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15 Best International Scholarships for Indian Students

A global educatin is a life-changing experience, which is why millions of students leave their shores every year to study abroad. However, the costs can be astronomical for many and the only way they can achieve their dream of studying abroad is through a scholarship.

The good news is that Indian students have now a host of options to choose from, as international scholarships for Indian students are being offered by various governments and select universities abroad.

Here’s a list of 15 best scholarships across the UK, USA, China, Canada and Australia, based on popularity. We have compiled these for you – so you can get a snapshot in one place and gain an insight into the various scholarships on offer.

Scholarships in United Kingdom

Indian students are offered a wide range of scholarships and fellowships by both the UK Government and Universities, important ones highlighted below:

1. Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship , a Master’s and PhD programme in UK, offered by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission to deserving students from the Commonwealth nations, of which India is a member, who have the potential to contribute significantly to their nations.

Scholarship Details
Eligibility Criteria
  • Student has to be an Indian citizen
  • English has to be the medium of education
  • Secure a minimum of 60% marks in Social Sciences and Humanities or a minimum of 65% marks in the field of Engineering, Science, Technology and Agriculture
  • Preliminary interviews conducted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development for shortlisting deserving students
Covered ExpensesMaximum scholarship amount is Rs 31,60,764/- which covers

  • Tuition fee
  • Economy class return airfare
  • Living expenses
Field of Study
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Pure and Applied Science
  • Agriculture
  • Social Sciences and Humanities
Time of Application
  • In August for batches starting the next academic year
Scholarships
  • No specific Scholarships, depends on deserving candidates.
Applicable to
  • UK universities
Link https://www.britishcouncil.in/study-uk/scholarships/commonwealth-scholarships

2. Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships offered by the Government of UK for exceptional international students, including Indian students, to pursue a one-year postgraduate degree at any UK university in the subject of their choice. The scholarship aims at developing future global leaders.

Scholarship Details
Eligibility Criteria
  • Either a graduate or postgraduate
  • Pursue master’s degree in the UK
  • At least 2 years of work experience preferred
Covered ExpensesFully funded includes

  • Tuition
  • Living expenses
  • Travel cost to and from UK
  • Other allowances, including full or partial support based on candidate requirements
Field of Study
  • All one-year master’s programs
Time of Application
  • August second week till July every year
Scholarships
  • Yearly 65 scholarships for Indian students
Applicable to
  • UK universities affiliated with Chevening
Link https://www.chevening.org/scholarships/

3. Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarships

Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarships by Newcastle University is offered to undergraduates and postgraduates, including international students.

Scholarship Details
Eligibility Criteria
  • Candidates who have been offered to study for either undergraduate or postgraduate courses
Covered Expenses
  • College tuition up to £3,000 for one year
Field of Study
  • Undergraduate courses
  • Postgraduate courses
  • Integrated master’s programs
Time of Application
  • February every year
Scholarships
  • Yearly 225 scholarships
Applicable to
  • Newcastle University, UK
Link http://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/finance/scholarships/vcis/

4. Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarships  is a postgraduate award given to outstanding students, including five Indian students to study at Oxford University with an intention to promote selfless future global leaders.

Scholarship Details
Eligibility Criteria
  • Candidates should be an Indian citizen
  • Formal education in India for at least 4 out of last 10 years
  • Either passed 10th or 12th standard or Be a final year student of an undergraduate degree of an Indian University
  • Should be of 19 years and not more than 25 years of age
  • Should have secured First Class
Covered ExpensesMaximum scholarship provided is Rs 64,26,240/- covers

  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation
  • Living expenses
Field of Study
  • MBA
  • Any full-time postgraduation degree
Time of Application
  • September every year
Scholarships
  • 5 scholarships for Indian students
Applicable to
  • Oxford University, UK
Linkhttps://studyabroad.shiksha.com/scholarships/rhodes-scholarship-mba

5. Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarships

 Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarships is offered to deserving students for studying in UK, European and USA universities, and consists of university courses and special programs.

