UGC Scholarship

Key Information

Conducted By University Grants Commission
Eligibility Graduate students or higher
Region India
Rewards Variable financial award based on scheme
Last Date of Application January 17, 2021

What is the UGC Scholarship?

University Grants Commission (UGC) is a statutory organization under the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India that determines and maintains the standard of higher education in the country. The UGC Scholarship provides over 20,000 scholarships and fellowships to students all over the country to pursue their college and university level studies.

Scholarship Quick Links:

The quick links for ease of access are given below:

UGC Scholarship Program List:

All the scholarships and fellowships provided under the UGC Scholarship are listed below:

  1. Post Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship Scheme for Single Girl Child
  2. Post Graduate Merit Scholarship for University Rank Holder
  3. Post Graduate Scholarships for Professional Courses for SC/ ST Candidates
  4. Special Scholarship Scheme Ishan Uday for North East Region
  5. Swami Vivekananda Single Girl Child Scholarship for Research in Social Sciences
  6. Emeritus Fellowship
  7. Dr. S Radhakrishnan Post Doctoral Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences
  8. Dr. D S Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme
  9. Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Women Candidates
  10. Post-Doctoral Fellowship to SC/ ST Candidates
  11. National Fellowship for Scheduled Caste Students
  12. National Fellowship for Higher Education of ST Students
  13. National Fellowship for Persons with Disabilities
  14. Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority students
  15. National Fellowship for OBC Candidates 

UGC Scholarship Eligibility Criteria:

The eligibility for different scholarships under the UGC scholarship varies based on the age group, educational qualification, and annual family income of the candidate. The detailed eligibility criteria for different scholarships are listed below:

S No. Scholarship Name  Eligibility Criteria

1.

Post Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship Scheme for Single Girl Child

  • Girl students who are at the most 30 years of age at the time of admission to the PG courses are eligible.
  • She should be the only girl child of the family.
  • The applicant should be admitted in the first year of a regular full-time Master’s degree course at any recognized university/ post-graduation college.

2.

Post Graduate Merit Scholarship for University Rank Holder

  • The applicant should have graduated from Life sciences/ Chemical sciences/  Physical sciences/ Social sciences/ Languages/ Commerce/ Mathematical sciences/ Earth sciences.
  • He/ she should be a 1st/ 2nd rank holder with a score of at least 60% at UG level and should be enrolled in a full-time Master’s degree course from any recognized college/ institution.
  • The age of the applicant should not be more than 30 at the time of admission to the PG course.

3.

Post Graduate Scholarships for Professional Courses for SC/ ST Candidates

  • The candidate should be pursuing the first year of the professional program at the PG level at any known college/ university.
  • The professional courses for which the scholarship is relevant are approved by guiding regulatory organizations such as MCI/ NCTE/ Bar Council of India/ PCI/ AICTE/ Development Authority of India/ RCI/ DCI/ NCTIS/ Forensic Regulatory, INC, and ICAR.

4.

Special Scholarship Scheme Ishan Uday for North East Region

  • The applicant should be a domicile of the North Eastern Region (NER).
  • The candidate should have passed the Class 12 or equivalent examination and should be enrolled in a technical, professional or general degree course from a reputed college/ institution.
  • The annual family income of the applicant should not exceed INR 4,50,000 from all sources.

5.

Swami Vivekananda Single Girl Child Scholarship for Research in Social Sciences

  • Only the single girl child of the family is eligible to apply.
  • She should be pursuing a regular full-time Ph.D. program in Social science from a known University/ Institution.
  • Candidates pursuing Ph.D. through distance learning are not eligible to apply.
  • The age limit for the general category applicant is 40 years (Relaxation of 5 years given to SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD).
  • Transgender candidates are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

6.

Emeritus Fellowship

  • Highly qualified, superannuated and trained teachers of reputed institutions/ colleges are eligible to apply for the fellowship.
  • The candidate should have contributed quality research and published work in their service career.
  • The fellowship allows all the awardees to work with a well-defined time-bound action plan up to the age of 70.

7.

Dr. S Radhakrishnan Post Doctoral Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences

  • The applicant should be an unemployed researcher under the age of 35 (5 years relaxation given to SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD/ Women) at the time of online application submission.
  • The minimum marks to be scored by the general category applicants is 55% at UG level and 60% at PG level (5% relaxation given to SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD).
  • Transgender candidates can also apply for the fellowship.

8.

Dr. D S Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

  • Applicants below the age of 35 (Relaxation of 3, 5, and 10 years to SC/ ST/ OBC, Women and PWD candidates) who hold a Ph.D. degree under science faculty are eligible to apply.
  • Teachers under the age of 35 working in a confirmed post can apply.
  • Applicants who have earlier applied for the scholarship and were unsuccessful can apply.

