Dr S Radhakrishnan Post-Doc Fellowship

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University Grants Commission has invited applications for the award of Dr S Radhakrishnan Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences (Including Languages). The objective of the award is to provide an opportunity to carry out the advanced studies and research in Humanities and Social Sciences including languages in Indian Universities and Colleges recognized under section 2(f) and fit to receive assistance under section 12 (B) of the UGC Act 1956 and Institutes of National Importance established by the Central/State Government.

Applicant must have a doctorate degree in the relevant subject. Those of the General/open category should have scored 55% marks at UG level and 60% of marks at PG level. For reserved category (SC/ST/OBC/ PH) candidates, the requirement is 50% at UG level and 55% at PG level.

The fellowship is open for full time research work to young researchers below 35 years of age. There is a relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST/OBC/Women candidates. Applicant must identify a Guide for his/her postdoctoral research work and obtain his /her consent for the guidance.

The number of slots available under the scheme is 200 per year. The tenure of the award is three years with no provision for further extension. The financial assistance available under the scheme includes Fellowship @Rs.25,000 – 27,000 p.m, with annual increase of Rs.1000 p.a; Contingency A @Rs.50,000 p.a. for three years; Escorts/Reader assistance @Rs.2000/-p.m. (fixed) in case of physically disabled candidates.

The hostel fee, excluding mess, electricity, water charges, etc incurred by Post-Doctoral Fellows who are provided with accommodation in hostel recognized/ maintained by the institutions, will be reimbursed. A certificate to this effect is to be furnished through the Registrar/Director/Principal (Annexure-II). If Post-Doctoral 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 Post-Doctoral Fellow will submit a certificate for this purpose to the UGC for claiming HRA through the concerned University/ Institution/ College. No separate/fixed medical assistance is provided. However, the Post-Doctoral Fellow may avail of the medical facilities available in the University /Institution/ College.

Leave for maximum period of 30 days in a year in addition to public holidays, may be taken by the Post-Doctoral Fellow with the approval of the Head of Department. Women candidates are eligible for maternity leave with fellowship as per Government of India rules once during the tenure of their award. The fellow in special cases may be allowed by the Commission, leave without fellowship and contingency for a period not exceeding three months during the tenure of award, on the recommendation of the Head of department of the institution concerned. The period of leave without fellowship will be counted towards the tenure.
Application has to be submitted online at , latest by 21st September, 2014.

Applicant will be required to upload scanned copies of (i) Caste Certificate (in Case of SC/ST/OBC) (ii) Certificate to prove age (Xth certificate, School Leaving Certificate etc) (iii) Mark-sheets of Graduation & Post Graduation (iv) Ph.D Awarded Certificate (v) Physical Disability Certificate (if applicable) (vi) Consent letter from mentor etc, while applying online. A candidate will not be able to submit his/her application unless these documents are uploaded.

There are 4 stages in the process of filling the online application form. In step 1, the applicant has to fill the Personal Information (including caste and physical disability details if applicable). A candidate registration id will be generated on completion of step 1. This can be used for generating a pdf file once submission process is completed. Step-2 involves filling in Research Information including academic qualification. In Step-3 applicant is required to fill-in other Information including paper published & Scholarships/Present employment etc. The declaration by the applicant comes in step 4.

The applications received will be scrutinized by a screening committee. Short listed candidates will be called to appear before the selection committee, constituted by the Commission. No TA/DA will be paid for appearing in the interview.

On receipt of Joining Report in the prescribed Annexure-I of the fellow together with required documents, the UGC office/authorized agency would release the first instalment of the admissible grant to the concerned beneficiary. Thereafter, the grant is released on receipt of the Utilization Certificate and statement of expenditure for the last grant paid (Annexures- III, IV). The fellow has to give a continuation certificate (Annexure – VI), every three months to UGC/authorized agency to continue his/her fellowship. On completion of the award, an audited utilization certificate is to be submitted through the University/Institution/College where the fellow has worked under the scheme.

The research fellow shall submit a continuation certificate, every three months duly signed by Guide and forwarded by HOD/Registrar/Principal/Director in Annexure-VI.

The research fellow shall submit a half yearly progress report on the progress of his/her research work duly signed by Guide and forwarded by HOD/Registrar/Principal/Director (Annexure-VII). On completion of the award the fellow will submit to the Commission a final report (hard as well as soft copy), abstract of the research work in about 500 words a and a copy of published work, if any.

If the fellow wishes to leave the fellowship before the end of the tenure, it should be done with prior approval of the Commission. For appearing in any examination conducted by any university or public body, the prior approval of the Commission should be obtained.

The research fellow shall not accept or hold any appointment, paid or otherwise, or receive any emoluments, salary, stipend, etc. from any other source during the tenure of the award.

No extension is permissible beyond the total period of three years. At the end of this period the fellow ceases to be a UGC research fellow with immediate effect. Any claim/reference to this effect will be illegal and the individual may have to face disciplinary action.

In special circumstances, change of the research centre is allowed only once during the entire tenure of the fellowship, with prior approval of UGC. In order to apply for the change of research centre NOC (No objection certificate) from both the centres of research has to be sent duly forwarded by the competent authority.

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