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AICTE Doctoral Fellowship Scheme 2021-22

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All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi invites application to select the eligible candidates for AICTE Doctoral Fellowship (ADF) scheme for the year 2021-22. The online application for ADF is made available in AICTE website.

The candidates are advised to see the guidelines (Eligibility criteria, Thrust areas of research, Fellowship amount and its duration) issued by the AICTE for ADF scheme and also refer the list of eligible Institutions/Departments. Maximum of 363 Nos. of fellowship may be granted to 42 Universities in a year. The last date to submit the filled online application is 17.09.2021.

Eligibility criteria for AICTE Doctoral Fellowship Scheme 2021-2022:

  • The candidate must have secured the minimum percentage of educational qualification in Under Graduate and Post Graduate be 70% (69.5 % and above) for General/OBC candidates,
  • For SC/ST/Physically Handicapped, the minimum percentage of educational qualification should be 65% (64.5 % and above).
  • Should have qualified GATE/ NET during the last 5 years.
  • The aspirant should be less than 30 years of age as on date of admission in respective University.
  • However, age relaxation of 5 years would be applicable to candidates belonging to SC/ ST/Women/Physically challenged category.

Thrust areas of research

  • Green Technologies
  • Big Data, Machine Learning & Data Sciences
  • Block Chain
  • Cyber Security
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Augmented Reality (AR)/ Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Energy Production and Storage
  • Electronics & Photonics
  • Nuclear Engineering and Allied Technologies
  • Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Energy Efficiency, Renewable and sustainable Energy
  • Electric and Hybrid Mobility
  • Smart Cities, Housing and Transportation
  • 3D Printing
  • Quantum Computing
  • Smart Technologies for Agriculture and Food Industry
  • Water purification, conservation and management
  • Public Policy
  • Social & Organizational Psychology & Behaviour

Duration and extension criteria:

  • The duration of the scheme shall be for a period of 3 Years.
  • The fellowship period may be extended to 1 year on special case with valid reasons. The criteria for extension are
  • The candidate must score a minimum overall score of 10 marks under different parameters.
  • Completion of Course work.
  • Completion of the Registration of the Ph.D. Programme & approval of the Research proposal by the University.
  • Must have published one paper in SCI/SCI-E/Scopus journal.
  • The assessment shall be carried out by the concerned University for final recommendation for extension of fellowship On the basis of this recommendation AICTE will process for the release of fellowship for the extended period.

AICTE doctoral fellowship                             

  • The fellowship will be Rs. 31,000/- per month for the first two years followed by Rs. 35,000/- pm for the third year.
  • HRA will be provided at the rate of 8%, 16% and 24% as per the Government of India (GoI) norms as applicable in the city/ location where the Research Fellow is pursuing their research.
  • In addition, Contingency Grant will be admissible to the scholars at the rate of Rs.15,000/- per annum to meet the miscellaneous expenditures.

After completion of two years the upgradation from JRF to SRF shall be subject to fulfilling the following mandatory eligibility conditions: –

  1. Completion of Course work.
  2. Submission of Registration letter from the University.
  3. Research Proposal submitted and approved.
  4. Recommendation from Institute/University.

Cancellation of award

The fellowship is liable to cancellation in case of:

  1. Non Completion of course work, non-registration in Ph.D. and non-approval of research proposal within one year from date of joining.
  2. Misconduct.
  3. Unsatisfactory progress of research work/ failure in any examination related to Ph.D.
  4. He/ She is found ineligible later.
  5. Any false information furnished by the applicant or any fraudulent activity by the Scholar/ Fellow/ Research Awardees shall lead to Penal action against him/ her.
  6. The fellowship may be terminated at any time during the tenure and the decision of the AICTE shall be final and binding.

University wise allocation of fellowship

S. No.Name of UniversityStateNo of Seats allotted
 1Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, AnantapurAndhra Pradesh8
 2Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, KakinadaAndhra Pradesh 8
 3North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology (Deemed to be University)Arunachal Pradesh8
 4Assam Science and Technology University, GuwahatiAssam5
 5Tezpur University, Tezpur Assam 11
 6Aryabhatta Knowledge University, PatnaBihar10
 7Chhattisgarh Swami Vivekanand Technical University, BhillaiChhattisgarh10
 8Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New DelhiDelhi5
 9Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New DelhiDelhi 8
 10Netaji Subhas University of Technology, New DelhiDelhi 6
 11Gujarat Technological University, GujaratGujarat15
 12Guru Jambheshwar University of Science & Technology, HisarHaryana6
 13J. C. Bose University of Science and Technology (YMCA), FaridabadHaryana 7
 14Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, MurthalHaryana 7
 15Himachal Pradesh Technical University (HPTU), HamirpurHimachal Pradesh10
 16Jharkhand University of Technology, RanchiJharkhand5
 17Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), BelagaviKarnataka10
 18APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University, ThiruvananthapuramKerala10
 19Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, BhopalMadhya Pradesh10
 20Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Vishnupuri, NandedMaharashtra4
 21Mumbai University, MumbaiMaharashtra 6
 22Shivaji University, KolhapurMaharashtra 9
 23Savitribai Phule Pune University, formerly University of PuneMaharashtra 8
 24Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University , AmravatiMaharashtra 9
 25Institute of Chemical Technology, MumbaiMaharashtra 11
 26Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University, LonereMaharashtra 5
 27Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, AurangabadMaharashtra 5
 28Biju Patnaik University of Technology, RourkelaOdisha10
 29Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology, BurlaOdisha 8
 30Puducherry Technological University, PuducherryPuducherry3
 31I. K. Gujral Punjab Technical University (PTU), JalandharPunjab5
 32Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University, BhatindaPunjab 5
 33Sant Longowal Institute of Engg & TechnologyPunjab 8
 34Bikaner Technical University (BTU), BikanerRajasthan8
 35Rajasthan Technical University (RTU), KotaRajasthan 8
 36Anna University, ChennaiTamil Nadu15
 37Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, HyderabadTelengana10
 38Tripura University (Central University)Tripura8
 39Dr. A. P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University, LucknowUttar Pradesh18
 40Uttarakhand Technical University, DehradunUttarakhand15
 41Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology, KolkataWest Bengal10
 42Jadavpur University, KolkataWest Bengal 16
                     Total 363
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