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Scholarships schemes

As a major actor of culture, one of the most important task of ICCR is to promote international mobility. For this, the ICCR’s main activity is to develop a whole scholarship programme in order to improve the rate of international students in India and thus promote cultural and academic exchanges.

Promoting international students of any kind

Altogether, there are more than 4 500 students from more than 130 countries who are currently studing in India. Most of them come from developing countries, such as Asia, Africa, but also South and Central America, but there are also quite a few coming from developing countries such as Europe and the United States.

Students following any kind of courses are concerned by scholarships, may it be under-graduate, post-graduate, doctoral programmes, but also any kind of professional courses, including any thematic like engineering, pharmacy, accountancy, business administration, management, but also artistics courses such as Indian dance, music, painting, sculpture, and so on.

Important information before applying for a scholarship

Any international student planning on applying for a scholarship must beforehand look into some important information, such as the courses and certificates equivalents with they home university. It is important to make sure that the course followed in India will match their course in their home university to guarantee that the final certificate will be equivalent and recognised in their home country. Note that choosing courses is the most important step while applying for a scholarship. Once application is sent, there is no way to switch courses, even on arrival.

Also, foreign students must first check the full list of Indian universities where ICCR usually secures admission. Indeed, some small or private universities are not included in the list of ICCR’s partnerships and would not accept ICCR foreign scholars. Note also that Indian universities are independent and thus have their own eligibility criteria. For this reason, the acceptance of a scholarship does not guarantee an acceptation at the university. Any application accepted will be confirmed by the university admission to courses.

Moreover, international students must note some specifications regarding studying in India. For instance, some courses will require a physical fitness verification, or health check-up. Also, the ICCR does not take in charge all practical but non-academic tasks, such as taking care of visas or looking for accomodations.

Additionaly, note that :

  • Any scholarship application must come with certified copies of all documents, along with certified English translations.
  • Application for doctoral or post-doctoral courses must include a synopsis of their suggested area of research.
  • Candidates must obviously have a good level of English in order to follow their course, and possess a valid Visa.
  • A priority will be given to students who come studying in India for the first time.
  • No application will be accepted to courses in dentist and nursery field.

Presentation of the different scholarship schemes

The ICCR offers more than 3 300 scholarships every year, under 24 different scholarship scheme. Some are exclusive to certain countries, such as Afghanistan or African countries, as other are more general.

The ICCR scholarship programme

NO. NAME OF THE SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME FUNDED BY COURSES
1 General Cultural Scholarship Scheme ICCR UG, PG, M Phil, Ph.D. Post Doctoral Courses
2 Scholarships under bilateral Cultural Exchange Programmes (CEP Scholarship/EEP/MOU)only where valid CEPs is in force ICCR UG, PG, M Phil, Ph.D. Courses
3 Scholarships for students from Commonwealth Countries (ICCR’s Commonwealth Scholarship Plan) ICCR UG, PG, M Phil, Ph.D. Courses
4 Special Scholarship Scheme for Mauritian Nationals (TC Division) ICCR Post Graduate Medical Courses at BHU, Varanasi
5 Scholarship Scheme for Training in Indian Music and Dance (ICCR Scholarship Scheme) ICCR Dance, Music, Yoga/Art Courses
6 Global Studies Programme ICCR Post Graduate Courses
7 Scholarship Scheme for Bangladeshi Nationals – Bangladesh Scholarship Scheme ICCR UG, PG, Ph.D./Post Doctoral Courses
8 Scholarship Scheme for Sri Lankan Nationals – Nehru Memorial Scholarship Scheme ICCR UG, PG Courses

Scholarship schemes funded by the MEA

NO. NAME OF THE SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME FUNDED BY COURSES
9 Scholarship for students from SAARC Countries – SAARC Scholarship Scheme MEA UG, PG, PH.D. Courses
10 Scholarships for students from African Countries – Africa Scholarship Scheme MEA UG, PG, M Phil, Ph.D. Courses
11 Scholarship for students from IOR – ARC Countries (IOR-ARC Scholarship Scheme) not valid 2014 onwards MEA Post Graduate/Ph.D. Courses
12 Scholarships for students from Mekong Ganga Co-operation (MGC) Countries – (Mekong Ganga Co-operation Scholarship Scheme) MEA UG, PG, M Phil, Ph.D. Courses
13 Scholarships for Afghan Nationals – Afghan Scholarship Scheme MEA UG, PG Courses
14 Scholarship for Nepalese Nationals (also known as SilverJubilee Scholarship Scheme) MEA PG, M Phil, Ph.D. Courses
15 Scholarships for Mongolian Nationals – Aid to Mongolia Scholarship Scheme MEA UG, PG, Ph.D. Courses
16 Scholarships for Bhutanese Nationals – Aid to Bhutan Scholarship Scheme MEA Under Graduate (Only Engg. Courses)
17 Scholarships for Maldivian Nationals – Aid to Maldives Scholarship Scheme MEA Under Graduate Courses
18 Scholarships to Bangladeshi Nationals – India Scholarship (Bangladesh) Scheme MEA UG, PG, Ph.D (General Courses excluding Engineering)

Scholarships for Sri Lankan Nationals

NO. NAME OF THE SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME FUNDED BY COURSES
19 Nehru Memorial Scholarship Scheme MEA Only UG Courses
20 Maulana Azad Scholarship Scheme MEA Master’s Degree in Agricultural Science & Engg. Courses
21 Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship Scheme MEA For study in the field of IT (BE/B.Tech Courses)
22 Ayush Scholarships to study Indian Traditional Medicine Systems such as Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha & Homeopathy (available for students from all Countries, though priority is given to those from BIMSTEC Countries) MEA Undergraduate/Post Graduate /Ph.D. Courses in Ayurveda, Homoeopathy, Unani, Siddha, Yoga

Scholarships for Sri Lankan Nationals funded by the AYUSH

NO. NAME OF THE SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME FUNDED BY COURSES
23 Ayush Scholarship Scheme for Non-BIMSTEC countries on behalf of Ayush Department to study in Indian Traditional Medicine Systems such as Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha & Homeopathy AYUSH Undergraduate/Post Graduate /Ph.D. Courses in Ayurveda, Homoeopathy, Unani, Siddha, Yoga
24 AYUSH Scholarships to study Indian Traditional Medicine Systems such as Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha & Homeopathy (for Malaysian Nationals) AYUSH Undergraduate/Post Graduate /Ph.D. Courses in Ayurveda, Homoeopathy, Unani, Siddha, Yoga