Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for ST Candidates

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is a statutory body under the Central government which gives myriad scholarships to students at a number of levels in India as well as abroad. The Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship (RGNF) Scheme 2015 for Scheduled Tribes (ST) is funded by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment as well as the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.


The scheme was started for students from deprived and economically weaker sections of the society and aims to give them an avenue for undertaking advanced studies and research. The aim is to give financial assistance for those who belong to the Scheduled Tribe category for pursuing higher studies leading to M.Phil and Ph.D degrees in Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Engineering & Technology. It gives an opportunity to 667 students from the Scheduled Tribe every year for all the subjects.

The Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for ST candidate tenure is for two years at the start. However, before expiry of the two years, the work of Fellow would be assessed by a Committee of three members. If research work is found satisfactory, then the tenure shall be extended for three years under Rajiv Gandhi National Senior Research Fellowship (RGNSRF) for which the amount is different. While the amount provided under the fellowship is Rs.16,000 for first two years, it is Rs.18,000 for the next three years. Besides this, an additional contingency amount of Rs.10,000 is available under Contingency A for first two years and Rs.25,000 for next three years whereas the amount is Rs.12,000 and Rs.25,000 under Contingency B.

Suitable single-seated hostel accommodation would be given to RGNJRF candidate in University. However, the fellow shall be paid if no such place is available under the HRA norms of the Central government.

Important dates

30 June, 2015 is the last date to apply.

Also read: List of scholarships in India & to study abroad

Eligibility criteria

ST Candidates having passed Post Graduate examination in concerned subject and wanting to pursue research without JRF of UGC-NET or UGC-CSIR NET can apply for this scholarship. The selection is based on meritocracy and the candidate should get himself registered for M.Phil/Phd at the first opportunity but no more than two years after the letter is provided.

Application procedure

Candidates interested can fill the application online through the website, After doing the same, a registration id is generated which can be utilised for generating pdf file once submission process is completed. Besides this, the scholarship entails submission of some mandatory documents including:

  • Scanned Copy of Scheduled Tribe Certificate
  • Domicile Certificate
  • A scanned copy of the candidate's recent color photograph and signature
  • A Declaration from Head of Department or competent authority of the University /College for forwarding of application as well as necessary facilities that would be given to candidates during research of M.Phil/Ph.D. respectively
  • Scanned copy of Post-Graduate degree.


Students who need more information may contact the UGC at the following address:

University Grants Commission
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi- 110002
Contact no: 011-23239627

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