UGC Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship Scheme

The Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship ( RGNF ) Scheme for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes is formulated and funded by Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment and Ministry of Tribal Affairs. The scheme is open to candidates who belong to Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribe and wish to pursue higher studies such as regular and full time M.Phil. and Ph.D degrees in Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences and Engineering & Technology. There are 2000 slots for Scheduled Caste and 667 slots for Scheduled Tribe candidates every year for all the subjects.


The scheme has been initiated keeping in view the social background of the candidates for the deprived section of the society and to provide them opportunity to undertake advanced studies and research. The objective of this award is to provide fellowships in the form of financial assistance to unemployed students belonging to SC / ST to pursue higher studies leading to M.Phil and Ph.D degrees ( full-time ) in Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Engineering & Technology, in Indian Universities/Institutions/ Colleges approved under Section 2(f) and 12(B) of the UGC Act. and in Non-Universities / Institutions.

UGC Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship Eligibility

Target Group : Unemployed SC / ST Candidates who have passed the Post Graduate examination in concerned subject and who desire to pursue full-time research without JRF of UGC – NET or UGC-CSIR NET.


The candidate should belong to SC / ST and should have passed the Post Graduate examination. The selection will be made on the basis of merit of the candidates. The candidate must get himself / herself registered for M.Phil. / Ph.D at the first available opportunity but not later than within 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.

Nature of Assistance available under the Scheme

The tenure of fellowship is initially for two years under the RGNF 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 Rajiv Gandhi National Senior Research Fellowship ( RGNSRF ).

The recommendation of the Committee shall be submitted to the UGC for upgradation to the level of RGNSRF. 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 Rajiv Gandhi National 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 RGNSRF. Thus, the total period of fellowship ( RGNJRF and RGNSRF ) 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.

The payment of fellowship for the gap period from M.Phil to Ph.D may be made and shall be counted in the total tenure of the fellowship i.e. for five years if the candidates are actually working in the university during the gap period. However the total period of the fellowship shall remain fiveyears. The gap period for the registration in Ph.d after completion of M.Phil is one year.

The Candidate would be eligible for following Financial Assistance :

Fellowship in Science,
Humanities and Social Science
@ Rs. 16000/- p.m. for initial two years
@ Rs. 18000/- p.m. for remaining tenure
Contingency A @ Rs. 10000/- p.a. for initial two years
@ Rs. 20500/- p.a. for remaining tenure
Humanities &
Social Sciences
Contingency B @ Rs. 12000/- p.a. for initial two years
@ Rs. 25000/- p.a. for remaining tenure
Science, Engg. &
Departmental Assistance @ Rs. 3000/-p.a. per student to the host
institution for providing infrastructure
All Subject
Escorts / Reader assistance @ Rs. 2000/- p.m. in cases of physically
handicapped & blind candidates
All Subject
HRAAs per rules of the University / InstitutionsAll Subject

Procedure for Applying for the Scheme

Applications are invited through online mode once in a year through advertisement in leading newspapers and Employment News. The same is also uploaded in the UGC Website The selection is made on the basis of merit and as per the procedure of the Commission.

Procedure for Approval of the UGC

Applications received will be scrutinized, and short listed by the Commission. The decision of the Commission will be final and binding. The Commission reserves the right to withdraw / cancel the award without assigning any reason. On completion of the above formalities, the Joining Report of the candidate, duly signed by the supervisor / head of department is to be sent to the UGC through the Registrar / Director / Principal. On receipt of the Joining Report and other required documents, the admissible grant for the first year will be released or the concerned university will be informed to release the grant from the funds already sanctioned by the Commission for this purpose.

Procedure for Monitoring the Progress of the Scheme

The fellow will undertake full-time research work under the approved guide in a subject selected by him and approved by the university/selection committee.

The fellow shall present to the university, through his / her supervisor, half-yearly progress reports ending the month of June and December, and the University / Institution / College will maintain a record of progress by obtaining the same.