9.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Women Candidates

  • Women candidates who are unemployed and hold a Ph.D. degree are eligible to apply.
  • The applicant should not exceed 55 years of age (Relaxation of 5 years given to SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD applicants).
  • General category students should score at least 55% at the UG level and 60% at the PG level (Relaxation of 5% marks given to SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD candidates).
  • Transgender applicants are eligible to apply for the fellowship.

10.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship to SC/ ST Candidates

  • Fellowship is open for unemployed candidates who have a Ph.D. degree in the relevant subject.
  • The age limit for male applicants is 50 years and for female applicants, it is 55 years.
  • The candidate should have scored 50% marks at UG level and 55% marks at PG level.
  • Transgender candidates are eligible to apply.

11.

National Fellowship for Scheduled Caste Students

  • The applicant should have passed the post-graduation examination and should be registered for an MPhil/Ph.D. degree.
  • Transgender candidates are eligible to apply for the fellowship.

12.

National Fellowship for Higher Education of ST Students

  • The applicant should be a post-graduate and should be enrolled in a full-time Ph.D./ MPhil from a University/ Institution recognized by the UGC.

13.

National Fellowship for Persons with Disabilities

  • Applicants with disabilities enrolled in an MPhil/Ph.D. program from a university/ educational institution are eligible to apply for the fellowship.

14.

Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority students

  • Students belonging to minority communities such as Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains, and Buddhists can apply.
  • Candidates should be enrolled in a regular full-time MPhil/Ph.D. program.
  • The annual family income of the applicant should not exceed INR 2,50,000 from all sources.
  • The candidate should have scored a minimum of 50% marks at PG level.
  • Transgender applicants are eligible to apply.

15.

National Fellowship for OBC Candidates

  • Students who have passed post-graduation and have registered for  MPhil/Ph.D. courses can apply.
  • The annual family income of the applicant should not exceed INR 6,00,000 from all sources.
  • Transgender candidates are also eligible to apply for the fellowship.

UGC Scholarship Rewards and Benefits:

The UGC Scholarship provides financial aid to the students to achieve meritorious records in the field of research and development through its different schemes. The details of the scholarship benefits are listed below:

S No. Scholarship Name Rewards and Benefits

1.

Post Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship Scheme for Single Girl Child

  • INR 36,200 per annum for 2 years.
  • 3000 scholarships offered every year

2.

Post Graduate Merit Scholarship for University Rank Holder

  • INR 3100 per month for 2 years.
  • 3000 scholarships offered every year

3.

Post Graduate Scholarships for Professional Courses for SC/ ST Candidates

  • ME/ MTech students get INR 7800 per month for 2 years.
  • Students in other professional courses get INR 4500 per month for 2 years.
  • 1000 scholarships offered every year

4.

Special Scholarship Scheme Ishan Uday for North East Region

  • INR 5400 per month for students pursuing general degree courses.
  • INR 7800 per month for students pursuing Technical/ Medical/ Professional courses.
  • 10000 scholarships offered every year

5.

Swami Vivekananda Single Girl Child Scholarship for Research in Social Sciences

  • Fellowship amount of INR 25,000 per month for the initial 2 years and INR 28,000 per month for the remaining tenure.
  • Contingency grant of INR 10,000 per annum for the initial 2 years and INR 20,500 per annum for the remaining tenure.
  • Escort and Reader assistance of INR 2000 per month for persons with disabilities.

6.

Emeritus Fellowship

  • INR 31,000 per month for 2 years.
  • Contingency grant of INR 50,000 per annum.
  • 200 scholarships offered every year

7.

Dr. S Radhakrishnan Post Doctoral Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Fellowship amount of INR 38,800 for the first year, INR 40,300 for the second year, INR 41,900 for the third year
  • Contingency amount of INR 50,000 per annum for 3 years
  • Escort and reader assistance of INR 2000 per month for PWD candidates. 
  • 200 scholarships offered every year

8.

Dr. D S Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

  • Normal fellowship amount of INR 43,400 for the first year, INR 45,000 for the second year, INR 46,500 for the third year
  • Higher fellowship amount of INR 46,500 for the first, second, and third year
  • Contingency grant of INR 1,00,000 per annum.

9.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Women Candidates

  • Fellowship amount of INR 38,800 per month for 2 years and INR 46,500 per month after 2 years
  • Contingency amount of INR 50,000 per annum for 5 years.
  • Escort and reader assistance of INR 2000 per month for PWD candidates.
  • 100 scholarships offered every year

10.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship to SC/ ST Candidates

  • Fellowship amount of INR 38,800 per month for 2 years and INR 46,500 per month after 2 years
  • Contingency amount of INR 50,000 per annum for 5 years.
  • Escort and reader assistance of INR 2000 per month for PWD candidates.
  • 100 scholarships offered every year

11.

