If you happen to be an Indian student seeking opportunities to study abroad, then you’ll be pleased to know that international scholarships for Indian students are offered by many governments, organizations and specific universities. Below is a diverse selection of international scholarships on offer to Indian students, divided by funding type and desired place of study. Good luck with your applications!
To study anywhere:
- British Council IELTS Scholarship Award for Indian Students – International scholarships funded by the British Council exclusively for Indian students who have taken a recent IELTS test with the British Council. Open to students of all levels studying in an English-speaking country outside of India.
- Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation scholarships – Scholarships for Indian students to study abroad in North America or Europe. Applicants must be under 30 and reside in India at the time of application. For undergraduate and postgraduate study. Other restrictions apply.
To study in Asia:
- Aichi Scholarship Program for Asian Students in Japan – Various scholarships for Indian students studying at graduate level in Aichi Prefectural government-approved manufacturing programs in Japan.
- DST A*STAR Call for Singapore-India Joint Research Grants – Grants for Indian researchers within the fields of science and technology to study in Singapore. Sponsored by the Indian government and A*Star Singapore.
- Hinrich Full MA Scholarship in International Journalism at HKBU – Open to citizens from India, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines, offering scholarships to study the Masters of Arts in International Journalism program at Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong.
- HM King’s and HM Queen’s Scholarships for Asian Students in Thailand – Thai government scholarships for Indian citizens to study in Thailand at master’s level within engineering and technology, management or environment and development at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).
- Silk-Road Scholarship Program at Seoul National University – Scholarships for Indian students to study abroad in South Korea at Seoul National University, on graduate-level humanities or social science programs.
To study in Australia:
- University of Adelaide Ashok Khurana Scholarship for Indian Students – Scholarships available for Indian students who are undertaking postgraduate study in selected fields at the University of Adelaide.
- University of Queensland BEL India Scholarship – Full-tuition international scholarships for Indian students studying a coursework master’s degree or undergraduate degree within the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Queensland in Australia. Excludes MBAs.
- University of Queensland Postgraduate Coursework Scholarships – Another set of scholarships from the University of Queensland, this fund is open to students from India or Latin America to undertake coursework-based postgraduate study in biology-related subjects.
- Global Leaders Scholarships for Indian Students – 10 scholarships offered to Indian students to study an applicable business-related postgraduate course.
To study in Europe:
- UCD Global Graduate Scholarships for Indian Students in Ireland – Funding opportunities for Indian students at graduate level studying at University College Dublin in Ireland.
- DCU International Student Scholarships for Indian Students in Ireland – Offering scholarships to study abroad in the UK at Dublin City University in Ireland. Open to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate Indian students.
- WIT Indian ‘Wicket Scholarship’ – Offering a scholarship to one Indian student annually to undertake study at Ireland’s Waterford Institute of Technology. Open to undergraduate and master’s degree students.
- Dr. Ursula Glunk Scholarship for Master Students at Maastricht University – International scholarships for Indian students to study abroad in the Netherlands at Maastricht University. Open to students admitted to the master’s program in media culture.
- Birkbeck University International Office Merit Scholarships – Open to students from India, Vietnam and Thailand to undertake a one-year master’s degree at Birkbeck University in London.
- British Council GREAT scholarships for Indian Students – A selection of scholarships are offered by the British Council, to support Indian students applying to study abroad in the UK.
- Cardiff Business School India Scholarships – Scholarships for Indian students to study in the UK at Cardiff Business School. Eligible candidates are those studying any taught postgraduate program.
- Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships – For Indian students who wish to study in the UK. Open to doctoral students, research students and visiting fellows.
- Heriot Watt SML International Merit Scholarships for Indian Students – Open to Indian students at postgraduate level studying at Heriot Watt University in the UK on a taught program within the School of Management and Language.
- Imperial College India Foundation Postgraduate Scholarships – Postgraduate-level funding for Indian students studying at Imperial College London, providing support for master’s or PhD studies in selected programs.
