In a bid to provide financial assistance to Scheduled Tribes students to pursue M.Phil and Ph.D courses, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has launched a new Central sector scheme -- Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship -- for 2005-06.

The scheme is open to ST candidates and covers all universities recognised by the University Grants Commission. ST candidates, who have passed post graduate examination in subjects concerned and who desire to pursue research without JRF or UGC -NET or UGC- SSIRNE are the target group for this scheme. Candidates, who registered for M.Phil / Ph.D are eligible for the fellowship. Candidates will be eligible for financial assistance of Rs.8,000 to Rs. 9,000 per month besides other allowances for contingency departmental assistance, escort reader assistance and HRA. The selection is made on the basis of merit and as per the procedure of the UGC. Further details are available on website www.ugc.ac.in.