National Fellowship for Scheduled Caste Students

  • For fellowship in Social sciences, Humanities, and Sciences, fellowship amount of INR 25,000 per month for 2 years and INR 28,000 per month for the remaining tenure.
  • Contingency grant for Humanities and Social Science is INR 10,000 per annum for the initial 2 years and INR 20,500 per annum for the remaining time.
  • Contingency grant for Science, Engineering, and Technology is INR 12,000 per annum for the initial 2 years and INR 25,000 per annum for the remaining time
  • Escort and reader assistance of INR 2000 per month for blind and physically handicapped candidates.
  • 2000 scholarships offered every year

12.

National Fellowship for Higher Education of ST Students

  • For fellowship in Social sciences, Humanities, and Sciences, fellowship amount of INR 25,000 per month for 2 years and INR 28,000 per month for the remaining tenure.
  • Contingency grant for Humanities and Social Science is INR 10,000 per annum for the initial 2 years and INR 20,500 per annum for the remaining time.
  • Contingency grant for Science, Engineering, and Technology is INR 12,000 per annum for the initial 2 years and INR 25,000 per annum for the remaining time
  • Escort and reader assistance of INR 2000 per month for blind and physically handicapped candidates.
  • 750 scholarships offered every year

13.

National Fellowship for Persons with Disabilities

  • Monthly stipend of INR 16,000 for the initial 2 years and then INR 18,000 for the remaining tenure.
  • Contingency grant for Humanities and Social Science is INR 10,000 per annum for the initial 2 years and INR 20,500 per annum for the remaining time.
  • Contingency grant for Science, Engineering, and Technology is INR 12,000 per annum for the initial 2 years and INR 25,000 per annum for the remaining time
  • Departmental assistance of INR 3000 per annum.
  • HRA as per institutional policy.
  • Escort and reader assistance of INR 2000 per month for blind and physically handicapped candidates.
  • 200 scholarships offered every year

14.

Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority students

  • Junior research fellowship of INR 25,000 per month for the initial 2 years and senior research fellowship of INR 28,000 per month for the remaining tenure.
  • Contingency grant for Humanities and Social Science is INR 10,000 per annum for the initial 2 years and INR 20,500 per annum for the remaining time.
  • Contingency grant for Science, Engineering, and Technology is INR 12,000 per annum for the initial 2 years and INR 25,000 per annum for the remaining time
  • Escort and reader assistance of INR 2000 per month for blind and physically handicapped candidates.
  • 756 scholarships offered every year

15.

National Fellowship for OBC Candidates

  • Junior research fellowship of INR 25,000 per month for the initial 2 years and senior research fellowship of INR 28,000 per month for the remaining tenure.
  • Contingency grant for Humanities and Social Science is INR 10,000 per annum for the initial 2 years and INR 20,500 per annum for the remaining time.
  • Contingency grant for Science, Engineering, and Technology is INR 12,000 per annum for the initial 2 years and INR 25,000 per annum for the remaining time
  • Escort and reader assistance of INR 2000 per month for blind and physically handicapped candidates.
  • 300 scholarships offered every year

UGC Scholarship Application Process:

The scholarship application is done online. The stepwise process for the same is given below:

  • Candidates should visit the official website of the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) or the University Grants Commission (UGC) Portal.
  • New applicants should first register themselves on the website.
  • He/ she should fill in all the necessary details in the registration form and then ‘Submit’.
  • Post successful registration, the candidates will receive a User ID and password.
  • This User ID and password should be used by the students to log in to the website.
  • Next, on the application dashboard, the candidate should select the scholarship type to apply.
  • The applicant should then fill in the online application form with all the necessary details and check for errors.
  • Then he/ she should upload all the supporting documents along with the application form and ‘Submit’.

UGC Scholarship Documents Required:

The online application form should be submitted along with all the documents attached. The documents required for the scholarship are:

  • Caste certificate (if applicable)
  • Minority certificate (if applicable)
  • Income certificate of parents
  • UG/ PG marks card
  • Bonafide certificate provided by the head of the institution
  • Physical disability certificate (if applicable)
  • Aadhar card copy
  • First page of bank passbook
  • Domicile certificate
  • ID proof provided by Government
  • Birth certificate
  • 10th/12th-grade marks card

UGC Scholarship Results:

The UGC committee selects scholars for the scholarships and fellowships based on a 3-step process that is listed below:

  1. The initial selection is based on the eligibility criteria of the students.
  2. Mid-level selection is for verification of the credentials of the applicants.
  3. The final selection is based on the interview of the candidate with the UGC committee.

After online submission of the application, the applicants should check the UGC Scholarship Portal to know the status of their application.

UGC Scholarship Disbursement:

The disbursement of the scholarship is done through DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer). This method ensures that the deserving candidate gets the scholarship amount directly credited to the bank account. This ensures efficiency, reliability, and transparency in the scholarship disbursal system. The only requirement for DBT is that the candidates’ bank account should be with a nationalized bank else the candidate will not be recommended further for the scholarship. 

Contact Details:

  • Address: UGC, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi - 110002
  • Phone number: 011-23604505/ 011-23604504
  • Helpdesk number: 1800-113-355 

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