National Fellowship for Scheduled Caste Students


I. Introduction:

National Fellowship scheme for Scheduled Caste Students,is a Central Sector Scheme introduced during the financial year 2005-06 to provide opportunities to Scheduled Castes students for pursuing higher education leading to M.Phil/Ph.D degrees in Sciences, Humanities and Social Science streams.

II. Objectives:

The objective of the scheme is to provide fellowships in the form of financial assistance to students belonging to SC category to pursue higher studies leading to M.Phil/Ph.D in Science, Humanities, Social Science and Engineering and Technology, in Indian Universities/Institutions/Colleges recognized by University Grants Commission (UGC).

III. Scope of the scheme:

The scheme provides for new 2000 Fellowships (1500 Junior Research Fellows for Humanities/ Social Sciences and 500 Junior Research Fellows for Science stream) per year to such Scheduled Caste students to undertake advanced studies and research leading to M.Phil/ Ph.D Degrees, who have qualified National Eligibility Test- Junior Research Fellowship (NET-JRF) of UGC (for Humanities/ Social Sciences ) or UGC-Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (UGC-CSIR) NET–JRF joint test (for Science stream including Engineering & Technology).

IV. Implementing agency:

UGC is the nodal agency for implementing the scheme and is responsible for laying down procedures/ guidelines for implementing the scheme, including selection of beneficiaries and disbursement of fellowships to selected candidates.

V. Eligibility:

Fellowships shall be awarded to SC candidates for pursuing regular and full time M.Phil./Ph.D. courses in Universities/Research Institutions recognized by UGC. Scheduled Castes candidates who have already secured admission and qualify NET examination will be given preference. In case sufficient candidates, who have already secured admission are not available, candidates who have not yet secured admission will also be selected in the order of merit in the NET examination.

V. Duration of Fellowship:

Name of the Course

Maximum duration

Admissibility of JRF and SRF



M. Phil

2 years

2 Years



5 years

2 years

Remaining 3 years

M.Phil + Ph.D.

5 years

2 years

Remaining 3 years

VI. Rates of fellowship:

The rates of fellowship for Junior Research Fellow (JRF) and Senior Research Fellow (SRF) will be at par with the UGC fellowships. The rates with effect from 01-12-2019 are as under:

Fellowships in all streams

@ Rs. 31,000 per month for initial two years (JRF)

@Rs. 35,000 per month for remaining tenure (SRF)

Contingency for Humanities & Social Sciences

@ Rs. 10,000 per month for initial two years (JRF)

@Rs. 20,500 per month for remaining tenure (SRF)

Contingency for Sciences

@ Rs. 12,000 per annum for initial two years

@Rs. 25,000 per annum for remaining tenure

Escort/Reader assistance (All subjects)for physically and visually handicapped candidates

@ Rs. 2000 per month

@Rs. 2000 per month

House Rent Allowance (HRA) at the rate of 8%, 16% and 24% is allowed to those students who are not provided with hostel accommodation,in accordance with Govt. of India norms as applicable in the city/ location where the research fellows are working. In case hostel accommodation offered by the university/institution is refused by the candidate, he/she will forfeit his/her claim of HRA. The other facilities such as medical facilities, leave including maternity leave will be governed as per the guidelines of UGC in case of their fellowship programme.

(VIII) For further details, the scheme guidelines of the scheme effective w.e.f. 25.11.2021 may be referred.


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