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Earn while studying for PhD

Are you interested in research and teaching? 

Did you dream of teaching in prestigious law universities across India? 

Do you want to add a title of “Dr.” to your name? 

But how will you financially support yourself while doing MPhil or PhD? 

Will you get time to work while pursuing your doctorate studies? 

By the time a student graduates, he would have studied for an average of 21 years of his life. 

Students generally want to start earning and worry about financial independence after they graduate.

This holds back several aspiring academicians to pursue doctorate studies.  

But what if you were able to qualify for a Fellowship from the government of India where you would get a stipend upto ₹50,000 to pursue further studies like MPhil and PhD. 

Every year University Grants Commission (UGC) offers Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) to the toppers of the UGC-NET examination to undertake advanced studies and research, leading to M.Phil./Ph.D. Degree. 

Basically the government gives you financial assistance to focus on your research and further studies. 

How much stipend does a JRF receive?

House Rent Allowance(HRA) is calculated based on the location you are studying in. The highest is 24% followed by 16% and then 8%. This is as per the HRA central government norms.

After getting 2 years experience in JRF you may apply to become a Senior Research Fellow. 

How can you be eligible for NET-JRF? 

To be qualified for the Fellowship  the candidate must first qualify for the UGC-NET examination. 

To be eligible for UGC-NET:

  • The candidates who have obtained a master’s degree or equivalent with 55% marks are eligible for NET JRF. The candidates belonging to reserved categories are eligible for 5% relaxation in the marks.
  • The upper age limit is 30 years for the award of JRF (NET), which is relaxed up to 5 years for SC/ST/PWD/female candidates and 3 years for OBC category candidates.

After you become eligible for JRF you have two years to apply for M.Phil or PhD program in India in order to avail the Fellowship benefits. 

Even if a candidate decides to not pursue further studies, a JRF job-seeker is considered to be a preferred candidate for the position of Assistant Professor anywhere in the country. 

But the competition is really tough. 

You have to compete with more than 20,000 candidates for less than 1% of the JRF seats. 

However with a slight change in strategy you can eliminate minimum 80% of the competition in the UGC-NET examination. 

In absence of such information candidates end up preparing for UGC-NET like they would prepare for their LLB semester papers and end up not clearing it. 

Also, it is recommended to have a good track record for making a career in academia. 

But if you don’t have a track record until now there are several ways with which you can build one right now. 

Doesn’t matter if you are a law student or you have completed your LL.M. 

So where do you start? 

Do you want to learn how to crack the UGC-NET exam?

How do you maximise your chances of clearing the CLAT-PG examination in the first attempt?

Will preparing for CLAT-PG exam help you clear entrance exams of other Universities in India? 

What jobs will you be eligible for if you clear CLAT-PG? 

How to start building your track record right now to crack Assistant Professor & PhD interviews? 

Join us for a FREE 2-day bootcamp on to learn how to crack the UGC-NET & CLAT-PG examinations on 26-27 April, from 6-9pm 

During the bootcamp we will show you why NOW is the best time to enter the field of academia and how you can prepare for the CLAT-PG while you are a law student.

We will also show you a roadmap on how to study for the UGC-NET exam and how you can apply for teaching opportunities in India and abroad. 

There are useful giveaways for those attempting the CLAT-PG & UGC-NET exam this year. 



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