Government of India Scholarships for International
Students and Some Useful Tips
Government of India offers a number of scholarships
every year to international students who are interested to pursue
their studies in India. Information about these scholarship schemes
is available from Indian missions abroad. Many of these scholarships
can be availed for study in Jamia Hamdard. A number of students
with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) are enrolled
in the university.
Details of some of the scholarships are provided below.
Every year scholarships are offered to international
students according to the terms and conditions of the Cultural Exchange
Programme signed between the Government of India and the Government
of the respective country for studying, training and research in
various fields. At present India has Cultural Exchange Programmes
with the following countries:
Australia, Algeria, Argentina, Afghanistan, Bangladesh,
Bulgaria, Belgium, Bahrain, Colombia, Cyprus, China, Czech, Ethiopia,
Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Israel,
Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrghyzstan, Mongolia,
Myanmar, Maldives, Mauritius, Malaysia, Mexico, Mali, Netherlands,
Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Poland,
Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, Senegal,
Sudan, Syria, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan,
Uganda, United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Arab Republic (Egypt),
Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zaire, Zimbabwe.
Scholarships are awarded under this scheme (GCSS)
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. However,
scholarships for medical studies for MBBS, BDS or for medical research
leading to a Ph.D. degree are not offered under the GCSS scheme.
A list of countries covered under the GCSS is given below:
Afghanistan, Barbados, Botswana, Cambodia, Cameroon, Djibuti, Ethiopia,
Fiji, Gambia, Guyana, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan,
Kenya, Laos, Lesotho, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, Malawi, Namibia,
Nepal, Palestine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, South
Africa, Republic of Ireland, Sri Lanka, Syria, Seychelles, Sudan,
Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Uzbekistan, UAE,
Vietnam, Yemen, Zaire, Zambia. Zimbabwe.
Under this scheme one scholarship is offered to a
Kenyan national to pursue studies at the postgraduate level, preferably
in the field of Economics or International Relations at Jawaharlal
Nehru University. Apart from the usual dues, economy class air-fare
is also provided.
Scholarships and fellowships are offered annually
under this scheme to candidates from Commonwealth countries mainly
for postgraduate studies, though a few awards may be made available
for undergraduate studies in those disciplines for which adequate
facilities may not exist in the applicants' country. Short duration
scholarships are also available under this scheme for scholars wishing
to collect material for conducting research projects back home.
Technical Cooperation Scheme (TCS) of the Colombo
Under the TCS of the Colombo Plan, scholarships are
awarded to the candidates of the following countries:
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran, Indonesia,
Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Maldives, Nepal, Philippines, Papua New
Guinea, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Thailand.
According to the scheme, scholarships are offered
for undergraduate, postgraduate and research towards a Ph.D. degree.
At the undergraduate level a few scholarships are also available
for engineering degrees or diploma courses.
The scholarships in this scheme are of two
Category I: This category is for training
of officers coming for short or medium-term courses.
Category II: This is meant for students, trainees, undergraduates
and postgraduates coming for short, medium or long-term courses.
The duration of courses is as follows:
One year or less
Up to two years
More than two years
Candidates wishing to do postgraduate study or research
in any subject for which facilities exist in India, may apply for
a scholarship under this scheme. Applicants wanting to study or
wishing to specialise in Indian Classical Music, Indian Classical
Dance, Painting, Sculpture, Drama and Indian Languages may also
be considered for admission at the undergraduate level. For undergraduate
courses, international students may join any university or a recognised
institution An international student wishing to study Indian languages,
should join a university or institution as a regular student.
Scholarships under this scheme are available to candidates
from the following countries: Austria, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica,
Denmark, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Switzerland, Surinam,
Under this scheme 77 scholarships are offered annually,
47 for Sri Lanka and 30 for Mauritius. These scholarships are for
pursuing studies towards undergraduate, postgraduate degrees and
for pursuing research towards fulfillment of a Ph.D. degree. Nationals
of Sri Lanka can also study specialised subjects such as Agriculture,
Engineering and Pharmacy under this scheme.
