Junior Research Fellowship and Research Associateship for Foreign Nationals

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Junior Research Fellowship and Research Associateship for Foreign Nationals:

Junior Research Fellowship and Research Associateship for Foreign Nationals was initiated keeping in view the political and cultural bilateral relations of India with other developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The scheme has opened new vistas for foreign students and teachers, enabling them to come to India and undertake advanced studies and research in science, humanities and social sciences in Indian universities.

Objectives

The objective of the scheme is to provide an opportunity to foreign students and teachers from developing countries to undertake advanced study and research leading to M.Phil./Ph.D. and postdoctoral research in sciences, humanities and social Sciences at Indian universities.

Target Group:

Students and teachers from developing countries of Asia/Africa and Latin America

Fellowship Application Eligibility Criteria:

  • The upper age limit for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) is 35 years for men as on 1 July of the year of application and 45 years for women.
  • The candidate must have at least a high-class master's degree with a second-class bachelor's degree, or second-class master's degree with a first-class bachelor's degree.

    For Research Associateships (RA):

    In case of male applicants the age should be 45 years as on 1 July of the year of application, and 50 years in the case of female candidates.

    The candidate must have a doctorate degree, published research work to their credit and evidence of independent research work .

    Procedure for Applying for the Scheme

  • The applications are invited through circulation to Indian embassies/Indian missions abroad.
  • They will receive applications from eligible candidates and, after due screening locally, will send them to the UGC for consideration.
  • Foreign students from Asia, Africa and Latin America studying in India who have completed their master's degrees or doctoral degrees and desire to pursue research may send their applications through the university they propose to work with.
  • The application will have to be endorsed by their respective embassies in India for consideration by the Commission.

    Procedure for Approval by the UGC

  • The applications received are placed before a short listing/screening committee constituted for this purpose.
  • The short listed proposals are placed before the selection committee to finalise the proposals for the award of JRF and RA.
  • The decision of the Commission is final and binding.
  • The UGC conveys the provisional intimation of selection to the candidate.
  • However, this intimation does not bestow the award to the candidate.
  • The formal award letter is issued only on receipt of political clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of External affairs, Government of India.
  • The Commission also reserves the right to withdraw/cancel the award without assigning any reason.
    For more information and scholarship applications, see; Junior Research Fellowship and Research Associateship for Foreign Nationals Website

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