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National Fellowship for persons with Disabilities (NFPwD) 2020-21

National Fellowship for persons with Disabilities (NFPwD) 2020-21

National Fellowship for persons with Disabilities (NFPwD) 2020-21

About National Fellowship for persons with Disabilities (NFPwD) 2020-21

1. University Grants Commission (UGC) on behalf of Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment invites applications from eligible candidates for National Fellowship for Persons with Disabilities (NFPwD) for the selection year 2020-21. Under this scheme, fellowship will be available to students with disabilities who are covered under ‘The Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. Thus a person with disability, who wishes to avail the benefits under the Act has to obtain a disability certificate from the medical authority notified for the purpose.


2. There are 200 slots with provision of reservation of 15% for Scheduled Castes and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribes. The selection will be made purely on merit based on the percentage of marks obtained by the candidates in their Post Graduation (PG) examination, after verification of applications, from amongst the candidates whose applications are received through online mode on the designated portal of UGC. After the selections process, UGC will issue a list containing names of provisionally selected candidates. They will be allowed to join the fellowship only after verification of facts/information furnished by them in their online applications. The candidates who join the fellowship shall not be entitled for any other monetary benefit from Central or State Government or other bodies like UGC for pursuing M.Phil/Ph.D.


The online applications can be filed on the web portal https://www.ugc.ac.in/ugc_schemes/. The last date for receiving the online applications is 17th January, 2021.


3. It may be noted that only selections will be made by UGC and all other formalities including communication with candidates and disbursal of fellowship will be carried out directly by DEPwD, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.


4. Any student with disabilities who has been admitted to M.Phil/Ph.D degree and pursuing research through regular and full time mode in a University or academic institution, by completing the required formalities for admission in that University or academic institution, is eligible for the fellowship. The scheme covers all Universities/ Institutions recognized by the UGC/Government of India. Employees of any University / College/ Educational institution/ Central/ State/ UT Government shall be excluded from availing the fellowship, even if they are on study leave or Extra Ordinary Leave (EOL) to purse the MPhil/ Ph.D course.


5. The fellowship is payable for a maximum period of 05 years. It commences from 01.04.2020 or actual date of admission/registration of candidate for M.Phil./Ph.D., whichever is later.




Name of the Course Maximum duration
M.Phil. 2 years or submission of dissertation whichever is earlier
M.Phil.+ Ph.D 5 years from commencement of Fellowship or till submission of Ph.D. thesis, whichever is earlier
Ph.D. 5 years or till submission of Ph.D. thesis, whichever is earlier



The rate of fellowship for JRF and SRF, under the scheme, is as under:-


Fellowship @Rs.31,000/-p.m. initial two year as JRF.
@Rs.35,000/-p.m. for remaining tenure as SRF.
(Humanities & Social
Sciences including
Arts/Fine Arts)
@Rs.10,000/-p.a. for initial two year (JRF)
@Rs.20,500/-p.a. for remaining tenure(SRF)
(Science, Engineering
& Technology)
@Rs.12,000/-p.a. initial two year (JRF)
@Rs.25,000/-p.a. for remaining tenure (SRF)
Escorts/Reader assistance @Rs.2,000/- p.m. in case of candidates with physical and visual
HRA As per Govt. of India norms.


Note: After two years of fellowship, 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 Fellow (SRF). The research work will be assessed by a three member assessment committee set up by the university. The Committee will consist of the Supervisor/Guide, Head of the Department and one outside expert in the subject. JRF may be terminated in case the progress of the candidate is not found satisfactory by the Committee. The SRF 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 of award of JRF and SRF shall not exceed a period of five years.


For more details refer the Information Document


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One thought on "National Fellowship for persons with Disabilities (NFPwD) 2020-21"
  • vivek kumar
    October 15, 2021 2:55 pm

    no thanks! i am satisfying above all information

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