Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship Scheme for SC/ST Students 2023

Govt of India launched a Central Sector Fellowship scheme also known as the Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship scheme to add more opportunities for SC/ST students to pursue their higher education such as MPhil and Ph.D.

This scheme carries the necessary requirements for SC and ST students to continue research degrees in universities /institutions. This will make them eligible for the employment of lecturer posts that are lying vacant in a number of universities.

Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship Scope:

The national fellowship scheme offers 2000 fellowships (JRF) for SC and 667 for ST students every year. The scheme covers all institutes/ universities recognized by UGC and also implemented by the University Grants Commission itself.

The UGC fellowships scheme is being awarded to research students to pursue M Phil and Ph.D.

Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship

Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship Details:

Organization: Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment

Fellowship Name: Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship

Academic Year: 2023

Official Website: https://rgnf.ugc.ac.in

Last Date: N/A

Contact Address: Director (SCD) Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi, India

Contact Phone Number: 011-23387430

Help Email: fellowshiphelpline.ugc@gmail.com

Helpline Number: 1800-113-355

No. of Fellowships:

A total of 2,000 fellowships are awarded to SC and ST students under this scheme. If the number of students exceeds, the University Grants Commission (UGC) will select the students based on the marks obtained by the students in their PG exam.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Student belonging to the SC or ST category and who has been admitted to an MPhil/ Ph.D. degree in a university is eligible for this fellowship.
  • After 2 years, if the improvement in the research work is found satisfactory, then his / her fellowship will be extended as SRF. The JRF may be terminated if the progress of the student is unsatisfactory by the member of the committee.
  • The SRF shall be sanctioned on a year-to-year basis. The total period of the scheme of Junior Research Fellowship and Senior Research Fellowship shall not be more than 5 years.
  • The fellowship amount is paid from the registration date of the awardee in MPhil/Ph.D. courses.
  • This fellowship holder shall not be eligible for any other fellowship scheme either from State / Central Govt. or UGC.
  • Students pursuing regular and full-time courses are eligible for the national fellowship scheme.

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Fellowship Duration:

Name of the Course:Duration:JRF:SRF:
M.Phil02 Years02 YearsNil
Ph.D05 Years02 Years03 Years
M.Phil and Ph.D05 Years02 Years03 Years

Fellowship Amount:

The fellowship rates for Junior Research Fellowship and Senior Research Fellowship will be as per the UGC norms. The HRA will be on the University Grants Commission (UGC) pattern and it will be payable to the candidates who are not getting hostel accommodation. For the other medical facilities, maternity leave will be provided as per the norms of the University Grants Commission.

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How to Apply for RGF Fellowship Online?

  • Students must apply in the prescribed application format available online.
  • The application form should be complete in all respects along with a caste certificate, income certificate, age proof, educational document, etc.
  • Candidates should apply immediately after he has obtained admission to the university/institution.
  • The filled application as duly forwarded by the head of the concerned University should be sent to the concerned authority within the provided time.
  • Candidates studying out of their State must send their application form to the Director of the Social Welfare Department of their concerned state.

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