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National Fellowship for Persons with Disabilities (NFPwDs): Notification | Application Form

National Fellowship for Persons with Disabilities (NFPwDs): Notification | Application Form:

NFPD Fellowship: Takes cognizance of the Prime Minister Sponsored Scholarships Central Sector Scheme Of ‘National Fellowship For Persons With Disabilities’ For Pursuing Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) And / Or Doctorate in Philosophy (Ph.D.) and would briefly state in the subsequent Paragraphs:  

National Fellowship for Persons with Disabilities 2017

Central Sector Scheme Of ‘National Fellowship For Persons With Disabilities’ For Pursuing Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) And / Or Doctorate in Philosophy (Ph.D.):

Central Sector Scheme Of ‘National Fellowship For Persons With Disabilities’ For Pursuing Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and / OR Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

Scope of the Scheme:

The Scheme comprises Award of the Total Number of 200 Fellowships (Junior Research Fellowships – JRFs) Per Year to the Students with Disabilities (SwDs). The Scheme covers all Universities / Institutions recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and is implemented by the University Grants Commission itself on the Pattern of the Scheme of the UGC Fellowship being awarded to Research Students pursuing Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

These Fellowships will be available to the Students with Disabilities (SwDs) who are covered under the Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. Thus, a Person with Disability/ies who wishes to avail the benefit under the Act has to obtain a Disability Certificate from the Medical Authority notified for the purpose.

Eligibility:

(i) Any Student with disabilities who has been admitted into Master of Philosophy (M.PhiI.) / Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree in a University or Academic Institution by completing the required Formalities for Admission at that University or Academic Institution is eligible for the award of Fellowship subject to Provision of the Scheme.

(ii) After Two Years, if the Progress in the Research Work of the Awardee is found satisfactory, his / her tenure will be extended for a further period of Three Years as Senior Research Fellowship (SRF). The research work will be assessed by a three Member Committee set up by the University. The Committee will consist of the Supervisor, Head of the Department and one outside Expert in the Subject. The Junior Research Fellow may be terminated in case the progress of the Candidate is not found satisfactory by the Committee. The Senior Research Fellow shall be sanctioned on Year-to-Year basis on the recommendation of the Supervisor of the Candidate duly accepted / rejected by the Head of the Department and Finally Approved by the Vice Chancellor. The Total period for award of Junior Research Fellowship and Senior Research Fellowship shall not exceed a period for a period of 05-Years. The Fellowship is paid from Date of Registration of the Students in Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) / Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D). Course but not earlier than the 1st of April, 2012, i.e., Date of Effect of the Scheme.

(iii) The Students with Disabilities once considered eligible for the Fellowship shall not be entitled to any other Benefits from Central Government or State Government or any other body like the University Grants Commission offering similar Benefit to avoid Duplication and increased Coverage. Only those pursuing Regular and Full-Time M.Phil. / Ph.D. Course of a University / Research Institution shall be eligible for the Fellowship. Employees of any University / College / Educational Institution / Central / State / Union Territory Government shall be excluded from availing Fellowship, even if they are on Study Leave or EOL to pursue the Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) / Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Course

Number of Fellowships:

(i) The Total Number of Fellowships to be awarded to the Students with Disabilities (SwDs) under the Scheme is 200 every Year. In case of non-availability of adequate Number of the Students with Disabilities Candidate, the Number of the Fellowship not availed during a Year will be carried forward to the next Academic Session.

(ii) However during 2012-13 and 2013-14, the Balance Number of the Unutilized Junior Research Fellowship may be extended to deserving Students for award of Senior Research Fellow Scholarship, this will be subject to Assessment by the University Grants Commission as per their Guidelines for award of Senior Research Fellow Scholarships, within the Budget provision of the Scheme. In such cases the University Grants Commission will consult the Department of Empowerment for Persons with Disabilities (DEPwDs), which will take appropriate action.

(iii) In case the number of the Candidates exceeds the number of available Awards, the University Grants Commission will select the Candidates based on the Percentage of the Marks obtained by the Candidates in their Post-Graduation Examination.

Eligibility for Senior Research Fellowship (SRF):

In order to qualify for Award of Senior Research Fellowship, the University Grants Commission Norms would be applicable.

Procedure for Grant of Scholarship under National Fellowship for the Persons with Disabilities (NFPwDs):

The University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwDs) shall be the Nodal Agency for implementing this Scheme. The Scheme takes effect from 01.04.2012.

Duration of  the Fellowships:

Name of the Course Maximum Duration Admissibility of JRF and SRF
Junior Research Fellow  (JRF) Senior Research Fellow (SRF)
M.Phil 01-Year 02-Years NIL
Ph.D 05-Years 02-Years Remaining 03-Years
M.Phil + Ph.D 05-Years 02-Years Remaining 03-Years

Rate of Fellowship:

The Rates of Fellowship for Junior Research Fellowship and Senior Research Fellowship will be at par with the University Grants Commission Fellowships. Presently, these Rates are as follows:

Srl. No. Particulars Amount
1 Fellowship Rs.25,000/- P.M. for initial Two Years (Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), Rs.28,000/- P.M. for the remaining Tenure (Senior Research Fellowship (SRF).
2 Contingency for Humanities & Social Science (including Arts / Fine Arts) @ Rs. 10,000/- P.A. for initial Two Years

@ Rs. 20,500/- P.A. for the remaining Tenure

3 Contingency for Science, Engineering & Technology @ Rs. 12,000/- P.A. for initial Two Years

@ Rs. 25,000/- P.A. for the remaining Tenure

4 Departmental Assistance (All Subjects) @ Rs. 3,000/- P.A. per Student to the host Institute for providing Infrastructure
5 Escort/Reader Assistance (All Subjects) @ Rs. 2,000/- P.M. in cases of the Candidates with Physical and Visual Disabilities (CwPVDs)

The House Rent Allowance (HRA) shall be according to the University Grants Commission Pattern and would be payable to those Students who are not provided with Hostel Accommodation. In case Hostel Accommodation offered by the University / Institution is refused, the Student will forfeit his Claim of HRA. The other Facilities, such as, Medical Facilities, Leave including Maternity Leave will be governed as per the Guidelines of the University Grants Commission in case of their Fellowship Program.

In case of Clarifications, Assistance, the Students are advised to log into the National Scholarship Portal Website http://scholarships.gov.in/.

Wishing the Best of Luck for the Candidates!

Press Click here on PMSS NSP Web Portal for National Fellowship for Persons with Disabilities For Pursuing Master of Philosophy & / or Doctorate of Philosophy Scheme Online Registration.

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