National Fellowship for Persons with Disabilities: Apply by June 19
University Grants Commission (UGC) on behalf of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has invited applications for National Fellowship for Persons with Disabilities (NFPwD) for the selections years 2018-19 and 2019-2020.
Under the scheme, fellowship will be available to students with disabilities who are covered under 'The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. Thus a person with disability, who wishes to avail the benefits under the Act has to obtain a disability certificate from the medical authority notified for the purpose.
There are 200 slots for each year with provision of reservation of 15% for Scheduled Castes and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribes. The selection will be made purely on merit based on the percentage of marks obtained by the candidates in their Post Graduation (PG) examination, after verification of applications, from amongst the candidates whose applications are received through online mode on the designated portal of UGC. After the selections process, UGC will issue a list containing names of provisionally selected candidates. They will be allowed to join the fellowship only after verification of facts/information furnished by them in their online applications. The candidates who join the fellowship shall not be entitled for any other monetary benefit from Central or State Government or other bodies like UGC.
Eligibility: Any student with disabilities who has been admitted to M.Phil/Ph.D degree and pursuing research through regular and full time mode in a University or academic institution by completing the required formalities for admission in that University or academic institution is eligible for the fellowship. The scheme covers all Universities/ Institutions recognized by the UGC/Government of India. Employees of any University / College/ Educational institution/ Central/ State/ UT Government shall be excluded from availing the fellowship, even if they are on study leave or Extra Ordinary Leave (EOL) to purse the MPhil/ Ph.D course.
The fellowship is payable for a maximum period of 5 years. For the Selection Year 2018-19, it commences on 1 April 2018 or actual date of admission/registration of candidate for M.Phil/Ph.D., whichever is later. For the selection year 2019-20, it commences on 1 April 2019 or actual date of admission/registration of candidate for M.Phil/Ph.D, whichever is later.
Duration of fellowship for M.Phil, will be 2 years or till submission of dissertation whichever is earlier. For M.Phil.+ Ph.D, it will be for 5 years from commencement of Fellowship or till submission of Ph.D. thesis, whichever is earlier and for Ph.D, it will be 5 years or till submission of Ph.D. thesis, whichever is earlier.
Amount of Fellowship: The rate of fellowship will initially be @Rs.25,000/-p.m for two year as JRF and @Rs.28,000/-p.m for remaining tenure as SRF.
Contingency grant for Humanities & Social Sciences including Arts/Fine Arts will be @Rs.10,000/-p.a. for initial two years (JRF) and @Rs.20,500/-p.a. for remaining tenure (SRF). Contingency for Science, Engineering & Technology will be @Rs.12,000/-p.a, initially for two year (JRF) @Rs.25,000/-p.a. for remaining tenure (SRF). Escorts/Reader assistance will be @Rs.2,000/- p.m. in case of those with physical and visual disabilities. HRA will be as per Govt. of India norms.
After two years of fellowship, if the progress in the research work of the awardee is found satisfactory, his/her tenure will be extended for a further period of three years as Senior Research Fellow (SRF). The total period of award of JRF and SRF shall not exceed a period of five years.
The detailed notification including guidelines of the scheme may be accessed at the link given in the notice at https://www.ugc.ac.in/pdfnews/5513167_English.pdf
Applications can be submitted at https://ugc.ac.in/ugc_schemes/ latest by 19th June, 2020.