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.

Scholarships

LIVING ALLOWANCES (STIPEND)
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

HOUSE RENT ALLOWANCES
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.

Contact

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

The official webpage.

51 thoughts on “Indian Government Scholarships

    1. Dear kajola,

      I believe it is much better to read carefully than to ask all the same again:)

      "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."

      So, to begin the application process, you must contact your local Indian embassy.

      Good luck,

      Kristina,
      Mladiinfo

  1. I really appreciate the work and effort of the INDIAN government by considering the future of the poor who cant afford Education. My biggest problem is where these scholarships are sent/application forms. we have very big problem of favouritism and tribalism in africa. the secretaries decide to hide information to the public and prefer relative for such scholarship. Why dont you help us online and the verification of the Academic documents is done at the Embassy. Thanks

    1. Dear,

      we appreciate your concerns, but you should contact the providers of this scholarships and inform them on this issue since Mladiinfo is only disseminating information on different study opportunities and not providing any financial suport.

      Good luck,
      Sanja
      Mladiinfo

  2. would you please send application forms for undergraduate scholarships

    iam amalawian man aholder of Diploma in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management passed in the year 2005.

    1. Hello, fatsani,

      Mladiinfo is not the Indian Government. I'd also like to encourage you to read:
      "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."

      Which means that you first have to get in touch with the respective Indian diplomatic mission in your country, so that they could nominate you.

      Regards,

      Kristina,
      Mladiinfo

  3. dear colleagues
    we appreciate your kind scholarships, i want to just know about master, i have done a BA, graduation 2 years not 4 years,
    please let me know about a scholarship may i be able to apply for master.
    thanks

    1. Hi, Yoosaf,

      Please note that Mladiinfo does not give scholarships or any financial support, but only informs about different opportunities. Click on the direct link to the official page above to apply for the program.

      Candidates are 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.

      Best,

      Kristina,
      mladiinfo

    1. Dear malvin,

      We only provide information about available scholarships, so that is the only help we can give you. There are currently a lot of open calls published on our webpage. Please search the website for opportunities and once you find something suitable, contact the university or institution responsible.

      Kind regards,
      Dijana
      Mladiinfo

    1. Dear Darwish,

      I don't know how you can apply directly, seeing as it is clearly stated that "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."
      I would suggest you contact the University or Government personally, and ask them your question.

      Kind regards
      Elena
      Mladiinfo

  4. Respected Sir!

    i am Darwish Afghan ICCR scholar studying BSc Eco (H) in India final year.

    As here in India a student requires to pass the Exam (KAT, MAt etc) for doing MBA…

    My quetion is that if I pass the exam and qualify for MBA in any university, in that case will there be any special considration or facility if i apply for scholarship through "Indian embassy" in Afghanistan showing my doccuments.

    1. Dear Darwish,

      Seeing as Mladiinfo is not the organization/institution giving the scholarship, I would suggest you direct your questions and concerns to the University or Government. They are best suited to answer all of your questions.

      Kind regards
      Elena
      Mladiinfo

    2. Dear darwish
      My cousin would like to apply for this scholarship that u r currently enrolled. Can u please tell me how did u applied for it. Does she has to go to ministry of education if so to which department she has to go.

      Regard,
      Mrs. PAYAAM

    1. Dear Athif khan,

      If you read carefully the post above you can see that "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."
      That means that 675 scholarships are for Afghanistan, but how many of them are for Master courses… well, that is a question for the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), so I suggest you ask them that.

      Kind regards
      Elena
      Mladiinfo

  5. Hi :
    hope everything is fine.
    i am Nasir Ahmad .i graduated from agriculture faculty.i am from Afghanistan .
    i am so eager that i get my master degree in agriculture section like food security,extension,botany,economy.
    so now i want from friend country India that per per master degree scholarship and i well ready to get exam of English.
    here is below attach my full contact if need it.
    contact:+93 0700419921
    Emil:[email protected]
    thanks from your kind cooperation

    1. Dear nasirahmad,

      Please note that Mladiinfo does not give scholarships or any financial support, but only informs about different opportunities. Click on the direct link to the official page above to apply for the program.

      Kind regards
      Elena
      Mladiinfo

  6. Hello

    My friends call me tom,am greatful that india is once more bringing the moon closer to were we are,Zambia and really believe in zambians and so i want more information on how the scholarships are going to reach zambians and what will be the conditions to people like me who want to study visual arts in terms of what to put in the application

    1. Dear Matomola,

      Please note that Mladiinfo does not give scholarships or any financial support, but only informs about different opportunities. Click on the direct link to the official page above to apply for the program.

      Kind regards
      Elena
      Mladiinfo

  7. Hello,

    I was an ICCR candidate from 2009-2011. My MA degree is not complete with 2 less courses. I want to continue, and I got the confirmation from my University. But embassy says that I cant go on my own without ICCR's confirmation to continue the scholarship. Is there any way that I can contact ICCR directly with this problem? Because the semester is already started and I am still waiting for visa. As per the embassy they wrote to ICCR but havent got the reply yet. It's been 2-3 weeks how come does it take so long for ICCR to answer an Indian consulates request(?).
    Please help me what shall i do?
    Best regards.

