Education Schemes


Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship

This Fellowship is for providing scholarships to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to pursue M. Phil and PH.D programs. (Revision incorporated w.e.f. December 2014)

Aim: To make the students eligible for employment as a Lecturer in various universities where posts are lying vacant.

Scope: 200 fellowships (Junior Research Fellow) available; the scheme covers all institutes/universities recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC). For more information, click here.


Schemes for Pre-Matric and Post-Matric Scholarships for Students with Disabilities (SwDs)


  1. To reduce dropouts by supporting students and families at the IX and X std. stage
  2. To improve classroom participation of SwDs
  3. To support students to study further, post matriculation, so that they can earn their livelihoods

Scope: Scholarships will be available from classes IX to XII, post matriculation certificate/diploma courses or Bachelor’s degree for students covered under the PWD Act, 1995. For more information, click here.


Scholarships for Students with Disability

This scholarship is provided by National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC) for and on behalf of MSJE

There are two schemes:

Scholarship Scheme (Trust Fund)

  1. Financial assistance to 2000 SwDs to pursue technical or professional courses which will assist them in finding gainful employment or be self-employed
  2. 30% funds are reserved for females which is transferable to males in case of unavailability of female candidates
  3. Fully awarded in case of government/ government-aided institutes; in case of private institute, reimbursement will be restricted to similar courses offered in government/ government-aided institutes
  4. Can apply any time in the academic year; assistance is given on a monthly basis for 10 months

For more information of Trust Fund, click here.

Scholarship Scheme (National Fund)

  1. Financial assistance to 500 SwDs to pursue higher academic/technical/professional courses
  2. Application submission between 1st July and 15th October of the previous year to get assistance in the next year

For more information of Trust Fund, click here.


Central Sector Scheme of Establishment of College for the Deaf

Aim: A survey conducted by National Centre for Production of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP 2005) documented that enrolment rate in higher education is as low as 0.1%. Only 38 students were reported to have enrolled in 249 mainstream colleges across the country. This scheme hopes to extend inclusion of SwDs from elementary and secondary education to higher education. One college is proposed in each of the 5 regions of the country.

Duration: 3 years (2014-15 to 2016-17 i.e. time remaining in the 12th Five Year Plan)

For more information on the proposal, click here.

The scheme since then has received administrative approval. Financial assistance would be provided to five UGC approved universities to extend their existing infrastructure, purchase of curriculum materials and personnel hired for this purpose. For more information, click here.


Central Sector Scheme of National Overseas Scholarship for SwDs

Aim: Financial assistance for SwDs who wish to pursue Masters Degree or a PH.D. Course; applications for availing this scheme are available online.

Scope: 20 scholarships to be awarded every year with 6 reserved for women. The annual allowance for courses in US is USD 15,400 and for courses in UK is GBP 9,900.


  1. Below the age of 35
  2. Received at least 55% in Bachelors
  3. Parental annual income from all sources of Rs. 6 lakhs or less

For more information, click here.


Loan for Education/Training to Disabled Persons

Aim: The purpose of this loan is to meet tuition and other fees/maintenance cost/books and equipment, etc. to improve the employability or self-employment of the persons.

Scope: Courses pursued in a recognized educational institute in India or abroad. For more information, click here.


Scheme for Vocational Education and Training for PWDs

Aim: This scheme is for those eligible PWDs who have the minimum educational background as required by the course eligible under this scheme. This vocational training would ensure better employability for the student.

Scope: Within India; a course recognized by the government or supported by the National Skill Development Corporation. For more information, click here.

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