Direct SRF RA Online Applications By CSIR Announced
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
Human Resource Development Group
Extramural Research Division-I
ADVERTISEMENT – 2023/1)
INVITING APPLICATIONS FOR direct SRF and RA
Only online applications will be accepted.
The Human Resource Development (HRD) Group of COUNCIL OF SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH (CSIR), New Delhi, provides opportunities to bright young men and women in the form of direct Senior Research Fellowships (SRFs) and Research Associateships (RAs) for training in methods of research under the expert guidance of faculty members/scientists working in universities, laboratories and institutes of Government Departments and recognised laboratories of industry in various fields of science and technology.
Preference will be given to the research in the new and emerging fields of science and in the areas of importance for development of scientific and technological capability of the country.
The Fellowships/Associateships are tenable in all the universities and deemed universities
/IITs/ postgraduate colleges/government research establishments including those of CSIR,
R&D establishments of recognized public sector, industrial firms and other recognized
institutions. Only Indian citizens are eligible for the award. The award is for fixed tenure and does not imply any assurance or guarantee for subsequent employment by CSIR to the
beneficiary. CSIR reserves the right to determine the place in India best suited to provide
necessary facilities in the areas of science in which the awardee is to specialize. Selected
Fellows and Associates will have to devote their full time to the approved research programs. Fellows and Associates are not permitted to take up any other remunerative
jobs/assignments during their tenure.
CSIR Direct SRF RA
SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
MSc/BE/B. Tech or equivalent degree with at least 55% marks and one publication in Science Citation Indexed (SCI) Journal and should have completed at least two years of post MSc/BE/B. Tech research experience as on the last date of application, as evidenced from fellowship/ associateship or from date of registration for Ph.D.
OR M.Tech/ME or equivalent degree in engineering/technology with at least 60% marks.
BE/B. Tech or equivalent degree with at least 60% marks and two years research experience as on the last date of application. OR
BPharm/BVSc/BSc(Ag) or equivalent degree with at least 55% marks and one publication in SCI Journal and should have completed at least three years research experience as on the last date of application, evidenced from fellowship/associateship or from date of registration for Ph.D. OR MPharm/MVSc/MSc(Ag)/MPhil or equivalent degree with at least 55% marks and one publication in SCI Journal and should have at least one year research experience as on the last date of application, evidenced from fellowship / associateship or from date of registration for Ph.D.
Documents in support of research, teaching experience (not below the undergraduate
level) and Ph.D. registration should be attached. Those who have been awarded PhD/MD/MS/MDS degree or have submitted their thesis for the award of PhD/MD/MS/MDS degrees are not eligible for the position of SRF. Those who are eligible for RA will not be considered for SRF
These fellowships are held on a full-time basis. Therefore, simultaneous employment
elsewhere is not permitted. However, those desirous of pursuing higher studies, but
employed presently, whether temporary or permanent may apply with an undertaking that
if selected, they will resign from the job before taking up the fellowship. The application
will be rejected if the undertaking is not enclosed.
STIPEND AND TENURE:
Rs. 35000/- per month during entire tenure of fellowship or date of PhD viva-voce whichever is earlier. In addition, each SRF will receive a contingent grant of a maximum Rs. 20,000/-p.a. SRF will be tenable initially for maximum of two years or depending upon the fellowship tenure already availed. The term is extendable by one year on the basis of assessment of the progress already made as judged by a three-member assessment committee. Those who have held or are holding equivalent fellowships awarded under various schemes of all India grant giving agencies such as DST, DBT, ICMR, UGC, ICAR etc. may apply subject to the condition that the total tenure inclusive of CSIR fellowship shall not exceed three years.
Those who have already availed, or would have availed by 31st October 2023, JRF for 5
years or SRF for 3 years from any source need not apply. The combined tenure of JRF and
SRF will not exceed five years. SRF will be terminated from the date of PhD viva voce or
completion of tenure whichever is earlier. Those who are already holding equivalent
fellowship should specify the reason for applying. The application is likely to be rejected if
the reason is not specified.
CSIR Direct SRF RA Online Applications
PhD (in science or engineering subject) or MD/MS/MDS (in medical science subject) or
ME/MTech/MPharm/MVSc with three years R&D experience as on the last date of
application, evidenced from fellowship or associateship or from date of registration of PhD.
PhD (science/engineering) thesis submitted is also eligible for RA’ship. Selection in such cases will be subject to the condition that PhD viva-voce done & declared qualified for award of PhD/awarded PhD degree before the expiry of the validity of the award offer.
The candidate applying for Research Associateship must have at least one research
publication in standard refereed journal as listed in Journal Citation Reports (JCR).
Employed candidates, whether temporary or permanent, and also those who have already
availed higher fellowships/associateships like Senior Research Associateships etc. will not
be considered for RAship.