To promote interaction among students, scholars,
academicians from SAARC countries, the Government of India has introduced
the SAARC Fellowship and Scholarship Scheme. Six fellowships and
twelve scholarships are offered annually to the nationals of member
countries viz. Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and
Sri Lanka. Therefore, one fellowship and two scholarships are offered
to nationals of each member country.
Fellowships and scholarships are offered for studies
in areas of Economics, Education, Environment, Agriculture, Mass
Communication, Language and Literature, Sociology, Transport Engineering,
Applied Economics, Master of Business Administration Programme,
Biochemistry, Social Work, Food Technology and Home Science.
In addition. one Chair is also awarded to a member
country on rotation basis. Only such courses for which no adequate
facilities exist in the member countries, are offered for study
by the Government of India. The financial terms and conditions are
finalised by the SAARC secretariat.
60 Scholarships under the ICCR scheme are offered
annually for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Performing
as well as Visual Arts. Subjects include Indian Classical Music,
Dance, Painting and Sculpture. Facilities for doing research work
in these fields are also available. Candidates from any country
Terms and Conditions of Various Schemes.
Under its scholarship schemes, ICCR offers the following facilities
Undergraduate/ Postgraduate: Rs. 2,000/- per month M.Phil/Ph.D./MD/MS/M.Tech/ME: Rs. 2,800/- per month Post-doctoral studies: Rs. 3,500/- per month
Undergraduate/ Postgraduate: Rs. 4,500/- per annum M. Phil Ph.D. in humanities: Rs. 7,500/- per annum M. Phil/ Ph.D. courses in sciences, technology MD/MS/M.Tech /ME:
Rs. l0,000/- per annum Post-doctoral studies: Rs. 10,000/- per annum Post-doctoral studies in Science, Engineering, Technology, Medicine:
Rs. 12,500/- per annum
ICCR pays all compulsory tuition fees charged by the universities
Thesis and dissertation charges:
Thesis and dissertation charges are fully reimbursed; if the expenditure
is not beyond Rs. 1,000/-. Expenses above this limit are reimbursed
to the extent of 50%.
ICCR pays for expenditure incurred by the scholar for medicines
bought on the advice of the medical officer of the institution/
university. ICCR reimburses expenses except on tonics, surgical
appliances, artificial aids, spectacles and similar articles. Claims
for reimbursement should be supported by cash vouchers. Treatment
requiring hospitalisation, should be referred to Government hospitals.
However, cases requiring immediate and special treatment can be
referred to private practitioners at the discretion of the head
of the institution or the medical officer of the institution.
Study Tour Expenses:
General Cultural Scholarship Scheme, ICCR Scholarship Scheme and
Scheme for Nationals of Bangladesh, Mauritius & Sri Lanka
An amount of Rs. 2,000/- per annum plus first class train fare is
given to the scholars.
Cultural Exchange Programme:
Under the Cultural Exchange Programme study tours are reimbursed,
but ICCR has to be informed of the study tour proposal well in advance.
Scholars proceeding on a study tour should have their
study tour proposal certified by the Supervising Teacher or Head
of the Institution concerned as an integral part of or as essential.
This form should be completed and sent to ICCR for clearance.
The scholar would be paid the cost of return first
class rail fare non-air-conditioned or the actual bus fare together
with the daily allowance as indicated below for the period of the
For the first 30 nights at one place at Bombay, Calcutta,
Madras, Delhi Rs. 80/-per night
At all other places Rs. 60/-
For the period in excess of 30 nights at :Bombay, Calcutta,
Madras and Delhi Rs. 60/-
At all other places Rs. 40/-
This daily allowance is given in addition to the normal monthly
House Rent Allowance:
Accommodation Charges: Students staying in hostel
in universities will have their hostel room rents including water,
electricity and other charges reimbursed to them. Students not staying
in a hostel would be given an accommodation allowance of Rs. 1,000/-
per month. In order to qualify for this accommodation allowance,
students are required to produce a certificate from the university
authorities that hostel accommodation has not been provided to them.
