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December 09, 2023 • 00:35 am

UGC NET JRF Scholarship 2023 - Fellowship amount & Career Scope


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In this growing era, choosing a research career in the educational field is indeed admirable. By qualifying for the UGC NET JRF Exam, you will get an academic research position in reputed universities or research institutes.

To quench your thirst for knowing everything about the NTA UGC NET JRF Scholarship, we have catered to every single detail in this blog.

Let’s begin knowing the UGC NET JRF Scholarship in a better way.

What is National Eligibility Test?

What is JRF Scholarship? Know in detail!

What is the Difference Between SRF and JRF?

JRF Eligibility – Who can take advantage of Scholarships?

UGC NET JRF 2023 Scholarship Details | Tenure, Amount, and other Allowances

Selection Criteria for Awarding Junior Research Fellowships

Career Scope after Qualifying UGC NET JRF 2023



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Research Fellow can be an independent researcher or work under a chief researcher's supervision. The position can differ for different institutions, but it would include certain teaching accountabilities.

Now let’s begin with understanding the UGC NET.



What is National Eligibility Test? Read to find the details.


To determine eligibility for lectureship and the JRF award, the National Educational Testing Bureau of University Grants Commission (UGC) conducts the NET Exam for Indian candidates.

‘The National Eligibility Test is the gateway for the talented and eligible postgraduates to reach their dream of becoming an assistant professor or research fellow in any reputed Indian University.’   



What is JRF Scholarship? Know in detail.


The University Grants Commission offers scholarships to those talented candidates who qualify the NTA UGC NET Exam with a commendable score. Those candidates can take complete advantage of the award of Junior Research Fellowship.

The main objective of the UGC JRF Fellowship is to provide opportunities to deserving candidates to undertake advanced studies and research, leading to an M.Phil./Ph.D. Degree in Humanities and Social Sciences, including Languages and Sciences.

If you want to do Ph.D. after your Masters, you need to be either NET or JRF-qualified. Most colleges require it to grant you admission. In case of taking admission both NET E-certificate and JRF Letter have the validity of 3 years from the issued date.


#Note - The JRF can be awarded to only those who have opted it while filling UGC NET Online Application Forms.

As per the UGC norms, only the candidates who qualify NTA UGC NET Exam can be eligible for the award of Junior Research Fellowship. However, these are qualifying tests only and do not bestow a fellowship upon the candidate.



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What is the difference between NET SRF & JRF?


After UGC NET JRF Passed students have opportunities to get JRF and SRF Fellowship. Many students have not know about JRF and SRF Fellowship.  Some students know JRF and SRF are different terms. But these are the same on different seniority.  

 “JRF” is just a fellowship/stipend that a PhD candidate gets for 5 years. For first two years, the PhD candidates get the name of JUNIOR RESEARCH FELLOW and after the 2nd they get promoted to SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW and get increased fellowship called “SRF” 



JRF Eligibility – Who can take advantage of Scholarship?


UGC allocates several fellowships to the universities that lie under the University Grants Commission, and only these universities can choose the candidates which can be awarded UGC NET JRF Fellowships.


As per the NET JRF Eligibility Criteria, the Candidates who have qualified in NET can only be shortlisted for UGC Scholarship by universities/colleges.


To check the eligibility criteria to appear in the exam, you may visit – UGC NET Eligibility.


UGC NET JRF 2023 Scholarship Details | Tenure, Amount, and Other Allowances


Check out the NET JRF Scholarship amount, duration, and other related details below. Please scroll down.


Tenure of fellowship - Initially for 3 years.

The duration can be extended further for a period of three years if the research work done by any candidate is found satisfactory by the concerned department of the University/College.

On 30th January 2019 the Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology and MHRD provided guidelines for research funded.


A.  For JRF and SRF


S. No.

Designation and Qualification

Before ( Per Month )

Revised ( Per Month)


Postgraduate degree in Basic Science OR Graduate in  Professional Course Selected through one of the following :

  1. Scholars selected through UGC NET or GATE EXAM
  2. The selection process through National Level examinations conducted by MHRD and Other agencies such as UGC/ IIT/ IISc/ IISER/ IIIT etc.  


( First 2 Year)


( First 2 Year)


Senior Research Fellowship

(Qualification prescribed for JRF with TWO years Research Experience)  


(Next 3 Year)


(Next 3 Year)



B. Research Associate


Research Associate may be fixed at a consolidated amount at one of the 3 pay scales which depends upon the qualification and experience. The Research Associate has a Ph.D. / MD/ MS/ MDS or equivalent degree or having completed 3 years of research teaching and design and development experience after M. Sc. / M. Pharmacy / ME/ M/ Tech with at least one research paper in Science Citation Indexed (SCI) Journal.


