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Catch your dreams: Scholarships in India that empower, make your career

Post by on Monday, April 25, 2022

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India’s education is gradually evolving with changes in the knowledge landscape. Educators are coming up with new developments in the teaching and learning process. As a result, the increasing cost of education also causes difficulties for several Indian students to pursue education. The Government of India and the country’s universities offer many scholarships for students. You can avail a significant number of Indian scholarships for bachelor's, master's, distance learning programs, PhD fellowships, postdoctoral degrees and short courses in addition to training programs. Scholarships not only act as financial aid but are essential due to several other reasons and are a great source of financial aid for such students. On the other side, many students are unaware of the various scholarships. Last week, we detailed our readers about scholarships in J&K. This article briefs about national scholarships.

Jamia Hamdard University Admission Scholarship: Jamia Hamdard University Admission Scholarship 2021-22 is a scholarship opportunity for undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctorate students in the field of Engineering, Nursing Sciences and Allied Health, Unani Medical Education and Research, HIMSR, Management and Business Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences and other programs. The selected students will receive up to a 50% waiver in annual tuition fees in each course subject to merit-cum-means. The selected students will receive up to a 50% waiver in annual tuition fees in each course subject to merit-cum-means.

Jawaharlal Nehru University: Jawaharlal Nehru University, a public central major research university located in New Delhi provides many scholarships to students.

Merit-cum-Means Scholarships: A number of Merit-cum-Means scholarships are available for deserving and meritorious students whose parent’s/guardian’s income does not exceed Rs 2,50,000 per annum or as may be laid down from time to time. The payment of scholarships will be governed by the rules in force in the University from time to time.

Ford Foundation Scholarships: A limited number of Ford Foundation Scholarships of the value of Rs 700 per month are available for students of the M.A. Program of the School of International Studies. The scholarships will be awarded purely on merit subject to the proviso that at least half of them will go to female students.

In addition, the following endowments (scholarships)/fellowships/awards are also available to students pursuing studies at the university.

Prof. Ramesha Rao Scholarship and Travel Grant:

A sum of Rs.10,00,000 was donated by Dr. (Mrs.) K. Sudha Rao, wife of  Late Prof. A. Ramesha Rao of the School of Life Sciences for the creation of an endowment for “A. Ramesha Rao Scholarship and Travel Grant” for students securing the highest grade in the Cancer Biology, a discipline in which Professor Rao had specialized and guided students.

The award is for 10 months with Rs 3,000 per month in a year and a travel grant of Rs 30,000 to an M.Phil/Ph.D student for presenting a paper at an International Conference, Seminar, etc. in the area of Cancer Biology. This will be effective from the next year 2011 with the interest accrued on the endowment.

Tendulkar Scholarship: This scholarship of Rs.400 p.m. is awarded for two years to 2 students from various Centres of the School of Social Sciences by rotation.

Prof. Nurul Hasan Scholarship: 

Two Scholarships of Rs.1500 p.m. each are awarded for one year to students of the second year M.A./M.Sc./MCA students with the highest CGPA at the end of the first year, one of which shall be for Social Science subjects and the other for Science subjects, for promotion of education and other Ideals and values for which Prof. Hasan worked during his lifetime.

Jawahar Bhawan Trust Scholarship: These Scholarships are of the value of Rs 1000 p.m. awarded to 10 students for one year (covering two semesters) and may be renewed for subsequent semester(s) subject to the condition that the student maintains a CGPA of 5.5 at the end of the third semester of MA/M.Sc. and fifth semester in case of MCA.

Prof. MJK Thavaraj MCM Scholarship:

There are 2 Scholarships worth Rs.300/- each p.m. and Rs.2000/- as contingency are awarded on merit to M.A. (Economics) first-year students of the School of Social Sciences.

D S Gardi Sanskrit Scholarship:

Annually awarded to two M.A. students of Sanskrit Studies for two years. These scholarships are awarded based onthe performance of the students in the first semester.

