National Fellowship for ST Students

Mathrubhumi Education Online

Kochi: Applications are invited from eligible candidates for National Fellowship for Higher Education of ST Students 2015-17. The Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship (RGNF) scheme for Scheduled Tribes has been renamed as National Fellowship for Higher Education of ST Students and is formulated and funded by Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

The scheme is open to candidates who belong to Scheduled Tribe and are pursuing higher studies such as regular and full time M.Phil and Ph.D degree in Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences and Engineering & Technology. There are 750 slots for Scheduled Tribe candidates every year for all the subjects.

The Fellowship will be available only to the ST candidates who fulfill the following conditions for award :

( I ) The candidate belonging to ST should have passed the Post-Graduation examination for being eligible for the Fellowship.

( II ) The candidate must be registered for regular and full time M.Phil./Ph.D courses in University/Institute/Colleges recognized by UGC under Section 2 (f) of the UGC Act/ICAR by fulfilling conditions of admission of that University/Institute/Colleges.

The ST students once considered eligible for the Fellowship shall not be entitled for any other fellowship of the Centre or State Government for the same study.

The fellowship shall be payable once the student has been registered and started the research work.

fellowshipNature of assistance available under the scheme:
The tenure of fellowship is initially for two years under the National Fellowship for Higher Education for ST Students 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 National Fellowship for Higher Education for ST Candidates (SRF).

The recommendation of the Committee shall be submitted to the UGC Designated Agency for upgradation to the level of National Fellowship for Higher Education for ST Students SRF. (Annexure-VIII). 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 National Fellowship for Higher Education for ST Students 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 National Fellowship for Higher Education for ST Students (SRF).

Thus, the total period of fellowship (National Fellowship for Higher Education for ST Students JRF and SRF) is for five years, with no further provision of extension. The fellow doing M.phil will be paid fellowship amount upto the period of 02 years or the date of dissertation whichever is earlier. The fellow doing Ph.D will be paid fellowship amount upto 5 years or the date of viva whichever is earlier.

Fellowship in Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Engineering & Technology is @Rs.16000/-p.m. for initial two years (RGNJRF) and @Rs.18000/-p.m. for remaining tenure (RGNSRF). Details of Contingency, HRA, Departmental Assistance, Escort/Reader Assistance etc are given at

How to apply
To apply online visit Candidates are requested to read the instructions before filling the online application form. Manadatory attachments required during submission of online form are given below:
1. Scanned Copy of Caste Certificate (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)
5. BPL Certificate (if required)
6. Date of Birth Certificate
7. Scanned Copy of Candidate's Recent Color Photograph And Signature.
8. Scanned Copy of PVTG Certificate

Last date to submit online application is 23 November 2015.
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