The Scheme of Research Fellowships in DRDO

DRDO is having a scheme to offer Research Fellowships to provide opportunity to bright, young talents to carry out research work leading to earning of higher qualification or to acquisition of research experience. These Fellowships are available for a limited period and give no claim whatsoever to Research fellows for regular employment in DRDO.

Selection of Research Fellows is carried out by Director of the Laboratories/ Establishments of DRDO. Advertisement for award of Fellowships is published in leading national daily, Employment News and DRDO website. Selection process consists of interview in which candidates are assessed their aptitude for research work, clarity of concepts, spirit of Scientific enquiry, analytical reasoning, range of scientific and technical knowledge, and capacity to application of knowledge, etc. Candidates who have passed national written test NET/ UGC/ GATE are given preference.

At present, DRDO is offering Fellowships at three levels, namely JRF, SRF, & RA. Eligibility Criteria and emoluments of Research Fellows are as below:

Type of

Minimum Educational qualification

Upper age

(per month)

Junior Research Fellow

Post Graduate degree in Basic Science or Psychology in First Division with NET qualification.
Graduate degree in professional course (B.E./B.Tech) in First Division with NET/GATE.
Post graduate degree in professional course (M.E./M.Tech) in First Division both at Graduate and Post graduate level.
Degree in medical Science (MBBS) or Dental Science (BDS), in First Division

28 years

Rs. 31000/-

Senior Research Fellow

Upgaded from JRF after two years on the basis of recommendation of Internal Assessment Committee constituted by Head of the Lab/Estt.


Rs. 35000/-

Research Associate

PhD/MD/MS/MDS or equivalent degree or having 3 years of research, teaching or design and development experience after MSc/M.Pharm/ME/M.Tech with atleast one research paper in Science Citation indexed (SCI) Journal.

35 years

Rs. 54000/-


  1. The upper age limit is relaxable upto 05 years in case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, and upto 03 years in case of candidates belonging to OBC.
  2. In addition to the monthly emoluments. Research Fellows are also entitled for Contingency grant upto a maximum of Rs. 15000 per annum for JRF  and Rs. 20000 per annum in case of SRF & RA on reimbursement basis.
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