Prof. Gouri Shankar Singhal Merit Scholarship: 

One scholarship to M.Sc. (SLS) 2nd-year student value of Rs 1000 per month for one year who obtained highest CGPA at the end of the third semester to be selected at school level on the basis firstly of merit and secondly of need. There is also a provision for students coming from weaker sections of society under the “Earn as you Learn” scheme.

Merit-cum-Means Scholarships:

A number of Merit-cum-Means scholarships are available for deserving and meritorious students whose parent's/guardian's income does not exceed Rs 1,00,000 per annum or as may be laid down from time to time. The payment of scholarships will be governed by the rules in force in the University from time to time.


Okita Memorial Fellowship: There are two Fellowships each of the value of Rs 5000 p.m. with an annual contingency grant of Rs 10,000 awarded by the ICCR on the recommendation of the University for 2 years.

This is open to meritorious Indian students in JNU who are registered for M.Phil/Ph.D. and MA 2nd year programmes in various Centres of SIS/SLL&CS/SSS pursuing studies/research in any of the areas of specialization bearing on Japan or India's Relations with Japan.

G Parthasarathi Endowment Fellowship: There are four Fellowships including the one in Memory of Late Chandrasekhar Prasad the student leader in JNU of Rs 1000 p.m., each awarded to students initially for one year, renewable by another year based on academic performance, to students coming from economically weaker sections of society, particularly Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe/Backward Class, and Physically Challenged (Handicapped) students.

Special Fellowships for SC/ST and PH students: Four Fellowships are awarded Rs 12000 p.m. (for one semester or two semesters) for students hailing from deprived sections of society i.e. SC/ST and Physically Challenged to prepare them for taking up teaching and research as a career. These fellowships are to be used for the most deserving among them who have completed two years of PhD or after having completed M.Phil. are on the verge of completion of PhD.

Jawahar Bhawan Trust Scholarship: These Scholarships are of the value of Rs 1000 p.m. awarded to 10 students for one year (covering two semesters) and may be renewed for subsequent semester(s) subject to the condition that the student maintains a CGPA of 5.5 at the end of the third semester of MA/M.Sc. and fifth semester in case of MCA.

Nippon Foundation (Japan): Two Fellowships are awarded every year out of the endowment of US$ 1 million given by the Nippon Foundation. The fellowship holders will enjoy this prestigious Fellowship for 3 years at the rate of Rs15,000 per month. At a given point time from the third year onwards, six students of the M.Phil./Ph.D. program will be awarded the Fellowship.

Swamy Pranavananda Memorial Research Fellowship: Awarded annually to an M.Phil. student pursuing studies for promotion in the Indian Philosophy, Culture and Civilization.


The President of India Gold Medal: This Gold Medal and Certificate is awarded annually to one student adjudged best for excellence in academic performance literary activities, music, participation in hostel life, sports, good character and conduct.

Pande Medal: A Gold Medal and a Certificate of Merit, instituted by Prof H.C Pande (retired), are awarded annually to the best student in B.A (Hons) Russian at the Centre of Russian Studies, SLL&CS.

ApeejayStya University Scholarships: ApeejayStya University Scholarship is offered to less fortunate and meritorious students to pursue quality education. Admission counsellors assist students in exploring a variety of options for scholarships.

Merit Scholarships: Several Merit-cum-Means scholarships and financial aid are offered to students of ApeejayStya University. These scholarships will be purely based on students' performances. The financial aid committee and admission committee handles these scholarship issues.

Grants and fellowships: The Master's and Doctoral program students get research grants and teaching fellowships. These are useful for research projects and academic programs.

ApeejayStya University Scholarships: ApeejayStya&Svran Group offers a Foundation Years Scholarship on the tuition fee. It is in commemoration of the foundation years of this university. The scholarship amount under this scholarship ranges from INR 65,000 to INR 2,40,000 per annum.

Dr Stya Paul Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship is offered in remembrance of Dr Stya Paul. Under this scholarship 100 best scholastic achievers in the country are provided with the opportunity to pursue their studies at the ApeejayStya University. 90 percent scholarship on the tuition fee on all Bachelor programmes is offered. Students have to just pay INR 20000 per year for their degree.

