Junior Research Fellowship (UGC NET JRF): Complete Guide

Junior Research Fellowship or JRF is a scheme provided by University Grant Commission during advance studies (M.Phil/PhD. The scheme is for those candidates who qualify the National Eligibility Test of UGC or CSIR joint test. Moreover, the National Eligibility Test is conducted twice in a year.

The main objective of the Junior Research Fellowship is to provide opportunities to qualified candidates to go in research work under advance studies (M.Phil/ PhD).

Junior Research Fellowship (UGC NET JRF): Complete Guide

The fellowship covers the field of Science, Social Sciences, Languages and Humanities. Moreover, the field of Science is totally controlled by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

Here, you will get full information of Junior Research Fellowship like amount paid under this scheme, tenure etc. Moreover, you will able to check procedure for applying, approval, the release of grant, monitoring and conditions of cancellation of fellowship.

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Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)


The main objective of this scheme is to provide financial support to the NET-JRF qualified candidates for further advanced research and studies (M.Phil or PhD).


Candidate should be qualified in UGC-NET or the UGC-CSIR joint test to avail this fellowship.

Age Limit

For Junior Research Fellowship candidate should not be more than 30 years.
  • There is age relaxation up to 5 years for OBC/SC/ST/PWD candidates.
  • Age Relaxation of 5 years also provided to candidate having experience in the research field. (Limited period spent on research work in relevant/related post graduation subjects)

Tenure of Junior Research Fellowship

Tenure of JRF Scheme is two years. After two years, the research work done by students is checked by experts. If research work is found satisfactory and acceptable then additional three years are provided to the candidates under Senior Research Fellowship (SRF).

In case, If the two years of research work done by students is not found satisfactory, an additional year is given to candidates for their improvement. After this additional year candidates work again rechecked by experts if work done by them is found satisfactory then tenure of JRF fellowship is increased to an additional two years.

JRF fellowship Amount

Here you can check all details related to the amount of money Per Month (pm) and Per Annum (pa) paid by UGC and University/Institution.

Fellowship Science Humanities & S. Science
JRF (Two years) Rs. 31,000/-pm + Rs. 12,000/pa Rs. 31,000/-pm + Rs. 10,000/-pa
SRF (Three years) Rs. 35,000/-pm + Rs. 25,000/pa Rs. 35,000/-pm + Rs. 20,500/-pa
Escort/Reader Assistance Rs. 2000/-pa for PH Candidates Rs. 2000/-pa for PH Candidates

Here you can see for Science and Humanities the fixed amount of money is paid per annum under the JRF and SRF schemes. While per month amount of money under the JRF and SRF schemes are the same for all students.

House Rent Allowance

The hostel facility is provided by the University/Institution under this scheme. In the hostel facility, single seated hostel rooms are provided to the candidates. In case of non-availability, HRA (House Rent Allowance) will be paid by Institution/University.

Medical Allowance

Candidate only avails medical facilities available at Institution/University.

Monitoring & Cancellation

The performance of the candidate is monitored by the respective guide and yearly progress of fellow is submitted to UGC office for the next payment of JRF.

Cancellation of JRF fellowship

  • Unacceptable/Unsatisfactory progress in research work
  • The candidate is found to be ineligible later
  • Misconduct

Selection Criteria for JRF Fellowship

 As we know, JRF awards are not given to all UGC/CSIR NET exam qualified candidates. The awards are given to those candidates who had opted JRF and will score more than the cut off marks required for JRF in the respective subject of UGC/CSIR NET exam.

Selection Criteria

Step 1:Firstly candidates have to secure minimum qualifying marks required in UGC/CSIR NET.
Step 2: From qualified candidates, top 15% candidates (for each subject and category) from the merit list, were declared qualified for eligibility for Assistant Professor only.
Step 3:  Out of the top 15%, those candidates who had opted for JRF were in the consideration zone for the award of slots available for JRF.
Step 5: The minimum of 27%, 15%, 7.5% and 3% of Fellowships are reserved for the OBC (Non-creamy layer), SC, ST and PWD respectively.

How to Apply for UGC Fellowship

The candidates who have cleared the UGC/CSIR NET exam can avail the benefits of this JRF scheme. To Apply for this scheme, candidates have to follow these given following steps.
  1. Selection is made under the procedure of respected Institution/University so the candidate has to apply against an advertisement that is released by respected Institution/University.
  2. The candidate must have to register himself for P.hd or M.Phil to avail this scheme. The candidate has to apply before two years from the date of issuing of eligibility certificate from UGC/CSIR.
After completion of these steps, joining report is sent by Institution/University to UGC. The payment has been made from with effect from the date of joining.

Junior Research Fellowship is a good opportunity for those people who are highly motivated to go to research work. It will increase your more responsibility towards society.

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