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UGC Scholarships and Fellowships – Grants for PhD & Higher Education

UGC Scholarships and Fellowships

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Every year, thousands of scholarships are awarded to students who have achieved some goals and targets or performed outstandingly in their concerned fields. 

To extend a warm felicitation to such extraordinary performers in academic field, the UGC has started providing Scholarships & Fellowships. 

In this blog, we have provided a list of all the Scholarships/Fellowships offered by UGC. You can have a quick look at them. 

 

 

 

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List of UGC Scholarships

 

S.No. 

Scholarship Name 

Application Period* 

No. of Scholarships 

1. 

Post Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship Scheme for Single Girl Child 

Between October and November 

3000 

2. 

Post Graduate Merit Scholarship for University Rank Holder 

Between October and November 

3000 

3. 

Post Graduate Scholarships for Professional Courses for SC/ST Candidates 

Between October and November 

1000 

4. 

Special Scholarship Scheme Ishan Uday for NER 

Between October and November 

10000 

5. 

Swami Vivekananda Single Girl Child Scholarship for Research in Social Sciences 

NA 

NA 

6. 

Emeritus Fellowship 

NA 

200 

7. 

Dr. S. Radharkrishnan Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences 

NA 

200 

9. 

Post-Doctoral Fellowship to Women Candidates 

NA 

100 

10. 

Post-Doctoral Fellowship to SC/ST Candidates 

NA 

100 

11. 

National Fellowship for Scheduled Caste Students 

NA 

2000 

12. 

National Fellowship for Higher Education of ST Students 

NA 

750 

13. 

National Fellowship for Persons with Disabilities 

Between October and November 

200 

14. 

Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students 

NA 

756 

15. 

National Fellowship for OBC Candidate 

NA 

300 

 

 

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Emeritus Fellowship

 

UGC has started the “Emeritus Fellowship” to provide an opportunity to the highly qualified, experienced, & superannuated teachers who have been actively engaged in research & teaching programs in the preceding years. 

With the help of this fellowship, teachers will be able to undertake research, without any restriction of position or pay scales. 

 

 

Objective

 

The Emeritus fellowship allow candidates to pursue research from the following institutes - 

Universities/Institutions/Colleges under section 2(f) and 12(b) of UGC Act, 1956. 

Deemed to be universities under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 which are eligible to receive grant in aid from UGC. 

Universities/Institutions/Colleges funded by Central/ State Govt. 

Institutes of National Importance. 

 

 

Eligibility 

 

The eligibility will be based on the quality of research and published work contributed by the teacher in his/her service career. 

The awardee (superannuated) can work under this scheme with a well-defined time bound action plan up to the age of 70 years or up to two years (non-extendable) of the award whichever is earlier. 

Transgender candidates are eligible to apply under the scheme. 

The reservation shall be followed as per the Govt. of India norms. 

 

 

Total No. of Seats 

 

The number of slots available under this scheme are - 100 for Science streams and 100 for Humanities, Social Sciences and Languages (total 200 slots) at any one given time basis. 

 

 

Fellowship Amount & Benefits 

 

The benefits of the scheme available are: 

Honorarium of Rs. 31,000/month for two years (non-extendable). 

Contingency grant (non-lapsable) of INR 50,000/- p.a. towards secretarial assistance, travel within the country for the research project, stationery, postage, consumables, books and journals, and equipment. 

*However, books, journals and equipment etc. procured out of the contingency grant will be the property of the university/college/institute. 

Medical facilities. 

Foreign visit related to the approved research work of the awardee will be limited to once in a year with the prior approval/no-objection of the Institution/University where the project work is being undertaken along with that of UGC. 

 

 

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Dr. S. Radharkrishnan Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences 

 

The objective of this award is to provide an opportunity to carry out the advanced studies and research in Humanities and Social Sciences including languages in Indian Universities/Colleges/ Institutions. 

 

 

Eligibility 

  

To avail this scholarship offered by UGC, the candidates must – 

Be unemployed 

Not more than 35 years  

Note: Relaxation of 5 years is provided for SC/ST/OBC/Women/PWD (Persons with Disabilities)/ transgenders candidates. 

Minimum 55% of marks at UG level and minimum 60% of marks at PG level for general category candidates. 

For reserved category (SC/ST/OBC/PWD/Transgenders) candidates, minimum 50% of marks at UG level and minimum 55% of marks at PG level are required. 

Transgender candidates are eligible to apply under the scheme. 

