research Fellow. Similarly, Senior Research Fellow will get INR 35,000/- per month instead of the present INR 28,000/- per month.


To make it easier for you to understand the overall procedure of CSIR NET Scholarships, we have come up with the complete information fulfilling the following queries –


 What are CSIR Research Fellowships?

 Who is eligible for CSIR JRF Scholarships?

 For which subjects the candidates can avail the CSIR JRF Scholarships?

 Which Institutes offer the CSIR Fellowships or Associateships?

 What is the amount and duration of CSIR NET Scholarships?

 What is the Selection Criteria to grant the CSIR NET Fellowships?

 How to appear in CSIR NET JRF Exam to grant the Research Scholarships?

 Other CSIR Scholarship Benefits that candidates can have after Qualifying the Exam!


Please go down the blog and check out your Career Scope after qualifying CSIR NET!



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CSIR JRF Fellowships [Detailed Information] | Know which one is for you?


Let us start with the brief introduction of CSIR Research Fellowships!


Would you also like to know about the awards that are presented to the outstanding candidates for their Research Tasks in Science & Technology? If yes, then please read the following blog – CSIR Awards for Science & Technology.



What are CSIR Research Fellowships?


To polish up the talent of young candidates, the EMR Division under HRD group of CSIR provides CSIR Research Fellowships and Associateships.


In accordance with the CSIR Fellowships rules, the candidates are provided the training in methods of research in various fields of Science & Technology and Medical Sciences under the expert guidance of faculty members or scientists working in University Departments of any of the CSIR Laboratories.






Know about the Interesting Work Life at CSIR! See what Mr. Bapuji Mariganti has to say about his experience as a former Scientist at Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Bhubaneswar from (1973-2002).Please Read - Inside the Brain of a CSIR Lab Scientist – BAPUJI MARINGANTI.


Who is eligible for CSIR JRF Scholarships?


To exploit the JRF Scholarships offered by CSIR, candidates need to fulfill the following eligibility criteria -


The candidate should be the citizen of India.


The candidates holding any of the following degrees with at least 55% marks (General and OBC) or 50% marks (ST/SC/PWD) will be eligible for the reward of Junior Research Fellowship offered by CSIR.


BS-4 Years Program

BE or B. Tech



Integrated BS-MS

 M.Sc. or Equivalent degree

 BSc (Hons) or or equivalent degree holders

 or students enrolled in integrated MS-Ph.D program


The candidates need to qualify the Joint CSIR UGC NET Exam to avail the CSIR Fellowships.


Candidates with bachelor’s degree, whether Science, engineering or any other discipline, will be eligible for fellowship only after getting registered/enrolled for Ph.D./integrated Ph.D. Program within the validity period of two years.


Any candidate enrolled for M.Sc. or having completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying examination are also eligible to apply under the Result Awaited (RA) category.


The candidates should not exceed the age limit of 28 years otherwise; they will not be permitted to appear in CSIR NET Exam.


To see the detailed eligibility criteria, you can visit – CSIR NET Eligibility!






Important Note Regarding Fellowship Termination:


CSIR Junior Research Fellows should register for Ph.D. within a period of two years from the date of joining their fellowship, failing which the fellowship may be terminated.

In exceptional circumstances, CSIR may consider giving the extension for an additional period of one year.

During the extended period, the Junior Research Fellowship will, however, not be upgraded to Senior Research Fellowship.

If at the end of the 3rd year also, the fellow is not registered for Ph.D., the fellowship will be terminated.

The Fellowship shall stand terminated from the date of Ph.D. viva-voce or from the date the Fellow resigns and his/her resignation has been accepted by CSIR or on completion of tenure.

The fellowship may also be terminated if the institution where it is tenable refuses to provide facilities to the fellow on disciplinary grounds and so informs CSIR.



For which subjects the candidates can avail the CSIR JRF Scholarships?


CSIR NET Exam is conducted for 5 Subjects –


Life Sciences

Chemical Sciences

Earth Sciences

Physical Sciences

Mathematical Sciences.


But the candidates can perform their Research tasks for any subject which is associated with these 5 subjects.




You can check the complete list of topics that lie under these subjects. Please click here – CSIR NET Syllabus and Important Topics!



Which Institutes offer the CSIR Fellowships or Associateships?


The CSIR Fellowships/Associateships are tenable in any of the below –




Post-Graduate Colleges

Government Research Establishments

CSIR Research Laboratories

R&D Establishments of Recognized Public or Private Sector

Industrial Firms and Other Recognized Institutions.


However, CSIR reserves the right to determine the place best suited to provide the necessary facilities in the science and technology field in which the awardee is to specialize.






Stay Updated with latest JRF Job Vacancies! Keep Visiting the following Blog – CSIR NET JRF Recruitment!



What is the amount and duration of CSIR NET Scholarships?


As per the latest updates, the Central Government has enhanced monthly stipend allocated to JRF, SRF and Ph.D. scholars in the field of Science & Technology.


The JRF selected candidate through CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) will receive the stipend of INR 31000 per month for the period of two years.


In addition, annual contingent grant of INR 20,000 per fellow will be provided to the University / Institution.


What is the amount and duration of CSIR Scholarships?



The guidelines for utilization of contingent grant are given below –


On Completion of two years as JRF and if the fellow is registered for Ph.D., the fellowship will be upgraded to SRF (NET).

The Stipend will also increase to INR 35,000 per month after 2 years.

The promotion from JRF to SRF will be done only on the basis of the assessment of Fellows’ research progress and achievements through the interview by an Expert Committee.

 Further, the scientists involved in the R&D projects as Research Associates will get substantial 30-35% enhancement in the financial rewards.


