National Fellowship and Scholarship for Higher Education of ST Students 2019| Apply Online

Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India has invited application from eligible ST Students for National Fellowship and Scholarship for Higher Education of ST Students. This merged scheme of the erstwhile two Central Sector Schemes namely Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship (RGNF) for ST students and Top Class Education for ST Students earlier implemented by this Ministry to provide financial assistance for pursuing higher education of ST students.

Under this merged scheme, Fellowships are provided to ST students to take up higher studies after completing Post Graduation, such as M.Phil and Ph.D courses, Fellowship is awarded on the lines of UGC Fellowships for research students pursuing such courses on regular and full time basis. Similarly, Scholarships is provided to ST Students to encourage meritorious ST students to pursue courses at Graduate/ Post Graduate level in identified Institutions of excellence, Government and Private, in
professional fields such as Management, Medicine, Engineering, Information Technology, Law etc.

Objective of the Scheme:
1. Fellowship:
The objective of the scheme is to encourage the ST students, a section of society with the lowest literacy levels in the country, to acquire higher education in the form of fellowships to pursue M. Phil and Ph. D. Courses, with a view to create qualified professionals to hold posts of teachers /professionals and other higher stages of employment.

2. Scholarship:
ST Students is intended to encourage meritorious ST students to pursue courses at Graduate /Post Graduate level in identified Institutions of excellence, Government and Private, in professional fields such as Management, Medicine, Engineering, Information Technology, Law etc.

Salient Features of the Scheme
1. For Fellowship:
* The Fellowship scheme covers all Universities /Institutions recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act
* The Fellowship will be on the pattern of UGC/ICAR Fellowships awarded to research students and it will cater to the requirements of the Scheduled Tribe students pursuing research studies leading to regular and full time M.Phil, Ph.D. course only and equivalent research degree in Universities, Research Institutions and Scientific Institutions.

2. For Scholarship:
* The Scholarship covers courses and Institutions notified by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
* ST students who secure admission in these Institutes are awarded scholarships. The scholarship, once awarded, will continue till the completion of the course tenure, subject to satisfactory performance.

Eligibility:
The Fellowship/ Scholarship will be available only to the ST candidates who fulfill the following conditions for the award:
1. For Fellowship:
* The candidate belonging to ST should have passed the Post-Graduation examination for being eligible for the Fellowship. The candidate should get admission and registration for regular and full time M.Phil/Ph.D Courses in University / Academic Institutions recognized by UGC under Section 2 (f) of the
UGC Act / ICAR by fulfilling conditions of admission of that University/Institution.
* The list of University/Academic Institution as referred to in sub para (i) above shall be identified by ministry.
* The ST students once considered eligible for the Fellowship shall not be entitled for any other scholarship of the Centre or State Government the same study.
* The fellowship shall be payable once the student has secured admission and started the research work.
* In order to qualify for Senior Research Fellowship a candidate will have to fulfill
the UGC/ICAR norms prescribed in this regard.

2. For Scholarship:
* ST students who have secured admission in the notified Institutions according to the norms prescribed by the respective Institutions will be eligible for the scholarship under the scheme.
* The student will be eligible to join only the list of Institution identified by Ministry.
* The total family income of the candidate to be eligible for this scholarship from all sources should not exceed Rs.6.0 lakh per annum.
* The scholarship shall be payable once the student has secured admission and started attending the classes.
* The scholarship awarded, will continue till the completion of the course, subject to satisfactory performance of the student.

Selection process:
1. For Fellowship:
An online portal is developed by Ministry for inviting application. Candidates after taking admission for the various courses in the notified Universities/ Institutes will submit the application online for fellowship. Selection list of the eligible candidates for the award of Fellowship based on the data available online will be auto generated and displayed on the portal.
• Hard/soft copy of Thesis will be furnished to MoTA
• University will make sure that Teacher/ Guide does not enroll more students than allowed as per UGC norms
• MoTA may from time to time check with guide/ student regularly the progress of work.
In case MoTA finds the progress unsatisfactory, it may discontinue the fellowship

2. For Scholarship:
Candidates after taking admission for the various courses in the notified Universities /Institutes will submit the application online for scholarships.
* The provided in the application form will be verified by the respective Institute.
* Merit list of the eligible candidates for the award of Scholarship based on the data available online will be auto generated and displayed on the portal.
* Candidates who are included in the merit list but not selected for the award of Scholarship, shall be eligible for the Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS) administered by this Ministry as a centrally sponsored scheme, provided such students are otherwise eligible for the said scheme.

Tenure of Fellowship:
a. Enrollment of M.Phil.: 2 years
b. Ph.D Exclusively: 5 years
c. Enrollment of Ph.D after completion of M.Pil: 2 years (M.Phil) and 3 years (Ph.D)

Tenure of Scholarship
(i) The duration of the course varies as per the course selected by the candidates. The scholarship, once awarded, will continue till the completion of the course, subject to satisfactory performance.
(ii) In case of students who cannot complete the course in due time, provision for extension of scholarships as per the norm of course may be made only for admissible tuition fee subject to report in this regard being given by Principal /Dean of College/ Institution.

Financial Assistance:
1. Financial Assistance for Fellowship:


2. Financial Assistance for Scholarship:

How to Apply:
Applicant need to apply online:

Documents to be Uploaded:
1. For Fellowship:
A. For registration
(i) Photograph
(ii) Caste Certificate
(iii) BPL card (if applicable)
(iv) Post-Graduation passing certificate
(v) Physically Handicapped certificate (if applicable)
B. After Selection
(i) Non-Judicial bond (original to be produced at the time joining)
(ii) Certificate from Head of the Department/Institution stating that the necessary facilities will be provided by the college University/ Institution in case the candidates selected for
this fellowship.
(iii) Details about the project (Topic & Methodology etc.)
(iii) Award letter
(vi) Joining report
(vii) Upgradation certificate (for candidates who upgraded from M.Phil to Ph.D)-if applicable
(viii) Proof of bank account in the name of student
C. For Disbursement of fellowship
(i) Continuation Certificate from the Institution (quarterly)
(ii) HRA (quarterly)
(iii) Progress report (yearly)

2. For Scholarship
(i) Domicile Certificate
(ii) Student Photograph
(iii) Institute verification form/Bonafied certificate
(iv) Income certificate by competent authority (Tehsildar /Executive Magistrate /District Magistrate/  Revenue Officer etc.). Please Note that for first year self-certified income certificates (i.e not signed by a competent authority) will not be accepted.
(v) Caste certificate by competent authority (Tehsildar /Executive Magistrate /District Magistrate / Revenue Officer etc.)
(vi) Certificate of previous academic marksheet attested by Institute
(vii) Fee Receipt of current course year
(viii) Proof of bank account in the name of student

To Apply Online: Click Here

Important Dates:
1. Scheme Closing Date: Open till 31-10-2019
2. Defective Verification: Open till 15-11-2019
3. Institute Verification: Open till 15-11-2019

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