Indian Government Scholarships

Deadline: not specified
Open to: candidates who want to pursue their undergraduate or postgraduate degrees from the countries below
Scholarships: living allowance of up to 6,500 rupees (105 Euro)/month, house rent allowances of 3,500 rupees (57 Euro)/month, contingent grants

Many scholarship schemes

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) annually offers about 2325 scholarships under 21 scholarship schemes. Of these scholarships, 675 are exclusively for Afghanistan and 500 for African countries. There are students in India under these schemes from about 80 countries. Most of the scholarship holders come from developing countries in Asia, Africa, South and Central America. However, there are quite a few students from the developed countries as well. Apart from the most important and most popular scheme (General Cultural Scholarship Scheme) there are many other scholarship schemes.

General Cultural Scholarship Scheme

The General Cultural Scholarship Scheme (GCSS) is one of the most important and popular schemes of the ICCR for foreign students. Scholarships are awarded under this scheme 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, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Cambodia, Comoros, Fiji, Tuvalu (Fiji), Guatemala, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Minsk, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Panama, Slovenia, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkmenistan, UAE, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Botswana, Congo, Ethiopia, Djibouti Gambia (Senegal), Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi (Zambia), Maseru, Mauritius (MSS) (GCSS), Morocco, Mozambique, Swaziland, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

The list of universities recognised by the University Grants Commission of India can be seen here.


Undergraduate (BA/B Sc/B Com/BBM/ BCA/BBA/B Tech etc.) – 4,500 rupees/month
Postgraduate (MA/M Com/MBA/ MCA/M Sc/ME/M.Tech etc.) – 5,000/month
Research Courses M.Phil/PhD/D. Lit/Fellow – 6,000/month
Post-doctoral Fellow – 6,500/month

a) In the cities: Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad & Pune – 3,500/month
b) In other cities – 3,000/month

More info here.

Application Procedure

Offers of scholarships are sent to the respective Governments through the Indian diplomatic missions abroad. Nominations received thereafter from the respective governments by the Indian diplomatic missions are forwarded to the ICCR for final selection and placement.

Direct applications from candidates are not considered by ICCR. International government nominees have to fill in the 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/she wishes to pursue such as i) certificate/diploma ii) undergraduate degree iii) postgraduate degree iv) doctoral research work. Candidates are also advised to consult the Handbook of Indian Universities, available with the Indian missions abroad, to ensure the availability of their choice of courses 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 required. All the applicants are required to undergo an English Proficiency Test conducted by the Indian missions abroad.


Indian Council for Cultural Relations
Azad Bhavan, Indraprastha Estate,
New Delhi-110002, India
For scholarships contact: [email protected]

The official webpage.