The Expert Committee will consist of the Guide, Head of the Department and External Member from outside the University who is an expert in the relevant field and not below the rank of Professor/ Associate Professor.


Note: If the Assessment Committee finds JRF inappropriate in his/her Research Tasks, then the JRF can be terminated from his position.


 If the Committee do not recommend up-gradation or the fellow has not registered for Ph.D., the candidate will continue as JRF with a stipend of INR 31,000/- p.m. for the 3rd year or his/her fellowship may be terminated depending upon the recommendation of the Committee and the decision of CSIR in this regard.

The progress of research work of JRF will be assessed by duly constituted three member’s assessment committee again at the end of the 3rd year for such upgradation.


This shall form an important quantitative and qualitative criterion for judging the progress made by the candidate.


If the work of JRF is still not found satisfactory for upgradation by the Committee or did not register for Ph.D., the fellowship will be terminated.

Extension of tenure for the 4th year of SRF (NET) will be based on the progress report and recommendation of the guide.

The 5th year extension as SRF(NET) is permissible on the recommendation of a three-member assessment Committee and progress report.

The total tenure as JRF plus SRF(NET) will not exceed five years.


The award of CSIR Fellowship / Associateships is for a fixed tenure and does not imply any assurance or guarantee for subsequent employment by CSIR to the beneficiary. The authority to award / terminates vests with CSIR.


The awardee shall not lay claim to permanent absorption in CSIR, after the expiry of Fellowship / Associateship.


What is the Selection Criteria to grant the CSIR NET Fellowships?


To take advantage of the amazing CSIR NET Fellowships, the candidates must appear in the written test conducted by NTA and qualify it with good scores.


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The Exam is conducted twice a year, usually in the months of June and December. The candidates who aspire CSIR, need to score more than the CSIR NET cutoff marks in all the three parts of the question paper – Part A, Part B, and Part C.


After the completion of the exam, CSIR releases the Official CSIR NET Answer Keys! If candidates get satisfied with the answer keys, they can self-evaluate their results and if not they can claim their answers with the given procedure.






How to appear in CSIR NET JRF Exam to achieve the Research Scholarships?


It is quite simple! You only need to fill up the CSIR NET Online Application Form with the appropriate details and upload your scanned passport size photograph and signature followed by the successful fee payment.


After completion of the online application submission process, the official website releases the admit cards through which candidates can appear in the exam.


Candidates must download their CSIR NET Admit Cards otherwise they won’t be permitted in the exam hall.






Other CSIR Scholarship Benefits that candidates can have after Qualifying the Exam!


Apart from earning the Scholarship Amount, the candidates can take advantage of other benefits too. Below we are mentioning some of the CSIR Scholarship Benefits, please check it out!


Candidates get a chance to take admission in Ph.D. Programs of those colleges/universities which don’t conduct any separate entrance exam.


The candidates can use the prize money to advance their Research activities.

Candidates need not to pay any income tax during their Fellowship Tenure.

CSIR offers travel assistance to any deserving bright young Indian Research Scholar working in an academic or research institution in India for participating in Conferences, Symposia, etc. held abroad.






So above we have mentioned the complete details about the CSIR NET JRF Scholarships that any candidate who qualifies the exam with good score can take advantage of.


But there is one more fellowship which is provided to only those candidates who have performed outstandingly in the exam and achieved top merits and that is - CSIR Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship. Follow the link and Know more about the Scholarship.



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  • Satbir
    Hello, I have cleared the CSIR UGC NET exam in dec 2017 and got jrf under UGC in physical science. Now I want to do Phd in physics. Can you guide me through like what is the procedure for Phd and currently which institutes are offering Phd course in physics?
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    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    Hello Satbir,   Greetings from Eduncle!   Please call us on toll-free number 1800-120-1021 to get detailed information for the same.   Thanks for asking your query to us!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Ritu Hans
    Hello, I have qualified UGC-JRF inCSIR/ UGC joint test held on 18 Dec2016, I have joined for M.Phil. ,will I get fellowship now? If yes then what is the procedure for getting fellowship.
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    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    Hello Ritu,   Greetings from Eduncle!   You'll have to apply for it. Please visit the official website, if they have released any notification. If not, you can contact them directly.   Still, if you need help, please keep visiting our blog for all the latest updates.   Thanks for asking your query with us!   Kind Regards, Eduncle Team
  • Upasana
    Is CSIR Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Fellowship still given to top rank holders in CSIR/UGC NET JRF? I have secured AIR 06 rank in CSIR/UGC NET JRF Dec. 2017, how can I apply for SPMF?
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    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    Hello Upasana,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    You can check out all the details related to that fellowship from CSIR Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship.
    Thank You!
  • Dinesh Vishwakarma
    GM sir . What will be do for getting jrf after successful completion of my CSIR UGC net exam. And please told me that how many Marks should I score in the CSIR UGC net December 2019
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    Eduncle Team @Eduncle
    Hello Dinesh,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    After qualifying the CSIR NET JRF exam, you will be eligible for the fellowship.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!
  • Nihal Limbu
    Hello, I have cleared CSIR UGC DEC NET 2017 exam . I have already taken admission in PhD. But I do not know how to avail the csir fellowship.
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    Hello, I am already started working in BHU but I am looking to take admission in DU next year(2020). My scholarship is valid till December -2020 Can I transfer my scholarship. Please help me out. Thanks,
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  • Mahalakshmi Amudala
    Hello,I'm already admitted in PhD course in NIT.I cleared CSIR net jrf in Dec 2017. How to apply fellowship??wts that process??
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