Maulana Azad Scholarship

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Maulana Azad Scholarship

When financial constraints keep a student’s aim of pursuing quality education at bay, scholarships become a real supporting hand. There are scores of academic institutions, government organisations, and private foundations that offer a wide range of schemes to students coming from a varied financial and educational background. Apart from the Indian Oil Scholarship program, Seimens Scholarship, National Scholarships, etc, financial aids offered by the Maulana Azad Foundation have also shaped the future of many! So, here is a blog that will shed light on the key highlights of the Maulana Azad Scholarship and its related schemes. 

What is the Maulana Azad Scholarship Scheme?

Funded by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, the Maulana Azad Education Foundation offers scholarship/fellowship programs for students coming for financially weaker backgrounds. Details of the 2 most important schemes provided by the organisation have been given a rundown below: 

Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship

Being one of the popular scholarships for girls in India and earlier called the Maulana Azad National Scholarship scheme, Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship is offered to students from 9th to 12th class across the country, provided they hail from any one of the 6 minority communities (Muslims, Christians, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Parsis) and have a family income of less than 2 lacs per annum.

Maulana Azad National Fellowship (MANF)

Offered by the University Grants Commission, the Maulana Azad National Fellowship program is for students who are pursuing their M.Phill or PhD programme [Science, Engineering & Technology, Social Science, or Humanities streams] in India and belong to one of the minority communities i.e, Parsis, Muslims, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Christians. 

Programme Maximum Duration of Maulana Azad National Fellowship JRF SRF
PhD 5 Years 2 Years 3 Years
M.Phill 2 Years 2 Years
M.Phill + PhD 5 Years 2 Years 3 Years

Amount Offered

Scholarship Name Amount Offered
Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship  Rs 5,000: 9th and 10th class students

Rs 6,000: 11th and 12th class students

Maulana Azad National Fellowship  Rs 31,000 for JRFs (Initial 2 years)

Rs 35,000 for SRFs (remaining period)

Eligibility Criteria 

Now that you are familiar with two important Maulana Azad scholarships, let’s understand another important context of it – the eligibility criteria in detail. 

Begum Hazrat Mahal National Scholarship 

  • The candidate should be a girl student of class 9th to 12th. 
  • The applicant should be from Sikh, Muslim, Jain, Parsi, Christain, or Buddhist background. They have to prove their minority community certificate on an affidavit. 
  • The applicant must have scored 50% aggregate marks in the previous class in order to apply for the Begum Hazrat Mahal or previously called Maulana Azad Scholarship scheme.
  • The applicant’s income should not exceed 2 lakh per annum from all sources. They have to produce a proper income certificate duly signed and issued by the Tehsildar or Block officer. 

Maulana Azad National Fellowship

  • Candidates with 50% of aggregate marks in their Master’s programmes are eligible. 
  • Applicant should be from Sikh, Muslim, Jain, Parsi, Christain, or Buddhist background and should submit a proof of minority certificate. 
  • Should have cleared CSIR-NET/CBSE-NET
  • Those who have enrolled in M.Phil/ PhD courses in registered universities and have cleared NET-JRF or UGC exam are eligible for the Maulana Azad Fellowship scheme.
  • Candidates from the transgender community are equally encouraged to apply for this scholarship
  • Applicants’ income should not exceed 2.5 lakh per annum for all sources. They have to produce a proper income certificate duly signed and issued by the Tehsildar or Block officer. 

How to Apply for the Maulana Azad Scholarship Schemes?

Begum Hazrat Mahal Scholarship

For the previously called Maulana Azad Scholarship scheme, you need to apply through the Maulana Azad Foundation’s portal. You will be required to download and fill the school verification form before starting with the registration. Apart from this, you also have to submit income certificate and passport size photograph.

Maulana Azad National Fellowship

Visit the official UGC website and register your account. You will be required to fill details like educational qualifications, personal information, research topics, employment details (if any), etc. The documents required to complete the application process include:

  • Maksheets of Master degree
  • Minority Community Certificate
  • Disability Certificate (if applicable)
  • Certificate of approval from the HOD of institute/department

Hence, the Maulana Azad Scholarship/Fellowship scheme is a golden opportunity for school and well as postgraduate students. Want to pursue education overseas? Not sure which scholarship you are eligible for? Then reach out to the experts at Leverage Edu who will provide assistance in finding the most suitable financial aid for you!

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