Scheme for the Award of Fellowships to Outstanding Persons in the Field of Culture

India is always considered as a land of culture where there is huge variety of cultures available and it was observed that although there are schemes to cover the age group of 10-25 years, there were no schemes which would provide the basic financial support either for very advanced training or individual creative effort for revival of some of our traditional forms of arts. The scheme of awarding fellowships to outstanding persons in various creative fields of culture is intended to fill this gap. The scheme would also cover artistes in rural/tribal areas. The fellowships are meant to encourage research oriented project in culture and related areas. The applicant should furnish his / her interests proof related academic research and performance related research in culture. However, these scholarships are not meant for providing training, conducting workshops, seminars or documenting memoirs/or writing autobiographies, fiction. The objective is to encourage analytical application of new research techniques, technological and management principles to contemporary issues in areas related to art and culture.

Benefits of Scheme for the Award of Fellowships to Outstanding Persons in the Field of Culture:

  • There will be 400 fellowships awarded every year – 200 each for seniors and juniors
  • A fellowships of Rs. 20,000/- per month for the artistes in the age group of above 40 years will be given to the 200 senior citizen
  • A fellowships of Rs. 10,000/- per month for the artistes in the age group of 25-40 years will be given to the 200 Junior citizen

Eligibility of Scheme for the Award of Fellowships to Outstanding Persons in the Field of Culture:

  1. An applicant for senior Fellowship should not have received pension from Ministry of Culture under the scheme for grant of financial assistance to artistes in indigent circumstances
  2. An applicant should not have availed of the same fellowship earlier. However an applicant who had been awarded a Junior Fellowship can apply for a Senior Fellowship, provided 5 years have elapsed after the closure of the earlier project
  3. Graduation is the minimum educational qualification for applicants in the fields/areas they belong
  4. Under this fellowships scheme, the applicant have to submit a six-monthly progress report. In cases where such reports are not received timely, the Ministry may withhold further releases of the Fellowship amount

Documents Required:

  1. One self-attested copy of all educational qualification certificates (degrees, diplomas)
  2. One self-attested copy of matriculation examination certificate (SSC)
  3. Birth Certificate
  4. One recent passport size photograph
  5. Applicant in the field of painting, photography, Sculpture and Applied arts should produce original photocopies of their work
  6. Complete online application form
  7. Degree/Certificate by Guru/Institutes in the chosen art form

Application Procedure:

  1. Applicants are required to submit online applications on the Website of the Ministry i.e. or CCRT i.e.
  2. Click on MOC Schemes Application
  3. Click on Registration
  4. Fill up the Registration Form
  5. Get Username and Password for Login
  6. Go to current scheme status
  7. Click on the appropriate Scheme
  8. Fill up the form and submit

Contact Details:

  1. The candidate can contact to the section officer (S&F) section in Ministry of Culture
  2. Phone No.:  011-24642157
  3. Email ID:
  4. The candidate can also contact to Director, Center for Cultural Resources and Training, 15- A, Sector- 7, Dwarka, New Delhi- 110075
  5. Phone No.: 011-25074256
  6. Email ID:

References and Details:

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