• National S&T Human Resource Development

    Human Resource Development is of paramount importance in the national building process and creating a knowledge society. CSIR, through its Human Resource Development Group (HRDG) located at CSIR Complex, Pusa in New Delhi, has been rendering yeoman service by fostering, sustaining and helping in upgradation of the stock of highly specialized scientists, engineers and technologists in diverse disciplines of S&T, in the country. It awards fellowships, gives grants, and recognizes excellence through various prizes and awards.


    • To have an integrated approach to National Human Resource Development for Science & Technology by encouraging and promoting research in the Universities and Institutes of higher learning.
    • To promote and foster the upgradation of the stock of well qualified, highly specialized scientists, engineers and technologists for R&D in all disciplines of Science & Technology in the country.
    • To conduct studies on availability & utilization of S&T Human Resource in the country.
    • To support organizations to hold symposium, seminars and conferences which help in promoting scientific temper.


    The pivotal role played by HRDG towards creating, maintaining and replenishing the pool of trained human resource has helped generate a large pool of S&T manpower in the country. It is this pool that the research institutions, academia and industry tap to meet their need of trained S&T manpower, CSIR role in producing this pool of bench level workers in science distinguishes it from other funding agencies.

    A Fellowship from CSIR is considered to be a matter of pride for its recipient. The National Eligibility Test (NET) for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) has made a mark in India and is recognized for its quality selections. Since 1983, when this national level eligibility test was introduced, the cumulative total of JRFs awarded till 2003 is about 26374. The cumulative total of Senior Research Fellowships (SRFs) awarded (1950-2003) is 45,808. Similarly, the cumulative total of Research Associateships (RAs) (1950-2003) is 9181 and of Senior Research Associateship (SRAs) (1958-2003) is 20,218. The average number of JRF, SRF, RA and SRA awarded during the last four years (2000 to 2003), had been 1886,490, 145 and 106 respectively.

    The Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Fellowship (SPMF) scheme has been introduced recently to identify and nurture budding scientific talent.

    The Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science & Technology, named after the founder Director of CSIR, is the most coveted award in science & technology in the country. Since its institution in 1957, 388 SSB Prizes have been presented till 2003 and the list of its recipients reads like the Who’s Who in the Indian S&T enterprise.

    Till recently, CSIR schemes had mostly catered to post-graduate and PhD students only. CSIR now enlarged upon the science support base by initiating new schemes for young, talented children from the age group of 16 years and above.

    The aim of the CSIR Programme on Youth for Leadership in Science (CPYLS) Scheme is to attract the best young school students towards science through a unique ‘hand holding’ experience. It aims at encouraging youth to discover science as an exciting, rewarding and fulfilling career. About 4200 students have benefited from this unique experience in the years spanning 1999-2004.

    Other schemes launched by CSIR in the recent past include: Diamond Jubilee Research Interns Award Scheme, and Entrepreneurship Support to Research Scholars. The Diamond Jubilee Research Interns Award Scheme is a preparatory scheme for young interns to imbibe the spirit of enquiry and to learn the tools and techniques of research. The Entrepreneurship Support to Research Scholars scheme has been introduced as a pilot study to inculcate the spirit of technological entrepreneurship in CSIR research scholars to enable them to learn how to take knowledge base innovation through to a commercial outcome.

    Thus, CSIR, which continuously strives to expand the base of a world class S&T manpower in the country, today has various schemes to tap the talent of people belonging to as wide as 16-65 years of age group.

