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Foreign Scholarships for Indian Students. Top Scholarship programs for Indian students in Foreign universities

Updated on March 29, 2016

Foreign Scholarships for Indian Students. Top Scholarship programmes for Indian students in Foreign universities

Thousands of Indian students apply to foreign universities each year to seek quality education and global exposure, or to pursue their careers abroad. Though students obtain loans from banks, the fees and associated expenses in studying abroad are too high. This is where scholarships help to a great extent. Indian Students typically spend between Rs 15- 30 lakh to study abroad, depending on the country and the college one opts for. In the US, studying in state universities will cost an international student between $25,000 and $35,000 per year, whereas studying in private institutions can cost as high as $60,000 per year for even undergraduate education. The United Kingdom (UK) has many scholarship programmes for Indian Students at their universities

Scholarships generally cover Tuition fees, Cost of Books and living expenses. Type and form of scholarship may across different countries. Scholarships could cover entire fees or only a part of it. Usually, foreign universities offer scholarships based on GPA (grade point average). Some see a combination of SAT/GPA scores. Apart from these, colleges may see your grades, Essay, extra curricular activities etc in your scholarship application. Oxford University offers scholarships to students with GPA of 3.5 -3.8. Generally, Indian students have relatively higher GPA and TOEFL scores compared to students from other countries. Hence, they have an advantage in securing scholarships.

Scholarship programmes in USA:

  • Fulbright-Nehru scholarship: One of the top scholarship programmes in the US. Offered to outstanding students from India
  • Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship: Indian students can pursue MBA at Stanford Graduate school of Business. But, Students will have to return to India within 2 years of completion of studies
  • S N Bose Scholars student Exchange programme: Indian research scholars could pursue a selected program in the field of Science and technology at a university in USA.

Scholarship programmes in UK:

  • British Council GREAT Scholarship: One of the topmost Scholarship programmes in the UK. One of the most sought after by Indian students
  • London Metropolitan University Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship: A Merit-based Scholarship programme for Indian students who undertake Masters level courses at London Metropolitan University
  • Birkbeck University International Office Merit Scholarship: Offered to students from India, Vietnam and Thailand. Provided for one-year Masters Degree at Birkberk University
  • Imperial College India Foundation Scholarship: Offered for postgraduate level or PhD studies in selected programs at Imperial College London
  • Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship: Offered for Doctoral students and visiting fellows

Scholarship programmes in Australia:

  • University of Queensland BEL India Scholarship: Full-tuition Scholarship for Indian students studying Business, Economics and Law at the University of Queensland
  • University of Adelaide Ashok Khurana Scholarship: For Indian students who undertake postgraduate studies at the University of Adelaide
  • Global Leaders Scholarship: Under this program, 10 Scholarships are awarded to Indian students to pursue a business-related postgraduate course

Scholarship programmes in Canada:

  • Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship programme
  • Professional Development Awards (PDA) International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • The Pearson Fellowship funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Doctoral Student Research Award (DSRA) funded by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT)
  • Trudeau Scholarships funded by Trudeau Foundation

Scholarship programmes in Asia:

  • Aichi Scholarship program: Exclusively offered for Asian Students in Japan. Applicable to graduate level programs
  • Silk Road Scholarship: Offered by Seoul University, South Korea. Applicable to graduate level programs in Humanities and Science stream

Singapore: In Singapore there are many financial assistance /scholarship schemes offered to international students. The Singapore government offers tuition grants of up to 75% to students enrolled at public universities

  • Lee Kong Chian Graduate Scholarships at National University of Singapore
  • INSEAD-Syngenta MBA Scholarships for Developing Country Leaders
  • Science & Technology Undergraduate Scholarship from NUS


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