National Fellowship by Rajiv Gandhi for SC/ST Students 2014-15


Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for SC/ST Candidate For The Year 2014-15


The Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship (RGNF) Scheme will be awarded to those students who belongs to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes and which is maintained and funded by the concerned Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment and Ministry of Tribal Affairs. This scholarship scheme is awarded to all those candidates who belong to Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribe and who want to pursue their 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 and 667 slots for Scheduled Tribe candidates every year for all the subjects.

The main objective of this scheme to been initiated and 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 those students who belonging to SC/ST to pursue higher studies leading to M.Phil and Ph.D degrees in Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Engineering & Technology.

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

The candidate must belong to SC/ST and must have cleared the Post Graduate examination. The selection will be made on the basis of merit of the candidates. 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.However, the actual payment of fellowship will be made with effect from the date of approval of fellowship or date of joining whichever is later.


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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.

Kindly  read and follow the given instructions carefully before fill the online application form.
Mandatory attachment required during submission of online form :
1. Scanned Copy of Caste Certificate (SC/ST)
2. Scanned Copy of Master Degree Marksheet
3. Declaration/Certificate from Head of Department/Institution or competent authority of the University/Institute/College to the effect of forwarding of application and necessary facilities will be provided to the candidates during research of M.Phil/Ph.D. respectively(if candidate has already registered for M.Phil/Ph.d).
4. Scanned Copy of Physical Disability (if required)

How to Fill-in Online Application Form :
Step -1: Candidate needs to Fill-in Personal Information which  includes the caste and physical disability of the candidate (if applicable). A candidate registration id is generated on completion of step 1 that can be used for generating a pdf file once submission process is completed.
Step-2: Fill-in Research Work including subject,research topic, department etc.
Step-3: Fill-in Other Information including Scholarships/Present employment etc.
Step-4: Declaration and Final Submission

Closing  Date: 25/08/2014

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