Post-doctoral research is an important enabling step in grooming young researchers for launching an academic/research career. A post-doctoral stint also provides an opportunity to acquire new skills, broaden one’s horizon and offers a platform for transiting into cross-disciplinary areas. Leading research groups around the world usually have a good mix of post-doctoral fellows and a doctoral student with the former bringing in a level of caught on and is practiced only sporadically in a few selected places. However, in our country post-doctoral research culture has not caught on and is practiced only sporadically in a few selected places. Ironically, Ph.Ds from leading institutions in India, particularly in Humanities and Social Sciences prefer seeking post-doctoral positions overseas.
With our higher education system poised for rapid and massive expansion in the years ahead and the establishment of many new Universities and institutions on the anvil, requirement of potential faculty with Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) experience will be very substantial. Thus, a ‘home grown’ PDF program can be expected to partly redeem the expected short fall in trained faculty required for Higher Education Institutes. It is in this context that UGC initiative to launch a prestigious PDF initiative, named after an illustrious educationist and former President of India (1962-67) is important and timely and fills a widely felt void.
Named as Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Postdoctoral Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences, the objective of this award is to provide an opportunity to carry out the advanced studies and research in Humanities and Social Sciences including languages in recognized Indian Universities and Colleges and Institutes of National Importance established by the Central/State Government.
The candidate must have a doctorate degree in the relevant subject.
General/open category, 55% marks at UG level and 60% of marks at PG level. For reserved categories (SC/ST/OBC/ PH) candidates, 50% at UG level and 55% at PG level.
The fellowship is open for full time research work to young researchers below 35 years of age (Relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST/OBC/Women candidates).
Note:-Candidate must identify a Guide for his/her postdoctoral research work and obtain his /her consent for the guidance.
Nature of Assistance available under the Scheme
The numbers of slots available under the scheme are 200 per year.
The tenure of the award is three year with no provision for further extension
The financial assistance available under the scheme is as follows:
Fellowship @Rs.25,000 – 27,000 p.m. with annual increase of Rs.1000 p.a.
Contingency @Rs.50,000 p.a. for three years
assistance @Rs.2000/- p.m. (fixed) in case of physically
Post-Doctoral Fellowship provided with accommodation in hostel recognized/ maintained by the institutions may be reimbursed the hostel fee, excluding mess, electricity, water charges, etc. A certificate to this effect is to be furnished through the Registrar/Director/Principal. If Post-Doctoral Fellow makes his/her own arrangements of accommodation, he/she may be entitled to draw HRA as per categorization of the cities by the Government of India. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will submit a certificate for this purpose to the UGC for claiming HRA through the concerned University/ Institution/ College
APPLICATION & SELECTION PROCESS
The candidates fulfilling the eligibility conditions are required to apply ONLINE against the advertisement to be published by the UGC every year on the following website i.e. www.ugc.ac.in or www.ugc.ac.in/dsrpdfhs.
Mandatory attachments required during submission of online application:
Applicant will be required to upload scanned copies of the following documents while applying online:
Caste Certificate (in Case of SC/ST/OBC)
Proof of Age Certificate. (i.e. Xth certificate, School Leaving Certificate etc)
Graduation & Post Graduation Marksheet
Ph.D Awarded Certificate
Physical Disability Certificate (if applicable)
Consent letter from mentor
Note: Candidate will not be able to submit his/her application unless above mentioned documents are uploaded.
Steps to fill-in the online form:
Fill-in Personal Information including caste and physical disability certificate (if applicable). A candidate registration id is generated on completion of step 1 that can be used for generating a pdf file once submission process is completed.
Fill-in Research Information including academic qualification
Fill-in Other Information including paper published & Scholarships/Present employment etc.
Approval by the UGC
The applications received will be scrutinized by the screening committee. Later, the short listed candidates will be called to appear before the selection committee, constituted by the Commission. No TA/DA will be paid for appearing in the interview. The decision of the Commission will be final. The Commission reserves the right to withdraw/cancel the award without assigning any reason.
On receipt of Joining Report of the fellow together with required documents, the UGC office/authorized agency would release the first installment of the admissible grant to the concerned beneficiary. Thereafter, the grant is released on receipt of the Utilization Certificate and statement of expenditure for the last grant paid. The fellow has to give a continuation certificate in every three months to UGC/authorized agency to continue his/her fellowship. On completion of the award, an audited utilization certificate is to be submitted through the University/Institution/College where the fellow has worked under the scheme.
No extension is permissible beyond the total period of three years, at the end of this period the fellow ceases to be a UGC research fellow with immediate effect. Any claim/reference to this effect will be illegal and the individual may have to face disciplinary action.
University Grants Commission (UGC)
Selection and Award Bureau
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
New Delhi – 110002
For more details Please! Refer the Website: http://www.ugc.ac.in/dsrpdfhs/
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