If a fellow wishes to relinquish the fellowship during the tenure, it should be done with the prior approval of the University / Institution / College and the Commission. The fellow should also obtain prior permission of the University / Institution / College and Commission for appearing in any examination conducted by any University / Institution / College or public body.

The fellow shall not accept or hold any appointment, paid or otherwise, or receive emoluments, salary, stipend, etc. from any other source during the tenure of the award. The fellow, with the consent of the guide/head of department, may assist the University / Institution / College in its academic work, including tutorials, evaluation of test papers, laboratory demonstration work, seminar symposia, etc., provided such work is
not likely to hamper the research programme on hand.

The fellowship may be terminated at any time without assigning any reasons and the Commission’s decision in this regard shall be final and binding. No extension is permissible beyond the total period of five years and Awardee ceases to be a RGNJRF / RGNSRF immediately after expiry of the tenure.

Other Conditions

The University / Institution / College shall admit the fellows under RGNF scheme for research leading to M.Phil. or Ph.D. irrespective of the stipulated number of research students assigned to the Supervisor or the Department in the concerned subjects.

The Fellow will be permitted to transfer the fellowship from one University / Institution / College to another University / Institution / College under special circumstances with prior approval of the UGC on the basis of “No Objection Certificate” from both Universities / Institution / College. However, the Fellow shall be relieved by the previous University / Institution / College only after his accounts are settled and unspent balance if any, refunded to the UGC.

146 thoughts on “UGC Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship Scheme

  1. Respected sir/madam I was all ready selected for rgnf St-mad 2011-12 id no.11947 phd two year on 2013 it has been rgnjrf to rgnsrf 4 month all documents submitted. Canara bank 30 june 2015 .please help me.chagan Vasuniya govt.girls college ratlam vikram university Ujjain mp.

  2. I am persuing PHD in SHIATS- CATS program can i apply for RG scholarship. where can i download the form. Please help me.

  3. Respected sir/madam I was selected for rgnf 2011-12st rest.11947 PhD it has been rgnsrf 4 months i submitted all documents to Canara bank.please help by chagan vasuniya vikram university Ujjain mp

  4. respected sir/madam,
    I was selected for RGNF-2014-15-ST category. It has been over 6 months I submitted all documents to the bank. I have not received a single amount till now. My ID number is RGNF-2014-15-ST-ORI-62775. Please help.

  5. respetedsir/madam Iam selectedRGNFdisabilities fellowship my rigistactionid RGNF-2014-15D-OBC-AND-81210.But didnotawadletter,lostweeksend mydetiles piese send my awadletter thanking you sir

  6. respected sir/mam myself yogita dilip gore.rgnf dissability felloship awarded to me but im not submitted one continuation from april to june because of unavailability of guide wht should i do.

  7. Sir/Mam.myself yogita dilip gore, im from Maharashtra.i have fellowship for disability but im not submitted one continuation from april to june because of unavailability of guide now what should i do

  8. sir i have been selected RGNF for the academic year of 2014-2015.all the documents were upload to UGC till no fellowship received

  9. Sir/Madam
    I am fellow of RGNF. My Ph.D Supervisor no is two( Guide & co-guide). so may I mention the who’s singnature the continuation and H.R.A from, guide & co-guide both or only guide? plz help me

  10. Respected sir/Madam
    Today is the last day of fill up the online application but i cant open the UGC website also because of the last day many peeople are trying to apply. so UGC is going to extend the date?

  11. I am a student of ict persuing phd and i need fellowship since m not getting fellowship being a girl n also m in open category which makes difficult for me to carry out my phd without fellowship so how can i apply for the RGNF for my further studies.

