University Grants Commission Application Call for PhD Fellowship and Research Support

2018-01-23 - 2018-02-14

Scholarships for PhD

University Grants Commission

Under the provision of A. Second Higher Education Project (SHEP) and B. Regular Quality Enhancement Program. University Grants Commission (UGC) invites application from eligible candidates to participate in PhD Fellowship to be awarded in the fiscal year 2074/2075 under the SHEP and Regular provision for research funding.

Applicant's Category

Maximum age (years)


Application Form

Faculty category

52 (disadvantage group)

50 (others)

  • At least 2nd Division in Masters
  • Enrolled in a university in Nepal or any recognized* foreign university
  • PhD research proposal approved by the university and still within one year from the date of acceptance of the proposal

Appendix 2.6

Young student category

42 (disadvantage group)

40 (others)

*Recognized foreign university

Public universities, institutions recognized or accredited by respective country’s national board or agency and the universities listed in the Times Higher Education World Universities Ranking, QS Top Universities, and Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) are regarded as recognized foreign universities.

The candidates fulfilling the following criteria may apply:

  1. M.Phil. or at least second division in Masters Degree, where M.Phil. Programs do not exist (e.g.: Science, Engineering, Medicine, etc).
  2. The candidate should be of below 50 years of age (52 years for female and underprivileged candidates) for Faculty PhD Fellowship and below 40 years of age (42 years for female and underprivileged candidates) for Fresh Graduate PhD Fellowship.
  3. Must be a Nepali citizen.
  4. In case of PhD Faculty applicant under SHEP and Regular provision, the candidate must submit the letter supporting the approval of study leave from the respective institution.
  5. The candidate who wishes to apply for both SHEP and Regular provisions must fill up separate forms with payment of Rs. 500/- (five hundred only) per form.

The applicant for the SHEP provision :

  1. Must be registered for PhD in one of the Universities of Nepal.
  2. Must be a full time(permanent/contract/temporary) faculty member in a University/ Campus for Faculty PhD Fellowship.
  3. PhD Fellowship is also available for Fresh Graduate who have completed his/her Master’ Degree within past five years.

The applicant for the Regular Quality Enhancement Program:

  1. Must be full time faculty member of the University /Campus.
  2. Must be registered for PhD in one of the universities of Nepal or SAARC. The interested candidate may also apply but they have to get registered within six months of selection.

The award of the fellowship will be made on the basis of following evaluation criteria:

  1. Candidate’s academic records.
  2. Extent of candidate’s research and scholarly publications.
  3. Significance, academic validity and relevancy of the research issues.
  4. Quality of proposed research design and analysis.
  5. Potentiality of making contribution in addressing academic and development issues. Preference will, however, be given to research addressing national issues and needs.
  6. Potentiality of generating new knowledge or exploration of new dimensions in existing knowledge or use of existing knowledge in new context.

Download Application Form 

Selected Application Forms - UGC Research Grants 2074-75.docx

Application along with the proposal and academic certificates must be submitted to UGC  on or before February 14, 2018 (extended deadline).

For detail information and instructions download this file:

Detailed Notice - Call for Applications for UGC Research Grants 2074-75.pdf