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Apply for the Indian Government Scholarships for international students (ICCR & MEA)

Deadline: 30 May 2021

About the Indian Government Scholarships

General Scholarship Scheme ICCR

The General Scholarship Scheme (GSS) 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.

ICCR accepts applications only through Indian Missions overseas. Candidates for the Indian Government Scholarships are advised to apply through the Indian missions in their respective countries. No application may be sent directly to ICCR or through their country’s Embassies/High Commissions in New Delhi.  Applicants are advised to go through the “University Handbook” available with our Mission before selecting course and giving options for universities. Candidate should clearly mention the course and University to which he/she is seeking admission. Courses may be selected on the basis of the subjects studied in high school. Applicants applying for doctoral/ post-doctoral courses should include a synopsis of the proposed area of research. Applications for Casual research will not be entertained. Students wishing to study performing arts should, if possible, enclose video/ audio of their recorded performances. Applicants are required to give three choices for the Universities they wish to have admissions in. However, in case the candidates are not accepted by any of the three Universities of their choices, they may clearly mention whether or not would they wish to be considered for admission in the Universities/Institutions apart from the three choices. ICCR would forward applications of only such candidates to other Universities offering similar courses as desired by the candidate, who express willingness in the application to be considered for admissions in other Universities, in other cities of India. Applications of candidates not wanting to be considered in other Universities than their three options would be returned. Students intending to apply for research courses after completing their postgraduation courses will have to go back to their respective countries, apply afresh for research courses, and come back to the University/ Institution granting them admissions only after obtaining correct visa i.e., the Research Visa. Please note, NO requests for direct admissions to research courses would be entertained in ICCR. NO requests for changing the category of visa from ‘Student’s Visa’ to ‘Research Visa’ would be entertained in ICCR.

Eligibility for the the Indian Government Scholarships

Since medium of course is English language in all the Universities in India, nominated candidates should have good knowledge of English to the extent that theyare able to fluently speak in English and comprehend lessons in English without any difficulty.


Scholarship consists of:

Living Allowance (Stipend)

House Rental Allowance

Contingent Grant

Thesis and Dissertation Expenses

Medical Benefits

Indian Government scholarships for Africans (MEA)

Scholarships for African Students in India: The Government of India, through the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), offers about 2325 scholarships under 21 scholarship schemes.

Of these scholarships, 500 are exclusively for African countries. There are students in India under these schemes from about 80 countries.

Most of the Indian Government Scholarships 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. Around 3550 foreign students are currently studying in India under the various scholarship schemes.

The students are in graduate, post graduate and doctoral programmes as well as in professional courses such as engineering, pharmacy, accountancy, business administration and management.

Scholarships are also given for learning Indian dance, music, painting, sculpture, etc.

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) administers its own scholarship schemes apart from which it also functions as an agency for other schemes on behalf of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Finance of the Government of India.

Under this Scheme, the Council offers 900 scholarships to the following countries

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cape Verde, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Comoros, Congo (Republic of), Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea (concurrent from Nairobi), Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Kenya, Libya.

Also Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan (Republic of), Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sao Tame & Principe, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

How to apply for the Indian Government Scholarships?

To apply please CLICK HERE

To visit the Indian Government Scholarships Official Site CLICK HERE


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