Government Hikes Stipend to SRF, JRF Research Scholars by 20% Up to Rs 35,000 Per Month (Download PDF)

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The research assistants pursuing postdoctoral degrees with over three years of research experience will get a stipend of up to Rs. 54,000 per month. The government has revised the fellowship amount for junior research fellows (JRF) by over 20 per cent to Rs. 31,000 from the existing Rs. 25,000.

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  • The government has revised the fellowship amount for junior research fellows (JRF) by over 20 per cent to Rs. 31,000 from the existing Rs. 25,000.

  • The senior research fellows, those who have cleared the JRF and have a minimum of two years of work experience, will be entitled to get the revised salary of Rs. 35,000 per month.

  • Before this, the JRF and SRF stipends were revised in 2014 to Rs. 25,000 per month and Rs. 28,000 per month, respectively, in 2010.

  • The revised fellowship is applicable for those who are working on research and development programmes funded by the Centre government.

  • It also applies for the JRF candidates pursuing post-graduate degrees in basic science or those doing graduation or post-graduation degrees in any professional courses after clearing the National Eligibility Test (NET) and GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering)

  • The revised fellowship is also applicable for candidates selected through the national level examinations conducted by the Central government departments and their agencies, and institutions such as Department of Science & Technology, Defence Research and Development Organisation, Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Indian Council of Medical Research, Indian Institutes of Technologies, Indian Institutes of Science, Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research, etc.

  • Apart from that, the research assistants, who are pursuing postdoctoral degrees with over three years of research experience, will get a stipend of Rs. 47,000 to Rs. 54,000 per month.

  • These scholarships, revised once in four years, have received the lowest hike of 20 per cent since 2010.

Empowered Inter-Ministerial Committee

  • An Empowered Inter-Ministerial Committee has been constituted to periodically examine all the fellowship matters that have a bearing on enhancing the value, quality and experience of doctoral research, including the quantum of fellowship.

  • One of the recommendations was to involve the PhD students in undergraduate teaching and managing research infrastructure during their doctoral research. This will not only widen their scope of training, but also enhance their career prospects, the statement said.

- Published/Last Modified on: April 6, 2019

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