UGC Fellowship for Superannuated Faculty Members 2023

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UGC Fellowship for Superannuated Faculty

UGC Fellowship for Superannuated Faculty Members: The purpose of the fellowship is to provide opportunities to superannuated faculty members of Universities/Institutes/Colleges, hereinafter “Institutions” to pursue research in their area(s).

Eligibility Criteria for UGC Fellowship for Superannuated Faculty Members

(i) Faculty members at the level of Professors/Associate professors (who are going to superannuate within six months or already superannuated) from the following institutions are eligible to apply under the schemes:

  • Universities (including constituent and affiliated 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.
  • Institutions of National Importance.

(ii) Age: up to 67 years
(iii) The applicant must have successfully supervised the Ph.D. dissertations of 10 full time candidates, 3 of whom having received their degrees during the preceding 10 years.
(iv) The applicant must have handled, as Principal Investigator, at least 3 sponsored research projects funded by national / international agencies.
(v) The applicant shall not hold any administrative responsibility during tenure of the fellowship which would be from the date of superannuation.
(vi) The applicant and Institutions shall have to provide an undertaking in the application as per Annexure-I.

Tenure and Slots:

Tenure: 3 years or upto 70 years whichever is earlier.
Slots: 100 per annum or as may be decided by the Commission

Financial Assistance for UGC Fellowship for Superannuated Faculty Members

Fellowship: Rs. 50,000/- per month. Contingency: Rs.50,000/- per annum

Selection Process for UGC Fellowship for Superannuated Faculty Members

(i) Online applications will be invited by the UGC for the Fellowship for superannuated faculty members.
(ii) Faculty members applying for this fellowship must upload the Undertaking as per Annexure-I in the online application.
(iii) The applications will be evaluated by minimum of three referees assigned by the UGC as per area of research proposed by the applicant.
(iv) The evaluation includes the merit of the proposed project, the professional standing of candidate and the institution where the research is to be carried out.
(v) On the basis of score received from the referees, the final merit list will be generated. The result shall be declared on UGC website (
(vi) Selected candidates can download their award letter through UGC website.
(vii) The whole process would be akin to that employed for manuscript handling and evaluation by leading international journals and will be a paperless exercise. No interim queries will be entertained.
(viii) The Commission reserves the right to withdraw/cancel the award of fellowship without assigning any reason.

Joining the Fellowship

a. The fellow shall join / activate the fellowship within 3 months from the date of issue of Award letter or within 3 months from the date of superannuation whichever is later, failing which the fellowship will be treated as cancelled. In special circumstances with due approval of the competent authority, the joining period may be extended for a maximum period up to 6 months from the date of issue of award letter or date of superannuation whichever is later.

b. The fellowship shall commence from the actual date of joining as a Fellow in the University /Institute.


All kinds of leave should be approved at the level of the University/Institution/College.

Procedure for release of Grants

a. The institution concerned shall check the details of applicant on UGC website before attempting to link the ID of the applicant and upload his/her required details on the scholarship payment portal along with a filled in verification form duly signed/countersigned by the applicant, the Head of Department and the Registrar of

University/Director of Institute. The ‘UGC Canara Bank Scholarship Payment Portal’ can be accessed at The format of ‘verification form’ is given in the guidelines at Annexure-II.

The institutions are required to follow the following procedure:
(i) Ensure that all the claims for fellowship and contingency are received and timely uploaded on scholarship payment portal on monthly basis.

(ii) Keep all the hard copies of documents related to candidates in its safe custody during the tenure of fellowship and at least five years after completion of research work by candidate.

b. The user institutions, which are new to the scholarship payment portal, may go through the instructions tutorial available at the link

c. The data of the applicant is required to be uploaded by a ‘Maker’ and approved by a ‘Checker’ who should be permanent officials of that institution concerned duly authorized by the Head of Institution to access the scholarship payment portal.

d. On the basis of the joining report of the fellow, the university/institution concerned will link the candidate’s ID on scholarship web portal ( and linking will be approved by the UGC.

e. The fellowship shall be credited directly into the bank account of awardee through PFMS, subject to continuance of research work and submission of monthly confirmation certificates, by the fellow, to his/her institution during the first week of following/next month. The format for ‘Monthly Confirmation Certificate’ is given in the guidelines (Annexure-III).

f. The claim for contingency grant shall also be submitted to the institution in the prescribed format (Annexure-IV) as given in the guidelines.

g. Every claim submitted by the fellow, has to be checked, verified and uploaded, by the respective institution, on the payment portal on or before 15th of every month. Payments shall be generated by UGC only after the approval of uploaded data by the institution concerned on the payment portal. The institutions are solely responsible for genuineness of claim and correctness of data uploaded on the payment portal.

h. No extension is permissible beyond the total period three years, at the end of which period the fellow ceases to be a UGC fellow with immediate effect.

Norms for utilizing the Contingency Grant research grant

a. The contingency grant can be utilized for purchasing items like minor equipment, consumables, contingencies, travel etc.

b. The grant cannot be used for international travel or purchase of furniture.

c. The actual quantum of funds under these heads can be decided by the fellow depending on his / her needs.


a. For every Fellowship/Scholarship scheme of UGC the beneficiary will have to submit a feedback in form of the report on the research work done on the web portal.

b. After completion of the research work the Institution concerned shall submit the summary of the fellow’s research work along with the list of research papers published on the web portal.

Transfer of Research Place

Transfer of Research Place may be done by the approval of the UGC only once during the tenure of the fellowship on receipt of NOC from both the universities/institutions which has to be issued by the administrative head, i.e., Registrar/Director.


If the fellow wishes to leave the fellowship before the end of the tenure, the information regarding relinquishment may be informed to the nodal officer/designated cell identified/established by the University/Institution for such purpose, i.e., fellowships/scholarships. Grant must be claimed only up to the date of relinquishment by the University/Institution.

Note: For extension in joining, Change of work place, resignation, the candidate should apply to the UGC through the nodal officer/designated cell identified/established by the University/Institution for such purpose, i.e., fellowships/scholarships. The final decision in the matter will be taken by UGC.

Termination of Award

The fellowship is liable to be terminated in case of:
a) Misconduct.
b) The awardee is found ineligible later.
c) Any false/misleading information furnished by the awardee or any fraudulent activity by the Awardees shall lead to Penal action against him/her.
d) Plagiarism or unethical practices.
e) Any corrupt practices by the awardee.
f) Violation of terms and conditions of the fellowship.

Before terminating/cancelling the fellowship, the fellow shall be given reasonable opportunity to defend himself/herself.

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