Rules and Regulations

For detailed rules and regulations refer guidelines for AICTE doctoral fellowship 


The fellowship is liable to cancellation in case of:

  1. Registration in Ph.D. not 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 will be final and binding.


  1. Registration for Ph.D. is mandatory within one year from the date of joining as a research fellow. If candidate has not registered himself/herself within one year from date of joining, then fellowship will be discontinued upto his/ her registration for Ph.D.
  2. In the cases where the fellowship has been discontinued as per clause (a) above, the fellowship may be resumed after the registration in Ph.D. However, the maximum tenure of fellowship in such cases will be limited to as mentioned in clause above.
  3. The awardees shall submit an annual report on the progress, each year through the Research Supervisor, Head of the Department and Head of the Institute to AICTE.
  4. The final progress report should be submitted by the awardees through the Head of the Department / Institution to the AICTE.
  5. The awardees shall not be allowed for transfer of award from the Institution where the awardees are presently working for Ph.D. during the entire tenure of the award.
  6. The awardees shall devote full time to research during the tenure of fellowship and will not be permitted to take any part time/full time assignment. He/She will not accept any salary, fellowship or any type of financial assistance offered during the tenure of fellowship through any other source otherwise the entire amount of fellowship will have to be refunded. The nature of the candidature (Full time AICTE sponsored Doctoral Fellow) will not be changed during the program.
  7. The awardees shall give a declaration that if the results of research are such that can be exploited commercially by taking a patent or otherwise,commercial exploitation and patent rights should be with the Institute, candidate and supervisor. However, the rules of respective research institute, if any, in this regards will be applicable.
  8. AICTE online portal will have mechanism for the purpose of releasing fellowship/HRA/contingency etc. amount directly in the bank account of the beneficiary through DBT.
  9. The service conditions as notified by Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development vide F. Number 15-2/2019-TC dated 16.07.2019 shall be applicable to awardees.
  10. If the progress of the candidate is not satisfactory as reported by the supervisor/Head of the Department /Head of the Research Institute/University, the fellowship of the candidature will be terminated with immediate effect. This will not be revoked under any circumstances.
  11. The Ph.D. rules/regulations of the research institute and affiliating University will be applicable to all admitted candidates under this scheme.
  12. No separate/fixed medical assistance is provided. However, the fellow may avail of the medical facilities available in the Institution/University/College.
  13. Leave:-1) Fellows are entitled for a maximum period of (i) 15 days Casual Leave(CL)and (ii) 30 days Medical Leave(ML)in a year in addition to public holidays. They are not entitled to any other vacations.2) Candidates are eligible for maternity/ Paternity leave as per GoI norms issued from time to time at full rates of fellowship etc.once during the tenure of their award.However,maximum duration of fellowship will not be extended under any circumstances. Note: All kinds of leave should be approved at the level of the University/College/Institute. Prior approval of the University/Institution/College is mandatory for all types of leaves.
  14. Teaching Assistance (Work Load)Teaching assistant ship of not more than 8hours/week may be given to scholars undergoing full time Ph.D. program under AICTE ADF scheme and may include assistance in lab classes, tutorial support etc.
  15. Action to be taken in case of leaving the course before completion The awardees shall furnish an undertaking that in case of his/her vacating the seat within the duration for which he/ she has been offered fellowship, he/she shall be liable to refund the entire amount fellowship received by him/her till the date of his/her leaving the scheme.
  16. The fellow shall not undertake any paid assignment during the tenure of the fellowship (Except in case of leave without fellowship up to one academic year during the entire tenure).
  17. This scheme will supersede the currently executed NDF scheme on implementation.

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