Going abroad to study is an expensive dream that not everybody can afford. Luckily, there are actually many scholarships for Indian students who want to study abroad. This list focuses mainly on useful scholarships for post graduate studies, though most of the organizations offer undergrad scholarships as well.
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Founded by Mr. Indoo Shivdasani in 1976 with the aim of encouraging talented young people in every field, the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation is one of the most prestigious and well-recognized scholarship programmes in the country. They offer a number of different scholarship schemes, including university specific as well as course specific options. Their full scholarship covers the cost of tuition, air travel as well as a small monthly allowance; they also offer smaller scholarships including half tuition or quarter tuition.
This differs based on the type of scholarship but across the board they require:
- Indian nationality
- Graduate degree from India
- 30 years of age or less
- Prior admission to the desired course in Europe, UK or USA
Application forms are available from the 10th of January to the 15th of April and the must be submitted by the 15th April, 2016. Please be aware that the form has to be submitted in their office in Mumbai. Check here.
2. Charles Wallace Indian Trust
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This is a British charity that is run in partnership with the British Council in India. They award grants and scholarships to mature students, preferring those with in the mid to late stages of their career. Their focus is on the arts, humanities and heritage preservation fields. Their scholarships include: grants for doctoral studies, fully funded awards for a specific course, Scottish Summer School grants and research grants.
- Indian citizenship AND residency
- Age between 25 and 38
- Unconditional acceptance offer from UK university
- Applicants should have a first professional qualification in their field
- Noteworthy work experience in the relevant field is preferred
- No CWIT grant within the last five years.
The forms are available from August 2015 onwards and have to be submitted by 30 Nov 2015. The deadline for submission is 30 November 2015. Only hard copy applications will be accepted and can be dropped off at the nearest British Council centre. Check here.
3. Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
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This is a scholarship aimed at bright and talented students from Commonwealth countries (of course that includes India!) who wish to get a stellar education in the UK before returning home to make a significant contribution to their country. It is an annual scheme for Masters Degrees as well as doctoral degrees of up to 3 years. It is managed in partnership with the British Council of India. It covers air travel, tuition fee as well as an adequate allowance.
- Indian citizenship AND residency
- Age less than 40
- Tertiary education in English medium
- Must have minimum academic score (60 % and above for humanities students, 65 % and above for science and commerce fields) in relevant educational degree (bachelors or masters)
The deadline changes from year to year but is usually in the month of October (for entry into a course in the September of the following year). Check here.
4. ETS TOEFL Scholarship Program in India
They offer 10 scholarships valued at 7,000 USD each, which are only supposed to cover tuition fees and as such are disbursed straight to the university, upon the arrival of the student at their campus. After an initial application round, 100 finalists are short-listed based on their academic records, essays and other achievements. Communication and leadership skills, a well-rounded personality and innovative ideas are what will set you apart in the eyes of the committee interviewing the semi-finalists.
- Indian citizenship
- Admission or intention to apply to an approved university (which can be verified on their website)
- Marks of 80 or higher on a scale of 100 in the last educational qualification
- Valid TOEFL score
Deadline for the first round of application is August 3, 2015. Check here.
5. Fulbright Nehru Master’s Fellowship
This is an extremely prestigious scholarship for the US-bound students. The distinction of being a ‘Fulbright scholar’ can open many doors. This is also why this is one of the hardest scholarships to land, with rigorous academic and extra-curricular requirements as well as intensive interview rounds. They look for determined, motivated and intelligent students who demonstrate leadership qualities and initiative. There are separate grants for master’s degrees, doctoral degrees, research fellowships and other field-specific degrees. The air travel, tuition, visa and living costs are covered by them.
- have completed an equivalent of a U.S. Bachelors degree from a recognized Indian university, with 55 % marks
- have at least 3 years full time work experience in the relevant field
- social service and leadership experience
- no previous educational qualifications from a U.S. institution
- employer’s endorsement
July 1, 2015. Check here.
Besides these popular choices, you can also explore certain community-based scholarships such as the GET Scholarships from the British Council, Manekji and Shirinbai Neterwala Trust and Shri Brihad Baharatiya Samaj, which are a little bit less competitive. Also, remember that there are many smaller scholarships for Indian students such as the Tata Endowment Fund that offer varying amounts of money; even if the amount seems less, by piecing it together, you might just manage to get enough to live your educational dream!