The Government of India offers
scholarships and fellowships to international students wishing to study
in India in various programmes and disciplines. Scholarships are
available also for research work and non-formal courses (Religion,
Classical Music, Dance and Crafts). The following scholarship schemes
are available to international students
Cultural Exchange Programme
Every year scholarships are offered to
international students according to the terms and conditions of the
Cultural Exchange Programme signed between the Government of India and
the Government of the respective country for studying, training and
research in various fields. At present India has Cultural Exchange
Programmes with the following countries:
Australia, Algeria, Argentina,
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Belgium, Bahrain, Colombia, Cyprus,
China, Czech, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece,
Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya,
Kuwait, Kyrghyzstan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Maldives, Mauritius, Malaysia,
Mexico, Mali, Netherlands, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Pakistan,
Philippines, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Slovakia, Spain,
Sweden, South Korea, Senegal, Sudan, Syria, Somalia, Sri Lanka,
Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates (UAE),
United Arab Republic (Egypt), Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zaire,
General Cultural Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded under this
scheme (GCSS) annually to international students belonging to certain
Asian, African and Latin American countries for the undergraduate,
postgraduate degrees and for pursuing research at Indian universities.
However, scholarships for medical studies for MBBS, BDS or for medical
research leading to a Ph.D. degree are not offered under the GCSS
scheme. A list of countries covered under the GCSS is given below:
Afghanistan, Barbados, Botswana,
Cambodia, Cameroon, Djibuti, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gambia, Guyana, Indonesia,
Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Laos, Lesotho, Maldives,
Mauritius, Myanmar, Malawi, Namibia, Nepal, Palestine, Russia, Saudi
Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Republic of Ireland, Sri Lanka,
Syria, Seychelles, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago,
Uganda, Uzbekistan, UAE, Vietnam, Yemen, Zaire, Zambia. Zimbabwe.
Apasaheb Pant Scholarship Scheme
Under this scheme one scholarship is
offered to a Kenyan national to pursue studies at the postgraduate
level, preferably in the field of Economics or International Relations
at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Apart from the usual dues, economy class
air-fare is also provided.
Scholarships and fellowships are
offered annually under this scheme to candidates from Commonwealth
countries mainly for postgraduate studies, though a few awards may be
made available for undergraduate studies in those disciplines for which
adequate facilities may not exist in the applicants' country. Short
duration scholarships are also available under this scheme for scholars
wishing to collect material for conducting research projects back home.
Technical Cooperation Scheme (TCS)
of the Colombo Plan
Under the TCS of the Colombo Plan,
scholarships are awarded to the candidates of the following countries:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran,
Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Maldives, Nepal, Philippines, Papua
New Guinea, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Thailand.
According to the scheme, scholarships
are offered for undergraduate, postgraduate and research towards a Ph.D.
degree. At the undergraduate level a few scholarships are also available
for engineering degrees or diploma courses.
The scholarships in this scheme are of
This category is for training of officers coming for short or
This is meant for students, trainees, undergraduates and postgraduates
coming for short, medium or long-term courses.
The duration of courses is as
- One year or less
- Up to two years
- More than two years
Reciprocal Scholarship Scheme
Candidates wishing to do postgraduate
study or research in any subject for which facilities exist in India,
may apply for a scholarship under this scheme. Applicants wanting to
study or wishing to specialize in Indian Classical Music, Indian
Classical Dance, Painting, Sculpture, Drama and Indian Languages may
also be considered for admission at the undergraduate level. For
undergraduate courses, international students may join any university or
a recognized institution An international student wishing to study
Indian languages, should join a university or institution as a regular
Scholarships under this scheme are
available to candidates from the following countries: Austria, Brazil,
Chile, Costa Rica, Denmark, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru,
Switzerland, Surinam, Uruguay.
Scholarship Scheme for Sri Lanka
Under this scheme 77 scholarships are
offered annually, 47 for Sri Lanka and 30 for Mauritius. These
scholarships are for pursuing studies towards undergraduate,
postgraduate degrees and for pursuing research towards fulfillment of a
Ph.D. degree. Nationals of Sri Lanka can also study specialized subjects
such as Agriculture, Engineering and Pharmacy under this scheme.
