Vikash Sharma

On behalf of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) (Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment), the University Grants Commission (UGC) has invited applications from eligible candidates for National Fellowship for Persons with Disabilities (NFPwD) for the selection year 2021-22.

As per the latest notification, there are 200 slots with provision of reservation of 15 per cent for Scheduled Castes and 7.5 per cent 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,” the notification read.

The last date for receiving the online applications is January 31, 2022.

Important Details:

- 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 05 years. It commences from 01.04.2021 or actual date of admission/registration of candidate for M.Phil./Ph.D., whichever is later.

Duration and Payment Of Fellowship:

M.Phil: 2 years or submission of dissertation whichever is earlier

M.Phil.+ Ph.D: 5 years from commencement of Fellowship or till submission of Ph.D. thesis, whichever is earlier

Ph.D: 5 years or till submission of Ph.D. thesis, whichever is earlier

Amount of Fellowship: The rate of fellowship for JRF and SRF, under the scheme, is as under:

Fellowship: Rs.31,000/-p.m. initial two year as JRF. Rs.35,000/-p.m. for remaining tenure as SRF.

Contingency (Humanities & Social Sciences including Arts/Fine Arts): Rs.10,000/-p.a. for initial two year (JRF) Rs.20,500/-p.a. for remaining tenure(SRF)

Contingency (Science, Engineering & Technology): Rs.12,000/-p.a. initial two year (JRF)

Rs.25,000/-p.a. for remaining tenure (SRF)

Escorts/Reader assistance: Rs.2,000/- p.m. in case of candidates with physical and visual disabilities.

HRA: As per Govt. of India norms.

For other details, visit the UGC website.