SC-ST Students, Complete M. Phil or Ph. D with RGNF Scheme

Last Modified: 22 Jul 2024

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in collaboration with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs runs RGNF (Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship) scheme for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students. This fellowship is meant for those SC and ST students who wish to pursue higher studies. They can avail benefits under this scholarship for pursuing full time and regular M.Phil. and Ph. D degrees in Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Engineering, and Technology.

Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship: Quick Overview

Deadline 31 Jul 2018
Class / Course Humanities, Social Sciences, PHD, M.PHILL, Science, Technology, Engineering
Scholarship Type Master & Doctoral Programs
Awarded Amount ₹16000 per month for initial two years and ₹18000 per month for remaining tenure
Age Limit N/A
Gender All
Religion All
State All
Country India
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Benefits under the RGNF

Number of Scholarships

  • For SC - 2000
  • For ST – 667

Fellowship Amount

  • For Humanities, Social Science, and Science - ₹ 16,000 per month for 2 years. After 2 years, this amount is increased to  18,000 per month.
  • Contingency ‘A’ (for Humanities, and Social Science) –  ₹10,000 per annum for the initial 2 years. Afterwards, it is increased to  ₹20,500.
  • Contingency ‘B’ (for Science, Technology, and Engineering) - ₹12,000 per annum for the initial 2 years. Afterwards, it is increased to  ₹25,000.
  • HRA (Housing Rest Allowances) will be given to all beneficiaries as per the rules. 
  • For students of all subjects₹3000 per annum will be given to the host institution for infrastructure expenses.
  • Blind students or PwD students will be given  2000 per month for availing reader/ escort assistance.

Eligibility under RGNF

  • A candidate should be SC/ ST.
  • He /she should have completed Postgraduation.
  • A candidate should get enrolled in the M. Phil or Ph. D programme.

How to Apply

  • Simply open the official website of UGC
  • Look for “e-SARTS Scholarships-Fellowships” link on the right side of the homepage.
  • After that, click on the “Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for SC Candidate” link.
  • You will be prompted with a notification, read that carefully.
  • Once read, click on the “Apply Now” button.
  • The application form page will open, fill in the required details and attach the prescribed documents.
  • Lastly, hit SUBMIT to submit the application.


k.priyadharshini, September 3, 2019

There is any change in the eligibility criteria for 2019-2020?

Exams Planner, September 10, 2019

Candidates belonging to the transgender category are also eligible for the scholarship. Other eligibility conditions are the same.

Manohar sonkamble, August 9, 2019

How many percent in pg for eleglible this fellowship,and when will come date of form filling

Exams Planner, August 13, 2019

The candidate must have passed PG degree. Keep a check on the official website for application forms.

Sanjh, July 16, 2019

Sir, please tell me the online application date of Rajiv gandhi national fellowship 2019-2020.

Exams Planner, July 22, 2019

There is no information on the same yet.

Swapna , June 29, 2019

Latest update

Jay Nath, June 14, 2019

sir, I m pursuing MPhil in 2018- 2019 session so, whats a time for this year application 2019, Thank you Jay Nath Bhopal

Exams Planner, June 18, 2019

The official website states that the application process will be available soon.

Santosh madboolkar , January 30, 2019

When they callform this year application

Lavkush, January 16, 2019

How many marks should be get in postgraduation for sc student for this fellowship

Baiju bawra, December 27, 2018

Latest fellowship news for sc/ st candidate

Exams Planner, December 28, 2018

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