 

 

Scholarship Amount & Benefits 

 

The financial assistance available under the scheme are as follows –

 

Item 

Rate of Fellowship (Revised) 

Fellowship 

INR 38,800 – 1st year | INR 40,300 – 2nd year | INR 41,900 - 3rd year 

Contingency A 

INR 50,000 p.a. for 3 years 

Escorts/Reader assistance 

INR 2000/- p.m. (fixed) in case of physically disabled candidates 

 

 

Post-Doctoral Fellowship to Women Candidates 

 

UGC has initiated a scheme of Post-Doctoral Fellowship for women, for candidates who are unemployed with Ph.D. degree in their respective subject. The aim of this scheme is to celebrate the talented instincts of the women candidates for advanced studies and research.

 

 

Eligibility 

 

The candidate should be unemployed. 

The candidates must have a Ph.D. degree. 

The candidate shouldn't be more than 55 years of age. There shall be an age relaxation for SC/ST/OBC/PWD (Persons with Disabilities/Transgenders of 5 years). 

In case of general category minimum 55% of marks at UG level and minimum 60% of marks at PG level. 

For reserved categories (SC/ST/OBC/PWD/ Transgenders), minimum 50% of marks at UG level and minimum 55% of marks at PG level. 

Transgender candidates are eligible to apply under the scheme. 

 

 

Scholarship Amount & Benefits 

 

The financial assistance available under the scheme are as follows –

 

Item 

Rate of Fellowship (Revised) 

Fellowship 

INR 38,800 – 1st year | INR 46,500 – after 2 year 

Contingency A 

INR 50,000 p.a. for three years 

Escorts/Reader assistance 

INR 2000/- p.m. (fixed) in case of physically disabled candidates 

 

 

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Swami Vivekananda Single Girl Child Scholarship for Research in Social Sciences 

 

The main motives of the proposed scheme are - 

To support higher education of a girl child in Social Sciences. 

To recognize the value of observance of small family norm. 

To recognize the norm of single girl child in society. 

To propagate the concept of single girl child norm. 

Promoting single girls in society. 

 

 

Eligibility

 

Any single girl child of her parents pursuing Ph.D. in Social Sciences is eligible to apply under the scheme. 

A girl child from the family with one son and one daughter will not be considered for this fellowship. 

Proof of being single girl child has to be submitted on an affidavit of INR 50/- stamp paper from the fellow/parent duly attested by SDM/First Class Magistrate/Gazetted Officer at the time of filling the online application. 

The scheme is applicable to such girl child who has registered herself in regular, fulltime Ph.D. program in Social Sciences in any of the Indian Universities/Colleges/Institutes. 

Admission to Ph.D. course in distance education mode is not covered under the scheme. 

Girl students up to the age of 40 years for general category and 45 years for the reserved categories i.e. SC/ST/OBC and PWD (Persons with Disabilities)/ Transgenders can apply. 

Transgender candidates are eligible to apply under the scheme as per the norms. 

 

 

Scholarship Amount 

 

The financial assistance available under the scheme are as follows – 

 

Item 

Rate of Fellowship (Revised) 

Fellowship 

INR 25,000 - for initial two years | INR 28,000 - for remaining tenure 

Contingency 

INR 10,000 - for initial two years | INR 20,500 - for remaining tenure 

Escorts/Reader assistance 

INR 2000/- p.m. (fixed) in case of physically disabled candidates 

 

 

Post-Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl Child for PG Programs 

 

To support post graduate education of single girl child in non-professional courses and to recognize the value of observance of small family norm, UGC has initiated this fellowship. 

 

 

Eligibility 

 

Girl students who do not have any brother or who are twin sisters/fraternal sisters may apply for scholarship. 

Girl child belonging to a family of one son and one daughter will not be considered for scholarship under the scheme. 

Girl students up to the age of 30 years at the time of admission in PG courses are eligible. 

The scheme is applicable to single girl child who has taken admission in regular, fulltime first year master’s degree course at any designated university or a post graduate college. This scholarship is available to PG-I-year student only. 

Admission to PG course in distance education mode is not covered under the scheme. 

 

 

Financial Assistance 

 

The candidates who apply for the scheme can get financial assistance of INR 3100 per month. 

 

 

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Post-Doctoral Fellowship to SC/ST Candidates 

 

This scheme is initiated with the objective of providing an opportunity for SC/ST candidates to undertake postdoctoral research in Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences at any of the Indian Universities/Institutions/Colleges. 

 

 

Eligibility 

 

The candidate must have a doctorate degree in the relevant subject preferably with published research work to their credit. 

