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Activity at Glance

Human Resource Development Group of CSIR has been contributing significantly towards producing an ‘inquiring society’. The various programmes and activities of the Group relate to: Identifying budding talent having aptitude and aspirations to work for the generation of new knowledge and technology; Funding of extra mural research; Development of S&T manpower; Nurturing young talents; Promoting excellence through awards and honors; and Encouraging interaction among scientists.

These programmes cover a wide range of S&T disciplines and age groups and are undertaken through a true Team India partnership i.e., with active involvement and participation of eminent scientists and experts from academia, industrial R&D units, S&T departments, etc. The highlights of various schemes evolved by the Group over the years are given below:

Name of the Schemes(Year of inception)Eligibility/Qualification/ageNormal time for applicationAmount/Stipend/GrantTenure
 A   Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships
Junior Research Fellowship(JRF- NET)a
(through NET, in 1983)

BS-4 years program/BE/B. Tech/B. Pharma/MBBS/ Integrated BS-MS/M.Sc. or Equivalent degree/BSc (Hons) or equivalent  degree holders  or students enrolled in integrated MS-Ph.D program with at least 55% marks for General & OBC (50% for SC/ST candidates, Physically and Visually handicapped candidates).

Candidate enrolled for M.Sc. or having completed 10+2+3 years of the above qualifying examination are also eligible

to apply in the above subject under the Result Awaited (RA) category.

Age limit: 28yrs b

Twice a year, in response to advertisement in Employment News in Feb/AugRs. 31000/-pmc  with annual contingency grant of Rs. 20,000/-5 years, upgraded to SRF after 2 years



( Tenable at CSIR Labs)

BE/B. Tech degree holders in engineering discipline with valid GATE score; or

Candidates with B. Pharm degree and having qualified GPAT ;
Age limit: 28yrs b

As per advertisement by individual CSIR labsRs. 31000/-pmc  with annual contingency grant of Rs. 20,000/-5 years, upgraded to SRF after 2 years
Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee (SPMF) Fellowshipa
Offered to certain toppers of NET (details available on HRDG website)-Rs. 36,000/- pmc ; upgraded to Rs.42,000/-pmc after two years with annual contingency grant of Rs. 70,000/-5 years
Senior Research Fellowship (SRF)a
As Given in the Website
Age limit: 32 years b
Advertised in Employment NewsBasic Sciences : Rs. 35000/- pmc ; Engineering and Medical Sciences: Rs. 35000/- pmc with annual contingency grant of Rs. 20,000/- for all

3 years;

total JRF + SRF tenure: 5 years 

Research Associateship (RA)      (1950)As Given in the Website
Age limit: 35 years b
Advertised in Employment NewsRs.47000/-pmc,d or
Rs. 49000/-pmc,d or
Rs. 54000/-pmc,d  with annual contingency grant of Rs. 20,000/- for all
3 years

CSIR Nehru Science PDF


(Tenable at CSIR Labs)

Within 3 years of Award of Ph D or those who have submitted or about to submit their Ph D Thesis. Publications Mandatory
Age limit: 32 years b 
Any time of the YearRs. 65000/-pmc or
with annual contingency grant of Rs. 3.0 Lakh
Usually 2 years
Senior Research Associateship e(SRA-Scientist Pool)(1958)  

Agricultural, Chemical, Earth, Atmospheric, Ocean & Planetary, Life, Materials, Mathematics, Statistics, Operations Research and Computer and Physical Sciences Science: PhD followed by two (2) years of research/teaching experience. 

Pharmaceutical/Veterinary and Engineering Sciences: Fresh PhD or thesis submitted in Pharmaceutics/ Veterinary Sciences and engineering/ technology, respectively;

Medical Sciences: MD/MS/MDS or equivalent degree followed by two years of Residency in Hospital, or equivalent experience, or research experience, or higher degrees;

And Publication(s);
Age limit : 40 years

Any time of the yearBasic Rs. 21,000/- to
Rs. 25,810/- plus allowances
3 years
B    Extramural Research Schemes

Emeritus Scientiste (ES)


Eminent Superannuated Scientists/Technologists

Any time of the yearRs. 20,000/- pm (honorarium); a suitable contingency grant & a Research Fellow /Associate3 years; extendable by 2 more years upto 65 years of age

