Advertise with Us   |   My Nation, My Career   |   FAQ's   |   Contact Us

Financing your education through Education Loans

 Engineering Career

  Engineering Education

  Centralised Admission Process

Member Login
Careers after B.E./B.Tech - Higher Education Opportunities

Jobs - Government Sector : Research Fellowship /Assistant /Scientists

Research Fellowship at Center for scientific & Industrial Research. (CSIR)

GENERAL : The EMR Division under HRD Group of CSIR provide CSIR Research Fellowship and Associateships to bright young men and women for training in methods of research under the expert guidance of faculty members /scientists working in University Departments/ National Laboratories and Institutes in various fields of Science & Technology and Medical Sciences.

The CSIR Fellowships / Associateships are tenable in Universities/IITs/Post-Graduate Colleges/Government Research Establishments including those of CSIR, R&D establishments of recognized public or private sector, industrial firms and other recognized institutions. However, CSIR reserves the right to determine the place best suited to provide necessary facilities in the area of science and technology in which the awardee is to specialize.

The CSIR Fellowships / Associatships are tenable in India. Only bonafide Indian citizens, residing in India are eligible for the award of research Fellowship/Associateships. The programme is aimed at National Human Resource Development for S&T.

The award of CSIR Fellowship / Associateships is for fixed tenure and does not imply any assurance or guarantee for subsequent employment by CSIR to the beneficiary. The authority to award / terminate vests with CSIR. The awardee shall not lay claim to permanent absorption in CSIR, after the expiry of Fellowship / Associateship.

SUBJECT OF RESEARCH : Preference is given to a subject / topic of research relevant to the research programmes of CSIR laboratories and nationally important S&T areas.


A certain number of SRFs will be awarded each year by CSIR directly to those possessing the following qualification and experience :

MSc, BE, BTech with minimum 60% marks and at least two years of post MSc, BE, BTech, research experience as evidence from fellowship/ associateship or traineeship and published papers in standard refereed journals OR ME, M.Tech or equivalent degree in Engineering/Technology with minimum 60% marks OR MBBS or BDS (with 1 year if internship) with first division OR BPharm/BVSc/BSc (Ag) or equivalent degree with minimum 60% marks and at least three years of research experience. Research workers who have had requisite training in methods of research alongwith above qualification and who have proved their aptitude for original research are eligible for this Fellowship.

AGE LIMT : The upper age limit for SRF shall be 32 years. The upper age limit is relaxable upto 5 years in the case of candidates belonging to scheduled castes/tribes, women, physically handicapped and OBC applicants.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE : Applications for SRF are normally invited every year on all India basis through press advertisement. The prescribed application form is printed along with the advertisement in the Employment News every year. Application proforma duly completed and forwarded through the proposed Supervisor and Head of the Department/Institutions should be submitted within the prescribed date alongwith a Demand Draft for the amount indicated in the advertisement to the Deputy Secretary, EMR Division, HRD Group, CSIR Complex, Library Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi - 110 012.

SELECTION PROCEDURE : Selection will be made through the procedure of assessment of academic record and published/project work by discipline-wise high-level expert Committees. Second class rail fare will be admissible to those applicants who are called for interview. Merely fulfilling of eligibility criteria will not entitle a candidate for being called for interview. Candidates will be called for interview after screening on the basis of criteria adopted by CSIR depending on the number if fellowships available. CSIR reserves the right to call or not to call a candidate for interview. The validity of the award letter shall be six months from the date mentioned in the award letter. No extension beyond six months will be considered. Decision of CSIR in matters of selection for interview or for award of Fellowships etc. shall be final.

The tenure of SRF will initially be 2 years. Extension of tenure for the 3rd year will be issued by EMR Division of HRDG after receiving the recommendation of three member Expert Committee consisting of Guide, Head of Department and external Professor in the relevant field duly supported by detailed progress report & publications in the form of reprints / preprints / manuscripts or paper communicated for publication. The total tenure as JRF & SRF will not exceed 5 years. The tenure of SRF in Engineering & Medical Sciences is four years. Extension for 3rd & 4th years will be issued by EMR Division according to the procedure outlined above. Computation is made of the total period of tenure ship of Research Fellow/ Associate if he/she has availed any other fellowship of equivalent status from any agency/institute. A Research Fellow/Associate who joins on the first day of the month, his/her tenure ship will be completed on the last day of the previous month. In other cases the tenure ship will be completed on the last day of the same month.

STIPEND : SRF in a science discipline is entitled to a stipend of Rs.9000/- pm for 1st, 2nd, 3rd years. The stipend in case of medical (MBBS, BPharm, BDS, MVSc and MPharm) and engineering subjects (both at bachelors & master's degree level) will initially be Rs.9500/- pm for 1st and 2nd years and later enhanced to Rs.10,000/- for the subsequent years depending on progress of research having been assessed as satisfactory.


The JRF's may be recruited in CSIR Laboratory/Institute from among the candidates who are identified for support by EMR from the result of the national CSIR-UGC NET only. The terms and conditions as given above will be applicable to all JRFs & SRFs. GATE - Qualified (in Engineering and technological subjects only) candidates can be selected as JRFs in CSIR Laboratories after following a procedure prescribed by Directors. Persons declared eligible for lectureship only will also be eligible for award of JRF in sponsored schemes, through HRD or other agencies only.

