The University Grants Commission (UGC) is offering a national scholarship for postgraduate studies in India. The scholarship is open to all Indian citizens who are pursuing a postgraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized university in India.
The scholarship will provide financial assistance to students in the form of a monthly stipend of Rs. 15,000. The scholarship will be awarded for the duration of the postgraduate program, up to a maximum of two years.
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About the UGC National Scholarship
Ten thousand (10000) National Scholarships or as may be decided by the Commission, at the rate of Rs.15,000/- per month for 10 months in a year, are available for Indian students for two years to pursue higher studies, within India, leading to the award of Postgraduate Degree under the scheme ‘National Scholarship for Post Graduate Studies’.
The slots shall be allocated as per Govt. of India reservation policy. However, 30% of slots will be reserved for the women candidates.
Note: The slots reserved for women students, will be filled first by ‘Single/twin/fraternal Girl Child’, without considering their marks in the UG examination. The remaining slots will be filled up by merit.
The selection under the schemes is done purely on all- India merit basis (except those mentioned in the ‘Note’ above) from among the candidates who have applied for the scholarship under the scheme, through online mode only on the designated portal, i.e., the National Scholarship Portal of the Government of India.
The scholarship is open to those students who have acquired a recognized Undergraduate Degree from an Institution which is recognized under Section 2(f) or Section 3 of UGC Act, 1956 or is authorized to award specified degrees as per Section 22(1) of the UGC Act.
The scholarship is available to students for the first PG Degree program only. Students, who have already acquired any postgraduate degree, are not eligible to apply.
Only the students, who are already admitted in the first year of the PG degree program in an eligible university/college/institution, (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Institution’), are eligible to apply.
In the case of integrated programs, the scholarship shall be given for the PG component only.
Only students who are below the age of 30 years of age as of the date of admission in the first semester/year of a PG program are eligible to apply under these schemes.
The scholarship is available only for students who are admitted to the PG degree program through the ‘Regular/Full Time’ mode. The students, who are pursuing any PG program through open/distance/correspondence mode, private or part-time mode, are not eligible to apply.
The scholarship is available only for students who are pursuing recognized PG degree programs leading to specified PG degrees notified by UGC from time to time i.e. the nomenclature and duration of course should be as per UGC Notification on Specification of Degrees, 2014, as amended from time to time.
Types of Institution
The scholarships under these schemes shall be available for pursuing a PG degree program in the following types of institutions only:
Universities/Colleges/Institutions included under Section 2(f) of UGC Act, 1956 and having valid accreditation from NAAC.
Deemed to be Universities under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956 and having valid accreditation from NAAC.
Institutions fully funded by Central or State Governments and empowered to award Degrees.
A student is eligible to receive only one scholarship at a time. The student is required to declare that he/she shall not accept/ receive any other monetary benefit/scholarship/fellowship from any other source. In other words, a student who receives a scholarship under this scheme, shall not accept any other scholarship or hold any appointment, paid or otherwise, or receive any emoluments, salary, stipend, etc.
from any other source during the tenure of the scholarship.
(ii) If a student, selected under the scheme, wishes to avail of/ apply for any other scholarship/financial assistance/paid assignment/examination during the tenure of the fellowship, he/she is not required to obtain NOC from UGC, however, in case of selection, he/she would be required to tender his/her resignation from the UGC scholarship.
(iii) In case a student is already in receipt of any scholarship/fellowship, he/she is still eligible to apply under the scheme subject to the condition that it is declared in
Scholarships granted under the scheme will be renewed during the period of the first-degree course, subject to good conduct and maintenance of prescribed attendance.
(II) The scholarship will be renewed for the next year of study on successful completion of the first year of study.
(III) During the next year of study, students are required to apply for ‘Renewal’ of their scholarship on the National e-Scholarship Portal of the Government of India. Short notifications will also be uploaded on the UGC website.