Note: Students have to check with ICCR about the latest rates
of various allowances.
How to Apply for a Scholarship
Offer of scholarships are sent to the respective
Governments through Indian diplomatic missions abroad. Nominations
are received from the respective Governments in the Indian diplomatic
missions concerned. These are forwarded to ICCR for final selection
and placement. Direct applications from candidates cannot be considered
by ICCR. International government nominees have to fill prescribed
forms for Scholarships for Foreign Nationals that are available
with Indian missions abroad. While filling in the forms, the candidate
must specify the course he wishes to pursue such as i) certificate/diploma
ii) undergraduate degree iii) postgraduate degree iv) doctoral research
work only. Candidates are also advised to consult the Handbook of
Indian Universities available with Indian missions abroad to ensure
the availability of their choice of a course in India. The application
forms should include the required number of copies of educational
certificates along with three copies of passport-size photographs.
In some cases, a no objection certificate from the candidate's employer
or place of work is also required.
Medical and AIDS Test
Medical examination and production of a medical
certificate indicating fitness to undertake studies in India are
required. In addition, a medical test for AIDS has been made mandatory
for all international students (self financing as well as government
scholarship holders) coming to study in India. There have been cases
where international students (after joining the respective institute)
have been found to carry the AIDS virus. Consequently they have
had to be repatriated to their home countries immediately. This
causes embarrassment not only to the students concerned, but also
to the Government of India. To avoid such a situation, it is advised
that all international students coming to India should get themselves
checked against AIDS before they set out from their countries. After
arrival, all international students will have to undergo an AIDS
test again to confirm their medical fitness for taking up studies.
Jamia Hamdard has its own medical check up facility.
All international students wishing to come to India,
on self financing or under a scholarship scheme, are required to
get a students' visa from Indian missions abroad. For students on
Government of India scholarships, the respective Indian missions
are advised by ICCR to issue a regular student visa after the student's
admission in an Indian university is confirmed. Students coming
on a self financing basis should produce confirmed letters of admission
from universities or recognised colleges and institutions in India
for obtaining the regular student visa.
Students not having firm letters of admission from universities
or institutions will be issued Provisional Student Visa by the Indian
missions abroad, on the basis of provisional letters of admissions.
These Provisional Student Visa will be valid for 3 months. Within
these 3 months, admission will have to be confirmed otherwise the
student will have to leave India. No extension of Provisional Student
Visa is permitted.
A student applying for regular or Provisional Student
Visa will have to indicate the name of the university or college
or institution where the admission has been arranged. The name of
the university or college or institution is then mentioned in the
visa. A request for change of university or institution subsequently
made, cannot be considered.
"Change of purpose" of visit of international
students to India is not allowed once they arrive in India. Therefore,
students coming to India on tourist or any other type of visa, cannot
get their visa changed to Student Visa once they are in India.
According to government regulations, if an international
student coming to India on a tourist or any other type of visa (except
a Student Visa ), obtains admission into a university or any institution
in India, the student will be required to return to his country
and obtain a new visa (i.e. a Student Visa) from the Indian mission
there. To avoid this situation, all self financing international
students are advised to obtain regular or provisional student visa
from Indian missions abroad by producing confirmed or provisional
letters of admission from a university or an institution.
Please also see Jamia Hamdard web site for other
Some Important Advice to International Students
Before Departure from your Country
It is advisable to find out from the nearest Indian
diplomatic mission about travel, health, and other documents that
are required before coming to India. The important documents listed
below may be necessary for international students coming to India:
Confirmed letter of acceptance or a provisional
admission certificate from a university a college or institution
Proof of availability of sufficient funds for
the duration of studies in India for self-financing international
Student Visa - Regular or Provisional
Health certificate and AIDS-free certificate
Information regarding customs and baggage rules is
available with the Indian diplomatic missions abroad. Students are
advised to consult these rules before coming to India.
