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Savitribai Jyotirao Phule Single Girl Child Fellowship: The University Grants Commission’s (UGC) Savitribai Jyotirao Phule Fellowship for Single Girl Child (SJSGC) is a fellowship programme for single girls who wish to pursue research that would result in a Ph.D. This program’s target demographic is the “single girl child,” or the sole girl in the home without a sibling or brothers. The programme also allows a girl scholar who is one of the twin daughters or fraternal daughters to apply for a scholarship. Every year, the number of fellowship spots will be determined based on qualified applications that have been received online and are complete in every way.
Objectives of Swami Vivekananda Single Girl Child Fellowship
The fellowship is available for pursuing research work leading to award of Ph.D. degree under ‘SAVITRIBAI JYOTIRAO PHULE FELLOWSHIP FOR SINGLE GIRL CHILD’. The objectives of scheme are:
i. To support higher education of single girl child in Social Sciences.
ii. To recognize the value of observance of small family norm.
iii. To recognize the norm of single girl child in society.
iv. To propagate the concept of single girl child norm.
v. To promote single girls in the society.
A ‘single girl child’ means the only girl child in the family without having any brother or sister. A girl scholar who is one of the twin daughters/fraternal daughter is also eligible to apply for fellowship under the scheme. If, in a family there is one or more son and one daughter, then the girl child shall not be considered for fellowship under the scheme.
Proof of being single girl child has to be submitted on an affidavit of Rs.100/- Stamp paper from the parents duly attested by SDM / First Class Magistrate / Tahsildar as per the prescribed proforma (Annexure I) at the time of filling the online application. In case, the parents are not alive, affidavit can be submitted by guardian of candidate.
Eligibility of Savitribai Jyotirao Phule Single Girl Child Fellowship
1. Any single girl child of her parents pursuing Ph.D. in any stream/subject in recognised Universities/Colleges/ Institutes is eligible to apply under the scheme.
2. The scheme is applicable to such a single girl child who has registered herself in regular, full-time Ph. D. program.
3. Admission to Ph.D. Course in part-time/distance mode is not covered under the scheme. A scholar is not eligible for fellowship if the research is intended/pursued through open/ part-time distance education mode or part time mode.
4. Girl students up to the age of 40 years for general category and 45 years for the reserved categories i.e. SC/ST/OBC and PWD (Persons with Disabilities) as on the last date of submission of online application are eligible.
5. The fellowship under this scheme is available for pursuing research work in the following types of institutions only:
1. Central/State Universities included under section 2(f) of UGC Act, 1956 and having valid accreditation from NAAC.
2. Deemed to be Universities under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956 and having valid accreditation from NAAC.
3. Institutions fully funded by Central or State Governments and empowered to award Degrees.
4. Institutions of National Importance.
6. Non-teaching Employees of any University / College/ Higher Educational Institution*/ Central/ State/ UT Government are not eligible under the scheme for availing the fellowship, even if they are on Study Leave or Extra Ordinary Leave (EOL) to purse Ph.D. course. Fellowship is not available for pursuing M.Phil.
The fellowship is directly paid to the research scholars into their bank accounts. For this, the bank account numbers of the scholars are required to be Aadhaar linked and verified. As per the instructions of Government of India, the Aadhaar has been made mandatory for disbursement of all Government subsidies/Scholarships/Fellowships which are disbursed directly into the beneficiary’s account. Accordingly, Aadhaar will be used as an Identifier for release of grant under these schemes.
The number of slots for fellowship may be decided every year on the basis of eligible applications complete in all respects, received through online mode.
The tenure of the fellowship is for five years and will be effective from 1st April of the selection year or the actual date of joining under the fellowship in the University/College/Institute, whichever is later. Fellowship will be granted upto the date of submission of Ph.D. Thesis or 5 years of tenure whichever is earlier. No extension is permissible beyond the total period of five years, and the fellow ceases to be a UGC research fellow immediately after expiry of the due date.
Financial Assistance under Savitribai Jyotirao Phule Single Girl Child Fellowship
The financial assistance available under the scheme is as follows:
|Fellowship||@ Rs. 31,000/- p.m. for Initial two years|
@ Rs. 35,000/- p.m. for remaining tenure
(subject to satisfactory progress of research work)
|Contingency||For Humanities and Social Sciences|
@ Rs. 10,000/- p.a. for initial two years
@ Rs. 20,500/- p.a. for remaining tenure
For Science, Engineering and Technology
|Escort Reader Assistance||Rs. 2,000/– p.m. in case of PWD candidates|
*The financial assistance is revised w.e.f. 01.04.2023
Note: At the end of tenure, the books, journals and equipment purchased out of the contingency grant will become the property of the department of the University. At the end of tenure/termination of fellowship/resignation of scholar, the books, journals and equipment purchased out of the contingency grant shall become the property of the institution concerned.
