DST hikes JRF, SRF, PhD fellowship stipends; mixed reactions from scholars

The JRF fellowship stipend has been increased by 19% and SRF by 20%. Scholars have mixed reactions to the hike in stipends.

DST PhD research fellowship stipend hiked. (Image: Freepik)DST PhD research fellowship stipend hiked. (Image: Freepik)

Anu Parthiban | June 22, 2023 | 02:54 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The Department of Science and Technology (DST) today announced a hike in fellowship stipend for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) and for all three-levels of research associates. Scholars have mixed reactions to the revised fellowship stipends. Notably, the PhD scholars have been demanding for a hike in stipend since last August.

The DST in a tweet said, “Govt. has approved enhancing emoluments for JRF/SRF/RAs engaged in R&D activities whereby they will receive following fellowships/month w.e.f 01/01/2023.”

The scholars will get the following amounts, as per the revised fellowship stipend.

JRF - Rs 37,000

SRF - Rs 42,000

Research Associate 1 - Rs 58,000

Research Associate -2 - Rs 61,000

Research Associate -3 - Rs 63,000

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The fellowship stipend was last revised in 2019 for research personnel engaged in R&D programme of central government departments and agencies. Compared to 2019, the JRF stipend has been increased by 19% and SRF by 20%. While RA-1 and RA-2 stipends have been increased by 23% and 24% respectively, RA-3 got 16% hike in stipend.






Rs 25,000

Rs 31,000

Rs 37,000


Rs 28,000

Rs 35,000

Rs 42,000


Rs 36,000

Rs 47,000

Rs 58,000


Rs 38,000

Rs 49,000

Rs 61,000


Rs 40,000

Rs 54,000

Rs 63,000

While several scholars welcomed the move, many expressed their disappointment by comparing the stipend received in the US. “JRF fellowships pay Rs 4.2L/year tax free which is 1.5x per capita income. Contrast this to the US where the typical PhD stipend $24K is ~ 0.33x per capita income. Not sure what to make of it,” a Twitter user said.

On the other hand, another PhD candidates on Twitter said, “The hike is low, many are complaining, & demanding a minimum of 60k stipend for #JRF. In a pay system where fresh faculty recruits get paid ~80k per month, can a JRF really be given 60k stipend? Such an increase would need a complete overhaul.”

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