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UGC Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for SC Candidate Scholarship-2017-18



The Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship (RGNF) Scheme for Scheduled Caste is formulated and funded by Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment and Ministry of Tribal Affairs. The scheme is open to candidates who belong to Scheduled Caste and wish to pursue higher studies such as regular and full time M.Phil. and Ph.D degrees in Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences and Engineering & Technology. There are 2000 slots for Scheduled Caste candidates every year for all the subjects.


The scheme has been initiated keeping in view the social background of the candidates for the deprived section of the society and to provide them opportunity to undertake advanced studies and research. The objective of this award is to provide fellowships in the form of financial assistance to students belonging to SC to pursue higher studies leading to M.Phil and Ph.D degrees in Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Engineering & Technology.

SC Candidates who have passed the Post Graduate examination in concerned subject and who desire to pursue research without JRF of UGC-NET or UGC-CSIR NET.

The candidate should belong to SC and should have passed the Post Graduate examination. The selection will be made on the basis of merit of the candidates. The candidate must be registered for M.Phil/Ph.D. at the time of application.

Suitable single-seated hostel accommodation may be provided to RGNJRF candidate in the University/Institution/College. In case of non-availability, HRA as per rules of the university/ institution/ college will be paid to the Fellow subject to the submission of an HRA certificate through the Registrar/Director/Principal. Rajiv Gandhi National Junior Research Fellow provided with accommodation in a hostel recognized/maintained by the institutions may be reimbursed the hostel fee, excluding mess, electricity, water charges, etc. A certificate to this effect is to be furnished through the Registrar/Principal (Annexure-II). If the fellow makes his/her own arrangements of accommodation, he/she may be entitled to draw HRA as per categorization of the cities by the Government of India. The fellow will submit a certificate for the purpose to the UGC for claiming HRA through the concerned University/Institution/College.

No separate/fixed medical assistance is provided. However, the Fellow may avail of the medical facilities available in the University/Institution/College.

The tenure of fellowship is
initially for two years under the RGNF Scheme. Before expiry of this period,
the work of the Fellow will be evaluated by a Committee of three members
comprising of Head of the Department, Supervisor and one outside subject
expert to be constituted by the concerned Department of the
/University/Institution/College. If the research work is found satisfactory,
his/her tenure will be extended further for a period of three years under the
enhanced emoluments of the Rajiv Gandhi National Senior Research Fellowship
(RGNSRF). The recommendation of the Committee shall be submitted to the UGC
for upgradation to the level of RGNSRF. The work done and the time spent on
scholarships or fellowships of any agency other than the UGC will not be
taken into account while considering the proposals for enhancement in the
value of fellowship. The fellowship may be withdrawn if the work is not considered
satisfactory or the candidate fails in any of the examinations related to
Ph.D. In case the work for the first two years is not found satisfactory, an
additional year will be given to him/her for improvement. However, during
this period he/she will be designated as Rajiv Gandhi National Junior
Research Fellow. In such cases work will be evaluated again before third year
of the tenure, and if improvement is found, the Fellow will get two more
years under the RGNSRF. Thus, the total period of fellowship (RGNJRF and
RGNSRF) is for five years, with no further provision of extension.
The candidate would be eligible
for following financial assistance:
Fellowship in Humanities, Social
Sciences, Sciences, Engineering & Technology
@Rs.16000/-p.m. for initial two
@Rs.18000/-p.m. for remaining tenure
Contingency A
@Rs.10000/-p.a. for initial two
@Rs.20500/-p.a. for remaining tenure
Humanities &
Social Sciences
Contingency B
@Rs.12000/-p.a. for initial two
@Rs.25000/-p.a. for remaining tenure
Sciences, Engg.
& Technology
Departmental Assistance
@Rs. 3000/- p.a. per student to
the host
institution for providing infrastructure
For all disciplines
Escorts/Reader assistance
@ Rs. 2000/- p.m. in cases of
handicapped & blind candidates
For all disciplines
As per rules of the University/
For all disciplines

Important Dates
Online Apply Start: 15th July’ 2016
Online Apply Last Date: 15th August  2016

Click Here for Apply Online (Online Apply Start  01-07-2016) 

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