CSIR’s GATE qualified Junior Research Fellowship for PhD for Engineering Graduates
CSIR-JRF scholarships doubled
The Union Government has decided to double the number of scholarships to 12,000 for doctoral studies in science. The Union Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, approved a proposal to increase the number of Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) through the CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test.
“The main objective is to identify students who could be enrolled for doctoral programmes in specific domains,” a government spokesman said. The total cost of providing fellowships for about 12,000 students in the Eleventh Plan is estimated at Rs.444.34 crore.
The increase in intake with good remuneration would help in attracting talented youths to take up scientific research as a career, the spokesman said
CSIR has introduced a new
research fellowship in 2002 for the GATE qualified candidates with BE/ BTech/
BArch/ BPharm degree to pursue research leading to PhD. This will be known
as the GATE qualified Junior Research Fellowship (JRF-GATE). JRF’s selected
under this scheme will have excellent opportunity to work with the CSIR
scientists with state-of-art R&D facility and obtain PhD degree. These
fellowships are tenable only at CSIR laboratories.
WHO CAN APPLY ?
Candidates fulfilling any
of the criteria given below are eligible to apply :
Fresh BE/ B
Tech degree holders with valid GATE score. The selected candidates will have
to pursue Ph.D. There can be two possibilities under this:
admission to Ph.D programme of University/ IIT/ NIT/REC etc.
joining as JRF-GATE, the candidate may pursue MTech as a part of PhD
programme, where their thesis semester (last semester) should be spent at
the CSIR laboratory relating to lab specialization in order to keep the
continuity for the PhD programme.
Those who are starting
the thesis semester of ME/ MTech programme and having valid GATE score and
desirous of pursuing PhD.
It may be
noted that these candidates have to work on their PhD problem and should
not be employed in sponsored projects.
WHO ARE NOT ELIGIBLE
MTech candidates (either
with BTech/ MTech or with MSc/ MTech) are not eligible for this fellowship.
They have a separate opportunity for direct SRFship through interview . All
those eligible for direct CSIR SRF cannot apply for this fellowship.
The upper age limit for
JRF shall be 28 yrs which is relaxable upto 5 years in case of candidates
belonging to Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes, women, physically
handicapped and OBC applicants.
STIPEND AND TENURE
The fellowship is to be
given to a candidate for a total duration of five years within which the
candidate is required to complete the PhD degree. This fellowship amount is
Rs 12000/- plus HRA per month. In addition, contingency grant of Rs 20,000/-
per annum (calculated on pro rata basis for fraction of a year) is available
to each fellowship as per the CSIR guidelines.
Further on completion of
two years as JRF-GATE, the fellowship may be upgraded to SRF-GATE and
stipend may be increased to Rs 14000/- per month in the subsequent years on
the basis of assessment as per normal CSIR rules. In exceptional cases
where the fellow has completed MTech within one year of joining JRF-GATE,
the Director may assess the performance of the fellow (through a three
member assessment committee) and recommend upgradation of the fellowship to
SRF-GATE. All other conditions of JRF-NET will apply.
Selection of these GATE
qualified JRF’s can be done by the Director of the CSIR laboratories and
forwarded to Head, HRDG for the issue of requisite award letters. Director
may permit the candidate to provisionally join JRF-GATE subject to meeting
the eligibility criteria and issue of formal award letter from HRDG.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO BE
should register for PhD within two years of joining, otherwise the
fellowship is deemed to be cancelled and withdrawn. Intimation about PhD
registration is to be sent to HRDG.
Aim of JRF-GATE
is to attain academic excellence and to generate high level science and
these fellows are expected to contribute to lab research through a suitable
o JRF-GATE are not to be deployed in any sponsored project.