Scholarship Details
Eligibility Criteria
  • Indian Citizens who hold a undergraduate degree from a recognised Indian university
  • At least 2 years of work experience
  • Prior admission to the institute or course
  • Below age 30 at application time
Covered ExpensesMaximum scholarship provided is $1,00,000 covers

  • Tuition fees
  • Living Expense
  • Air travel
Field of Study
  • Masters Degree
  • Masters Diploma,
  • Masters Certificate Postgraduate programs
Time of Application
  • January every year
Scholarships
  • N.A
Applicable to
  • Universities in UK, Europe and USA
Link https://www.inlaksfoundation.org/scholarships/how-to-apply/

6. Erasmus Mundus

Erasmus Mundus is one of the popular scholarships for Indian students in UK for providing higher education opportunities by partnering joint programmes of postgraduate courses.

Scholarship Details
Eligibility Criteria
  • BSc in either mathematics, physics, computer sciences or similar fields
  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum 180 ECTS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and closely related fields
  • Computer networking, programming and operating systems knowledge preferred
  • Fluency in English
Covered Expenses
  • Travel expenses up to 1000€ per year
  • Tuition and Insurance coverage at 4000 € yearly
  • Other costs at 1000 € per month for the duration of the course
Field of Study
  • Masters
  • Joint Degree Programs
Time of Application
  • September – January every year
Scholarships
  • N.A
Applicable to
  • Universities in UK, Europe and USA
Link https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/opportunities/individuals/students/erasmus-mundus-joint-master-degrees_en

7. Felix Scholarship

Felix Scholarship was established to aid deserving underprivileged Indian students and students from other developing countries to pursue a postgraduate degree in a UK university.

Scholarship Details
Eligibility Criteria
  • Underprivileged Indian students
  • First class Bachelor’s degree from a recognised Indian university
  • Below 30 years of age
Covered ExpensesMaximum scholarship provided is £ 71,700 covers

  • Full course fees
  • Living expenses around £14,500
  • One to and from flight from India to UK
Field of Study
  • Full time Master’s degree or Full-time DPhil degree
Time of Application
  • September every year
Scholarships
  • 20 scholarships per year
Applicable toUniversity of Oxford
Linkhttps://www.felixscholarship.org/

Scholarships for Study in the United States

USA also has come up with scholarships for Indian students, the important ones are as below:

8. Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships

Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships is offered by United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) to Indian students who want to study for a master’s degree or do research in a US educational institute.

Scholarship Details
Eligibility Criteria
  • Candidates should have completed 4 years of education or equivalent of bachelor’s degree of US.
  • At least 3 years of work experience
  • Evaluation done on communication skills, service to community, leadership skills etc.
Covered Expenses
  • Tuition fee
  • Economy air ticket
  • Books
  • Living expense
Field of Study
  • Arts and Culture
  • Environmental Science
  • International Legal Studies
  • Public Health
  • Gender Studies
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Public Administration
Time of Application
  • June every year
ScholarshipsN.A
Applicable toUS Universities
Linkhttp://www.usief.org.in/

9. Tata Scholarship

Tata Scholarship helps Indian students to do their under graduation at Cornell University

Scholarship Details
Eligibility Criteria
  • Candidates should be Indian citizen
  • Should have applied to Cornell University
  • Need based financial support provided
Covered Expenses
  • Tuition Fee for Eight semesters
  • Living cost
  • Travel expenses
  • Medical
  • Food
Field of Study
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Engineering
  • Applied Economics
  • Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
Time of Application
  • October/November every year
Scholarships
  • 20 scholarships every year
Applicable toCornell University
Linkhttps://admissions.cornell.edu/apply/international-students/tata-scholarship

Scholarship for Study in China

10. Chinese Government Scholarships

Chinese Government Scholarships are given by the India-China Cultural Exchange Program for students applying to China Universities for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral courses.

Scholarship Details
Eligibility Criteria
  • Score at least 60% marks in their last degree
  • Adequately informed about China
  • Undergo one-year training in the Chinese language before admission
Covered Expenses
  • Tuition Fee for Eight semesters
  • Living cost
  • Travel expenses
  • Airfare to and from China given by Indian Government
Field of Study16 various fields in

  • Science
  • Literature & Language
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
Time of Application
  • March every year
Scholarships
  • 20 scholarships every year
Applicable toStudy in China
Linkhttp://www.csc.edu.cn/laihua/

Scholarship for Study in Canada

11. UBC International Leader of Tomorrow Award

UBC International Leader of Tomorrow Award given to international students who apply to British Columbia University for undergraduate programs.