S. No.


Before ( Per Month )

Revised ( Per Month)


Research Associate – I

Rs. 36,000

Rs. 47,000


Research Associate –II

Rs. 38,000

Rs. 49,000


Research Associate –III

Rs. 40,000

Rs. 54,000


Fellowship Condition for JRF/ SRF/ Research Associate


  1. Dearness Allowance (DA):- JRF/ SRF and Research Associate will not entitled to DA
  2. House Rent Allowance (HRA):- HRA will be based on the fellowship amount and location city as per central norms. The hostel facility is not entitled to HRA.
  3. Medical Benefit: - JRF / SRF and Research Associate will be entitled to Medical Allowance.
  4. Leave and Other Entitlement:-
  5. JRF / SRF are eligible for Casual leave.
  6. Research Associate is entitled to leave as per host institution.
  7. Travel entitlement for JRF/ SRF and Research Associate for participant in scientific events/workshops in India will continue to be the same as earlier 2nd AC by Rail.
  8. Bonus and Leave travel Concession: -   JRF/ SRF/ Research Associate will not entitle to these benefits.
  9. Retirement Benefit: - JRF/ SRF/ Research Associate will not be entitled to these benefits.
  10. Publication / Patent:-Published in a standard Refereed Journal.


The UGC has revised the rates of Fellowship amount under the UGC Scheme for JRF/SRF in Science, Humanities and Social Sciences.

  1. Contingency for Humanities and Social Sciences - INR 10,000/- per annum for initial two years and INR 20,500/- per annum for remaining three years.
  2. Contingency for Science - INR 12,000/- per annum for initial two years and INR 25,000/- per annum for remaining three years.
  3. Escorts/Reader Assistance – INR 2,000/- per month in case of physically and visually challenged candidates


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Selection Criteria for Awarding Junior Research Fellowships


First of all, the candidates will have to qualify the UGC NET Exam by scoring minimum marks to be obtained for considering a candidate for the award of JRF. They are required to obtain minimum marks in Paper I, Paper-II.


Check out the cut off marks required to qualify the exam here – UGC NET Cut off Marks.


A merit list will be prepared for the qualified candidates. Amongst them, top 6% candidates will be awarded the Assistant Professor post which was 15% earlier.

Check out the changed UGC NET Qualifying Criteria in detail.

The remaining candidates who have opted for NTA NET JRF will be awarded based on the following criteria.

The Commission provides a minimum of 3200 fellowships in each UGC-NET exam.

  The allocation of NET JRF slots among different subjects are done category-wise.



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Career Scope after Qualifying UGC NET JRF 2023


The candidates who qualify for the UGC NET JRF Test will be eligible to perform the lectureship or research work in any prestigious Indian University.

There are certain laboratories and institutes, which functions under the University Grants Commission, they only accept the candidates who are having UGC NET JRF qualification.

And almost every month, many organizations and companies release various vacant posts (containing good salary packages), only for UGC NET qualified Junior Research Fellows. So this is a great opportunity for all the selected candidates.

The NET JRF Exam conducted by UGC is undoubtedly a gateway to excellent job opportunities. As per the current situation, the Education industry jobs are considered as one of the most secured, reputed and well-paying jobs. So one should appear in NET JRF Exam to actualize their dream of becoming a Research Fellow or teacher.




UGC has also started its job portal portal, which is regularly updated as and when job opportunities in various sectors arise.

So, keep visiting the site regularly.

This blog covers the details about the UGC NET JRF Scholarships. If you have any query regarding the above information, you can notify us by leaving your comment in the comment box given below.


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Showing 10 comments out of 97
  • Sanjay

    Hai So I have qualified for jrf and am planning on doing mphil for a tenure of 2 years before doing my phd in another university , so will I be paid the fellowship amount for only 2 years ?

  • Sufal bepari

    I qualified for the UGC NET JRF exam in the SC category. Can I apply for a PhD in other state universities, as I am an SC category JRF qualified student?


    Hello Sufal
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    If you have qualified for the NET JRF exam in any category, you can easily apply for Ph.D. in another state.
    Thank you!!

  • Sanjay meena

    मैं संजय मीना , m a (sociology) final year (private) कर रहा हूं, और मैं हिंदी मीडियम से हु , मैं P.hd करना चाहता हूँ। क्रपया मुझे उचित जानकारी दे।


    Hello Sanjay,
    Welcome to Eduncle!
    Thanks for showing your interest.
    Kindly share your queries here . We would be happy to help you.
    Thank You!!


    Hello Sanjay,
    Welcome to Eduncle!
    Thanks for showing your interest.
    Kindly share your queries here . We would be happy to help you.
    Thank You!!

  • Suresh durgadsheemi

    what about June 2012 UGC net results verdict at that time my score 182/350

  • Patel manali jitendrabhai

    The candidate must join the fellowship within 6 months from date of issue of the award letter. can you explain this.. I have cleared my JRF. If i do nt get admission within six months i will not get scholarship


    Hello Manali,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    The JRF letter has the validity of 3 years and must join any university/college for the JRF within 3 years. After the JRF letter becomes invalid.
    Thank You.

  • Nandanan

    sir i am qualified for UGC NET JRF . can i get my stipend in any institutes under affiliated to a university or i have to get admission only in university?

  • 8968024145

    hllo sir how much salary i earned if i have cleared my ph.d in political sci.


    Hello ,
    Greetings from Eduncle!
    The starting avg salary of an assistant professor is around 35000-50000 which varies according to the universities or institutes.
    Thanks for asking your query with us!

  • Sushma chauhan

    Hello, sir, I am a person with a disability and clear my NET and I got admission in MPhil, sir I want to know that there is any scholarship for me..... If yes then when will open the scholarship form.


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