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ICMR Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) for Indian Researchers in India, 2015

Indian Council of Medical Research is inviting applications for junior research fellowships. The award of Junior Research Fellowship to the successful eligible candidates will depend on their finding placement in a medical college / hospital / university / national laboratory / institution of higher learning and research as applicable. The existing value of the fellowship is at present Rs. 25000/-Per  month and an annual contingency grant up to Rs. 20,000/- per annum. The application deadline is May 26, 2015.

Study Subject(s): Fellowships are provided in biomedical sciences, Life Sciences (like microbiology, physiology, molecular biology, genetics, human biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, biochemistry, biophysics, immunology, Pharmacology, zoology, Environment Science, botany, veterinary sciences, bio-informatics etc.) and Social sciences like psychology, sociology, home science, statistics, anthropology, social work and Health Economics.
Course Level: The award of Junior Research Fellowship to the successful eligible candidates will depend on their finding placement in a medical college / hospital / university / national laboratory / institution of higher learning and research as applicable.
Programme Provider: Indian Council of Medical Research
Award can be taken at:
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Eligibility: Before applying, candidates are advised to go through the admission notice published in the advertisement in various Newspapers and the instructions given therein carefully.  Fill in the application form according to the instructions given in this prospectus and the admission notice.  Incomplete applications will not be considered and no correspondence will be entertained.
-Educational Qualification: Post Graduate Degree in Basic Science or Post Graduate Degree in Professional Course
-Age Limit: The age limit for admission to the eligibility test is 28 years (upper age limit relax-able unto 5 years in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST, physically handicapped (PH) and female candidates, 3 years in the case of OBC category.
-Syllabus: As prescribed by UGC.

Open for International Students: The students of India can apply for these fellowships.

Description:   ICMR JRF Examination is the first step in the process of admission to the Ph.D/ Research Programme through council’s support. Test for ICMR JRF fellowship are conducted at the seven centres viz. Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati and Mumbai once a year. The award of JRF is made on merit basis by holding an entrance examination after issuing a countrywide admission notice. The admission notice is published in leading English Newspapers of India usually during March/April and also on the website. The entrance examination is usually held in the first/second week of July.

Number of award(s):  A total of 150 Fellowships would be awarded. 120 Fellowships would be awarded for work in the field of biomedical sciences with emphasis on Life Sciences (like microbiology, physiology, molecular biology, genetics, human biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology, biochemistry, biophysics, immunology, Pharmacology, zoology, Environment Science, botany, veterinary sciences, bio-informatics etc.). Thirty Fellowships would be awarded for work with emphasis on Social sciences like psychology, sociology, home science, statistics, anthropology, social work and Health Economics.
-Two separate merit lists, one comprising the candidates qualifying for life sciences and the second for those candidates qualifying for social sciences, will be made on the basis of their performance in the above test.
-The candidates selected for the JRF programme of ICMR would be permitted to enroll themselves for the Ph.D. programme of any University recognised by the UGC/MCI. However, the JRF programme would not have any connection with the Ph.D. programme.The validity of fellowship awarded to a candidate will be six months.
Another 100 candidates would be selected for consideration for positions of JRF under various research schemes of ICMR (subject to fulfilling the conditions for appointment under the schemes) for the duration of that scheme. These JRFs would also be permitted to complete Ph.D. while working in the scheme, if enrolled.  The validity of result will be two years for placement in ICMR funded projects.
-SC/ST/OBC/Physically Handicapped (PH) applicants will be given such special consideration as per policy guidelines.
Candidates qualifying for the award of JRF will receive fellowship from ICMR.

What does it cover? The existing value of the fellowship is at present Rs. 25000/- (Rupees Twenty Five  thousand only)  Per  month and an annual contingency grant up to Rs. 20,000/- per annum. The local institution shall review the performance of JRF after two years through an appropriate Review Committee constiuted by the Head of the institution. The fellow may be awarded SRF after successful assessment by the Review Committee.

Notification:  The successful candidates would be notified by post and notice published in Employment Newspaper. The list also would be available on the ICMR website.
Joining time: Selected candidates must join their respective course on the prescribed date as indicated in their admission letter. The selection of those who fail to join by the specified date shall automatically stand cancelled.

How to Apply: The mode of applying is online.

Online Application

Application Deadline: The application deadline is May 26, 2015.

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