    1. Dear taganov,

      I don't really know how I can help you if the ICCR are not responding to the e-mail from your consulate. My best advice would be to try some of the contacts listed here http://www.iccrindia.net/contact.html
      Write to all of them. Somebody is bound to read you mail. Also you can try the contact information and telephone number listed in the above post.
      Hope you will get a speedy reply.

      Kind regards
      Elena
      Mladiinfo

  8. dear sir,i am shuvashish das pritam from bangladesh.i have completed my ssc exam 2009.my result is 5.00 out of 5.00.then i have also completed my hsc exam 2011.my result is 4.80 out of 5.00.i want to do complete my bba degree in india any reputed university..but i have financial problem.so i need scholarship…so plzz how can i apply for this scholarship.

    1. Dear Pritam das,

      Please note that Mladiinfo does not give scholarships or any financial support, but only informs about different opportunities. Click on the direct link to the official page above, make a research and see how to apply for the program.

      Kind regards
      Mladiinfo

  9. Hello dea Sir!
    my question is this that when the results will come to Afghanistan and when the afghan students arrive there/
    and one thins else is there any site that we can know the name of those students who has been slected for study in India/

    1. Dear Jawad Khan,

      Please note that Mladiinfo does not give scholarships or any financial support, but only informs about different opportunities. Follow the links provided in the post and ask contact person for the information you are looking for.

      Regards,
      Mladiinfo team

  10. hallow i want to further my study at india bangarole collegue but i have finacial problem may you please keep me updated if there will be a scoraship

  11. Sir my name is dilawer n i am from kashmir..i want to go for bds in any reputed college like maulana azad dental college…but i cant affort the fee ..so cud please suggest me what to do howq can i proceed.

    1. Dilawer, Please note that Mladiinfo does not give scholarships or any financial support, but only informs about different opportunities. Click on the direct link to the official page above to apply for the scholarships if you are interested.

  12. Hi :
    hope everything is fine.
    i am Tamirat Lambebo Gobana .i graduated from faculty of business and economics .i am from Ethiopia .
    i am so eager that i get my master degree in business and economics section like accounting and finance .
    so now i want from friend country India that per master degree scholarship .
    here is below attach my full contact if need it.
    contact:+251912330163
    Emil:[email protected]
    thanks from your kind cooperation

    1. Dear Tamirat,

      Please note that Mladiinfo does not give scholarships or any financial support, but only informs about different opportunities. Click on the direct link to the official page above to apply for the program.

      Kind regards,
      Stefan
      Mladiinfo team

  13. hello,
    its been almost six months that we have been participated in ICCR scholarship exam, after that i was invited for the oral exam, then after confirming my documents and succeding the oral exam they sent my documents to the universities that i tried for almost in june
    and now its August and the universitys already started
    plz tell me why the answer didnt come

    i called ICCR department, and i talked to Miss ……( i dont like to say her name, may be she doesnt like)
    she told me the university didnt reply yet

    so dont u think its a little late to reply! i am affraid that they dont reply and i wait till i die….i packed my suitcases and i sold my house, and i quit my job , but still waiting, what shall i do! plz tell me i am very much worry

    best wishes

    1. Dear Pouya,

      We do not own such information. Questions about admission should be directed to the university contacts. We only share the information about the existing opportunity. Please be persistent and ask the university contacts again.

      Best of luck and I hope you will have your answers soon,
      Stefan
      Mladiinfo team

      1. actually, i applies for 3 universities in 2 citys, so would u plz tell me how can i track the traces? which university and how can i underestand who the responsible person is!

        thx

  14. i am fara i am living in karachi pakistan is there sccholarships in mbbs for afghan refugees in pak or even in afghanistan, if there is any opportunity for plz inform me

    1. Dear Farah, please make your own research through the site and see if you are eligible to some of the opportunities. You have it all provided in our posts.

      Regards

  15. I am Sagar Sigdel from Nepal and too much ambitious for abroad study. Economically, i am from lower middle class so i can't afford for my higher education is there any scholarship scheme for me like students? I am in quest of such schemes.

    1. Dear Sagar,

      Note that Mladiinfo only shares information for different opportunities (meaning we do not offer financial help). It is up to you to research this site and see if you are eligible candidate for some opportunity to study abroad.

      Regards,
      Mladiinfo team

  16. Am Gilbert a High school teacher in business subjects. I am told the Indian governments sponsors workshops in education for the reachers in various study areas. I am requsting if it is possible to send me details of indian workshops for Zambian teachers for next year(2013)
    Thank you for your cooperation

    1. Dear Kupanda

      Please note that Mladiinfo only informs about different opportunities and is not the organizer of this programme. Please, contact a contact person mentioned above to acquire some information about the opportunity of workshops.

      Best regards,
      Mladiinfo team

    1. Dear Waleed,

      Please consider that this opportunity is in our archive. Please check the official website to check for any updates whether there is an open call at the moment.

      Kind regards,
      Mladiinfo team

  17. I'm Shemsu Gabiso from Ethiopia, holding Masters' degree in health service management and I'm searching for scholarship funding body to learn PhD in health. How can I apply to this? Would you please say some thing to show me way to succeed (to be scholar ship beneficiary) in India?

    1. Dear Shemsu,

      You have given in each of our posts, instructions on how to apply, specification who is eligible. For more details you are provided with the official website and contacts, thus that is the way we help you; providing you with the proper information.

      Kind regards,
      MLadiinfo team

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