In a new notification dated 18 February 2013, University Grant Commission (UGC) revised fellowship rates for the Post Doctoral Fellowship for SC/ ST candidates. The fellowship was revised from Rs 16000 per month to Rs 25000 per month and the rate will be implemented with effective from 1 April 2009.
As per UGC, the decision was taken considering the representation received from delegates of Post Doctoral Fellowship for SC/ST fellows and shall be effective in respect of awardees of SC/ST category for the year 2006-2007 to 2009-2010. The Contingency A of Rs 30000 per annum of two years will be paid to the candidates along with 10% of the fellowship to the host institution (Departmental Assistance).
The main objective of the Post Doctoral Fellowship for SC/ ST candidates is to give an opportunity to SC/ ST candidates to pursue advance studies and research in Science, Engineering & Technology, Humanities, and Social Sciences in Indian universities/ institutions/ colleges on regular and full time basis. Escorts/ Reader Assistance of Rs 2000 per month (fixed) will be given in case of physically disabled & blind candidates.
In addition, Post Doctoral Fellows will be provided with accommodation in hostel recognized/ maintained by the institutions can be reimbursed the hostel fee, excluding mess, electricity, water charges, etc. A certificate in this regard must be furnished through the Registrar/ Director/ Principal (Annexure-II). If Post Doctoral Fellow makes his/her own arrangements of accommodation, he/she can draw HRA as per categorization of the cities by the Government of India. The Post Doctoral Fellow will have to submit a certificate to the UGC for claiming HRA through the concerned University/ Institution/ College.
The minimum education qualification required to get the fellowship is a doctorate degree in the relevant subject preferably with published research work to their credit. Besides, the candidate applying for the same should not be more than 50 years of age. For female candidates, the upper age limit is 55 years. In exceptional cases, the age can be relaxed.