Junior Research Fellowships for Foreign Nationals

The Junior Research Fellowships scheme was initiated keeping in view the political and cultural bilateral relations of India with other developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America. The scheme has opened new vistas for foreign students and teachers, enabling them to come to India and undertake advanced studies and research in sciences, humanities and social sciences in Indian Universities.

The objective of the scheme is to provide an opportunity to foreign students and teachers from developing countries to undertake advanced study and research leading to M.Phil / Ph.D. and postdoctoral research in sciences, humanities and social sciences at Indian Universities.

Junior Research Fellowships Eligibility

Target Group :

Students and teachers from developing countries of Asia / Africa and Latin America.

For Junior Research Fellowship ( JRF )

35 years for male candidates as on 1 July of the year of Junior Research Fellowships application and 40 years for female candidates. The candidates must have at least a high – class master’s degree with a second – class bachelor’s degree, or second – class master’s degree with a  first – class bachelor’s degree.

For Research Associateship ( RA )

In case of male applicants the age should be 40 years as on 1 st July of the year of application, and 45 years in the case of female candidates. The candidates must have a doctorate degree, published research work to their credit and evidence of independent research work.

Junior Research Fellowships Application Procedure

Junior Research Fellowships applications are invited through circulation to Indian embassies / Indian missions abroad. They will receive Junior Research Fellowships applications from eligible candidates and after due screening locally, will send them to the UGC for consideration.

Foreign students from Asia, Africa and Latin America studying in India who have completed their ma ster’s degrees or doctoral degrees and desire to pursue research may send their Junior Research Fellowships applications through the university they propose to work with.The application will have to be endorsed by their respective embassies for consideration by the Commission.

The number of slots available under the scheme are

  • Junior Research Fellowship ( JRF ) : 20
  • Research Associateship ( RA ) : 7

The Financial assistance available under the scheme is as follows :

Junior Research Fellowships@ Rupee 12,000 /- PM for initial period of two years
@ Rupee 14,000 /- PM for remaining period subject to the recommendation for enhancement
/ extension by a three member committee and the Commission’s Approval for Sciences
for initial two years ( Annexure - VII )
Contingency @ Rupee 12,000/- PA for Science
@ Rupee 10,000/- PA for Humanities and Social Sciences
@ Rupee 25,000 /- PA for remaining period for Sciences
@ Rupee 20,500 /- PA for remaining period for Humanities
Department @ Rupee 3,000 /- PA per JRF Assistance
Escort / Handicapped Allowance @ Rupee 2,000 /- PA per JRF
HRA as per rule of the concerned institution



RA ( Research Assosiates )
Junior Research Fellowships @ Rupee 16,000/- PM ( Fixed ) for 4 years
Contingency @ Rupee 30,000/- PA
Departmental Assistant infrastructural facilities @ 10% of Associateship to the host institution for
providing infrastructural facilities.
HRA as per rule of the concerned institution

HRA :

Suitable single – seated hostel accommodation in the institutions may be provided to the JRF, failing which HRA as per rules of the university / institution will be paid to the Fellow subject to the submission of the HR A certificate through Registrar / Principal. JRF / RA provided with accommodation in hostel recognized / maintained by the institutions may be reimbursed the hostel fee, excluding mess, electricity, water charges, etc.

A certificate to this effect is to be furnished through the Registrar / Principal ( Annexure I ). If JRF / RA makes his / her own arrangements of accommodation, he / she may be entitled to draw HRA as per categorization of cities by the Government of India. The Fellow will submit a certificate for this purpose to UGC for claiming HRA through the concerned university / institution / college.

Junior Research Fellowships Selection Procedure

Junior Research Fellowships applications should be sent to Indian Embassies and Missions. These will be locally screened before being sent to the UGC for consideration

Eligible foreign students studying in India who have completed their Master’s degrees and desire to pursue research may send their applications through the University they propose to work with. The application will have to be endorsed by their respective embassies in India for consideration by the Commission

The Selection Committee constituted by the UGC makes the selections from among the
Junior Research Fellowships applications short – listed by the screening committee also constituted by the Commission. A provisional intimation of selection is sent to the candidate.

The formal award letter is issued only on receipt of political clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

Junior Research Fellowships Notification & Deadline

Circulars are sent to Indian embassies / Indian missions abroad inviting applications

Source : UGC

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