RGNF, as in Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship, is a government fellowship awarded to deserving candidates of Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST). Recently, the fellowship has been divided into two parts, namely, National Fellowship for SC Students and National Fellowship for Higher Education of ST Students. While the National Fellowship for SC students is formulated and funded by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, the later one for ST students is implemented and funded by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. Under both these fellowships, previously known as RGNF or Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship, the SC and ST students are provided financial support to pursue higher studies such as M.Phil. and a Ph.D. degree in the fields of Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences and Engineering & Technology. Every year 2,000 SC and 750 ST candidates get the opportunity to avail the former Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship at the rate of up to INR 28,000 per month along with other benefits.
In this article, we have covered both the fellowships under RGNF. You can find all the details such as rewards, eligibility for application procedure and many other details of these fellowships. Find below the table with a brief overview of Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship which is now separated into two fellowships as mentioned above.
|2.||Awards||Fellowship amount of up to INR 28,000 per month along with contingency grant, HRA and escorts/reader allowance for physically handicapped and blind candidates|
|4.||Application process||Through the official website of UGC|
Now that you have gone through the highlights of RGNF, read below the complete description of both the national fellowships offered to the SC and ST candidates.
National Fellowship for SC Students and National Fellowship for Higher Education of ST Students, formerly known as RGNF, aims to encourage SC and ST students to pursue higher studies in order to improve the low literacy levels of these categories. Under these fellowships, the selected students get monetary help from the government to pursue M.Phil./Ph.D. degree courses. The payment of the fellowships is made directly into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries through DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) platform. Find below the rate of fellowship in the table given below.
|1.||Fellowship amount|| |
|2.||Contingency grant for Humanities and Social Sciences|| |
|3.||Contingency grant for Science, Engineering & Technology|| |
|4.||Escorts/Reader assistance to physically & visually challenged candidates||INR 2,000 per month|
|5.||HRA (House Rent Allowance)||As per rules of the |
The National Fellowship for SC Students and National Fellowship for Higher Education of ST Students, formerly known as Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship or RGNF, are meant for SC and ST category students. The previously known Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship is for those SC/ST candidates who wish to pursue full-time research without NET JRF. Find below further conditions that a candidate must fulfil in order to be eligible for RGNF.
In order to make the application process easy for the applicants, UGC allows candidates to apply online for both the fellowships through the official website of UGC. As we have already mentioned in the article, the formerly known Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship has been divided into two separate fellowships for SC and ST candidates, so the applicants need to apply for that fellowship for which they are eligible. The application guideline mentioned below is the same for both the National Fellowships.
Note: To be eligible to avail the fellowship benefits, the candidates must be registered with a university/institute/college for regular and full-time M.Phil./Ph.D. degree and fulfil other eligibility conditions.
While applying for the National Fellowships, previously called Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship, the applicants must keep the scanned copies of a few important documents with them. The list of the necessary documents for RGNF is highlighted below.
In case of any query regarding the previously named Rajiv Gandhi Fellowship, the applicants can submit their question at the email ID mentioned below:
Email ID – firstname.lastname@example.org
Also read, ‘SC ST OBC Scholarship – All You Need to Know’.
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