- King’s College London King's India Scholarship – King’s College London (KCL) offers one scholarship to an Indian student applying to study in the university’s India Institute.
- London Metropolitan University Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship for Indians – A single, merit-based scholarship open to Indian students undertaking study at master’s level at London Metropolitan University.
- LSE Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS) – Five awards are available to international students from commonwealth countries (including India) to study at postgraduate level at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
- Ms. Agatha Harrison Memorial Fellowship at St. Antony’s College – Indian government fellowship offered to Indian students pursuing study at the University of Oxford’s St. Antony’s College in the field of history, economics and political science. Only available to high-achieving postgraduate research students.
- Newcastle University Undergraduate India Scholarship – One undergraduate scholarship for an Indian student studying at Newcastle University in the UK within selected faculties. The university also works in partnership with the British Council’s GREAT campaign to offer three additional scholarships for Indian students.
- Oxford and Cambridge Society of India (OCSI) Scholarships – Open to Indian students at any degree level to study at Oxford University or the University of Cambridge in the UK.
- Saltire Scholarships – Scholarships for students from Canada, the US, India and China to study in Scotland at any degree level.
- Sir Ratan Tata Fellowships for South Asian Students at LSE – Scholarships for social science students from South Asia to study at the London School of Economics (LSE) in the UK within the LSE Asia Research Centre (ARC).
- Sussex India Scholarships for Master’s Students – Opportunities to gain funding at the University of Sussex in the UK for Indian students at master’s degree level.
- University of Aberdeen Sir Thomas Sutherland Scholarship – One outstanding Indian student will receive full funding for their undergraduate degree (starting in September 2016) at the university, including travel and maintenance costs. Excludes applicants for medicine.
- University of Bournemouth Business School Dean’s Scholarships for Masters Students – A total of nine scholarships for international students to study a taught master’s program at Bournemouth University in the UK. Open to students from Russia, Turkey, Nigeria, China, India, and South Korea for a 50% tuition fee reduction.
- University of Dundee Rio Tinto Fully Funded Postgraduate Scholarships – Offering various postgraduate scholarships to international students studying at Scotland’s University of Dundee.
- University of Edinburgh Principal’s Indian Masters Scholarships – 12 scholarships available to Indian students studying at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland at master’s level.
- University of Oxford Felix Scholarships for Indian Students – Graduate-level funding opportunities for Indian students studying at the University of Oxford.
- University of Sheffield – A range of scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate Indian students who show strong academic potential.
- University of Southampton LLM International Scholarships – International scholarships to study law at postgraduate level at the UK’s University of Southampton. Open to all students from outside of the European Union.
- University of Warwick Graduate School GREAT India Scholarships – Scholarships for Indian students to study an applicable postgraduate course starting in Autumn 2016.
- UWE Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships – UWE Bristol University in the UK is offering undergraduate and postgraduate tuition fee discount scholarships for students from several countries, including India.
- Westminster International Partnership Scholarships – Scholarships for Indian students and other international students at all degree levels studying at the University of Westminster. Also offers GREAT India Scholarships for Indian students in partnership with the British Council.
More scholarships to study in the UK are available here.
To study in the US:
- Asian Women in Business Scholarship Fund – Offering female Asian students the chance to receive funding for an undergraduate business degree taken at an accredited US university.
- Chicago Booth School of Business – The India Trust Fellowship and Akhtarali H. Tobaccowala Fellowship are both available for Indian students who apply to study a full-time MBA at the school.
- Fulbright-Nehru Research Fellowships – Offering funding to outstanding Indian students wishing to pursue study at any level within an accredited US institution. See individual scholarships for specific criteria.
- S.N. Bose Scholars Student Exchange Program for Indian Students – Opportunities for Indian researchers at master’s level or higher to study a selected program in the field of science and technology at a university in the US.
- Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowships for Indian students – Scholarships for Indian students to study at Stanford Graduate School of Business on the MBA program. To be eligible students must return to India within two years of completing their studies.
More scholarships to study in the US are available here.
This article was originally published in September 2014. It was updated in January 2016.
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