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following categories of Fellowships may be awarded
for undertaking research in History within India:
(a) Junior Research Fellowship
(b) General Fellowship (post-doctoral)
(c) Pay Protection Fellowship
(d) Senior Fellowship
(e) National Fellowship
Fellowship for Foreign Nationals
Fellowships specified in Clause 1 shall be awarded
by the Research Projects Committee for research
work to be specified in the award.
total number of Fellowships in any of the categories
specified in clause 1 that are available for award
at any time may be varied by the Research Projects
Committee, except in the case of National Fellowships,
whose number shall not exceed six at any time.
Fellowship shall be a whole-time engagement for
research work and cannot be combined with any other
whole-time or part-time work.
(a) a Fellow can continue with his previous
employment, if he takes leave during the period
of Fellowship; he may also take leave with pay for
the period of the Fellowship, but, in that case,
the Fellowship and leave salary drawn by him cannot
exceed the salary he would have drawn if he was
not on leave; and
(b) A part-time honorary or nominally paid
teaching or research assignment may be accepted
by a Fellow with the permission of the Research
In case of these Fellowships being awarded to serving
scholars/teachers, their pay shall not be protected
unless a request to that effect is made in the application
and the committee decides to do so as a special
case. However, in case of retired scholars the basic
pension and total emoluments before retirement will
be taken into account while deciding the fellowship
amount. That means the total emoluments including
basic pension and fellowship amount should not exceed
the last pay drawn. No HRA will be admissible.
(a) The Fellowship shall carry an amount
or Rupees five thousand (Rs. 5000) per month with
a contingency grant of Rupees twelve thousand (Rs.
12,000) per annum for a period of two years for
non-NET students, extendable by one year
in exceptional case; for students who have qualified
the NET, the fellowship amount shall be Rupees
six thousand (Rs. 6,000) per month with the contingency
grant of Rupees twelve thousand (Rs. 12,000) per
annum for two years, extendable by one year in exceptional
(b) Only a scholar registered for the degree
of Ph.D. or equivalent thereof at an Indian university
shall be eligible for a Junior Research Fellowship.
No Junior Research Fellowship will be awarded to
students studying for M.Phil degree.
(c) In case of scholars registered simultaneously
for M.Phil., and Ph.D. or (at a university where
M.Phil. is not offered or is not a requirement for
registration for the degree of Ph.D) for Ph.D. only,
the duration of the Fellowship shall be two years,
which may be extended by one year after assessment
of the Fellows work by the Research Projects Committee.
(d) Notwithstanding anything contained in
sub-clauses (b) and (c) the Fellowship shall automatically
terminate two months after the Fellow submits his
Ph.D. thesis (for which the Fellowship had been
awarded), or on the date of his viva voce examination
on the said thesis, whichever is earlier; it shall
also automatically terminate upon the Fellow ceasing
to be eligible to submit the said dissertation or
thesis at the university where he is registered.
Housewives who are exceptionally bright scholar
and are not able to take up a regular career shall
be eligible for fellowship carrying the same grant
as that of Junior Fellowship (for non-NET and NET)
for a period of two years only. In exceptional cases
and on the quality or achievement, it may be extended
for a further period of six months only.
(a) The Fellowship shall carry an amount
or Rupees six thousand (Rs. 6,000) per month with
a contingency grant of Rupees twelve thousand (Rs.
12,000) per annum.
(b) Only a scholar who has obtained the degree
of Ph.D. or equivalent from an Indian or foreign
university or has published work of equivalent merit
to his credit shall be eligible for the Fellowship.
(c)The duration of the Fellowship shall be
two years, which may be extended by one year after
assessment of the Fellows work by the Research Projects
Protection Fellowship: Not applicable. To be read
with other categories of Fellowships.
(a) The Fellowship may be awarded to
a senior scholar who has established his reputation
by his published research work.
(b) The amount of Fellowship shall be Rupees
thousand (Rs. 8000) per month with a contingency
grant or Rupees thirty six thousand (Rs. 36,000)
(c) The duration of the Fellowship shall
be two years, which may be extended by one year
in exceptional cases in the manner as laid down
in Clause 6 (c).
(a) The Fellowship shall be awarded to
an Indian scholar of distinction, who has established
his reputation for the researches he has already
published, and who wishes to undertake research
of a fundamental or innovative character under the
(b) The Fellowship shall be awarded by the
Council upon the recommendation of the Research
Projects Committee for a period of two years extendable
by one year. Extension for the third year may be
given in exceptional cases after evaluating the
research work done during the first two years. Direct
applications from scholars shall not be entertained.
(c) It shall carry a sum of Rupees twenty
five thousand (Rs. 25,000) per month with a contingency
grant of Rupees fifty thousand (Rs. 50,000) per
annum. Provided that where a National Fellowship
is offered to a scholar in service, the fellowship
will protect his salary and allowances. Council
will also pay his leave salary and pension contribution.