Only Ph.D. awarded unemployed candidates will be eligible for the award of Post-Doctoral Fellowship. 

The upper age limit for male applicants is 50 years and 55 years in the case of female candidates. 

The candidates of SC/ST categories having 50% marks at UG level and 55% marks at PG level are eligible to apply under the Scheme. 

Transgender candidates are eligible to apply under the scheme. 

 

 

Scholarship Prize Money 

 

The financial assistance available under the scheme are as follows: 

 

S. No. 

Item 

Rate of Fellowship (Revised) 

1. 

Fellowship 

INR 38,800 pm for first 2 years | INR 46,500 pm from 3rd year onwards 

2. 

Contingency 

INR 50,000 pa 

3. 

Escorts/Reader/Assistance 

INR 2,000 pm in case of PWD’s 

 

The fellowship will be applicable up to 5 years only. 

 

 

Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for SC/ST Candidates 

 

The main motive of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to the eligible SC/ST candidates to pursue higher studies such as M.Phil. and Ph.D. from the reputed Indian Universities/Colleges. 

 

 

Eligibility 

 

The candidate should belong to SC/ST and have passed the post graduate examination. 

The candidate must be registered for M.Phil./Ph.D. 

Transgender candidates are eligible to apply under the scheme. 

  

Scholarship Prize Money 

  

The financial assistance available under the scheme are as follows: 

 

Item 

Rate of Fellowship (Revised) 

Categories 

Fellowship in Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Engineering & Technology 

INR 16000 for initial two years 
INR 18000 for remaining tenure 

RGNJRF 
RGNSRF 

Contingency A 

INR 10000 for initial two years 
INR 20500 for remaining tenure 

Humanities & 
Social Sciences 

Contingency B 

INR 12000 for initial two years 
INR 25000 for remaining tenure 

Sciences, Engg. 
& Technology 

Departmental Assistance 

INR 3000 student to the host 
institution for providing infrastructure 

For all disciplines 

Escorts/Reader assistance 

INR 2000 in cases of physically 
handicapped & blind candidates 

For all disciplines 

HRA 

As per rules of the University/ Institutions 

For all disciplines 

 

 

National Fellowship for Higher Education of ST Students 

 

The fellowship is designed for the ST candidates who have passed the post graduate examination in concerned subject and desire to pursue research without UGC NET JRF. 

 

 

Eligibility

 

The candidate should be from ST category. 

The candidate must be registered for M.Phil./Ph.D. 

Transgender candidates are eligible to apply under the scheme. 

 

 

Scholarship Amount 

 

The financial assistance available under the scheme are as follows: 

 

Item 

Rate of Fellowship (Revised) 

Categories 

Fellowship in Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Engineering & Technology 

INR 25,000 for initial two years 
INR 28,000 for remaining tenure 

JRF 
SRF 

Contingency A 

INR 10000 for initial two years 
INR 20,500/-pa for remaining tenure 

Humanities & 
Social Sciences 

Contingency B 

INR 12,000/-pa for initial two years 
INR 25,000/-pa for remaining tenure 

Sciences, Engg. 
& Technology 

Escorts/Reader assistance 

INR  2000/- p.m. in cases of physically handicapped & blind candidates 

All subject 

HRA 

As per rules of the University/Institutions/Colleges 

All subject 

 

 

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National Fellowship for Persons with Disabilities 

 

To provide the opportunity for the students with disabilities to pursue higher education such as M.Phil. and Ph.D., UGC has started this fellowship. 

There are total 200 fellowships for the PWD candidates. 

 

 

Eligibility 

 

Any student with disabilities who has been admitted to M.Phil./Ph.D. degree in a University or academic institution. 

The candidate must get himself/herself registered for M.Phil/Ph.D at the first available opportunity but not later than within a period of two years from the receipt of award letter. This period is not extendable. 

After two years, if the progress of the awardee is found satisfactory, his/her tenure will be extended for a further period of three years as Senior Research Fellowship (SRF). 

*The research work will be assessed by a three-member committee set up by the University. The committee will consist of the supervisor, head of the department and one outside expert in the subject. 

