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EDU:Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for ST Students

This is a Central Scheme to providing fellowship to Scheduled Tribe students for pursuing higher studies such as M.Phil and Ph.D. The scheme was introduced in the year 2005-06.

Salient features:


  • UGC is a nodal agency for implementation of the Scheme.
  • It supports ST students in their higher studies such as M.Phil and Ph.D in all the Universities/Institutions recognized by the UGC.
  • The fellowship is on the pattern of UGC fellowship awarded to regular full time research students in M.Phil and Ph.D courses.
  • The total number of fresh fellowships each year is 667.
  • In case, number of candidates exceed number of awards, UGC select the candidates based on percentage of marks obtained by the candidates in Post Graduation examination.
  • The distribution of fellowships amongst different States/UTs would primarily be in the proportion of ST population in the respective States/UTs.
  • UGC may divert slots from a particular State if eligible candidate are not available in that States.
  • Scholarship amount is disbursed to the candidates by the UGC through Bank Smart Cards.
  • Amount of Scholarship covers fellowships, contingency expenses, expenses for departmental assistance, escorts/reader assistance for disable candidates and HRA on UGC pattern.
  • 100% funding is provided by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs on the basis of the norms.
  • Average cost of fellowship is Rs. 2.16 lakh for Junior Research Fellow (JRF) and Rs. 2.40 lakh Senior Research Fellow (SRF).




  • A Scheduled Tribe candidate should have passed Post Graduation examination and the requirement of 50% marks at post graduation level will not be insisted by UGC.
  • The student should get admission and registration for regular full time M.Phil/Ph.D degree courses in University/Academic Institutions as per the prescribed norms and advertisement of UGC.
  • If the number of the ST students exceeds the number of available awards UGC selects the candidates based on percentage of marks in the Post Graduate examination.




  • The maximum duration for which the scholarships are available is given below:

    a. M.Phil - 2 years (JRF)

    b. Ph.D - 2 years (JRF) and 3 years (SRF)

    c. M.Phil + Ph.D – 2 years (JRF) and 3 years (SRF)

  • Fellowship for JRF is provided @ Rs. 16000/- per month and for SRF @ Rs. 18000/- per month.
  • Contingency for Fellows in Humanities and Social Science is provided @ Rs. 10000/- per annum for two year and Rs. 20500/- per annum for the rest of the period.
  • Contingency for Fellows in Science is provided @ Rs. 12000/- per annum for two years and @ 25000/- per annum for the rest of the period.
  • Departmental assistance @ Rs. 3000/- per annum is provided to the host institution.
  • Escorts/Reader assistance @ Rs. 2000/- per month is provided in case of physically and visually handicapped candidates.
  • HRA on the UGC pattern.



Under the Scheme, during the 11th Five Year Plan period (2007-08 to 2011-12), an amount of Rs. 232.64 crore was released. During the financial year 2012-13, the BE is Rs. 90.00 crore, out of this, an amount of Rs. 45.00 crore has been released till date.


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