The stipend of RA will be one of the following for the entire tenure:
Rs. 47,000/- p.m. (Fixed),
Rs. 49,000/-p.m. (Fixed),
Rs. 54,000/-p.m. (Fixed), as recommended by the selection committee.
In addition, each RA will receive a contingent grant of a maximum of Rs. 20,000/-p.a.
RA will be tenable initially for one year. It may be extended further annually at the discretion of CSIR based on three members assessment committee report. The total tenure of RA is fixed for 3 years. Those who have availed or are holding equivalent Associateships under various schemes of All-India grant giving agencies such as DST, DBT, ICMR, UGC, ICAR etc. may apply subject to the condition that the total tenure of RA including that of CSIR shall not exceed three years.
Those who have already availed equivalent grant of any kind for three years need not
Senior Research Fellow (SRF) : Maximum 32 years as on the last date of application.
Research Associate (RA) : Maximum 35 years as on the last date of application.
Upper age limit is relaxable by five years for SC/ST/Physically handicapped and women
candidates and three years in case of OBC (non-creamy layer) applicants.
SELECTION PROCEDURE FOR CSIR Direct SR RA:
Selection will be made through interview of candidates short-listed on the basis of their
academic records, experience and assessment of research work already carried out and
published by the candidates, by discipline-wise high level expert committees. The SC/ST
candidates called for interview will be paid single second-class rail/bus fare to and fro by the shortest route from the station mentioned in the address for correspondence given in the online application from (within India) to place of interview on production of documentary proof as per rule in force. Merely fulfilling of the essential qualifications will not entitle a candidate for being called for interview. CSIR reserves the right to call or not to call a candidate for interview.
CANDIDATES APPLYING UNDER ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (ENVIRON/ 32):
Only those candidates desirous of working on one of the following broad topics may apply
under the Code ENVIRON / 32:
• Principles and scope of Environmental Sciences, Ecosystems, Pathways in Ecosystems,
Physico-chemical and biological factors in environment, etc.
• Structure and composition of atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and biosphere,
mass and energy transfer across various interfaces. Scale of meteorology, pressure,
temperature, precipitation, humidity, radiation and wind and atmospheric stability etc.
• Environmental chemistry, chemical composition of air, water chemistry, soil chemistry,
toxic chemicals in environment, air pollution, climate change, etc.
• Biodiversity and its conservation; microflora of atmosphere; environmental
biotechnology, endangered and threatened species; environmental genomics;
environmental health, environmental virology, environmental impact and risk
assessment, environmental materials, etc.
• Environmental geosciences- earth systems and biosphere; earth’s processes and
geological hazards, mineral resources and environment, water resources and
environment, land use planning, environmental geochemistry, etc.
• Solar radiation and its spectral characteristics, fossil fuels; physic-chemical
characteristics and energy content of coal, petroleum and natural gas; principles of
generation of hydroelectric power, geothermal energy, bioenergy- energy from
biomass and biogas, etc.
• Solid and Hazardous waste management, waste water technology and management,
etc. Candidates applying under this code should have essential qualification as applicable to other codes.
E. CANDIDATES APPLYING UNDER SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY STUDIES (STS / 71):
CSIR Direct SRF RA
Only those candidates desirous of working on one of the following broad topics may apply
under the Code STS/71:
• R & D Management (Planning, Priorities, Evaluation, Social and Economic Impact, etc.)
• Intellectual Property laws, Policies, Management and evaluation, etc
• Technology forecasting, Assessment and Management;
• Policies, Programmes, and approaches for innovation policies, promotion instruments
• S & T Policies, Programmes and interface with global economic agenda.
• S & T interface with Society, Polity and Production sectors.
• Studies on Technological Change in the Production Sectors.
• Studies on mobility of S & T professionals: Demands, Trends, Impact, etc.
• Studies on International competitiveness of Indian S & T.
• Societal impact in the open economy era.
Subject code should be carefully selected (given in Appendix I) and it should be directly
related to past education & experience and future area of study. Identification of irrelevant
code or code not matching with the proposed topic of research may lead to rejection of the
application. Candidates applying under this code should have essential qualification as applicable to other codes with an exception that degree at the master level can also be in management, social sciences, commerce, etc.
INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CANDIDATES
The candidates should carefully read these instructions before submitting their applications:
i. A candidate can apply in only one subject code. Code number of the subject should be
carefully selected (given in Appendix I) and indicated against the appropriate column. It should be directly related to past education and experience and future area of study.
Identification of irrelevant code or code not matching with the proposed topic of
research may lead to rejection of the application. No change of code would be
permitted after submission of online application. Details from the time of obtaining the qualifying degree till the last date of application should be mentioned clearly in column 19 of application form. Unaccounted period, if any, may lead to rejection.
ii. All the necessary documents i.e. office orders in support of the research experience
mentioned in column 19 of application form and proof of PhD registration should be
attached, otherwise application will be rejected. No testimonial will be accepted as
proof of research experience.
iii. Candidates should be prepared to produce original certificate, PhD registration,
research experience (office orders), reprints & letter(s) of acceptance about papers
under publication, NET, GATE certificate at the time of interview and later when
iv. Applications will be processed on the basis of information provided in the online
application. (If the information given in the application form does not match with the
originals at the time of verification of documents, the candidate may not be allowed to
appear for interview).
v. Those who have already applied three times and not called or not selected need not to
vi. Date of interview will not be changed on request from candidates.
vii. Misrepresentation or hiding of facts shall lead to disqualification.
viii. Every effort is made by CSIR to have committees with wide-ranging expertise, however, complaints of rejection on this account will not be entertained by CSIR.
ix. Decision of CSIR on all matters including calling for interview, selection,
recommendation and placement etc. shall be final. No correspondence in the matter will be entertained.
x. Research supervisor should not be the blood relative.
xi. Canvassing in any form will be a disqualification. No interim enquiries will be attended
1) Candidates need to apply online only.
2) Candidates need to register himself/herself before Applying Online.
3) Candidates are requested to carefully go through the detailed advertisement and
CSIR-HRDG website before filling up the online application form to know the
eligibility criteria, pre-requisite, and important instructions for applying online.
4) Read the FAQ section on the application portal to get answers to commonly asked
5) Only one application per candidate will be accepted by the system.
6) Give your correct/working email id, as all further correspondence will be through
email, and CSIR – HRDG will not be responsible for any communication not received
due to an incorrect email id.
7) To avoid last minute rush, candidates are advised to apply early and well in time.
CSIR will not be responsible for network or any other such type of problems. No
extension in closing date will be given.
8) Once the application form is filled up, please save/submit it within 40 minutes,
otherwise, your session will be expired and you need to re-login.
9) Candidates should keep ready the below documents as per given specifications.
(c) Age proof (DOB Certificate)
(d) Combined document: Qualifying degree + grade to % conversion certificate, if
any + PhD registration / submission/ award proof
(e) Caste certificate, if applicable then it is mandatory
(f) PwD certificate, if applicable then it is mandatory
(g) Experience certificate (which includes fellowship/associateship OMs)
and Employed candidates have to submit duly signed undertaking for leaving the
job if get selected for the fellowship/associateship
(h) Combined document: Duly signed and stamped declaration and undertaking
form by the candidate, supervisor, and Head of the institution (The format is
available at https://srfra.csirhrdg.res.in/online/download/undertaking_SRF_RA.pdf) +
testimonials + Research Proposal
(i) Combined document: First page of maximum 3 best research Papers in a single
pdf, if applicable.
Photo: Format – JPEG/JPG, dimension – 130×160 to 260×320, file size less than 150KB;
Signature: Format – JPEG/JPG, dimension – 90X25 to 225×100, file size less than 150KB.
Documents: The documents should have a .pdf extension only, file size less than 400KB.
Valid Filename: Should have only one extension, only Alpha-Numeric characters allowed
with a hyphen (-) and underscore (_), space not allowed, the File extension should be in
small letters. (Ex. msc degree (❌), mscdegree (✓), msc_degree (✓), msc-degree (✓)).
CSIR Direct SRF RA Online Applications
Apply Online from 17th April 2023 – 26th May 2023
SUBJECT CODE (column 2 of the Application form)
|Medical & Pharmaceutical Sciences||MEDIC||11|
|Biochemistry, Biophysics, Immunology, Microbiology & Physiology of Living Systems||LIFE||12|
|General Biology, Genetics & Molecular Biology||GEN BIO||13|
|Organic Chemical Sciences||CHEM||21|
|Inorganic & Analytical Chemical Sciences||CHEM||22|
|Physical Chemical Sciences||CHEM||23|
|Earth, Ocean, Atmosphere & Planetary Sciences||EARTH||31|
|Aeronautical, Civil, Mechanical, Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering Sciences||ENG||41|
|Agro-Bio, Physico-, Chemico-, Food-, Leather & Textile Technology||ENF||42|
|Electrical, Electronics, Instrumentation & Computer Engineering Sciences||ENG||43|
|Mathematical (Mathematics, Operations Research, Statistics) Sciences||MATHS||51|
|Astronomy/Astro Physics/Nuclear Physics/Particle Physics/Plasma Physics||PHYS||61|
|Science & Technology Studies||STS||71|
|Trans Disciplinary Research TDR 81$||TDR||81|
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