Under the Maulana Azad National Fellowship for minority students, the government has increased the number of slots from last year’s 756 to 1000 this year, a University Grants Commission (UGC) official said.
Candidates who are enrolled in full-time Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) courses in Indian institutions and colleges from communities like Muslim, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist, Jain and Christian can apply for these fellowships.
The beneficiary would receive a Rs 25,000 stipend under the scheme for the junior research fellowship, also a contingency grant of Rs 1,000 and house rent allowance ranging from Rs 2,000 to Rs 6,000 every month.
The UGC official stated that the monthly stipend for senior research fellowship is Rs 28,000, a contingency grant of Rs 2,000 and house rent allowance between Rs 2,200 and Rs 6,700. The house rent allowance varies depending upon the city.
The official asserted that this effort is to facilitate the education of deserving candidates from all sections.