Funding of Research Schemese (RS)


Faculty/Scientists employed in universities, research institutions and R&D units

Any time of the yearNormally up to Rs. 15 lakhs Usually 3 years

Funding of Sponsored Research Schemese


Faculty/Scientists employed in universities, research institutions and R&D units Tie up with CSIR labs is a requirement

Any time of the yearVaries, up to Rs. 25 lakhs Usually 3 years
 Grant for Journalse

Only journals brought out in Indian languages with the sole objective of popularizing science

Any time of the yearNormally varies between Rs. 10,000/- and Rs. 1,00,000/- per annumYear to year basis

C    Promoting Knowledge Sharing through Grants 

Travel Grante (PTG)


Research Fellows/Associates, whose papers have been accepted for presentation in international conferences

Any time of the year, preferably 3 months before the eventFull or partial grant for travel only-

Grant for holding Symposium/ Seminare


Seminars, Symposia Conferences etc organised on a national level by S & T societies/associations, etc

Any time of the year, preferably 3 months before the eventNormally varies between Rs. 10,000/- and Rs. 1,00,000/- -
D    Promotion and Recognition of Excellence through Awards 

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (SSB)e


Any Indian citizen with proven  R&D track record of achieving excellence in S&T; Overseas citizen of India (OCI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) working in India are also eligible.
Age limit : 45 years

Once a year
Citation, plaque and Rs. 5,00,000/- as prize money, Book assistance of Rs. 10,000/- pa, Special honorarium of Rs15,000/-pm till superannuation-

G N Ramachandran Gold Medal for Excellence in Biological Sciences & Technology (GNR)e


Any citizen of India engaged in research in Biological Sciences & Technology. Overseas citizen of India (OCI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) working in India are also eligible.

Once a year
Gold Medal and Citation -
 Young Scientist Award (YSA)e

Scientist working in CSIR system;
Age limit : 35 years

Once a year
Citation, plaque and Rs. 50,000/- as prize money and research project of about Rs. 25 lakhs for
5 years, Special Incentive Rs.7500/- pm till 45 years of age
 Bhatnagar Fellowship

The Fellowship will be awarded to active Indian Scientists / Technologists (Retired or in Service), in recognition of their significant scientific and / or technological (including translational) contributions, as evidenced through publications, patents, transfer of technology, honours, awards etc. The awardee is expected to associate with a mission or thrust area program of CSIR or an area of interest to CSIR. The candidate should not be more than 67 years of age at the time of nomination.

The nominations of scientists and technologists would be received throughout the year.

The annual grant will be Rs. 25 lakh,  out of which  Rs. 10 lakh will be earmarked for travel.

For  Retired awardees, the  amount of  Fellowship shall be equivalent to the  salary drawn  by the Secretary to  the  GOI  after  adjusting the  pension, if  any, and  shall be subject to  normal rules and  instructions on  the  subject from  time  to time.

For awardees in service, the Fellowship of  Rs. 50,000 per month over and above the existing salary

will be provided.

3 years; extendable by 2 more years upto 70 years of age
E Intership 
CSIR Diamond Jubilee Research Interns Awards

Ist Class BE/BTech/BArch/
BPharm/MSc/MBBS degree;
Age limit:25 years b

As per advertisement by CSIR labsRs. 24000/- pm (fixed)2 years

a The fellowships are given for doing PhD. 

b Relaxation in age limit upto 5 years for SC /ST /physically handicapped and women candidates and 3 years for OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) candidates.

c In addition, house rent allowance (HRA) according to the rules of the organization where placed, is admissible.

d The stipend can be fixed in any of the three categories depending upon qualifications/ experience/ recommendations by the Committee.

e Further details, terms and conditions and application proforma can be obtained from the Head, Human Resource Development Group, CSIR Complex, Library Avenue, Pusa, New Delhi – 110 012 or can be downloaded from the website http://www.csirhrdg.res.in.


Contact Address :



Human Resource Development Group

CSIR Complex, Library Avenue, Pusa

New Delhi  110 012

E-mail : headhrdg[at]csirhrdg[dot]res[dot]in 

Website: www.csirhrdg.res.in