Education Loans at ApeejayStya University: ApeejayStya University has a tie-up with Dena Bank to offer loans for students.

Banaras Hindu University (BHU): Banaras Hindu University provides a scheme under the students’ welfare fund.

Scheme under Students' Welfare Fund: Only 50 poor bonafide students of the university shall be provided lunch and dinner under “Free Meal Facility” @Rs10 per diet at "AnnapoornaBhojnalaya", BHU for at least 07 months (i.e. w.e.f. 2nd October till the end of their respective examinations). In the case of female hostellers, they will be reimbursed the actual mess charges for the aforementioned period.

All the blind students shall be entitled to get free lunch and dinner under “AnnadaanYojna” of Shri Vishwanath Temple and also an amount of Rs 5,000 per annum per head as financial assistance to a maximum of 20 blind students will be provided.

First and second rank holders will be awarded a cash prize of Rs 4,000 and Rs 3,000 respectively.

An amount of Rs 2,000 per annum shall be granted as Financial Assistance to the students who are having poor family background, subject to a maximum of 100 students.

A one-time grant of Rs 4,000 per student shall be provided to the physically handicapped students for their entire course tenure, subject to a maximum of 25 students.

Sleeper Class Rail Fare will be reimbursed to the students, other than research scholars, who participate in any national level seminar/symposia/conference.

A maximum of Rs 5,000 shall be provided as Financial Assistance for organizing Seminars/Workshops, at the Faculty/Institute level, which should be beneficial to the students, subject to a maximum of 10 Seminars/Symposia/Workshops per annum.

Jamia Millia Islamia:

Jamia Millia Islamia is a central university located in New Delhi, India. Here is a list of scholarships for Jamia students.

·        Jamia Merit Scholarships

·        Merit Scholarship of the Centre for Management Studies for MBA I & II semester (Full time)

·        Means Scholarship of the Centre for Management Studies for MBA (Full time)

·        Scholarship for International Exchange Programme, offered by the Centre for Management Studies

·        Jamia Teachers Scholarship

·        SC/ST /OBC/Minorities Scholarships from various States

·        Jamia Central Scholarships

Sponsored Scholarship: List of Sponsored Scholarships

·        Sponsored Scholarships for students in various faculties/centres of Jamia Islamic Studies Scholarship for the topper student of the Department of Islamic Studies

·        Scholarship for topper student of the Department of Arabic

·        Barrister and Mrs Nooruddin Ahmad and Fareed Ahmad Scholarships

·        Razmi Rizwan Husain Memorial Scholarship

·        E. J. Kellat Scholarship

·        Scholarship for the topper student of each Faculty

·        Faculty of Education Merit Scholarship (For M. Ed. Students)

·        Faculty of Education Merit Scholarship (For students from Languages, Social Sciences and Sciences Stream)

·        Prof. S. C. Shukla Scholarship

·        Prof. Saeed Ansari Memorial Scholarship

·        Jawahar Bhavan Trust Scholarship

·        Qazi Mohd. Ahmad Memorial Scholarship

·        Mirza Mehmood Beg Scholarship

·        Ms Neelofar Scholarship Fund

·        Dr A. R. Saiyed Scholarship

·        Prof Hajira Kumar Memorial Scholarship

·        Mohammed Ajaz Student Top Excellence Reward (MASTER)

·        Nasima Begum Educational Award for Topper (NEAT) Scholarship

·        Tabassum Ajaz Winner Award for First Class Students(TA WAFS)

·        LubnaAjaz Initiative for Knowledge and Education (LIKE)

·        Sophia Ajaz Magnanimous Initiative for Learning & Education (SMILE)

·        SimmiAjaz Winner Award for Best Students (SAWABS)

·        Late Mr Masood-ul-Haque Scholarship

Sponsored Scholarships for Jamia Schools

·        Disabled Children Fund for Jamia Nursery School

·        Mushir Fatima Memorial Scholarship

·        Scholarship for toppers of Class X and XII of Jamia Senior Secondary School (I" Shift).