  12. Can anyone tell me whether this year’s application date is over or is it really by the end of June-2015 as they say in the website? Initially it said application yet to start and now not even that is coming? Should we keep hope?
    Plz contact me at

  13. This is one of the best scheme of the government to help those meritorious scholars belonging to SC/ST communities for their up gradation in academic as well as societal life . Thanks to University Grant Commission.

  14. DEAR SIR, Please make me informed about the dates for applying the scholarship and please guide me in this context,

  15. sir,would like to know if your authority let us to know in advanced next year through our email when and how to apply this opportunity.your condone shall be highly respected.thank you.

  16. Respected Sir, Could you please enlighten me whether RGNF fellows are eligible for work as a full time PhD scholar in CSIR research labs?


  18. Resp sir,i have been selected for the RGNF-2014-15 BUT STILL MY ID has not been generated in canara bank [jalgaon maharastra]please, do needfal for me at earliset. Thanks with regards, Tayade.

  19. i am doing my ph.d from west bengal university of animal and fishery sciences.i will like to apply for RGNF 2015.when is the application form 2015 to be displayed.

  20. i just wanted to enquire if the fellowship rates have also been revised and hiked for st students as well under RGNF… If not, why then it has been done only for SC students under the same fellowship scheme… what could be the reason for this biased decision on part of central government???//

  21. sir, I have taken admission in PHD in the university of kalyani. I wanted to know when the form fill up is held in the year generally for RGNF.

  22. Respected Sir/Madam,I am doing PHD 1st Year from university of kalyani.please tellme when the notification will be announced for the year 2015

  23. sir, i m doing phd 1st year. how to apply for fellowship ? please tell me the last date of application

  24. Sir, I’ve applied for RGN Fellowship for ST in 2014 but lost my ID no.for getting result. How do i get/know my result now?please let me know sir.

  25. Respected Sir/Madam,
    can you give some information about the status of RGNF 2015 results and the possible deadline of declaration of results??


  26. Respected Sir/madam
    I am doing Phd in Botany. My id No.F. 16-1521(SC)/2009(SA-III), Dated 5 september, 2014. You are asked to some details in JRF TO SRF Sir. I send all the details madam but I dont have any information Sir/madam. Thanking you sir/madam

  27. Sir, I’ve applied for RGN Fellowship for ST in 2014 but lost my ID no. for getting result. How do I get/know my result now? please let me know.

  28. Respected Sir,
    Sir I Iam doing my Ph. D. in English. I have applied for RGNF for the year 2014-15. I am SC category student from rural area. When list of selected students will display and on which link of RGNF?


    Gaikwad Vasant

  29. sir i have selected in grnf 2012-13 for mphil, now i am doing phd. sir i want to know i have to apply again for rgnf or there is another procedure for renewe for my fellowship for phd.

  30. iam not received any fellowiship ,i have believed this one but result in not selected my name .any chance is their for selecting my name .by tnrough additional increasing number of candittidates the duration 2014-2015.

  31. i have joined phd in 2011 but didnot take scolorshi[p io belong to sc how to claim when there will be online application please inform

  32. iam s pandi saiva siddantha philosophy religion philosophy of humanist thought madurai kamarajar university madurai tamilnadu

  33. when the selected students list will be displayed for RGNF fellowships for 2015. let me know about it sir

  34. plz sir can u tell me iam selected for sc/st rajiv gandhi fellowship r not, since i didnt c the result sir thank u sir,,,,

  35. I am doing phd from punjabi university patiala, I want to get rgnf, when rgnf will open? Plz tell me through mail or mobile.


  37. when wil the result be published for rgnf 2014-15. Iam doing my ph.d in mahatma gandhi university. Pls inform me by email or mobile.

  38. sir, when the list of the selected candidates(for 2014-2015) will be published.?pls inform me through my e.mail.
    thank u.

