JRF Full Form

What is JRF?

Junior Research Fellowship, is abbreviated as JRF. JRF is the move of University Grants Commission opened for the examinees qualifying the National Eligibility Test of the UGC and the CSIR joint test. These exams are only qualifying tests, and they do not grant the fellowship to the candidates.


The Junior Research Fellowship programme aims to allocate opportunities to candidates that have qualified NET to commence advanced studies, and research that leads to MPhil/PhD degree in Humanities and Social Sciences that comprise of Languages and Sciences also. 

Target Group:

Target group for Junior Research Fellowship is the examinees who have cleared the NET or the UGC-CSIR joint exams.


To be eligible for JRF, the candidate must have qualified in the National Eligibility Test of UGC or the UGC-Council of Scientific and Industrial Research joint test. Although, the final pickup session of the candidates for the JRF is done by the universities/ institutions/ colleges.

Nature of Assistance

Under the plan, the tenure of Junior Research Fellowship is initially for two years. The work of the individual is assessed by experts after the end of the tenure of two years. The period of an individual is extended for the next three years under the intensified consideration of the Senior Research Fellowship if his/her research work is found adequate. If the work for the initial two years is not found adequate, an extra year is given to him/her for enhancement. Although, during this period he/she is named as a Junior Research Fellow. In such cases, again after three years, work is evaluated, and if the improvement is discovered, the fellow gets two additional years, under the SRF. Accordingly, the tenure of fellowship is five years, with no further arrangement of expansion.

Procedure Of Approval 

The reward of JRFs is made by applicants by the colleges/ institutions/ universities dependent on UGC-CSIR/NET tests for assessing PhD/ MPhil. The candidate must get himself/herself enrolled for MPhil/ PhD at the most accessible chance, but not later than, a period of two years, from the issue of Eligibility Certificate of UGC NET/UGC-CSIR tests. The real amount of the fellowship is made with impact from the date of joining. On the achievement of the above procedures, the Joining Report of the candidate, attested by the Supervisor/Head of Department is to be sent through the Registrar/ Principal/ Director alongside with their verified copy of NET Certificate.

Procedure For Monitoring:

The work of the Junior or Senior Fellow is checked by their corresponding inspector/ mentor and indicated in the yearly development report and gets submitted to the University for presenting to the UGC office. On the accomplishment of the initial two years of the reward, the individual applies to the department/ university to be involved in the promotion of SRF. For this, a panel is established with a Supervisor, Head of the Department and External Expert to assess the examination work. 

The proposal of the Committee, for up-gradation, is sent to the University Grants Commission. In this manner, the individual is promoted and assigned as SRF. The proposal of the Committee in the endorsed proforma is submitted to the office for the record. The approval from UGC is not required. The fellowship can be ended during the period and the judgement of the Commission is conclusive and unalterable. 

The period of the fellowship is five years subject to the adequate progress report of the Fellow, or presentation of the PhD thesis, whichever, is prior. No expansion is allowed after the absolute fellowship of five years and the awardee gets terminated from being a UGC JRF/SRF after the expiry of the due date. Any case/reference, with this impact, is unlawful. And the individual may need to withstand disciplinary action for such an action.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Are JRF and PhD the Same?

JRF and PhD are two unique things. After meeting all requirements for the CSIR or equivalent test, you can get the fellowship. It isn't mandatory that post JRF you will have to get a PhD. However, for a PhD degree, you ought to have some fellowship and that needs to be a 5-year of work.

How Long is JRF Valid?

The validity of JRF is for two years. But if the candidate fails to meet the expectation, then he/ she is granted one more year for improvement.

What is the Education Qualification for UGC-NET?

Applicants who are seeking their post-graduate degree or candidates who are in the final year and whose results are yet to be declared or candidates whose last year examination has been postponed can sit up in the UGC NET test.

When is JRF Examination Usually Conducted?

CSIR-UGC together leads the examination two times in a year, once in June and later in December. The notice for the JRF-JUNE test is commonly distributed in the first week of February and that for JRF-DECEMBER test is provided in the first week of August.