It may be noted that as a general rule no financial
assistance is available from the limited resources of Indian universities
or colleges. A student should also not count on the possibility
of getting jobs and earning some money during vacation periods.
International students are therefore, urged to make adequate financial
arrangements from their home country for the entire period of stay
in India. Scholars under the Government of India scholarship schemes
will however, receive a monthly maintenance allowance.
As the universities and other educational institutions
have limited hostel facilities, international students are advised
to apply for hostel accommodation sufficiently in advance and obtain
confirmed acceptance while applying for admission. Staying in private
accommodation may prove to be rather expensive.
In this regard it may be noted that international
students have confirmed accommodation in Jamia Hamdard in its International
On Arrival in India
An international scholar should make sure that he
has enough money to meet expenses in transit as well as initial
expenditure at his place of study. If he is carrying travelers'
cheques he must remember that these are accepted only at certain
places. While banks will readily change them and some of the larger
hotels and commercial establishments will accept them, it would
not do to present a travelers' cheque to a barber or a small shopkeeper.
Students under Government of India Scholarship Scheme
should remember that a representative of ICCR will invariably meet
the scholar on arrival unless information of arrival is received
late. The international student is expected to meet all his expenses
like porterage, taxi fare and he should not expect ICCR to pay on
his behalf. The ICCR official will arrange and help the student
obtain temporary accommodation, help him for his further onward
journey by train or air and pay him his 3 months advance stipend.
If by any chance, the ICCR does not have any information about the
scholar's arrival in India or the scholar fails to meet the ICCR
official at the airport, the scholar should contact ICCR headquarters
at New Delhi or any other regional office of ICCR.
Joining the Institute and Accommodation
After arriving in India, international students should
try to complete the admission formalities immediately. They ought
to contact the Registrar of the university or the Head of the department
concerned. After completing admission formalities, the students
must immediately get in touch with the hostel superintendent for
their hostel accommodation. They should contact YMCA,YWCA or youth
hostels where hostel accommodation in the universities is not available.
Students should bear in mind, that accommodation on long term basis
is not fixed in these places. Therefore, alternate private arrangements
should be made by them as soon as possible.
The housing problem is not so acute in small towns,
but in larger cities the problem is as acute for Indians as for
foreigners. The student should not take it as a lack of hospitality
or a sign of unfriendliness if he finds it difficult to get good
Joining Report and Payments
After joining their respective institutes, the scholars
must send their joining reports to ICCR. Further release of maintenance
allowance and payment of tuition and other compulsory fees of the
institution are made by the ICCR only after receiving the joining
report of the scholar. Scholars must send their joining reports
at the earliest through their respective institutions.
House Rent Allowance (HRA) is given in cases where
hostel accommodation is not available to the scholar and he makes
his own private arrangement. For payment of HRA. a certificate from
the institution stating that hostel accommodation could not be provided
to the scholar, is required.
During a scholar's stay at the university, he is
better advised to send progress reports of his academic performance
on a regular basis for smooth disbursement of his stipend.
Once the student completes his course and is ready
to leave his parent country, the following formalities have to be
Obtaining a No Objection Certificate from the University.
The student is expected to clear all his dues such as hostel, mess
charges, library dues etc. before this certificate is issued. Obtaining
an Income Tax Clearance Certificate from the concerned Income Tax
Office. This is required to be given to the Indian Immigration Authorities
at the time of departure. The Income Tax Certificate is given upon
presentation of a 'No Objection Certificate' from ICCR, and a similar
one from the university. Students planning to leave India after
completing their studies may kindly contact the nearest regional
office/ICCR headquarters in New Delhi for further information.
The above information is only partial in nature.
Detailed information may be obtained from Indian missions abroad
and also by visiting concerned web sites.