To commemorate the birth centenary year (2000) of Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, who was the first Vice-President of CSIR in the Independent India, CSIR has instituted a special fellowship, namely, "DR. SHYAMA  PRASAD MUKHERJEE (SPM) FELLOWSHIP" open to toppers of CSIR-UGC JRF (NET) awardees.



To nurture the budding scientific talent and to nourish the objective of pursuit of scientific research.




Pursuing Ph.D programme with a special fellowship in CSIR Labs/other specialized R & D institutions / universities.


Nature of Fellowship:


Stipend : Rs.20000/- + HRA per month during the first two years of the fellowship and a Contingency grant of Rs.70000/- p.a. May be raised to Rs.24000/- + HRA per month from third year onwards on the basis of assessment through interview.  May be reverted to JRF (NET), if performance is not found satisfactory.


Duration: Initially for 2 years. Extendable as per normal rules for CSIR JRF (NET) scheme. The maximum tenure of SPM Fellowship will be up to 5 years.





An annual contingent grant of Rs.70,000/- per fellow is provided to the University/Institution. For less than one year, the contingent grant will be admissible on pro-rata basis. Part of this grant may be utilized in the interest of research work, purchase of books, etc. and the detailed guidelines for utilization of contingency grant are given in Annexure-I. The unspent balance of contingency grant at the end of a year may be carried forward to the next year, however, the next release of contingency grant will be subject to adjustment of unspent balance of contingency grant of the previous year, thereby restricting contingency expenditure to a maximum of Rs. 70,000/- in a year. Further, request (claim) for release of contingency grant of the previous financial year(s) will not be entertained. The CSIR Research Fellows will be given Rs.3000/- (lump sum) extra on submission of PhD thesis in e-form. For details, Head, CSIR’s Unit for R&D of Information Products (URDIP), ‘JOPASANA’, 85/1, Paud Road (Near Vanaz Engineering Company), Kothrud, Pune -411 038, Maharashtra, may be contacted. The website address of URDIP is  www.urdip.res.in


Guidelines for utilization of contingent grant are given in Annexure-I


Selection process*:


*SPM Fellowship will be awarded directly to certain top ranking CSIR-UGC JRF (NET) qualified candidates as per eligibility criteria.


Eligibility Criteria:


Top eight candidates each in Chemical and Life sciences and top four candidates each in Earth, Mathematical and Physical Sciences respectively will be selected from a combined merit list of Gen/OBC/SC/ST. This is to take into consideration any SC/ST candidates who have performed well and are above the General cut off marks, they will be placed as per their merit among the general candidates and he/she will be treated as general category. The selection of reserved category candidates, two each in Chemical and Life sciences and one each in Earth, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, will be made on the basis of five points down from the percentage obtained by the last 8th/4th general category candidates (from the combined list) in the particular subject.


The above criteria is implemented for the SPMF 2012 selections, from June 2011 and December 2011 CSIR-UGC NET Exams.


List of selected SPM Fellows can be seen on our website under result section.


*Important: Criteria for selection of SPMF has been revised from December 2014 CSIR-UGC NET for JRF.  As per the revised criteria, top ranking candidates of JRF-NET in the ratio of thrice the number of fellowships in each subject as already fixed will be interviewed by the subject experts for the award of SPM Fellowships.  Eligibility criteria will be uploaded soon.