NCERT Doctoral Fellowship: Apply by Nov 30
New Delhi: The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), Sri Aurobindo Marg here has invited applications for Doctoral Fellowships, for conducting research at the doctoral level.
The NCERT Doctoral Fellowships are intended to enable young scholars to pursue doctoral research in education and other related disciplines. Doctoral Fellows can pursue their work in a recognised university/research institution of their choice. The NCERT encourages original thinking in conceptualisation of the problem and use of innovative methodology in conduct of the research related to school education.
Areas of research: Fellowship will be given for research pertaining to the following priority areas: Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Concerns related to Teacher Education Schemes, Teacher Educators’ Education, Education of the Disadvantaged, Classroom Processes and Practices, Curricular Areas, Education for Peace, Psycho-social Development of Children or Any Burning Issue in School Education. Details related to the areas are given in the notification at http://www.ncert.nic.in/pdf/Doctoral_Fellowship.pdf
Eligibility: Applicant should not be more than 35 years of age as on the last date of receipt of applications and should have good academic record with at least 60% marks at both Graduate and Post Graduate Levels. Applicant should have registered for Ph.D. degree in a recognised university/ or should be working toward their Ph.D. registration.
Those applying for Doctoral Fellowship should have either completed Pre-doctoral research methodology course or enrolled/selected for such course for appropriate duration as approved by UGC. The fellowship will start after completion of the course and confirmed registration with the University for Ph.D. work.
Distribution of Fellowships: Four out of 10 fellowships are reserved for four Regional Institutes of Education (RIEs) one each for Ajmer, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar and Mysore. The fellowships will be limited to extremely deserving candidates only. If suitable candidates are not available, the Council may not select all 10 Fellows.
Each Doctoral Fellow will be required to present a seminar at the end of each semester. NCERT Doctoral Fellow will be required to contribute to the RIE teaching programme, field research and/or the curriculum development and textbook development programmes of NCERT for 30 days in a year. The Fellow will be provided III AC fare for the travel, and accommodation in the RIE hostel. The Doctoral Fellow will be under obligation to present public lecture on larger issues of public interest relevant to his/her doctoral research work, if so invited. The seminar may be held at RIEs or NCERT headquarter and the fellows will be given the III AC fare for travel for the same.
The fellowship of the last three months and contingency of the third year will be released only after receipt of the thesis.
Procedure for short listing of applicants will be designed by NCERT. Shortlisted candidates will be required to appear for an interview, which may also include presentation of the proposals. Candidates will be paid second (sleeper) class train fare by the shortest route for attending the interview-cum-seminar.
The statutory provisions for reservation of seats will be applicable to the candidates belonging to different categories.
NCERT Doctoral Fellows will receive a fellowship of Rs.14,000 per month (for Non-NET) and Rs.16,000 per month ( in case of NET qualified candidates) for a maximum period of three years from the date of permanent Ph.D. registration and date of selection in NCERT. They will also receive a contingency grant of Rs.10,000 per annum during this period. The fellowship will commence from the date of joining by the candidate after furnishing the documents of permanent Ph.D. registration in NCERT and will terminate at the end of three years from the date of joining or with the submission of the doctoral thesis whichever is earlier.
NCERT will credit the monthly fellowship to the savings bank account of the Fellow. For this, each Fellow will be required to submit a ‘Certificate of Attendance and Satisfactory Work Performance’ to NCERT on a quarterly basis. Release of the monthly fellowship from second quarter onwards will be subject to receipt of the said certificate. Annual contingency grant to the extent of actual expenditure incurred but not more than Rs.10,000/- per annum will be credited to the account of the Fellow after receipt and scrutiny of the bills/vouchers submitted by the fellow duly signed and countersigned by the supervisor and Head of the Department.
Doctoral Fellows will be required to submit six monthly progress reports duly forwarded by their supervisors/Head of the Department and Research Advisors to NCERT. A Committee of Experts will review the progress. Also a research colloquium will be held annually where Fellows will present the progress of their research. If the progress of the research is found unsatisfactory, NCERT reserves the right to terminate the fellowship at any point of time.
Leave rules as prescribed in case of UGC Junior Research Fellowship will be applicable. Further, NCERT Doctoral Fellows will not accept any other remunerative assignment during the period of fellowship.
After the award of Ph.D. degree, the Doctoral Fellows will be required to submit a Hard bound copy of the thesis (along with a CD) to NCERT. NCERT will consider publication of the completed research in an appropriate form. The Fellow can apply for permission to publish his/her work elsewhere.
Application should be filled online at www.ncert.nic.in. Applicant should submit with their applications, the CV of the research supervisor which should clearly indicate the research work done by them in the last five years.
NCERT may advise the candidate to choose a new research supervisor if needed. The candidate may select a supervisor/research guide approved by NCERT.
Last date for submission of Application is 30th November, 2017.
For more details, visit www.ncert.nic.in.