JRF may be terminated in case the progress of the candidate is not found satisfactory by the committee 

 

 

Scholarship Amount 

 

The financial assistance available under the scheme is as follows: 

 

Item 

Rate of Fellowship (Revised) 

Fellowship 

Rs.25,000/-p.m. initial two year as JRF | Rs.28,000/-p.m. for remaining tenure as SRF 

Contingency (Humanities & Social Sciences including Arts/Fine Arts) 

Rs.10,000/-p.a. for initial two year (JRF) | Rs.20,500/-p.a. for remaining tenure(SRF) 

Contingency (Science, Engineering & Technology) 

Rs.12,000/-p.a. initial two year (JRF) | Rs.25,000/-p.a. for remaining tenure (SRF) 

Escorts/Reader/Assistance 

INR 2,000 pm in case of PWD’s 

HRA 

As per Govt. of India norms. 

 

 

Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students 

  

The Maulana Azad National Fellowship for minority students is formulated and funded by Ministry of Minority Affairs. 

The scheme is open to candidates who belong to any of the minority communities and are pursuing higher studies in Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences and Engineering & Technology. 

3% of this fellowship is reserved for physically handicapped candidates belonging to minority communities as per provision laid down by the Government of India. 

 

 

Eligibility 

 

Candidate should belong to one of the minority communities – Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsi & Jain. 

Candidate should be registered for regular and full time M.Phil./Ph.D. courses in University/Academic Institution by fulfilling conditions of admission of that University/Institution. 

The annual income of the beneficiary/parents or guardian of the beneficiary should not exceed INR 6.0 lakh from all sources.  

Candidate should submit his/her/parent’s/guardian’s income certificate issued by the appropriate authority. 

The candidate should have secured a minimum score of 55% at post graduate level. 

Transgender candidates are eligible to apply under the scheme. 

 

 

Scholarship Amount

 

Item 

Rate of Fellowship 

Fellowship 

INR 25,000 for initial two years (JRF) 
INR 28,000 for remaining tenure (SRF) 

Contingency for Contingency for Humanities & Social Sciences and Commerce 

INR 10, 000 for initial two years. 
INR 20, 500 for remaining three years 

Contingency for Science 

INR 12, 000 for initial two years 
INR 25, 000 for remaining three years. 

Escorts/Reader Assistance 

INR 2,000 in cases of physically and visually challenged candidates 

 

 

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National Fellowship for OBC Candidates 

 

This fellowship scheme has been initiated keeping in view the social other backward class (OBC) candidates of the society and to give them the opportunity to undertake advanced studies and research. 

The objective of this award is to provide fellowships in the form of financial assistance to unemployed students of OBC to pursue higher studies in Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Engineering & Technology. 

 

 

Eligibility 

 

The candidate should belong to OBC and should have passed the post graduate examination. 

The annual income of the beneficiary/parents or guardian should not exceed INR 6.00 lakh per annum from all sources. 

The candidate who is already registered for M.Phil./Ph.D. will be eligible for the consideration for award of the fellowship under cited scheme. 

Transgender candidates are eligible to apply under the scheme. 

 

 

Scholarship Amount 

 

Item 

Rate of Fellowship (Revised) 

Categories 

Fellowship in Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences 

INR 25000 for initial two years 
INR 28000 for remaining tenure 

JRF 
SRF 

Contingency A 

INR 10000 for initial two years 
INR 20500 for remaining tenure 

Humanities & 
Social Sciences 

Contingency B 

INR 12000 for initial two years 
INR 25000 for remaining tenure 

Sciences, Engg. 
& Technology 

Escorts/Reader assistance 

INR 2000 in cases of physically 
handicapped & blind candidates 

All Subjects 

HRA 

As per rules of the University/ Institutions 

All Subjects 

 

 

Post Graduate Scholarships for Professional Courses (SC/ST Candidates) 

 

The objective of the scheme is to give financial assistance to 1000 SC/ST candidates & pursue postgraduate level studies in professional subjects like Engineering & Technology, Management, Pharmacy etc. at recognized Indian Universities/Institutions/Colleges. 

 

 

Eligibility 

 

The candidate must have obtained a graduate degree in the relevant subject. 

The must have got admission at postgraduate level for a regular full-time course in any of the professional subject in a recognized University/Institution/College. 

The upper age limit for male applicants is 45 years and 50 years in the case of female candidates. 

 

 

Scholarship Amount 

 

The financial assistance available under the scheme is as follows: 

 

Item 

Rate of Fellowship (Revised) 

Categories 

Fellowship 

INR 7,800 pm | INR 4,700 pm 

M.E./M-Tech|Other Courses 

Contingency A 

INR 15,000 pa | INR 10,000 pa 

M.E./M-Tech|Other Courses 

 

 

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Post-Graduate Merit Scholarship for University Rank Holders 

 

The purposes of this scheme are: 

To promote and nurture talent. 

