External Scholarships for Indian Students

21 January, 2023

External Scholarships for Indian Students

Scholarships are financial aid given to a student on academic excellence, and this money is not to be repaid as it is not a loan. Grants, tuition exemptions, and fellowships are some examples. Thus, scholarships are an excellent way to help students complete their education, usually higher education. They are given to relieve students (both prospective and current) and their families of a major portion of the expensive cost of higher education.

Scholarships can cover a variety of costs associated with higher education, including lab fees, books, housing and board, transportation, tuition, and more. A scholarship is occasionally a one-time payment. Other scholarship grants are renewable; they give students with funds each academic year or semester for a number of years or for the duration of their studies. Scholarships can be fully or partially funded—that is, they can pay the entire cost or just a portion of it.

Numerous institutions, for instance, colleges and universities, the government, foundations, businesses clubs, organizations, charities and people, offer scholarships. Colleges and universities offer financial aid purely on the basis of merit, so you must contact the schools you are interested in or read their guidelines carefully to determine whether you qualify.

To qualify for a scholarship to study abroad, applicants must have a  consistent, required test scores ( Ielts, Toefl, GMAT or GRE ) and in some applications prior admit from abroad university, Generally, a candidate cannot be older than 30 years of age (for an undergraduate program).

 

Here are some scholarships most suitable for Indian students

Scholarships for any university in the United Kingdom

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship

Scope Master’s and Ph.D. programme in the UK
Eligibility Criteria Indian citizenship

English as the medium of education

Minimum 60% marks in Social Sciences and Humanities or 65% in Engineering, Science, Technology, and Agriculture

Shortlisting Procedure Preliminary interviews conducted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development
Expenses Covered 31,60,764 INR maximum scholarship amount, covering tuition fee, economy class return airfare, and living expenses
Field of Study Engineering and Technology

Pure and Applied Science

Agriculture

Social Sciences and Humanities

Time of application In August for batches starting the following academic year

 

Chevening Scholarships

Scope One-year postgraduate degree at any UK university
Eligibility Criteria Either a graduate or postgraduate

Pursue a master’s degree in the UK

At least 2 years of work experience preferred

Covered Expenses

 

Fully funded: tuition, living expenses, travel costs to and from the UK, other allowances, including full or partial support based on candidate requirements
Applicability UK universities affiliated with Chevening
Field of study Any subject of your choice
Time of application From August second week to July every year

 

Scholarships for any university in the United States

Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships

Eligibility Criteria 4 years of education or an equivalent bachelor’s degree in the US; at least 3 years of work experience
Covered Expenses Tuition fee, economy air ticket, books, living expense
Field of Study Arts and Culture; Environmental Science; International Legal Studies; Public Health; Gender Studies; Urban and Regional Planning; Public Administration
Time of Application June every year
Applicability US universities

 

Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship

Scope Climate change studies and research
Eligibility Criteria PhD scholars or holding PhD within the previous 4 years
Field of Study Energy Studies; Earth Sciences; Geology; Environmental Sciences; Renewable Energy; Smart Cities; Agriculture; Public Policy; Environmental Engineering; Disaster Resilient Infrastructure
Applicability For postdoctoral research in India; access to resources in your fields and development of long-term collaborative partnerships with professors and institutions in the US

 

Tata Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria Indian citizenship
Covered Expenses Need-based financial support, tuition fee (8 semesters), living cost, travel expenses, medical, food
Field of Study Architecture and Planning; Engineering; Applied Economics; Agriculture and Life Sciences; Biological Sciences; Physical Sciences; Social Sciences
Time of Application October or November every year
Applicability Cornell University

 

Scholarship for Universities in Australia

Australia Awards Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria Graduates from specific Indian universities
Covered Expenses Tuition, living expenses, return air ticket, establishment allowance, other expenses
Field of Study Undergraduate and postgraduate course
Time of Application February every year
Applicability Any Australian university

 

Australian Embassy Fully Funded Scholarships

Eligibility Criteria At least 50% of academic score
Covered Expenses Tuition fees, free student visa for 4 years, weekly/travel allowance, family allowance for married candidates, health insurance
Field of Study Undergraduate course; Masters scholarship; PhD; MBA
Time of Application Updated by the Australian Embassy
Applicability Australian listed universities

 

Scholarships for Multiple Nationalities

Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarships

Scope University courses and special programs in European and American universities
Eligibility Criteria Indian citizenship; an undergraduate degree from a recognised Indian university; at least 2 years of work experience; prior admission to the institute or course; below age 30 at time of application
Covered Expenses

 

Maximum scholarship provided is $1,00,000, covering tuition fees, living expense, and air travel
Field of study Master’s degree; masters diploma; masters certificate postgraduate programs
Time of Application January every year

 

