(Notification) NCERT Doctoral Fellowship - 2015

(Notification) NCERT Doctoral Fellowship - 2015

Applications are invited for the award of a maximum of 10 NCERT Doctoral Fellowships in the field of education and other disciplines directly related to education. The fellowships are intended for young aspirants to pursue doctoral work in a recognized university/research institution of their choice. Young scholars from different disciplinary perspectives will be encouraged to research in the field of education. It is to be noted that 4 out of 10 fellowships are reserved for 4 Regional Institutes of Education (RIEs), one each for Ajmer, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar and Mysore .

Fellowship will be given for research pertaining to the following priority areas:

Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA): This scheme was launched in March, 2009 with the objective to enhance access to secondary education and to improve its quality. The implementation of the scheme started from 2009-10. The academic aspect of RMSA needs to be researched, which may among other things, include -issues of implementation; current problems of secondary education vis a vis RMSA activities; barriers in achieving RMSA; universal access of secondary education; equality and social justice; curricular aspects; challenges for teachers and administrators; opportunities for students and communities; improvement in education of students of weaker section of society; role in removing gender disparity; effect of RMSA on enrolments for the children from under privileged society and the children Below Poverty Line (BPL) families; indigenous knowledge and curriculum development; Language, Science and Mathematics Education at secondary level; Social science education and its contextualization; RMSA and environment management/sustainable development in schools; issues of arts and aesthetics in secondary school; monitoring and supervision mechanism; library and laboratories in schools; organic linkages between secondary and higher education; vocationalization and secondary education; issues of adolescence and guidance and counseling at secondary level of education; sports and physical education and RMSA; role of ICT in schools and RMSA; etc.

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA): This is a programme of the Government of India for bringing out the Universalisation of Elementary Education in a time bound manner and has been in operation since 2000-2001. The possible research themes of SSA may include various academic aspects of the scheme, such as, issues related to implementation strategies and their effectiveness; to find out deficiencies and challenges, if any; problems at DIET,BRC,CRC levels; school level administrative hurdles; problems related to school enrolment, dropouts, retention of children; teachers training programmes and its effectiveness at elementary level; improvement of teaching-learning in schools; classroom processes; effectiveness of teacher; the quality of teaching learning and use of teaching learning materials (TLM); remedial teaching methods; improvement in level of achievements; inclusive education; RTE and its implementation; studies related to quality improvement (such as Activity Based Learning) and its effectiveness in terms of multi-grade, multi-level teaching; gender disparity; Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV); study of the retention of urban working children; education of marginalized groups like ST/SC Children; early childhood care and education; education of out-of-school children; management
structures; community mobilization; role of Management Information System (MIS) at elementary school; role of PTA in school development and providing quality education to students; etc.

Concerns related to Teacher Education Schemes: Role of teacher education schemes in up-gradation of teachers, Motivational factors under various schemes, Impact on teaching efficiency, implementation of schemes, improvement of role and functioning of DIETs/SCERTs, CTEs, IASEs etc,

Teacher Educators’ Education: Quality of pre-service and in-service teacher education programs, challenges and opportunities in teacher training, Review and Revision of curriculum/syllabi, assessment process of pre-service training, possible changes in practice teaching, models of teacher training, deterioration in training process. Internship issues related to teacher education, qualitative improvement in teachers and teacher educators, issues related to admission and recruitment of teacher educators, etc.


1. The fellowships will be limited to extremely deserving candidates only. If suitable candidates are not available, Council may not select all 10 Fellows.

2. Candidate applying for Doctoral Fellowship should have either completed predoctoral research methodology course or enrolled/selected for such course for appropriate duration as approved by UGC. The fellowship will start after completion of the course and confirmed registration with the University for Ph.D. work.

3. Each Doctoral Fellow will be required to present a seminar at the end of each semester.

4. The NCERT Doctoral Fellow will be required to contribute to the RIE teaching programme, field research and/or the curriculum development and textbook development programmes of NCERT for 30 days in a year. The Fellow will be provided III AC fare for the travel, and accommodation in the RIE/NIE hostel.

5. The Doctoral Fellow will be under obligation to present public lecture on larger issues of public interest relevant to his/her doctoral research work, if so invited. The seminar may be held at RIEs or NCERT headquarter and the fellows will be given the III AC fare for travel for the same.

6. The candidate will submit with their applications, the CV of the research supervisor which should clearly indicate the research work done by them in the last five years. NCERT reserves the right to advise the candidate to chose a new research supervisor if needed. The candidate may select a supervisor/research guide approved by NCERT. The fellowship of the last three months and contingency of the third year will be released only after receipt of the thesis.

Selection Procedure:

Applications will be screened and short listed candidates will be required to appear for a Presentation-cum-interview. Candidates will be paid second (sleeper) class train fare by the shortest route for attending the Presentation-cum-interview. The statutory provisions for reservation of seats will be available to the candidates belonging to different categories.

Fellowship Amount:

NCERT Doctoral Fellows will receive a fellowship of Rs. 12,000/- per month (for Non-NET) and Rs16,000/- per month ( in case of NET qualified candidates) for a maximum period of three years. They will also receive a contingency grant of Rs.10,000/- per annum during this period. The fellowship will commence from the date of registration for Ph.D. or award by NCERT whichever is later and will terminate at the end of three years from the date of award or with the submission of the doctoral thesis whichever is earlier.

How to Apply:

Application should be made in the prescribed format, which along with the information brochure can be downloaded from the NCERT website (www.ncert.nic.in) or can be obtained  by post. Completed application forms should be accompanied by a concept paper of about 1500 words on the theme of the proposed research, which should contain statement about (a) rationale and objectives of the study, (b) conceptual framework, (c) proposed methodology, and (d) potential contribution of the study. Proposals involving fresh ideas and innovative methodology related to school education in the country will be given preference.

Important Dates:

  • Last Date for Apply: 30th October 2015
  • Completed applications should reach on the following address not later than one month from the date of advertisement in the news paper in 2015

Division of Educational Research
Zakir Husain Block,
National Council of Educational Research and Training
Sri Aurobindo Marg
New Delhi – 110 016

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Courtesy: NCERT