  39. sale sab maja le rahe hai socha rahe hai ki [sc/st] ka hai salo ko deri se do sale sab madharchod hai baithe rgnf ke karyakarta|plz jaldi result nikal varna teri beti meri samajha |

  40. I am persuing my phd at university of mumbai in lifesciences.i belong to NT category. can i get fellowship. can i apply to get a fellowship. my email address is please reply. mail me to the given waiting for the response. thank you

  41. Sir/madam, I have admitted to PhD in Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics at Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University in the month of October 2014 (2014-15). I am interested to apply for RGNF for SC/ST. Can I apply in the next academic year (2015-16). Please guide me

  42. Sir/medam,
    I applied RGNF Fellowship which was released the sc/st selection list plz inform me.I need Your Fellowship

  43. sir,
    My name is sarita parmar. i have apply rgnf for Ph.D. from vikram university ujjain.Sir my registration id has been lost. Please send me reg id.
    Thank you sir,
    Yours sincerely
    sarita parmar

  44. sir,
    M y name is Sarita. i have applly for ugc rgnf for Ph.D from vikram university ujjain. but my registration id has been lost So plz send me registration id.

  45. I am selected for RGNF but not yet get any refrence letter for selection only the result will be displayed in list please provide me result letter

  46. Dear sir/Mam I am Ramu Kumar Das belong to sc community doingmy Ph.D ARCHAEOLOGY DEPT. at Calcutta University. I Would be very greatful if you kindly do inform me what is my application position for RGNF.

  47. Dear Sir/Mam,
    I would like to know details regarding Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship for disabled to pursue Ph D Biotechnology without NET/GATE in 2014-1015 session. Kindly, mail me details. Thanks.

  48. Madam/Sir, I am Bhavya belongs to ST community doing my PHD in “ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES”. Please guide me how and when to apply for “RAJIV GANDHI NATIONAL FELLOWHIP PROGRAM’S SCHLORHSIP 2013”

  49. UGC RGNFS is a generous scheme in the field of higher education which has been helping thousands of poor and deprived students throughout the country since its inception.

  50. dear sir please guide me. for phd scholorship my subject are human rights
    bahadur singh jadav

  51. sir, how to select for ugc rgnf sc/st 2013-2014? what are the factors they are considered for the final selection?

  52. website for applying application for Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship Scheme 2013 is not opening, please let me know how can I apply?

  53. sir , im a life science student i want to do phd. so, please send details abt the rgnf particulars to my mail plz help me sir. thank u sir

  54. what is my application position for Rajiv Gandhi national Fellowship , I am ST Candidate , My qualification M Phil In Post Graduate & Research Institute , Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachara Sabha, Madras, Kairatabad, Hyderad.

  55. dear sir, if any candidate does nat selected in 1st apply then he or she can apply again or not.

  56. Good evening sir, when will be the next notification for this fellowship? I would be very grateful if you kindly do inform me.
    With Regards.

  57. i am rajesh kumar shende, doing phd in veterinary microbilogy in 2nd year so can you inform me, how to aplly the rajiv gandi fellowship in year (session)2013-2014 and when will form come for session 2013-2014.

  58. When will the form be issued for Scholarship for ST/ST candidates pursuing their Ph.D and have registered? I would be very grateful, if you could furnish the necessary information.

  59. I, Alexander Kerketta, a research Scholar in the Department of Education, under NEHU,Shillong, has already registered; I would like to avail Fellowship from UGC Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship 2013 to pursue further. I would be very glad if I would be given this fellowship to complete and expedite my Research work entitloed “Evaluation of Sarva Shisha Abhiyan in the Three Districts of Garo Hills”. Looking forward for a positive aid. Thank you!

  60. hi sir this is chandraprakash. iam doing Ph.D,, in c.s.e dept. my caste is sc’b’. can u tell me how to apply the rajiv ghandi fellowship in the year 2013. i got admission in this year only. thank u sir.

  61. good evening sir
    i research scholar got selected for ugc rgnf and got award letter on 06 june 2012.give me information regarding the next procedure to get the fellowship amount.
    thanking you


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