Scholarship Details
Eligibility Criteria
  • International students first undergraduate degree
  • Requirements of program and English language to be satisfied
  • Need based financial support should be evidenced
Covered Expenses
  • Need based financial support provided
  • Tuition
  • Living expenses
  • Renewal after three years undergraduate study after meeting certain criteria
Field of Study
  • Undergraduate course
Time of Application
  • November every year for courses starting next year
Scholarships
  • N.A
Applicable toStudy in British Columbia University
Link http://you.ubc.ca/financial-planning/scholarships-awards-international-students/international-scholars/

Scholarship for Study in Australia

Australia is a treasure trove when it comes to the universities which one can apply for. The important scholarships offered by the region are:

12. Australia Awards Scholarship

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has plans of offering various fully funded scholarships to students from 50 developing countries, including India.

Scholarship Details
Eligibility Criteria
  • Candidates from specific Indian universities
  • Recent graduate from target institution
Covered Expenses
  • Tuition
  • Living expenses
  • Return Air ticket
  • Establishment Allowance
  • Other expenses
Field of Study
  • Undergraduate course
  • Postgraduate course
Time of Application
  • February every year
Scholarships
  • N.A
Applicable toStudy in Australia
Linkhttps://admission.buddy4study.com/study-abroad/australian-scholarships#University_of_Sydney_International_Research_Scholarship_USydIS

13. Australian Embassy Fully Funded Scholarships

Australian Embassy offers scholarships for Undergraduates, Masters, PhD and MBA courses through the list of Australian universities provided.

Scholarship Details
Eligibility Criteria
  • Candidates with at least 50% of academic score
Covered Expenses
  • Tuition fees
  • Free visa for 4 years
  • Weekly/Travel allowance
  • Family Allowance for Married candidates
  • Health Insurance
Field of Study
  • Undergraduate course
  • Masters
  • PhD
  • MBA
Time of Application
  • Should be checked with Australian Embassy
Scholarships
  • N.A
Applicable toStudy in Australian listed Universities
Linkhttps://admission.buddy4study.com/study-abroad/australian-scholarships#Fully_funded_scholarships_by_Australian_Embassy

14. University of Melbourne Scholarships

University of Melbourne Scholarships are provided to deserving local and overseas students for undertaking research work at the Melbourne University.

Scholarship Details
Eligibility Criteria
  • Academic achievement of last completed degree
Covered Expensesrefundable fee up to $11000

  • Living expenses up to $30,600 per year on pro rata
  • Relocation grant for international students up to $3000
  • Health Insurance
Field of Study
  • Graduate Research
  • Research Training
  • Melbourne Research
Time of Application
  • October every year
Scholarships
  • N.A
Applicable toStudy in Melbourne University
Linkhttps://admission.buddy4study.com/study-abroad/australian-scholarships#Scholarships_by_University_of_Melbourne

15. Adelaide Scholarship International (ASI)

University of Adelaide is granting fully funded scholarships for international students for pursuing 2-year master degree and 3-year doctoral research degree.

Scholarship Details
Eligibility Criteria
  • International students who have applied at the Adelaide University
  • English Proficiency test cleared
  • Completion of a First-Class Australian degree
  • Candidate should not prior research qualification
Covered Expenses
  • Fully funded Tuition fee
  • Living expenses up to $28092 in 2020
  • Relocation grant
  • Health Insurance
Field of Study
  • 2-year master degree
  • 3-year doctoral research degree
Time of ApplicationAccording to Adelaide University guidelines
Scholarships
  • N.A
Applicable toStudy in Melbourne University
Linkhttps://admission.buddy4study.com/study-abroad/australian-scholarships#Adelaide_Scholarships_International_ASI

This is a pretty comprehensive list – and it’ll help you narrow down your choices and start applying to your dream destinations. A global education is a life-changing experience. There are many reasons to study abroad – and if you want to know what those are, read more on our Insights. It’s where we’ve outlined the top ten reasons to study abroad.

Date added
06.04.2020

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