Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC): Junior Research Fellowships

Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC): Junior Research Fellowships

Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC): Junior Research Fellowships

The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) is a prestigious institution under the Government of India, headquartered in Mumbai. Dedicated to multi-disciplinary research supporting India’s ambitious nuclear energy program, BARC empowers young, motivated students to contribute to groundbreaking discoveries in scientific research and cutting-edge technologies. BARC offers Junior Research Fellowships in the domains of Physical, Chemical, and Life Sciences, inviting applications from interested students to be part of its transformative journey.

BARC’s Commitment to Excellence

BARC stands as a premier institute known for its exceptional contributions to nuclear research and beyond. By fostering a culture of innovation and continuous learning, BARC creates an environment where talented individuals can thrive and shape the future of scientific exploration and technological advancement.

Opportunities: Junior Research Fellowships

BARC is offering 105 (indicative) Junior Research Fellowships to students who share a passion for scientific inquiry and discovery. These fellowships provide a platform for aspiring researchers to delve into frontier areas of research and technology. By joining BARC as a Junior Research Fellow, you become part of a legacy of excellence and innovation.

Eligibility Criteria

Age Limit

Candidates must be Indian nationals and should be under 28 years of age as of the last date of application. Age relaxation is applicable for specific categories: up to 3 years for Other Backward Class Non-Creamy Layer (OBC-NCL) applicants, 5 years for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe applicants, and 10 years for persons with benchmark disabilities (PwBD) applicants.

Academic Qualifications

I. Candidates should have a consistently strong academic record, with a minimum of 60% aggregate in B.Sc. and 55% aggregate in M.Sc. from a recognized university.

II. a. Candidates awaiting the final results of their M.Sc. Degree may also apply. Such candidates must upload copies of their B.Sc. Degree mark sheets and M.Sc. first-year mark sheets with their applications. These candidates should have scored above 60% aggregate until the previous semester/year and a minimum of 60% aggregate in B.Sc. level.

b. Selected candidates who are still pursuing their M.Sc. should secure a minimum of 55% marks in the M.Sc. examination and submit their M.Sc. Degree and mark sheet during the interview.

c. Candidates with a five-year integrated M.Sc. degree should have secured a minimum of 55% aggregate in M.Sc./B.S.-M.S. (Dual degree).

III. Relevant certificates for the above qualifications must be submitted upon joining the Centre. CGPA/GPA scores should be converted to percentages using the prescribed formula.

Disciplines and Research Projects

BARC offers research opportunities in the following disciplines:

1. Physical Sciences

  • Charged Particle Accelerator Development
  • Nuclear Physics using Accelerators
  • Neutrino-related experiments
  • Astrophysics using gamma-ray Telescopes
  • Plasma Physics
  • Laser-based Physics
  • Spectroscopy of Atoms and Molecules
  • And many more…

2. Chemical Sciences

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Solid State and High-Temperature Chemistry
  • Nano materials
  • Electrochemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Analytical Sciences
  • And many more…

3. Life Sciences

  • Cancer Biology
  • Diagnostics and Therapeutics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiome
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Radiation Treatment of Food
  • And many more…

FELLOWSHIP AND TENURE The selected candidates will initially be appointed as Junior Research Fellows (JRF) and will receive a monthly fellowship of Rs. 31,000/-. The fellowship will be granted for an initial period of two years. The continuation of the fellowship is subject to satisfactory performance and yearly reviews. Upon satisfactory performance, the Fellowship will be extended and upgraded to Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) from the third year onwards, with a consolidated fellowship of Rs. 35,000/- per month. The maximum duration of the fellowship shall not exceed five years. Additionally, candidates are entitled to a contingency grant, including a book allowance of Rs. 40,000/- per year.

ACCOMMODATION Selected candidates will be provided with subsidized hostel accommodation. As the Ph.D. program is a residential program, staying in the provided hostel accommodation is mandatory (wherever hostel accommodation is available). In stations without provided hostel accommodation, candidates will receive House Rent Allowance (HRA) as per prevailing Government guidelines (currently HRA is 27% of the Fellowship, i.e., Rs. 8,370/- per month for JRF and Rs. 9,450/- per month for SRF in Mumbai).

CANCELLATION OF CANDIDATURE Candidates are advised not to provide incomplete, false, misleading, or defective information or submit any forged, fabricated, or inadmissible documents. Any fraudulent claims regarding SC/ST/OBC/Person with Disability status or engaging in malpractice during the selection process will result in cancellation of candidature or selection, along with potential legal action. Candidates must present a printout of the Application, a valid ORIGINAL photo identity card (such as Voter ID, Driving License, AADHAR Card, Passport, College ID), original marksheets/certificates, and one set of self-attested photocopies of all documents during the interview.


  • Receipt of applications: 04/08/2023
  • Last date for receipt of applications: 31/08/2023
  • Interview (tentative dates): September/October 2023

Important Notes:

  1. The Application is considered received only after the successful upload of required documents by the last date. These documents include the filled online application, uploaded signature and photograph, prescribed fee, and relevant certificates and mark sheets.
  2. All information related to the Screening/Interview/Selection will be available on the websites and Candidates should regularly check the websites for updates.
  3. Legal disputes arising from this notification are subject to Mumbai jurisdiction, and in case of dispute, the English version of the detailed Advertisement on the BARC website will be referred.
  4. Any corrigendum/addendum regarding this advertisement will be published on the BARC websites.


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Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC): Junior Research Fellowships
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC): Junior Research Fellowships
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