Hostel accommodation may be provided to the scholars by their institutions. In such cases, the scholar is eligible to draw only hostel fees excluding mess, electricity, water charges, etc. In case, a scholar refuses the hostel accommodation, he/she shall not be eligible to draw HRA. In case of non-availability of hostel accommodation, the scholar may be provided with single accommodation by the host institution. In such cases, the rent paid by the scholar on actual basis shall be reimbursed, subject to the ceiling of HRA as per Govt.
of India norms. If the scholar makes her own arrangements of accommodation, he/she shall be entitled to draw HRA as per ceiling and categorization of cities by the Govt. of India.
In case, the scholar wishes to draw HRA, he/she is required to submit a certificate, in the prescribed format, to her institution.
No separate/fixed medical assistance is provided. However, the scholars may avail the medical facilities available in their Institutions concerned.
(i) Earned Leave for a maximum period of 30 days in a year in addition to public holidays may be taken by a scholar. However, they are not entitled to any other vacation, such as summer, winter and pooja vacations, etc.
(ii) Maternity/paternity leave as per the Govt. of India norms issued from time to time shall be available for female scholars at full rates of the fellowship once during the tenure of the fellowship. The period of leave without fellowship, if any, shall be counted towards the tenure.
Beside this an ‘Intermittent Break’ for a maximum total period of 1 year may also be permissible to the women scholars. The break can be availed maximum 3 times during the entire period of fellowship. However, the total duration of break shall not exceed one year. No fellowship shall be available for the period of such break(s). This period of intermittent breaks shall not be counted towards the tenure of the fellowship, and thus effectively the total period of fellowship shall remain the same.
(iii) Academic leave (without fellowship and other emoluments) shall be permissible only for one year throughout the tenure (for any kind of academic/teaching assignment/foreign visit in connection with research work). The period of leave without fellowship will be counted towards the tenure. Expenditure on foreign visit in connection to research work cannot be claimed from UGC.
(iv) All kinds of leave shall be availed by the scholar only with due approval of the institution concerned.
Procedure for Applying for the Scheme
Applications are invited through online mode once in a year through advertisement in leading newspapers & employment news. Short notification is also uploaded in the UGC website i.e. www.ugc.ac.in.
Note: Candidates have to apply strictly as per the instructions given in the online portal. Incomplete application will not be considered.
(i) The fellowship will be awarded on the basis of recommendation of the Expert Committee constituted by the Commission. The decision of the Commission will be final. Result shall be published on UGC website. Award letters can be downloaded from UGC online application portal.
(ii) If the Fellow is availing any other fellowship/ project from any organization at the time of selection, she shall be required to surrender one award.
(iii) The Commission reserves the right to withdraw/cancel the award without assigning any reason.
Joining of Fellowship
The candidate should join the fellowship within 3 months from the date of issue of Award letter, failing which the award will be treated as cancelled.
The fellow who is awarded Swami Vivekananda Fellowship for Single Girl Child for research in Social Sciences will not accept any other fellowship or hold any appointment, paid or otherwise, or receive any emoluments, salary, stipend, etc. from any other source during the tenure of the award (except in case of academic leave of one year).
If the fellow wishes to apply for any other fellowship/paid assignment/examination during the tenure of the fellowship, she is not required to obtain NOC from UGC. In case of selection, she would be required to tender resignation from the UGC fellowship.
Transfer of Research Place
Change of place of research (institution) will be permissible subject to acceptance of the request by both the institutions and issue of NOCs from both the institutions. Transfer of research place be allowed only once during the entire tenure, subject to the condition that research work is not hampered in any way. The period of tenure of fellowship shall, however, be for five years w.e.f. initial joining in the first institution. The scholar shall not be eligible to receive fellowship from the date of relieving from the first institution till the date of joining in the second institution.
Cancellation of Fellowship
UGC reserves the right to terminate the fellowship of any awardee in the following cases:
i. If the scholar is found to be ineligible to receive the fellowship, at any point of time during the entire duration of the fellowship.
ii. If it is found that the fellowship has been availed/is claimed by furnishing false/wrong/misleading information.
iii. If any adverse report is received from the institution.
iv. Misconduct/misbehavior/corrupt practices.
v. Unsatisfactory progress of research work.
vi. Violation of terms and conditions of these guidelines.
vii. Plagiarism or unethical practices, in any form.
Before terminating/cancelling the fellowship, the scholar shall be given reasonable opportunity to defend himself/herself. In case the fellowship is terminated/cancelled before submission of thesis, UGC may initiate the proceedings/take action to recover the amount paid to the scholar along with interest.