Types of Foreign Scholarships Available

Foreign scholarships can majorly be categorized into the following

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Merit-based - Scholarships awarded under this category are based on the academic background or scores obtained in the qualifying exams.  Need-based - This type of scholarships is primarily awarded to students on the basis of their economic status or family income.  Subject-specific -   Certain universities and institutions award grants to students who plan to pursue a specific field of study. Student-specific -   Students who can categorise themselves on the basis of various factors such as gender, race, religion, family and medical history are eligible for student-specific scholarships.  Destination-specific - It may vary from country to country. Several public authorities, governments or universities offer funds to students from a particular country.  Sports-based - These scholarships are offered to the best of the best sports persons. The same requires applicants to continue with training and representing their university at various sports events.

Chevening Scholarships- UK

This scholarship is offered to extraordinary Indian students to give them the opportunity to pursue a one-year postgraduate program at any UK university in any subject. Only a graduate or a postgraduate who wishes to pursue a master's degree in the UK can apply for the scheme. He/she may also have at least 2 years of work experience. The fund shall cover tuition, living expenses, travel cost to and from the UK and other allowances.

TataScholarship- Cornell University, USA

Tata Scholarship is offered by Tata Education and Development Trust to support approximately 20 scholars from India in collaboration with Cornell University. The scholarship is awarded annually and recipients will receive the scholarship for the duration of their undergraduate studies at Cornell University. The university has got a $25 million endowment from the Tata Trust. Ratan Tata is a Cornell trustee. Tata Group is one of India’s oldest, largest, and most respected business establishment. The recipient must be a citizen of India who has attended secondary school in India and they are admitted to Cornell as an undergraduate student and be eligible for need-based financial aid.

Felix Scholarships- UK

Introduced to help the meritorious underprivileged students from India, the UK offers the Felix Scholarship to those who want to pursue a postgraduate degree in the country. The applicant must hold a first-class Bachelor's degree from a recognized Indian university and also be below 30 years of age. Under this scholarship, a maximum of £71,700 shall be awarded. 

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship- UK

Offered by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission, the scholarship is offered to Indian students withEnglish as the medium of education and a minimum of 60% marks in Social Sciences and Humanities or at least 65% marks in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Agriculture. It shall cover a maximum scholarship amount of Rs 31,60,764 which includes tuition fee, economy class return airfare and living expenses. 

Australia Awards Scholarship

A fully funded scholarship, this scholarship is awarded only to undergraduate and postgraduate applicants from specific Indian universities. The applicant shall also be a recent graduate from the target institution. Expenses covered under this scholarship includes tuition, living expenses, establishment allowance, return air ticket, and more.

Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships- USA

Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships are offered by United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) to Indian Master's degree applicants in the fields of arts and culture, international legal studies, gender studies, public administration, urban and regional planning and so on. It is open for students who have completed 4 years of education and have at least 3 years of work experience. The evaluation will be based on communication skills, leadership skills, service to the community, and more. Expenses covered under the fellowship will comprise tuition fee, books, living expense and economy air ticket. 

Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarships- the USA, UK and Europe

It gives an opportunity to young people with exceptional talent in any field to broaden their horizon abroad and improve their skills as to work in society. There are two types of Scholarship - University courses and Specific programs. The Scholarships are opened to all Indian citizens

UBC International Leader of Tomorrow Award- British Columbia University, Canada

The scholarship is granted to international students applying for undergraduate programs at the British Columbia University, Canada. To be eligible for the same, one has to meet the requirements of the program and English language and should also produce all the need-based documents. Tuition, living expenses and other financial support will be offered through this scholarship.