Indian Council of Medical Research Junior Research Fellowships

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The Indian Council of Medical Research Junior Research Fellowships are fellowships instituted by the Indian Council of Medical Research which sets in motion the entry of students of medicine into the horizon of research activities. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) established in 1911 is administered by the Ministry for Health and Family Welfare and receives financial help from it.

ICMR holds an examination on an all India basis, to select candidates who are eligible for the Junior Research Fellowships.

The ICMR Junior Research Fellowships are given on the basis of the candidate՚s ability to find a placement for themselves in either a medical college or hospital or university or any other institute of higher education in medicine.

Eligibility Criteria for the ICMR JRF

The national level examination conducted by the ICMR is the test for eligibility of candidates who wish to get the Fellowship. Out of a total Fellowship award of 150,120 Fellowships are for the research work in the branches of Biomedical Sciences with primary focus on Life Sciences. The remaining 30 Fellowships are given out for social science subjects like psychology, sociology, home science, statistics, anthropology and social work.

  • Candidates must either have an MSC or MA with atleast 55 % marks for candidates in the general category. For OBC or SC/ST and disabled students the minimum mark is 50 % .
  • Candidates appearing for the eligibility test should not be more than 28 years of age. This age limit is 33 years in case of SC/ST, physically handicapped and female candidates. However, candidates in the OBC category 31 years is the maximum age.


  • In the initial period, the Fellowship will be for a period of 3 years.
  • The total period of the Fellowship will not be more than a period of 5 years.
  • After a Junior Fellow successfully completes 2 years of research work, his status can be elevated to that of a Senior Fellow, based on favorable recommendation.

Application Procedure for the ICMR JRF

The notice for admission will be published in all main leading dailies with detailed instructions. The names of successful candidates in the all India examination conducted by the ICMR are intimated to them by post and also published in the Employment Newspaper. List of successful candidates also be there on the ICMR website.

Value of Scholarships

  • For the first 3 years, monthly monetary grant under the Fellowship is ₹ 8,000.
  • For the first 3 years, the yearly contingency allowance under the Scheme would be a maximum of ₹ 7,500.
  • On expiry of 2 years, the Junior Research Fellow՚s stipend may become ₹ 9,000/-for the 3rd year based on the candidate receiving a favorable performance review. The candidate then becomes a Senior Research Fellow or SRF.
  • If a Junior Research Fellow fails to get a favorable review, he does not become a Senior Research Fellow. Therefore, he continues to get a monthly stipend of ₹ 8,000/-even for the 3rd year provided that his Fellowship does not get over: