Scholarships & Fellowships
CSIR Research Associateship (RA)
Description: A certain number of RA-ships may be awarded each year directly by CSIR to young research workers who have shown promise in original research and propose to pursue research work in science, engineering, medicine or technology on specific projects. The Associate will do full time research work on problems stated in his/her application and approved by CSIR.

Eligibility :Under this scheme, persons possessing Doctorate (PhD/MD/MS/MDS) or equivalent degree or having 3 years of research, teaching and design and development experience after MVSc /MPharm /ME/ MTech will be eligible for award as RA.

Age Limit:The upper age limit for award of RA shall be 35 years. The upper age limit is relaxable up to 5 years in the case of applicants belonging to scheduled castes/tribes, women, physically handicapped and OBC candidates.

Application Procedure :Application for RA ship are normally invited twice a year on all India basis through press advertisement. The prescribed application form will be printed along with the advertisement in the Employment News. The completed application proforma must be submitted to the Deputy Secretary, EMR Division, CSIR Complex, Opp. Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa, New Delhi - 110 012, within the prescribed date.

Selection Procedure: The selection would be through assessment of academic achievements of candidates and interviews of those screened by high level discipline wise Selection Committees constituted for the purpose. Second class rail fare is admissible to those applicants who are called for interview. The validity of the offer of award shall be six months from the date mentioned in the award letter. The RA-ships are tenable in Indian Universities/IITs/Colleges/Government Research Establishments and those of recognized public or private sector industrial firms other Institutions approved by CSIR.

Stipend and Contingency Grant: The consolidated stipend of RA will be one of the following
a) Rs 11000/- (fixed)
b) Rs 11500/- (fixed)
c) Rs 12000/- (fixed)
The stipend may normally be fixed at Rs 11000/-. However, a selected RA may be placed in the higher stipend if there is ample justification and such recommendation is made by the discipline wise Selection Committee and approved by DG CSIR. In addition, contingent grant of Rs. 20,000/- per annum per Associate will be provided to the concerned Universities/Institutions.

Tenure: Associateship will be tenable initially for a period of one year. It may be extended further at the discretion of CSIR. In such a case the progress of RA would be assessed each year by high level discipline wise Assessment Committee consisting of one external member not below the rank of Professor, Supervisor of the candidate and Head of the department. The total tenure of RA is planned to be of maximum 3 years including the tenure of associateship awarded by UGC/DST/ICMAR/ICAR etc.
Contact: For more information contact :Council for Scientific and Industrial Research