UGC Scholarship 2021: Students who want to apply for UGC Scholarship can apply online. To apply for UGC Scholarship, students must have to register on National Scholarship Portal 2.0. UGC won’t accept any offline applications. University Grants Commission (UGC), India is a reputed statutory body, responsible for the standard of University education in India. It was set up in 1956. Under HRD ministry, Indian Union Government established UGC to enhance university-level education. By providing fascinating scholarships, UGC ensures that needy and meritorious students complete their studies and choose a career of their choice.

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List of UGC Portal Scholarships 2021

UGC Scholarships are mostly means based excluding Post-Graduate Merit Scholarship for University Rank holder. University Grants Commission offers Post-Graduate Merit Scholarship on the basis of candidate’s merit. Below, we have provided a list of UGC scholarships and UGC fellowships categorized into study levels.

UGC ScholarshipCategoryNo. of Awards
For Undergradate
“Ishan Uday” Scholarship for North East Eastern RegionFor North Eastern Candidates10000
For Post Graduate
Post-Graduate Merit Scholarships for University rank holdersFor all3000
Post-Graduate Scholarships for professional courses for SC/ST candidatesSC/ST1000
Post-Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarships for Single Girl ChildrenFemaleNot fixed
For M.Phil/PhD
Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority StudentsMinorities756
Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for Students with DisabilitiesDaibetic Candidates200
Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for SC/ST CandidateSC/ST2667
Nationnal Fellowship for OBC CandidateOBC300
For Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships
Post-Doctoral Fellowship to SC/ST candidatesSC/ST100
Post-Doctoral Fellowship to Women CandidatesFemales100
Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Humanities and Social SciencesFor all200
For Doctoral Students
National Eligibility Test – Junior Research Fellowship (NET-JRF)For allNot fixed
Swami Vivekananda Single Girl Child Scholarship for Research in Social SciencesWomen/Girls300
For Faculty
Research Awards for the TeachersFor all100
Emeritus FellowshipFor all200

University Grants Commission is currently offering Post-graduation UGC Scholarship only. Aspiring Candidates can check out the list of PG scholarships below.


UGC Scholarship 2021 Awards

Below, we have mentioned the several UGC Fellowship awards. Candidates must check out the details as it will them to get a clear idea of what UGC Scholarship is best for them.

Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students 2021

  • 756 awards
  • 16,000/month and 10,000/year
  • 2 years

Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for SC/ST Candidate 2021

  • Approx. 2600 awards
  • 16,000/month and 10,000/year

Post-Graduate Merit Scholarship for University Rank Holder 2021

  • 3000 awards
  • 2000/month

Post Graduate Scholarships for Professional Courses for SC/ST Candidates 2021

  • 1000 Awards
  • 4,700/month and 10,000/year

Post-Doctoral Fellowship to Women Candidates 2021

  • 100 Awards
  • 18,000/month

Research Awards for the Teachers 2021

  • 100 Awards
  • Rs.2,00,000 – Rs.3,00,000 (One time award)

Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for Students with Disabilities 2021

  • 200 Awards
  • Rs.16,000/month

Dr S. Radharkrishnan Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences 2021

  • 200 Awards
  • 16000/month

Dr S. Radharkrishnan Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences 2021

  • Number of Awards: 300
  • Rs.12,400 per month

National Fellowship for OBC Candidate 2021

  • Number of Awards: 300
  • Rs.25,000 per month + Contingency of Rs.10,000 per annum

Post – Doctoral Fellowship to SC/ST Candidates 2021

  • Number of Awards: 100
  • Award: Fellowship @Rs.25,000 per month + Contingency @Rs.50,000 per annum

Emeritus Fellowship 2021

  • Number of Awards: 200
  • Award: Fellowship @Rs.31,000 per month + Contingency @Rs.50,000 per annum

Post-Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl Child 2021

  • Number of Awards: Not fixed
  • Award: Rs.3100 per month

*Contingency will only be provided when selected candidates will actually need it.

As lots of time and efforts involve for research purposes, most scholarships are for proficient aspirants having Masters’s Degree and willing to go for field research. Generally, UGC Scholarship goes directly into the accounts of the beneficiaries, but in some scholarships, students receive the benefit of the scholarship through their institutes, and the institutions in return get Departmental Assistance from UGC for providing the required facility to the student.

UGC Scholarship Eligibility Criteria 2021

As the eligibility criteria of each scholarship offered are different, aspiring beneficiaries are advised to check eligibility criteria before applying for UGC Scholarship 2021.

  • Candidates who cleared 10+2 or hold a Graduate / Post Graduate / Ph.D. degree from board/university recognized by the education authority of India can apply for UGC Merit Scholarship.
  • One who is well versed in spoken and written English will be given UGC Scholarship.
  • The nationality of Candidates should be Indian
  • The maximum Age Criteria for a male candidate is 45 years. UGC has set the maximum age of 50 for the UGC single girl child scholarship.

How To Apply For UGC Online Scholarship 2021 Portal?

All the applications for UGC Scholarship will be submitted through online mode. Candidates can submit the UGC Fellowship form from National Scholarship Portal. As there are so many scholarships and fellowships, candidates are expected to be confused. To get rid of such possible confusion, we have mentioned the entire list of UGC scholarships in the 2nd section of this article. Go through the list and choose what will be the best for you. We have also provided the steps by step guide on how to apply for UGC Scholarship online via Portal & track application.

  • Go to the official website of the National Scholarship Portal (
  • Find the new registration button and click on it.
  • Go through the entire guidelines and continue.
  • Fill the entire application form by providing basic details, bank details and Aadhar details.
  • Register by re-checking the information you have provided in the form.

Candidates should provide valid information in the application form. If UGC finds any in-correction, the application form will be rejected. We also advise candidates to register only once. Multiple submissions will be considered invalid.

Allocation of UGC Scholarship 2021

UGC will allocate UGC Scholarship via DBT (Direct Beneficiary Transfer) from July 2021. Based on the candidate’s Aadhar Number the awards will be allocated. Aadhar Number will be used as a proof of scholarship allocation. In case students won’t get UGC Scholarship or fellowship, they can visit the UGC Office between 11 a.m. to 12 noon and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

University Grants Commission (UGC) 2021

To make higher education available to unprivileged ones who can bring change to the state of education of India, UGC Scholarship is offered for research and other related activities. Apart from that, University Grants Commission (UGC) also provides recognition to universities in India. Furthermore, to enhance the quality of education, it allocates funds to recognized universities and colleges. Due to various categories, more than 20 thousand students get UGC Scholarship. In 2021, UGC will provide the fellowship to poor candidates and change-makers. UGC is responsible for duties such as coordinating, determining and maintaining the standards of university level education. University Grants Commission offers various UGC Scholarships and Fellowships to students of all categories. It makes sure that students don’t have to face any financial crisis for academics. In 2021, UGC will offer numerous scholarships to needy students.

University Grants Commission (UGC) has its headquarter Delhi. For ease of communication, Indian government has set up 6 regional centers in Pune, Bhopal, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati and Bangalore. Every year, UGC Scholarship benefit more than 20 thousand students. University Grants Commission plans Scholarship allocation in such a way that it provides equal opportunity to students of all categories. Recipient of scholarship ranges from undergrads/postgraduate students, females, SC/ST candidates and also the about-to-retire experienced university/college faculties.

UGC Scholarships are funded directly into the bank account of the recipient. In some cases, scholarship recipient gets their fund through their institutes. In those cases, the institution gets Departmental Assistance from UGC.

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