National Fellowship for OBC Candidate
Kochi: Applications have been invited for the National Fellowship (NF) offered by UGC, for Other Backward Classes (OBC) for those pursuing higher studies such as regular and full time M.Phil and Ph.D degrees in Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences and Engineering & Technology.
There are 300 slots for award of fellowship for all the subjects. 3% slots are reserved for Persons with Disability (PwD) who belongs to OBC category.
The objective of this award is to provide fellowships in the form of financial assistance to unemployed students belonging to OBC to pursue higher studies leading to M.Phil and Ph.D degrees (full-time) in Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Engineering & Technology, in,
(i) Universities/Institutions/ Colleges approved under Section 2(f) and 12(B) of the UGC Act
(ii) Deemed to be Universities included under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 and eligible to receive grants-in-aid from UGC
(iii) Universities/Institutions/College funded by Central/State Government
(iv) Institutes of National Importance.
Unemployed OBC Candidates who have passed the Post Graduate examination in concerned subject and who are to pursue full-time research without JRF of UGC-NET or UGC-CSIR NET will be considered for the fellowship. Annual income of the beneficiary/parents or guardian of the beneficiary should not exceed Rs. 6.00 lakh per annum from all sources. Those who have already registered for M.Phil/Ph.D. will be eligible for the consideration for award of fellowship under the scheme. Transgender candidates are eligible to apply under the scheme. The reservation shall be followed as per Government of India norms.
Selection will be made on the basis of merit of the candidates. However, the actual payment of fellowship will be made directly to awardee through e-payment under DBT with effect from 1st April of selection/financial year (or) from date of joining the fellowship, whichever is later.
The tenure of the fellowship is for five years. Fellowship will be granted up to the date of submission of Ph.D. Thesis or 5 years of tenure whichever is earlier. No extension is permissible beyond the total period of five years, and the fellow ceases to be a UGC research fellow immediately after expiry of the due date.
The tenure of fellowship is initially for two years under the NF-OBC 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 Senior Research Fellowship (NSRF). The upgradation of fellowship from JRF to SRF will have to be made at the level of university/institution/college itself based on recommendation of the 3 members’ committee report.
Thereafter such upgradation of fellowship in respect of awardee may be intimated to the identified Agency for further action. 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 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 NSRF. Thus, the total period of fellowship (NJRF and NSRF) is for five years, with no further provision of extension.
However if the same is not found satisfactory, the fellow will continue to draw fellowship on JRF rates till the remaining period of tenure.
Fellowship in Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences: @Rs.25000/-p.m. for initial two years (JRF) and @Rs.28000/-p.m. for remaining tenure (SRF)
Contingency A: @Rs.10000/-p.a. for initial two years and @Rs.20500/-p.a. for remaining tenure for Humanities & Social Sciences and Contingency B: @Rs.12000/-p.a. for initial two years and @Rs.25000/-p.a. for remaining tenure for Sciences, Engg.& Technology.
Escorts/Reader assistance @ Rs. 2000/- p.m. in cases of physically handicapped & blind candidates will be given for all subjects. HRA will be as per rules of the University/ Institutions for all subjects.
House Rent Allowance:
Suitable single-seated hostel accommodation may be provided to the candidates in the institutions. In such cases, the fellow is eligible to draw only hostel fees excluding mess, electricity, water charges, etc. A certificate to this effect is to be furnished through the Registrar/Director/Principal. HRA is not permissible for those candidates who are staying in Hostel accommodation.
In case of non-availability of hostel accommodation, the fellow may be provided with single accommodation by the host institution. In such cases, the rent paid by the fellow on actual basis may be reimbursed subject to the ceiling of HRA as per Govt. of India norms.
If the fellow makes her own arrangements of accommodation, he/she may be entitled to draw HRA as per categorization of cities by the Govt. of India.
Only Indian citizens belonging to OBC category who are already registered for M.Phil/Ph.D. are eligible for National Fellowship for OBC Candidate.
How to apply
Applications can be submitted online at http://www.ugc.ac.in/nfobc/ latest by 15th August, 2016.
Mandatory attachment required during submission of online form include (i) Scanned Copy of Caste Certificate OBC (ii) Scanned Copy of Parent's Income Certificate (only if parent's income is less than equal to 6 lacs) (iii) Scanned Copy of Candidate's Recent Colour Photograph And Signature (iv) Scanned Copy of Master Degree Mark sheet (v) 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 and (vi) Scanned Copy of Person with Disability(PwD) (if required).
Online form has to be filled in 4 steps. In Step-1, applicant has to fill-in personal information including caste and physical disability certificate (if applicable). A candidate registration id is generated on completion of step 1 that can be used for generating a pdf file once submission process is completed. Step-2 involves the fill-in of Research Work including subject, research topic, department etc. In Step-3, Other Information including Scholarships/Present employment etc. has to be filled in. The final step involves Declaration and Final Submission.
For details, visit http://www.ugc.ac.in/nfobc/