SRF (EXTENDED) : For those meritorious candidates who have submitted their PhD thesis and are awaiting the award of PhD degree may apply for SRF (Extended). The tenure will for a maximum period of one year only. This tenure of SRF (Ext) will be counted in case the candidate applies and get selected as CSIR RA, after getting the PhD degree. The upper age limit for SRF (Ext) is 33 years.


A certain number of RA-ships may be awarded each year directly by CSIR to young research workers who have shown promise in original research and propose to pursue research work in science, engineering, medicine or technology on specific projects. The Associate will do full time research work on problems stated in his/her application and approved by CSIR.

ELIGIBILITY : Under this scheme, persons possessing Doctorate (PhD/MD/MS/MDS) or equivalent degree or having 3 years of research, teaching and design and development experience after MVSc/MPharm/ME/MTech will be eligible for award as RA.

AGE LIMIT : The upper age limit for award of RA shall be 35 years. The upper age limit is relaxable upto 5 years in the case of applicants belonging to scheduled castes/tribes, women, physically handicapped and OBC candidates.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE : Application for RAship are invited every a year on all India basis through press advertisement. The prescribed application form will be printed alongwith the advertisement in the Employment News. The completed application proforma must be submitted to the Deputy Secretary, EMR Division, CSIR Complex, Library Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi - 110 012, within the prescribed date.

SELECTION PROCEDURE : The selection would be through assessment of academic achievements of candidates and interviews of those screened by high level discipline wise Selection Committees constituted for the purpose. Second class rail fare is admissible to those applicants who are called for interview. The validity of the offer of award shall be six months from the date mentioned in the award letter.

The RA-ships are tenable in Indian Universities/IITs/Colleges/Government Research Establishments and those of recognized public or private sector industrial firms other Institutions approved by CSIR.


The consolidated stipend of RA will be one of the following.

a) Rs.11000/- (fixed)
b) Rs.11500/- (fixed)
c) Rs.12000/- (fixed)

The stipend may normally be fixed at Rs.11000/-. However, a selected RA may be placed in the higher stipend if there is ample justification and such recommendation is made by the discipline wise Selection Committee and approved by DGCSIR. In addition, contingent grant of Rs.20000/- per annum per Associate will be provided to the concerned Universities/Institutions.

TENURE : Associateship will be tenable initially for a period of one year. It may be extended further at the discretion of CSIR. In such a case the progress of RA would be assessed each year by high level discipline wise Assessment Committee consisting of one external member not below the rank of Professor, Supervisor of the candidate and Head of the department. If the supervisor happens to be the Head of the department, another professor of the same Department may be associated with the Committee. External member should be preferably chairman of the three members Committee. However the order for extension or otherwise will be issued by the EMR Division after having considered the high level discipline wise

Committee/s report, together with the detailed progress report duly supported by the reprints/ preprints/manuscript of the papers published, accepted or communicated. The total tenure of RA is planned to be of maximum 3 years including the tenure of associateship awarded by UGC/DST/ICMAR/ICAR etc.


The procedure described in paras 19 to 27 for Fellowship will be applicable in the case of Associateship.

CONTINGENT GRANT : The Contingent grant is Rs.20,000/-p.a. The details in para 20 of the Fellowship will be applicable for utilization of this grant. The associate shall present yearly reports on the progress of his /her work, through the supervisor and the Head of the Department in the University/Institution, in the prescribed proforma. The associate shall, at the expiry of the Associatship submit a comprehensive report of the work done during the entire period Associateship through the supervisor to CSIR in the published work (manuscript, reprints). If an Associate wishes to leave the Associateship before the end of the tenure, it should be with the prior approval of CSIR. The Asociateship can be terminated, if any time CSIR is not satisfied with the progress or conduct of the Associate. For the rules regarding selection, payment of funds, utilization of the contingent grant, submission of progress report, tenure, publications and the patents, leave for temporary or paid lectureship research job etc. the general rules applicable to JRFs & SRFs will apply to RA.

GENERAL : CSIR may send whenever considered necessary its officers for reviewing the work of the fellows and Associates, inspection of accounts, etc, in Universities/Institutes where the scholars are placed. Any kind of paid or honorary, part-or-full-time employment or private practice even in honorary capacity is not permissible during the tenure of Fellowship/Associateship. The stipend of research fellow/associate is exempt from the payment of income tax under 10(16) of IT Act, 1961. These terms and conditions supersede all previous instruction issued in regard to JRF/SRF/RA. However, any relaxation would require approval of DGCSIR. In all matters decision taken by CSIR shall be final b) Rs.11500/- (fixed) c) Rs.12000/- (fixed)

<< Back to JJobs - Government Sector : Research Fellowship /Assistant /Scientists

For branding of the institute, Institutes may take appointment of Prof. Vijay Navale for career guidance seminars.

Contact : Prof. Vijay Navale : +91-9822502969

Personal Career Counseling

M-Power’s expert career counselors have guided more than 5000 students & parents through personal or telephonic counseling.

The counseling is available for

  • Engineering Career & Educational Options
  • Engineering Admission Process for HSC Students
  • Careers selection after SSC/HSC
  • Career Selection After Graduation
  • Direct Second Year Engg. Admission Process(for Diploma Students)
  • Career Options for Diploma Engineers
  • Study skills (for School/ college Students)
  • Study Time Management
  • Communication Skills Development
  • Personality Improvement
Contact : Prof. Vijay Navale : +91-9822502969


©   Best viewed in 1024 X 768. Developed by Softkey Solutions     

Update your Information to receive important information & alerts.