To reward meritorious students with the outstanding performance at the undergraduate level to pursue postgraduate studies. 

To promote study in basic courses at undergraduate level. 

To build up academic excellence at postgraduate level across the colleges and universities in the country. 

There are total 3000 fellowships available for the candidates who are seeking to pursue PG degree and will be valid till 2 years only. 

 

 

Eligibility 

 

The scholarship is available to the student for first PG degree only. 

The age limit for the students is 30 years at the time of admission in PG course. 

Distance mode of education will not be considered under the scheme. 

 

 

Amount of Fellowship 

 

The awardee will be provided a scholarship of Rs.2,000/- p.m. for a period of two years (i.e. 10 months in a year).  

The second-year grant will be released after receiving Utilization Certificate and statement of expenditure along with the progress report of the first year. 

 

 

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"Ishan Uday" for North Eastern Region 

  

To promote the higher education and encourage children belonging to an economically weaker section of the NE region, the UGC has decided to launch “Ishan Uday” Special Scholarship Scheme for North Eastern Region. 

The objectives of the scholarship are - 

To provide equal opportunities for higher studies in NE Region. 

To increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in NE Region. 

To focus more on professional education in NE Region. 

Optimum utilization of NER Budgetary Allocation. 

 

 

Number of Fellowships

 

It is envisaged to provide 10,000 fresh scholarships every year beginning from the academic year 2014-15 for general degree courses, technical and professional courses, including medical and para-medical courses. 

 

 

Eligibility 

 

Students with the domicile of NER who have passed Class XII or equivalent exam from a school situated within NER through any recognized board of education. 

Only first-year Undergraduate students are eligible to apply for the scholarship. 

For integrated degree courses the scholarship will be tenable for the complete duration of the course. 

For dual degree courses, the scholarship shall be tenable for the first degree only. The university shall clarify it while recommending a candidate for the scholarship. 

For availing scholarship under this scheme, the income of the parents of the student should not exceed INR 4.5 lakh per annum. 

Transgender candidates are eligible to apply under the scheme. 

 

The following students shall not be eligible under this scheme- 

Pursuing courses/programs through Open Universities. 

Already availing scholarship for pursuing the undergraduate program under any other scheme. 

Gaining admission through ‘management quota’. 

Pursuing courses, such as Diploma, not leading to any award of degree. 

Whose parents’ income exceeds INR 4.5 lakh per annum. 

 

 

Amount of fellowship 

 

An amount of INR 5400/- p.m. for General Degree courses and INR 7800/- p.m. for Technical & Professional courses will be given through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to the beneficiary student. 

 

All the above-mentioned fellowships are offered by the UGC. To help the student get higher studies opportunities, the authority had also started the NTA NET Exam through which candidates can show their talent and abilities and get the prestigious positions of lecturer/research in any of the Indian Universities. 

 

 

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UGC Scholarship FAQs 

 

The above blog has covered all the information about UGC Scholarships. To help you get more clarification about them, we have created a list of UGC NET FAQs asked by the aspirants. If you also have any query, then you must read the following questions. 

 

 

Ques 1. How can I get the UGC scholarship? 

Ans. To get the University Grants Commission scholarship you will have to apply through the National Scholarship Portal or apply online through the UGC official website.  

 

 

Ques 2. What is Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship? 

Ans. Rajiv Gandhi fellowship provides financial support to SC/ST students. So, they can get their higher education without any financial hassle. Check the complete details for this fellowship here

 

 

Ques 3. How to check the UGC Fellowship status? 

Ans. To check the fellowship, use the UGC NET Scholarship Tracking Portal 

Step 1: Select the scheme. 

Step 2: Enter your student ID. 

Step 3: Enter your DOB (format: DD/MM/YYYY) 

Step 4: Enter the captcha. 

Step 5: Click on ‘Login’ button. 

 

 

Ques 4. How much scholarship can I get for JRF? 

Ans. The UGC NET JRF amount offered is INR 31,000 (for 2 initial years) and INR 35,000 (for the remaining tenure).  

 

 

Ques 5. What is UGC scholarship? 

Ans. UGC Scholarship provides financial support to the students who wish to pursue their higher education without any financial problems. It was initiated by the government of India. 

 

 

Ques 6. How can I get a JRF scholarship? 

Ans. To get the UGC NET JRF, you will have to appear for the NTA UGC NET exam. You can check the complete details of UGC NET JRF here. 

 

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In this article, we have provided all the essential information related to the UGC scholarship. We hope that it will help you. 

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