    HRD Schemes at A Glance

    The numerous HRD schemes catering to various target age groups, from 16 years to 65 years, are as follows:
    Name of the Schemes(Year of inception) Eligibility/Qualification/age Normal time for application Amount/Stipend/Grant Tenure Cumulative Total since inception (Average for last four year/since inception)
    CSIR Programme on Youth for Leadership in Science (CPYLS) (1999) Top 50 science students of CBSE, ICSE and State Boards in Class X examination After the Class X results are announced, the eligible students are contacted by the CSIR labs Travelling allowance to visit CSIR labs and facilities to carry out project work at CSIR laboratories is provided Hand holding upto graduation level 4200(1000)
    CSIR Diamond Jubilee Research Interns Awards (2003) Ist Class BE/BTech/BArch/BPharm/MSc/MBBS degree; Age limit:25 years2 As per advertisement by CSIR labs Rs. 7500/- pm (fixed) 2 years 268(268)
    Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)1(through NET, in 1983) MSc (55%), 50% for SC/ST; Age limit: 28yrs2 Twice a year, in response to advertisement in Employment News in February/August Rs. 8000/-pmc with annual contingency grant of Rs. 20,000/- 5 years, upgraded to SRF after 2 years 26374(1886)
    JRF-GATE1 (2002) BE/BTech/BArch/BPharm or ME/MTech (last semester) with valid GATE score; Age limit: 28yrs2 As per advertisement by individual CSIR labs Rs. 8000/-pm3  with annual contingency grant of Rs. 20,000/- 5 years, upgraded to SRF after 2 years 153(~65)
    Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee (SPM) Fellowship1(2001) Top 20% of NET qualified candidates of the preceding year or GATE- qualified candidates with valid score of 99+ percentile Once a year Examination on 2nd Sunday of July Rs. 12,000/- pm3 ; upgraded to Rs.15,000/-pmc after two years with annual contingency grant of Rs. 50,000/- 5 years 16(5)
    Entrepreneurship Support to Research Scholarship (2004) Research fellow working in CSIR labs with at least 2 years research experience. Selection through screening committee No course fees, free Boarding & lodging 20-30 days 16(16)
    Senior Research Fellowship (SRF)1 (1950) 1st class MSc/BE/BTech with 2 years research experience or MPharm/ MVSc with one year experience or MBBS/BDS with one year internship or BPharm/ BVSc with 3 years experience or ME/MTech or equivalent degrees; Age limit: 32 years2 Advertised in Employment News twice a year Basic Sciences : Rs. 9000/- pm3 ; Engineering and Medical Sciences: Rs. 9500/- pmc with annual contingency grant of Rs. 20,000/- for all 3/4 years; total JRF + SRF tenure: 5 years 45808(490)
    Research Associateship (RA) (1950) PhD having research publications; ME/MTech/ MPharm having three years experience; MD/MS/MDS with good academic record; Age limit: 35 years2 Advertised in Employment News twice a year Rs. 11000/-pm3,4 or Rs. 11500/-pm3,4 or Rs. 12000/-pmc,d with annual contingency grant of Rs. 20,000/- for all 5 years 9181(145)
    Senior Research Associateship (SRA-Scientist Pool)5 (1958) PhD, MTech, MD/MS with 2 years research/ teaching experience and publication(s); Age limit: 40 years Any time of the year Basic Rs. 8,000/- to Rs. 10,325/- plus allowances 3 years 20218(106)
    Emeritus Scientist5 (1958) Eminent Superannuated Scientists/Technologists Any time of the year Rs. 10,000/- pm (honorarium); a suitable contingency grant & a Research Fellow /Associate 3 years; extendable by 2 more years upto 65 years of age 562(27)
    Visiting Associateship (1989) Middle level scientists from Universities/R&D units in industries Any time of the year TA & DA for two visits to a CSIR lab upto 60 days in a year 3 years 80(6)
    Funding of Research Schemes5 (1943) Faculty/Scientists employed in universities, research institutions and R&D units Any time of the year Normally up to Rs. 12 lakhs Usually 3 years 6771(183)
    Funding of Sponsored Research Schemes5 (1993) Faculty/Scientists employed in universities, research institutions and R&D units. Tie up with CSIR labs is a requirement Any time of the year Varies, up to Rs.25 lakhs Usually 3 years 133(13)
    Grant for Journals5 Only journals brought out in Indian languages with the sole objective of popularizing science Any time of the year Normally varies between Rs. 10,000/- and Rs. 1,00,000/- per annum Year to year basis  
    Travel Grant5(1981) Research Fellows/Associates, whose papers have been accepted for presentation in international conferences Any time of the year, preferably 3 months before the event Full or partial grant for travel only 2143(310)
    Grant for holding Symposium/ Seminar5 (1962) Seminars, Symposia Conferences etc., organized on a national level by S & T societies/associations, etc Any time of the year, preferably 3 months before the event Normally varies between Rs.10,000/- and Rs.1,00,000/- 3187(411)
    Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize (SSB)5 (1957) Any Indian citizen with proven R&D track record of achieving excellence in S&T; Age limit: 45 years Once a year December/January Citation, plaque and Rs.2,00,000/- as prize money, Book assistance of Rs.10,000/- pa 388(11)
    Young Scientist Award (YSA)5 (1987) Scientist working in CSIR system; Age limit: 35 years Once a year January/February Citation, plaque and Rs. 50,000/- as prize money and research project of about Rs. 10 lakhs for 5 years 99(5)
    1. The fellowships are given for doing PhD.
    2. Relaxation in age limit upto 5 years for SC /ST /OBC / physically handicapped and women candidates.
    3. In addition, house rent allowance (HRA) according to the rules of the organization where placed, is admissible.
    4. The stipend can be fixed in any of the three categories depending upon qualifications/ experience/ recommendations by the Committee.
    5. 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.

    In addition, CSIR also awards: CSIR Technology Awards (managed by the RDPD, CSIR -HQ); CSIR Diamond Jubilee Technology Award (Rs 10 lakh, managed by TNBD, CSIR-HQ) and CSIR Diamond Jubilee Innovation Awards for School Children (managed by IPMD, CSIR-HQ)

    While HRDG is the main constituent of CSIR for implementing its various HRD schemes, the CSIR labs also contribute to some extent in this endeavour by organizing training programmes, workshops, etc., and some even hold regular programmes in their areas of expertise, e.g. the Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, conducts a regular course in Food Science and Technology; National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources, New Delhi, in Associateship in Information Science; Central Scientific Instruments Organization, Chandigarh, (through Indo-Swiss Centre), courses on Maintenance and Repair of Scientific Instruments. Many researchers carry out research for their Ph.D., etc., in CSIR labs under the guidance of CSIR scientists.

    Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC) at Ghaziabad

    CSIR attaches utmost importance to its in-house human resource management as well. A recent step in this direction has been the establishment of the Human Resource Development Centre (HRDC) at Ghaziabad, the aim of which is to promote a professional human resource management in CSIR by evolving a holistic human resource development plan for CSIR. The Centre offers regular structured and customized training programmes to upgrade functional and personal skills in the management of R&D and support functions.