(d) The National Fellow may not be required
to associate himself with an institution of affiliation,
and, at his volition, the Fellowship grants
may be released to him directly.
for Foreign Nationals:
In case the applicant is a foreign national,
the terms of the Fellowship shall be laid down for
each case by the Research Projects Committee, but
the duration of the Fellowship shall not ordinarily
exceed one year, and the work specified in the award
shall be undertaken in India.
Provided that foreign nationals may not be barred
form being awarded Fellowship of categories (a),
(b), (c), (d) and (e)
in Clause 1 on the ground only that they are eligible
for the award of a Fellowship under this clause.
Applications or proposals for fellowships other
than National Fellowships shall be framed as far
as possible according to the proforma given in Annexures
II & III. Proposals for the National Fellowships
shall be framed by the Member Secretary and submitted
to the Chairman, providing the bio-data of the Fellow
proposed, and specifications of the work for which
the fellowship may be offered to him. It shall however,
be open for the Research Projects Committee to recommend
award of a National Fellowship to a scholar, from
whom or on whose behalf no proposal has been received.
Applications or proposals, submitted under sub-clause
(a), shall be entertained at all times without restriction
that applications for Junior Research Fellowships
should normally be routed through the institutions
where the applicant is registered for Ph.D.; applications
for General (Post-doctoral) and Senior Fellowships
should normally be routed through institutions willing
to act as institution of affiliation; and applications
for Pay-protection Fellowships should normally be
routed through the employers.
An application or proposal received under Clause
11, except for a proposal for National Fellowship,
shall be sent to at least two consultant, who may
be requested to furnish an assessment and recommendations
within a month. However, a proposal for Junior Research
Fellowship shall be sent to only one consultant
with the request to furnish assessment and recommendation
within a month.
On receipt of the assessment and recommendations
from the consultants, these along with the application
or proposal shall be placed before the Research
Projects Committee, for its decision for the award
(i) An application or proposal for Senior
Fellowship may not be sent to consultants and may
be placed directly before the Research Projects
Committee, should the Chairman certify in writing
that, in his opinion, the scholar who has applied
for a Senior Fellowship, or for whom a National
Fellowship is proposed, is of an eminent status;
If assessment and recommendations from at least
two consultants are not received within a month
of the request for such assessment and recommendations
having been made on behalf of the ICHR, the application
or proposal may be sent to another consultant or
other consultants; but even if after two months,
only one consultants assessment and recommendations
have been received, these together with the application
or proposal may be placed before the Research Projects
If assessment and recommendations from consultants
are not received even after the expiry of two months,
Chairman/Member Secretary may constitute a committee
of experts and obtain the assessment and recommendations
which shall be placed before the Research Projects
for a National Fellowship shall not be sent to a
consultant, but shall be directly placed before
the Research Projects Committee, to enable it to
make its recommendation for the award of the Fellowship
to the Council.
award of a Fellowship under Clause 2, the award
shall remain valid for a period of one year from
the date on which the minutes of the meeting of
the Research Projects Committee or of the Council,
in which the award was made, are signed by the Chairman,
and shall lapse if the awardee fails to join within
Chairman is authorised to revalidate the fellowships,
research projects, etc. even after a period of one
year, but if there is no response from the scholar,
the grant shall be considered to have lapsed; but
a National Fellowship can only be renewed by the
Council upon the recommendation of the Research
Every fellow, other than National Fellow, shall
have his amount of Fellowship grant disbursed to
him through his institution of affiliation. He shall
be treated at par with the other employees of the
institution of affiliation for all administrative
purposes and for leave (other than leave without
Fellowship), holidays, drawal of TA/DA and rules
and rates governing expenditure, subject to any
specific provisions to the contrary in these Rules.
The Fellowship shall not be treated in the nature
of deputation from the ICHR, and no liability shall
be borne by the ICHR or by the institution of affiliation
towards leave salary, pension, medical attendance,
etc., except that, in case of Pay-protection Fellowship,
the ICHR shall be liable to pay the employers share
of contribution in accordance with the rules of
the Contributory Provident Fund to which the Fellow
may have been subscribing as an employee; and
A National Fellow may elect to have his Fellowship
disbursed through an institution of affiliation.
Subject to Clause 16, the amount of Fellowship grant
shall be paid to the institution of affiliation
ordinarily in advance in one or two six-monthly
The institution of affiliation shall be expected
to provide the Fellow with facilities such as accommodation
for work, including furniture, library and research
facilities and messenger services, and to keep accounts
of the Fellowship grant disbursed through the said
institution, in return whereof the ICHR shall pay
overhead charges to the said institution.
