University Grants Commission Junior Research Fellowships

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UGC Junior Research Fellowships for students of Indian nationality is determined through the National Eligibility Test, popularly known as NET. National Educational Testing Bureau of the University Grants Commission is responsible for administering the NET. The National Eligibility Test sets the standards for the entry of lecturers in the teaching and research profession.

JRF has been in operation since 1984. It was only in July 1988, that the Government of India made the University Grants Commission responsible for administering the eligibility test for the Junior Research Fellowship.

The first two NET examinations were held in the December 1989 and March 1990.

The UGC JRF works with an objective to widen an opportunity to students or scholars who have cracked NET to do further studies and conduct research work to enable them acquire either an M. Phil or a PHD degree either in any of the social sciences, humanities, languages or social sciences.

The NET is conducted in the subjects stated below:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Forensic Science
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Applications and Electronic Science

Eligibility Criteria for the University Grants Commission Junior Research Fellowships

  • The Junior Research Fellowship scheme of the University Grants Commission can be availed by those students or scholars who have cracked the NET examinations.
  • However, just qualification do not confer the fellowship upon the student or scholar.


The Junior Research Fellowships is given for a period of 2 years in the beginning. After completion of this period of 2 years and subject to performance of the fellow, the fellowship can be prolonged for a period of 3 years and continued under the Senior Research Fellowship, which brings with it a higher amount of monetary grant. The full period of the fellowship is 5 years and under no circumstances can this be stretched.

Application Procedure

The procedure for application for Junior Research Fellowships of the University Grants Commission is as follows:

Value of Scholarships

The amount of financial help under the Junior Research Fellowship are:

  • A monthly allowance of ₹ 8,000/-for the first 2 years and ₹ 9,000/-for the remaining 3 years, if applicable.
  • There are 2 contingency allowances A and B under the Fellowship Scheme: Contingency A: ₹ 10,000/-yearly for the first 2 years & ₹ 20,500/-for the next 3 years. Contingency B: ₹ 12,000 yearly, for the first 2 years & ₹ 25,000 yearly, for the next 3 years
  • Additionally, there is also a yearly departmental help allowance of ₹ 3,000/-per student or scholar to the university where the research work is being done.
  • A monthly allowance of ₹ 2000/-in case of disabled or visually impaired candidates.
  • House rent allowance is given to the Junior Research Fellow.
  • No special medical allowance is given. The fellow however get the normal medical facilities available in the university or institute where he or she will be working.


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