Senior Research Associateship (SRA) (Scientist’s Pool Scheme)

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research



1. The Senior Research Associateship (SRA ship) is primarily meant to provide temporary placement to highly qualified Indian scientists, engineers, technologists, and medical personnel returning from abroad, who are not holding any employment in India. Persons, who have not been abroad and possess outstanding academic record and have not been able to secure regular employment, are also eligible for selection. Persons with high qualifications in Social Sciences or Humanities, with experience in a subject area relevant to science and technology, are also considered for selection, but their number at any time is limited to forty. Bonafide Indian citizens only are eligible to apply.
2. The Senior Research Associateship is not a regular appointment, but is a temporary facility to enable the Associate to do research/​teaching in India while looking for a regular position. The Associateship is for a period of three years only. There is no provision for extension beyond three years. 

3. The maximum age limit as on the date of receipt of the application in CSIR is forty (40) years. 


For more information on the minimum qualifications, experience and publications required for consideration for selection to Senior Research Associate (SRA) position, click here

To Apply

The prescribed application proforma is given as Annexure-(ii). The instructions relevant to the form may kindly be read in Annexure-(i) before filling it. There is no last date” for sending the completed application form. Applications are received and processed continuously.

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