Every Fellow, other than National Fellow, shall
submit a six-monthly progress report in triplicate
to the institution of affiliation for being forwarded
to the ICHR.
the case of Junior Research Fellows, the report
shall be certified by the Supervisor, and, in case
he is unavailable, by the Head of the Department
in which the Fellow is working.
of Fellowship grant shall not be released if the
progress report for periods for which payment had
been made are not furnished, or, if furnished, are
not found satisfactory.
that, in the case of a Fellowship other than the
National Fellowship and the Special Fellowship for
Foreign National, where the Fellowship is not a
Junior Research Fellowship.
(i) The Fellow shall submit a report at the
end of every six months, which, unless the Chairman
otherwise directs, may be sent to a consultant for
his assessment and recommendations, and, should
these be positive, the subsequent instalment of
the Fellowship grant, as due, shall be released;
and at the end of the year would submit an annual
comprehensive report, which would be evaluated for
continuation of the grant further to the second
year. In case of fellowship the amount for the last
three months and the last instalment of contingency
grant shall be withheld, in all cases (PDF, Senior,
Pay-protection and National Fellowship). It shall
be released on satisfactory completion of work and
submission of statement for the grant withheld.
In the case of Junior Research Fellowship also the
above rule would apply.
An extension of a Fellowship under any of the foregoing
clauses of this chapter shall not be awarded by
the Research Projects Committee unless the report
of work for the entire previous period and the statement
of expenditure for that period have been received,
and the said report having been sent to a consultant
(who, as far as possible, shall be a person other
than the consultant or consultants who had previously
furnished assessment and recommendations in the
case), his assessment and recommendations have been
obtained, to be placed before the Research Projects
Committee to assist it in making its decision; but
in the case of a Senior Fellow of eminence, the
Chairman may decide that reference to a consultant
is not necessary, whereupon the Fellows report shall
be directly placed before the Research Projects
one year after the date of release of last instalment
of Fellowship a Fellow other than a Junior Research
Fellow, shall submit to the ICHR either a complete
typescript of the monograph, edited text or translation
prepared under the Fellowship, or a detailed report
of the work done and the conclusions reached by
him, together with published papers, sindicating
the due acknowledgement to ICHRs grant and other
Junior Research Fellow shall submit an abstract
of thesis along with a certificate from Registrar
regarding submission of thesis to the University
with date of submission, within one month of his
submission of thesis for adjudications.
Should a Fellow (including a National Fellow), after
joining his Fellowship, cease to work on the Fellowship
for a time either because of ill-health or his obtaining
other gainful employment, or for some other reason,
he shall apply for leave to the ICHR, and, should
such leave be granted by the Chairman, he shall
not draw the Fellowship for the period of such leave.
that the period of the said leave, which shall not
exceed six months, shall be counted towards determining
the duration of the Fellowship; and
the contingency grant shall be deemed to lapse if
the said leave covers a whole period of a six-monthly
instalment of the Fellowship and contingency grant,
but not if it covers only a part thereof.
anything contained in the foregoing clauses of this
chapter or in Clause 4 of Chapter I, should a Fellow
die during the period of the Fellowship or within
six months after the end of the said period without
submitting the last periodic or the final report,
the balance of the fellowship due for the period
till the date of his death or the end of the period
of the Fellowship, whichever shall be earlier, shall
be paid to the legal heirs of the Fellow, unless
the Research Projects Committee shall have reason
to believe that the Fellow had ceased working on
the Fellowship for a significantly long period before
his death, in which case it may decide to withhold
the corresponding portion of the Fellowship.
anything contained above, a person shall not be
eligible for the award of
A Senior Fellowship, if he has previously held a
Senior Fellowship twice, or has previously held
a Post-doctoral Fellowship (including a Pay-Protection
Fellowship on a project not leading to the M.Phil/Ph.D.
degree) and a Senior Fellowship; or
(b) A General (Post-doctoral) Fellowship,
if he has previously twice held a Post-doctoral
Fellowship (including a Pay-protection Fellowship
on a project not leading to the M.Phil./Ph.D. degree).
Research Projects Committee may, at its discretion,
award or extend a Fellowship other than National
Fellowship for a shorter duration than is prescribed
in these Rules.
continuance of a Junior Research Fellowship and
other Fellowships is contingent upon good conduct
and may stand terminated if adverse report about
the conduct of a Fellow is received from the University
or institution where he is enrolled or from the
affiliating institution, or from any other responsible
Provided that it shall always be open to the Research
Projects Committee to review the matter and confirm
or revoke the termination of the Fellowship.
(i) The total cost of books purchased out of
the Contingency grant under a Fellowship shall not exceed
the sum of Rupees five thousand (Rs. 5000) a year.
(ii) Any books purchased out of contingency grant
in excess of the ceiling specified above shall be deposited
either with the ICHR or with the institution of affiliation,
upon the end of the period of the Fellowship.