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The University Grants Commission floated the Scheme of ‘Emeritus Fellowship’ in order to provide an opportunity to the superannuated teachers of universities, colleges and institutions approved under Section 2(f) and 12(B) of the UGC Act who have been actively engaged in research and teaching programmes in the preceding years to undertake research, without any restriction of position or pay scales.


To provide an opportunity to superannuated teachers of all recognized universities and colleges approved under UGC Act, to pursue active research in their respective field of specialization.

Target Group

Highly qualified and experienced, superannuated or likely to be superannuated within 6 months, teachers of recognized universities/colleges/institutions.


The eligibility will be based on the quality of research and published work contributed by the teacher in his/her service career. The awardee (superannuated) can work under this scheme with a well defined time bound action plan upto the age of 70 years or upto two years (non-extendable) of the award whichever is earlier.

Nature of Assistance Available Under the Scheme

1. The number of slots available under the Scheme are 100 for Science streams and 100 for Humanities, Social Sciences and Languages (total 200 Slots) at any one given time basis. The assistance available under the scheme is :
2. Honorarium of Rs. 20,000/- p.m. from UGC. for two years ( non-extendable)
3. Contingency grant (Non-lapsable) of Rs. 50,000/- p.a towards secretarial assistance, travel within the country connected with the research project, stationery, postage, consumables, books and journals and equipments. However 3 books and journals and equipments etc. procured out of the contingency grant will
be the property of the university/college/institute.
4. Foreign visit in connection with the approved research work of the awardee will be limited to once in a year with the prior approval/no-objection of the Institution/University where the project work is being undertaken alongwith that of UGC. This will be further subject to no financial liability on the part of UGC.
The expenditure would be accounted for audit by the university department concerned like any other departmental expenditure. The Emeritus Fellow would be entitled to such other privileges including medical facilities as available to the university faculty members, but not housing.

The eligible superannuated teachers in universities / institutions can apply any time throughout the year in the prescribed format for the Scheme. They are required to send two of their best publications/research works with the application.

The application (two sets of the proposal ) has to be routed through the Registrar/Principal of University/College, the applicant chooses to work with.

Procedure for Approval by the UGC

i) Emeritus Fellowship is awarded on the basis of recommendation of the Expert Committee constituted by the Commission for the purpose. The applicant, should not be holding any other post or be gainfully employed anywhere at the time of joining the Emeritus Fellowship Award. The awardee is to join the award within one month from the issue of the award letter. No extension under the scheme is admissible and hence the proposal should be well defined with a time bound action plan so that it is completed within the prescribed tenure. The Emeritus Fellow may also take the Major Research Project provided that they will receive honorarium from one scheme only.
ii) Preference will be given to Women/SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy-layer)/ Physically Handicapped and Minorities.

Procedure for Release of Grants

After receiving the joining report (in the prescribed Performa enclosed) of the awardee alongwith required documents through the competent authority, of the University/Institute etc., the first instalment of the admissible grant is released by UGC.
However, the second instalment is released only on receipt of Progress Report, Utilisation Certificate and Statement of Expenditure of the previous instalment of grant paid in the prescribed Performa.
An audited Utilisation Certificate is required from the Institution on completion of the award. However 10% of the allocated amount from the second year contingency grant shall be released only on receipt of final report, Utilisation Certificate and Statement of Expenditure.

Procedure for Monitoring the Progress of the Scheme

An annual progress report of the work done shall be submitted by the awardee. It is expected that the awardee will ensure the completion of the project undertaken and submit a final report of the work together with a synopsis of the work done in 1000 words for reference and use. However, no extension is permissible beyond the total period of 2 years and the awardee ceases to be UGC, Emeritus Fellow immediately after expiry of the due date. Any claim/reference to this effect will not be acceptable to the Commission. In the final report, the Fellow must indicate the objectives set forth and objectives achieved alongwith the possible application of the research output and names of user Agency/Organization and Industry which can take advantage of the research outputs. The UGC may send the reports/output to the concerned agency for their comments and use, if any. The Fellow shall also mention in the research publication that the research has been sponsored by the UGC under Emeritus Fellowship.

Cancellation of Award
• Misconduct, including research piracy
• Unsatisfactory work
• Ineligibility of the candidate if noticed later

University Grants Commission
Selection & Award Bureau
South Campus, Delhi University
Benito Juarez Marg New Delhi-110021

For more details Please! Refer the Website: http://www.ugc.ac.in/ef/amount_fellowship.aspx
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