February 7, 2012

ICCR Scholarships for International students

Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Scholarships for International students

Study Subject: Any available field
Scholarship Level: Undergraduate (bachelors), Postgraduate (masters, PhD, research, postdoctoral)
Scholarship Provider: ICCR (Indian Government)
Scholarship can be taken at: India

Scholarship Description
The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India offers ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) scholarships to students all over the world. There are students in India under these schemes from about 80 countries. The students are in graduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes as well as in several professional courses. Scholarships are also given for learning Indian culture.
The 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.

  1. Five complete sets of application forms are to be submitted to the Indian Mission.
  2. Candidate should clearly mention the course and University to which he/she is seeking admission. The applicants are advised to go through the “University Handbook” available with our Mission before giving these details. ICCR would not be able to entertain a subsequent change in course of study or University once admission of a scholar is confirmed and the scholar has arrived to join the course.
  3. Certified copies of all documents should be accompanied with English translations. A syllabus of the last qualifying examination should be enclosed with application.
    NOTE: (a). Students applying for doctoral/doctoral courses or architecture should include a synopsis of the proposed area of research. (b). Students wishing to study performing arts should, if possible, enclosed Video/audio cassettes of their recorded performances.
  4. Candidates must have adequate knowledge of English.
  5. ICCR will not entertain applications which are sent to ICCR directly by the students or which are sent by local Embassies/High Commissions in New Delhi.
  6. Priority will be given to students who have never studied in India before.
  7. No application will be accepted for admission to courses in MBBS/MD or Dentistry/Nursing.
  8. Candidates may note that Indian universities/educational institution are autonomous and independent and hence have their own eligibility criteria. Forwarding of application is thus not a guarantee of admission. A scholarship is awarded only when admission is confirmed by ICCR.
  9. Student must carry a proper visa. Students should ensure that they get the correct visa from the Indian Embassy/High Commission. Government of India guideline stipulate that if a scholar arrives without proper visa and his/her actual admission at the University/Institute does not materialize, he/she will be deported to his/her country.
  10. Before departing for India the scholars should seek a full briefing from the Indian Diplomatic Mission in their country about living conditions in India/the details of scholarship/the type and duration of the course to which he/she is admitted. Scholars should inform the Indian Embassy/High Commission of their travel schedule well in advance so that ICCR can make reception and other arrangements for them.
  11. Hostel accommodation is not guaranteed and is an exception rather than an assured facility. The accommodation allowance that ICCR gives, allows 2 to 3 students to “chum up”, and share a small flat.
  12. Scholars are advised to carry some money to meet some incidental expenditure on arrival.
  13. All intending candidates should in their own interest obtain a certificate that they are free from AIDS prior to their departure for India. Even in India, the applicant would have to go for AIDS test before the admission is finally given to overseas scholars. In case any of the nominees is found to be HIV positive in India the scholar will be repatriated immediately and the Council would not bear any expenses on this account.
  14. The scholars who are awarded scholarships should bring with them all documents relating to their qualification in original for verification by the respective college/university at the time of admissions.
  15. The “Joining Report of the Scholar” form should not be submitted with the application but should be removed and submitted to ICCR by the scholar in the event the scholar has been granted scholarship and only after the scholar has joined an educational institute in India. This form should be submitted with the required stamp & signature of the Institute authorities.
Eligible groups
Most of the scholarship 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.

Participating Institutions
All approved Indian universities/educational institutions.
See the University Grants Commission of India for the list of Recognised Central, State, Deemed and Private Universities and Recognised Colleges

Fields of study
Any field of study available at approved Indian institutions. 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.

NOTE: No application will be accepted for admission to courses in MBBS/MD or Dentistry/Nursing.

Number of awards
The ICCR annually offers about 2325 scholarships under 21 scholarship schemes. Of these scholarships, 675 are exclusively for Afghanistan and 500 for African countries. There are students in India under these schemes from about 80 countries. Around 3550 foreign students are currently studying in India under the various scholarship schemes.

Scholarship benefits
ICCR offers the following facilities to the scholars:
  • Living allowance
  • Contingent Grant
  • Tuition Fees
  • Thesis and dissertation charges
  • Medical benefits
  • Study Tour Expenses
Payments to scholars are made as per the chart below:

COURSESScholarship Rates (in Rupees)
Undergraduate (BNB. Sc.lB. Com .IBBM/BCNBBNB. Tech. etc.4,500/- p.m.
Postgraduate (MNM.Com.lMBNMCNM.Sc.lME/M.Tech. etc.5,000/- p.m.
Research Courses M.Phil/Ph.D/D.Lit./Feliow6,000/- p.m.
Post-Dotoral Fellow6,500/- p.m.
Undergraduate 4,500/- p.a.
Postgraduate 6,500/- p.a.
M.Phil/Ph.D. in Humanities 12,000/- p.a.
M.Phil/Ph.D. Course in Science, Technology/M.Tech.lME 12,000/- p.a.
Post-Doctoral studies in Humanities 15,000/- p.a.
Engineering, Technology, Medicine 15,000/- p.a.
a) In cities of Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad & Pune3,500/- p.m.
b) In other cities 3,000/- p.m.
For Ph.D. Scholar10,000/-
For BBNBCNMBNMCNM.Tech. and other courses which require7,000/-

Method of Application
Interested candidates may download application form, guidelines for students and terms and conditions. Completed application forms should be sent to the following address before the last date:
  1. the Indian High Commission / Mission in the applicants country; Or

  2. for Nigerian students (NB: Exchange Rate is 1 Rupee = Nairas 3.10 approximately) - send to the address below:
    Head of Chancery
    High Commission of India
    15, Rio Negro Close
    Off Yedseram Street
    Maitama, Abuja
Offers of scholarships are sent to the respective Governments through the Indian diplomatic missions abroad. Nominations received thereafter from the respective governments by the Indian diplomatic missions are forwarded to the ICCR for final selection and placement.

Direct applications from candidates are not considered by ICCR. International government nominees have to fill in the 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/she wishes to pursue such as i) certificate/diploma ii) undergraduate degree iii) postgraduate degree iv) doctoral research work. Candidates are also advised to consult the Handbook of Indian Universities, available with the Indian missions abroad, to ensure the availability of their choice of courses 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. All the applicants are required to undergo an English Proficiency Test conducted by the Indian missions abroad.

As a protective measure, those planning to study in India are strongly advised to get vaccinated against typhoid / cholera before coming to India.
For further enquiries:
  1. ICCR India:
    Indian Council for Cultural Relations
    Azad Bhavan, Indraprastha Estate,
    New Delhi-110002, India.
    Phones: (+91 11) 23379309, 23379310.
    Fax: 23378639.

    Or visit our contact page.

  2. High Commission of India, Abuja:
    15, Rio Negro Close, Off Yedseram
    Street, Maitama, Abuja (Nigeria).
    P. O. Box No. 710 (Garki Post Office).
    Tel. 234-708-062 2800-4 (5 lines)
    Fax: 234-708-062 2805
    E-mail: itec.abuja@mea.gov.in (ITEC & Scholarships)

    Or visit our contact page.
Scholarship Application Date: 28th February, 2012 (annually)
Scholarship Open to International students: Yes

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