SAARC Scholarship Scheme
To promote interaction among students,
scholars, academicians from SAARC countries, the Government of India has
introduced the SAARC Fellowship and Scholarship Scheme. Six fellowships
and twelve scholarships are offered annually to the nationals of member
countries viz. Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri
Lanka. Therefore, one fellowship and two scholarships are offered to
nationals of each member country.
Fellowships and scholarships are
offered for studies in areas of Economics, Education, Environment,
Agriculture, Mass Communication, Language and Literature, Sociology,
Transport Engineering, Applied Economics, Master of Business
Administration Programme, Biochemistry, Social Work, Food Technology and
In addition. one Chair is also awarded
to a member country on rotation basis. Only such courses for which no
adequate facilities exist in the member countries, are offered for study
by the Government of India. The financial terms and conditions are finalized
by the SAARC secretariat.
ICCR Scholarship Scheme
60 Scholarships under the ICCR scheme
are offered annually for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in
Performing as well as Visual Arts. Subjects include Indian Classical
Music, Dance, Painting and Sculpture. Facilities for doing research work
in these fields are also available. Candidates from any country can
Under its scholarship schemes, ICCR
offers the following facilities to scholars:
- Undergraduate/ Postgraduate Rs.
2,000/- per month
- M.Phil/Ph.D./MD/MS/M.Tech/ME Rs.
2,800/- per month
- Post-doctoral studies Rs. 3,500/-
- Undergraduate/ Postgraduate Rs.
4,500/- per annum
- M. Phil Ph.D. in humanities Rs.
7,500/- per annum
- M. Phil/ Ph.D. courses in sciences,
technology MD/MS/M.Tech /ME Rs. l0,000/- per annum
- Post-doctoral studies Rs. 10,000/-
- Post-doctoral studies in Science,
Engineering, Technology, Medicine Rs. 12,500/- per annum
ICCR pays all compulsory tuition fees
charged by the universities institutions.
Thesis and dissertation charges
Thesis and dissertation charges are
fully reimbursed; if the expenditure is not beyond Rs. 1,000/-. Expenses
above this limit are reimbursed to the extent of 50%.
ICCR pays for expenditure incurred by
the scholar for medicines bought on the advice of the medical officer of
the institution/ university. ICCR reimburses expenses except on tonics,
surgical appliances, artificial aids, spectacles and similar articles.
Claims for reimbursement should be supported by cash vouchers. Treatment
requiring hospitalization, should be referred to Government hospitals.
However, cases requiring immediate and special treatment can be referred
to private practitioners at the discretion of the head of the
institution or the medical officer of the institution.
Study Tour Expenses
- General Cultural Scholarship Scheme,
ICCR Scholarship Scheme and Scheme for Nationals of Bangladesh,
Mauritius & Sri Lanka
- An amount of Rs. 2,000/- per annum
plus first class train fare is given to the scholars.
- Cultural Exchange Programme
Under the Cultural Exchange
Programme study tours are reimbursed, but ICCR has to be informed of
the study tour proposal well in advance.
Scholars proceeding on a study tour
should have their study tour proposal certified by the Supervising
Teacher or Head of the Institution concerned as an integral part of
or as essential is enclosed at Annexure III. This form should be
completed and sent to ICCR for clearance.
The scholar would be paid the cost
of return first class rail fare non-air-conditioned or the actual
bus fare together with the daily allowance as indicated below for
the period of the tour:
For the first 30 nights at one
place at Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, Delhi Rs. 80/-per night
At all other places Rs. 60/-
For the period in excess of 30
nights at :Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and Delhi Rs. 60/-
This daily allowance is given in
addition to the normal monthly maintenance allowance.
How to Apply for a Scholarship
Offer of scholarships are sent to the
respective Governments through Indian diplomatic missions abroad.
Nominations are received from the respective Governments in the Indian
diplomatic missions concerned. These are forwarded to ICCR for final
selection and placement. Direct applications from candidates cannot
be considered by ICCR. International government nominees have to
fill prescribed forms for Scholarships for Foreign Nationals that
are available with Indian missions abroad. While filling in the forms,
the candidate must specify the course he wishes to pursue such as i)
certificate/diploma ii) undergraduate degree iii) postgraduate degree
iv) doctoral research work only. Candidates are also advised to consult
the Handbook of Indian Universities available with Indian
missions abroad to ensure the availability of their choice of a course
in India. The application forms should include the required number of
copies of educational certificates along with three copies of
passport-size photographs. In some cases, a no objection
certificate from the candidate's employer or place of work is also