National Fellowship for Persons with Disabilities 2016-17


  • Eligibility: The scholarship is available to students with disabilities for pursuing a research degree in universities, research institutions and scientific institutions.
  • Benefits: A fellowship amount of INR 16,000 to 18,000 monthly, Contingency, HRA, etc., will be awarded to selected candidates.

Here are some common questions about scholarship

Here are some common questions about scholarship

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the eligibility criteria?

  • Any student with disabilities who has been admitted to M.Phil./Ph.D. degree in a University or academic institution by completing the required formalities for admission in that University or academic institution is eligible for the award of Fellowship, subject to provision of the scheme as per the advertisement of UGC. The candidate must get himself/herself registered for M.Phil/Ph.D at the first available opportunity but not later than 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 joining only.
  • After two years, if the progress in the research works 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. The SRF shall be sanctioned on year-to-year basis on the recommendation of the Supervisor of the candidate duly accepted/rejected by the Head of the Department and finally approved by the Vice-Chancellor. The total period of award of JRF and SRF shall not exceed a period of five years. The fellowship is paid from the date of registration of the students in M.Phil./Ph.D. course.
  • The students with disabilities once considered eligible for the fellowship shall not be entitled to any other benefits from Central or State Government or any other body like UGC offering similar benefit to avoid duplication and increase coverage.
  • Only those doing regular and full-time M.Phil./Ph.D. course of a University/Research Institution shall be eligible for the fellowship.
  • Employees of any University/College/Educational Institution/Central/State/UT Government shall be excluded from availing Fellowship, even if they are on Study Leave or EOL to pursue the M.Phil./Ph.D. course.
  • To qualify for the award of Senior Research Fellowship, the UGC norms would be applicable.
  • There is no restriction regarding minimum marks in the post graduation examination.
  • It would be sufficient for a student with disabilities candidate to have passed the post graduation examination for being eligible for the RGNF.
  • There is no restriction to the effect that a student with disabilities should have cleared NET/SLET examination for being eligible for receiving the RGNF.
  • UGC will select the candidates for award of RGNF.

What is the application process?

Step 1-UGC notifies the scheme by inserting suitable advertisement in the press.

Step 2-UGC will give one month's time to the candidate for applying for the RGNF.

Step 3-A committee consisting of the representatives of UGC and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will take this decision. UGC will evolve a mechanism for identification of the beneficiaries linking with UID/Aadhar number and ensure online/electronic transfer of scholarships to students.

Step 4- UGC will also issue a booklet containing all the details about the scheme, for the benefit of prospective candidates.

Step 5-UGC will evolve its own mechanism for verifying the genuineness of the students with disabilities availing of the RGNF on fake certificate.

Step 6-The decision of the UGC regarding awarding the RGNF shall be final and no appeal would lie against any decision by UGC in regard thereof.

How many candidates will get the scholarship?

200 Fellowship [Junior Research Fellows (JRF)]

What is the process of selection?

UGC norms and committee decision.

What are the important dates?

Yet to be announced

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