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.


  • University Grant Commission (UGC) , Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi 110 002 India
  • Phone: 091 − 011 ////
  • Fax: 091 − 011
  • Email: webmaster@ugc. ac. in
  • Link: ugc. ac. in

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • I have qualified UGC-JRF in CSIR/UGC joint test held on 19th June 2016. I have joined for Ph.D. but not registered yet. Will I get fellowship now or after registration only?

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    Yes after registration. Kindly contact the university administrative block for detailed procedure.

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  • I am qualified NET-JRF in Geography, if I eligible for getting fellowship for doing PhD in Education?

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    You can pursue PhD in geography and avail scholarship.

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  • Sir ,is there is any placement cell are there in university for job after qualifying net exam

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    After qualifying NET you can apply for universities and government colleges for lecturership.

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  • I qualified JRF dec 2015 but not received JRF award letter . I am already enrolled in Ph.D. How can I apply for JRF without JRF Award letter or Should I wait for Award Letter first.

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    Kindly contact for the same.

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  • Sir, If I have applied for UGC NET the option proffessor and JRF...Suppose Professor With JRF merit closed at 64% and Professor Only closed at 60% If I scored 60% then Will I disqualified?

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    Cutoff for both JRF and LS are different, if you clear the LS cutoff you are eligible for lecturership, if you clear the JRF cutoff you qualify for JRF.

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  • In how many day, after claiming the JRF scholarship I get the amount?

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    Usually it takes 1-2 weeks after claiming the scholarship.

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  • My father is govt employee. can I accept the fellowship from csir ugc net if I qualify?

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    Absolutely yes, you can accept the fellowship.

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  • I have qualified NET and have secured the rank of 2 under UGC-JRF in the June 2015 NET exam. what do I have to do next in order to receive my rank card and award letter?

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    Please contact UGC office for the same.

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  • I have cleared NET with JRF in commerce subject in June 15 attempt. I want to know will I get fellowship if I join phD in one of the private universities of Gujarat?

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    You will have to check out with UGC about the fellowship and recognition of the university you want to enrol with.

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  • I have qualified net examination in june 2102. net only not jrf. and i am also enrolled in PhD in a state university. kindly tell me I am eligible or not to get fellowship?

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    If you have qualified NET only, you are not eligible for JRF. However you can reappear in NET JRF examination and try for JRF this time.

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