National Fellowship Scheme: The Narendra Modi-led NDA government has revised the National Fellowship for SC students for the period from 2017-18 to 2019-20. Under this scheme, the government provides 2000 new Fellowships. For humanities and social sciences, there are 1500 fellowships, while for science stream there are 500 fellowships per year for scheduled caste students to pursue advanced studies like M.Phil and Ph.D degrees.
Eligibility for these fellowships:
National Eligibility Test or NET: Junior Research Fellowship (NET-JRF) of UGC
UGC: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (UGC-CSIR) NET-JRF joint test
Fellowship rates are on a par with the UGC fellowships. The present rates of fellowship under the Scheme are as follows:-
JRF: Rs 25,000 per month (for humanities, social sciences, science and technology).
SRF: Rs 28,000 per month (for humanities, social sciences, science and technology).
Besides that, the candidates will also get other allowances such as contingency allowance, house rent allowance, etc.
To improve the quality of research at higher educational institutions, the government in last few years has launched various fellowship schemes. The schemes are – Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship, Trainee Teacher Scheme, Impacting research Innovation and Technology (IMPRINT), and Uchhatar Avishkar Yojana (UAY), among others.
Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship:
Under this scheme, selected candidates are provided the fellowship of Rs 70,000 per month for the first two years, in the third year Rs 75,000 per month and Rs 80,000 per month in the fourth and fifth year. Besides that, the researchers also get a research grant of Rs 2 lakh per year.
Trainee Teacher Scheme:
Under this scheme, best graduate engineers are sponsored for part-time M.Tech and Ph.D. programmes. The Trainee Teacher Scheme had been initiated at NITs.