Other scholarships:

·        TWAS and the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences in Kolkata offer a Postgraduate Fellowships program to young foreign scientists from developing countries who wish to pursue research towards a PhD degree in physical sciences for four years.

·        To identify promising young researchers with innovative ideas and provide them with training and research opportunities in niche areas of basic science, engineering, medicine, and agriculture, the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research has established the CSIR-Nehru Science Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Scheme for the academic year 2022-2023.

·        Andhra University is now accepting applications for its BTH Merit Scholarships offered to all international students in India.

·        If you want to start a postgraduate degree in India, then you can apply for Young India Fellowships Programme at Ashoka University. This grant is open for the academic session 2022/2023. The fellowship is a one-year.

·        Alagappa University has established the Postdoctoral Fellowships in India for international students for the academic year 2021-2022.

·        Nutanix has established the Advancing Women in Technology Scholarships programs to help future leaders to pursue and complete their educational goals. The scholarship will be awarded to full-time undergraduate or graduate students for the academic year 2022-2023.

·        Sharda University has launched the Ambassador’s Scholarships programs in India for international students. Not only international, but also Indian students can participate in the scholarship programs for the academic year 2021-2022. The scholarship award will be directed towards the programs fee at Sharda.

·        International Scholarships at Chandigarh Group of Colleges, India:  Chandigarh Group of Colleges has set up a wonderful funding programme called International Scholarships for the academic year 2021-2022. This support will select students from all over the world who wish to enrol in the undergraduate degree program at the college.

·        PhD Positions at King George’s Medical University, India. The programme aims to support Indian students who are going to take a PhD degree at the university.

·        Transform Fellowships in India: Transform school is taking the initiative to educate students through its Transform Fellowships for the academic year 2021-2022.Transform is working in 67,000 government secondary schools to improve the learning outcomes of 2.4 million children across four states in India, increasing their transition to higher education and access to career opportunities.

·        Scholarships for International Students at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, India: The scholarship contains a tuition fee waiver of 40 % on the annual tuition fee for the selected candidates.

·        Alliance University is inviting high-potential applicants to apply for the Merit Scholarships in India for the academic year 2021-2022. This support will provide support to undergraduate studies of students with high academic credentials at the university.

·        Scholarships Program at Lovely Professional University, India: Get financial support to start your academic journey in India by applying for the scholarships programme at Lovely Professional University.

·        Plaksha is offering the Plaksha Research Fellowships for students who have a genuine interest in pursuing research and want to build a career in technological leadership.

National Scholarships Portal: National Scholarships Portal is a one-stop solution through which various services starting from student application, application receipt, processing, sanction and disbursal of various scholarships to Students are enabled. National Scholarships Portal is taken as Mission Mode Project under National e-Governance Plan (NeGP)

Vision: National Scholarships Portal is a one-stop solution through which various services starting from student application, application receipt, processing, sanction and disbursal of various scholarships to Students are enabled. This initiative aims at providing a Simplified, Mission-oriented, Accountable, Responsive and Transparent 'SMART' System for faster & effective disposal of Scholarships applications and delivery of funds directly into beneficiaries' accounts without any leakages.

Mission: The Mission Mode Project (MMP) of the National Scholarships Portal under the National e-Governance Plan aims at providing a common electronic portal for implementing various Scholarships schemes launched by Union governments, State governments and Union Territories across the country.

Objectives: Ensure timely disbursement of Scholarships to students provide a common portal for various Scholarships schemes of Central and State Governments Create a transparent database of scholars Avoid duplication in processing Harmonisation of different Scholarships schemes and norms Application of Direct Benefit Transfer.

Benefits: Simplified process for the students:

1: All scholarships information is available under one umbrella.

2: Single integrated application for all scholarships

Improved transparency:

1: The system suggests the schemes for which a student is eligible.

2: Duplicates can be reduced to the maximum extent

Helps in standardization:

1: Master data for Institutions and courses at all Indian levels.

2: Scholarships processing

Serves as a decision support system (DSS) for Ministries and departments as up-to-date information will be available on demand. There is a comprehensive MIS System to facilitate monitoring at every stage of scholarships distribution from student registration to delivery of funds.

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