ELIGIBILITY:  
   
A candidate has to fulfill the following conditions to be eligible for award of this fellowship

(i) Candidate should belong to one of the minority communities – Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsi & Jain notified under Section 2 (c) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992.

(ii) Candidate should submit the minority community certificate on an actionable and legally valid affidavit, until the State Government/Union Territory administration starts to issue the minority community certificate.

(iii) Candidate should be registered for regular and full time M.Phil/Ph.D courses in University/Academic Institution by fulfilling conditions of admission of that University/Institution.

(iv) The annual income of the beneficiary/parents or guardian of the beneficiary should not exceed Rs. 2.5 lakh from all sources. Candidate should submit his/her income or his/her parent’s/guardian’s income certificate issued by the appropriate Authority.

(v) The candidate should have secured a minimum score of 50% at Post Graduate level.

(vi) Transgender candidates are eligible to apply under the scheme. The reservation shall be followed as per Government of India norms.