MANF – Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students is a fellowship scheme which is implemented by the Ministry of Minority Affairs through UGC. Started with the objective to provide integrated five-year fellowships in the form of financial assistance, MANF encourages students of minority communities to pursue higher studies such as M.Phil./Ph.D. in Science, Humanities, Social Science and Engineering & Technology. Under this fellowship scheme, a total of 1,000 fellowships are disbursed among eligible candidates. The selected students receive a fellowship amount of up to INR 35,000 per month along with various other benefits.
In this article, we have covered all the details of the Maulana Azad National Fellowship. A complete description on MANF award detail, application period, eligibility criteria and application procedure are depicted here. Find a brief account of these factors in the table given below.
|1.||Award||Fellowship amount of up to INR 35,000 per month along with contingency grant and escorts/reader assistance for differently-abled candidates|
|2.||Application period*||Twice in a year (in the months of June and December)*|
|3.||Eligibility||Qualified CBSE/NTA-UGC-NET/ CSIR-NET examination |
Registered as regular & full-time M.Phil./Ph.D. student
Belong to the minority community
Annual income not more than INR 6 Lakh
|4.||Selection process||On the basis of UGC-NET and CSIR-NET merit list|
Now, read about UGC MANF – Maulana Azad National Fellowship in complete details as given below.
MANF caters to the financial requirements of research students so as to help them complete their M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees and become eligible for employment to the posts of lecturers in academic institutions and other establishments where M.Phil./Ph.D. degrees are pre-requisites. Also, 30% of the total number of fellowships are earmarked for female candidates while the remaining 70% is for male candidates. The selected candidates receive the fellowship amount directly into their bank account through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). Find the rate of fellowship for JRF (Junior Research Fellow) and SRF (Senior Research Fellow) in the table given below.
|2.||Contingency grant for Arts and Commerce|| |
|3.||Contingency grant for Science and Engineering & Technology|| |
|4.||Escorts/Reader assistance to physically & visually challenged candidates||INR 2,000 per month|
|5.||HRA and other incidentals||As per the UGC pattern|
The application period of Maulana Azad National Fellowship differs from year-to-year. Its application time generally used to range from August to December. However, from 2020 onwards, as per the revised guidelines, the selection for the fellowship will be made based on the merit list of UGC-NET and Joint CSIR-NET examination. Out of the 1,000 fellowships available, 750 will be allocated for subjects under UGC-NET JRF and 250 will be allocated for Science category students under CSIR NET JRF. The National Testing Agency conducts the UGC-NET and CSIR NET twice in a year. Thus, 500 fellowships will be given in each NET/CSIR NET examination.
Maulana Azad National Fellowship also known as MANF is meant for students of minority communities that include Muslim, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist, Christian and Jain. The selection of candidates for MANF is done on the basis of merit displayed by students in UGC NET/ CSIR-NET examination. Given below is the details about eligibility conditions that applicants need to fulfil in order to avail the benefits of the fellowship scheme.
As per the revised guidelines, from 2020 onwards, the students aspiring to obtain benefits under MANF need to qualify UGC NET/ CSIR NET examination. There will be no application separate application required for the fellowship. The selection for the fellowship will directly be made on the basis of merit list of UGC NET/CSIR NET examination. Thus, the students are required to apply for UGC NET or CSIR NET examination online through official NTA website. The NTA conducts the exam twice in a year i.e., in the month of June and December.
As per the updated guidelines, the UGC follows the below-mentioned procedure while selecting the recipients of Maulana Azad National Fellowship.
The research work performed by the JRF and SRF in the initial two years is assessed and monitored as per the regulations of UGC. Find a list of terms and conditions highlighted below.
Also, read ‘INSPIRE Scholarship: Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE)’ to know about other research-related fellowships/scholarships.
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