(IV) Students failing to get promoted to the next class/ level would forfeit the scholarship.
(V) Change in ‘course of study’ and ‘institution’ is not permitted. If the student changes the course of study or changes the institution, the scholarship will stand forfeited from the date of such a change.
(VI) Normally the NSP is opened for ‘Fresh’ and ‘Renewal’ applications, at the same time. Only those applications are accepted, which are verified by the Institutions within the given time frame. Therefore, institutions are advised to verify the ‘Renewal’ applications of their students on NSP along with fresh applications. For verifying ‘Renewal’ applications, the institutions are required to upload a scanned copy of the Certificate on NSP. A format of
The certificate for ‘Renewal’ applications is attached below.
The selection shall be made strictly as per the merit of candidates except in the case of ‘Single/Twin/Fraternal Girl Child’. The slots shall be allocated as per Govt. of India reservation policy. However, 30% of slots will be reserved for the women candidates.
Further, 50% of slots under each category are earmarked for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law, and Management, and the other 50% are earmarked for Science, Engineering and Technology, medical, technical, agriculture, and forestry programs.
In case of tie/more than one candidate having similar marks in their UG examination, at the lowest level of the merit list, the list shall be further short-listed/segregated on the basis of marks obtained by them in UG. In case, there are still more candidates on the merit list as compared to the desired/declared slots, further shortlisting shall be done on the basis of marks obtained by candidates in the XII class.
The result shall be declared normally in the month of November/December of the same year by NSP. The candidates shall be able to check their results on the National Scholarship Portal by using their User ID and Password generated at the time of filing the online application. The results shall also be uploaded on the UGC website.
Procedure for Availing the Scholarship
Applications will be invited once in a year on the National e-Scholarship Portal of the Government of India. Short notifications will also be uploaded on the UGC website.
Incomplete applications will be summarily rejected. Only verified online applications will be considered for the award of a scholarship.
Students are not required to upload any certificate/affidavit on NSP while submitting their online applications. However, as per the requirement of the scheme, they have to submit necessary documents to their institutions to enable them to verify their online applications.
In case, a student does not have a separate KYC-compliant bank account in their name, he/she should open a KYC-compliant bank account in his/her name and give its correct information in the online application. Even if a student is selected for a scholarship, the payment of the scholarship may not be generated due to a mismatch of the name of the student, bank account number, IFSC code etc.
Students are advised to fill out the online application on NSP very carefully. The application may be rejected or payment may be stopped due to the wrong information in the online application No correspondence will be entertained in this regard after the application is verified by their institution.
The institutions are also advised to check whether the student has given the correct information in their online application.
The Institution shall verify the eligibility of its students on the basis of documents submitted by students. The Institution may ask for Certificates and affidavits from students to ensure eligibility and verify the information given by the students in their online application. These include a Certificate issued by the competent authorities for Caste and or Category, under which the student has applied.
The institution shall retain all documents of its students for record purposes during the period of scholarship plus two years after the end of the scholarship. UGC reserves the right to call for the documents of any student, at any time.
After verifying the eligibility of its students for scholarships under the scheme, the institution shall verify the online application on NSP within the stipulated time.
While verifying the online application, the institutions shall upload a scanned copy of the certificate on the Portal. A format of the Certificate for verifying ‘Fresh’ applications is attached below. The original copy of the Certificate shall be retained by an institution with another record of the student.
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What is the UGC National Scholarship for PG Studies?
The UGC National Scholarship for PG Studies is a scholarship offered by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to Indian citizens who are pursuing a postgraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized university in India. The scholarship provides a monthly stipend of Rs. 15,000 for the duration of the postgraduate program, up to a maximum of two years.
How is the selection for the UGC National Scholarship for PG Studies done?
The selection for the UGC National Scholarship for PG Studies is done on the basis of merit. Students are ranked based on their marks in the bachelor’s degree program. The top 10,000 students are awarded the scholarship.