Erasmus Mundus

Scope Universities in the UK, Europe and the USA
Eligibility Criteria BSc (mathematics, physics, computer sciences, or similar fields); Bachelor’s degree with minimum of 180 ECTS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or closely related fields; Preferred Computer networking, programming, and operating systems knowledge; English proficiency
Covered Expenses Travel expenses up to 1000€ per year; Tuition and Insurance coverage at 4000 € yearly; Other costs at 1000 € per month for the duration of the course
Field of Study Masters; Joint degree programs
Time of Application From September to January every year

 

Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) International Scholarship Programme

Scope Universities in the US, Canada, the UK, France, and Portugal
Eligibility Criteria Indian citizenship;under 30 years of age (preferred); relevance of the opted program to the focus areas of the AKF
Covered Expenses 50% grant and 50% percent loan (payback period is 5 years, after 6 months of joining), tuition fees and living expenses
Time of Application January to March every year

 

Scholarships for Underprivileged or Marginalised Communities

Felix Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria Underprivileged Indian students; First class Bachelor’s degree from a recognised Indian university; Below 30 years of age
Covered Expenses The maximum scholarship provided is £ 71,700, covering full course fees, living expenses of around £14,500, return flight India–the UK
Field of Study MBA; Full-time Master’s degree; Full-time DPhil degree
Time of Application September every year
Applicability University of Oxford

 

National Overseas Scholarship for SC Students

Scope For students from the Scheduled Caste (SC), denotified nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes, landless agricultural labourers and traditional artisan category students
Eligibility Criteria At least 60% in last degree obtained; two years prior word experience (preferred); maximum age limit of 35 years
Covered Expenses Annual maintenance allowance (15400 US Dollars or 9900 Great Britain Pounds); contingency allowance (1500 US Dollars or1100 Great Britain Pounds); tuition fees, visa fees, medical insurance premium, incidental journey and equipment allowance economy return tickets
Time of Application Between February and March every year
Applicability Australia, the US, the UK, Germany, Canada

 

Scholarships for Women

Scholarships by The Lady Meherbai D Tata Education Trust

Scope Indian women graduates applying for master’s degree programmes at universities in the US, the UK, and Europe
Eligibility Criteria Consistently remarkable academic record; work experience of a minimum of 2 years preferred
Covered Expenses Merit-based; ranging from Rs. 3 lakhs to Rs. 6 lakhs per student

 

American Association of University Women International Fellowships

Scope Women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the US, who intend to return to their home country to pursue a professional career
Eligibility Criteria Equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree, English proficiency
Covered Expenses $20,000–$50,000
Time of Application August 1–November 15, every year
Applicability Few awards are available for study outside of the US (excluding the applicant’s home country) to women who are members of Graduate Women International

 

College-specific Scholarships for Indian Students

UBC International Leader of Tomorrow Award

Scope Undergraduate programs in British Columbia University, Canada
Eligibility Criteria applying for your first undergraduate degree; superior academic achievement (achieve all As or equivalent standard)
Covered Expenses Need-based financial support including tuition, and living expenses

Renewal after three years of undergraduate study is possible

Time of Application November every year for courses starting the subsequent year

 

Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarships

Scope Undergraduates and postgraduates, including international students
Eligibility Criteria Acceptance offer for either undergraduate or postgraduate course
Covered Expenses College tuition up to £3,000 for one year
Field of Study Any undergraduate, postgraduate, or integrated master’s programs of your choice
Time of Application February every year
Applicability Newcastle University, the UK

 

Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards given to outstanding students, including five Indian students to study at Oxford University with an intention to promote selfless future global leaders.

Scope Postgraduate awards given to up to five Indian students to study at Oxford University, the UK
Eligibility Criteria Indian citizenship; Formal education in India for at least 4 out of the last 10 years; Either passed 10th or 12th standard or Be a final year student of an undergraduate degree of an Indian University; Between 19 and 25 years of age; Should have secured First Class
Covered Expenses The maximum scholarship provided is 64,26,240/- INR, covering tuition fees, accommodation, living expenses
Field of Study MBA; Any full-time postgraduation degree
Time of Application September every year

 

University of Melbourne Scholarships

Scope Research work at the Melbourne University, Australia
Eligibility Criteria First class in last completed degree
Covered Expenses Refundable fee up to $11000; Living expenses up to $30,600 per year on pro rata, relocation grant for international students up to $3000, health insurance
Field of Study Graduate Research; Research Training; Melbourne Research
Time of Application October every year

 

Adelaide Scholarship International

Scope Adelaide University, Australia
Eligibility Criteria Completion of a First-Class Australian degree; Candidate should not have prior research qualification
Covered Expenses Fully funded tuition fee, living expenses up to $28092 (per 2020 statistics), relocation grant, health insurance
Field of Study 2-year master degree; 3-year doctoral research degree
Time of Application According to Adelaide University guidelines

 

This is just a glimpse of some extremely prestigious scholarships. To know more, contact your IMS consultant today and find out scholarships that could ease the finances of your education.

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Dipti Pal

Head, Admission Consulting

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