Indian Government General Scholarships for Asia, Africa and Latin America (499 Fully-funded BSc, Masters and Research awards)

General Scholarship Scheme (GSS)

Course(s) Offered: All fields (except medicine)
Course Level: Undergraduate, Graduate (masters, phd, postdoc)
Provider: Govt of India
Country to Study in: India

Scholarship Description
The Government of India, through its Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), offers the General Scholarship Scheme (GSS) for international students from certain Asian, African and Latin American countries. (Please note: This scheme was earlier known as General Cultural Scholarship Scheme GCSS).

The GSS Scholarship is one of the most important and popular schemes of the ICCR for foreign students. Scholarships are awarded annually under this scheme for undergraduate, for postgraduate degrees and for pursuing research at Indian universities.

However, scholarships for medical studies such as MBBS, BDS or for medical research leading to a Ph.D degree are not offered under the GSS scheme. Under this scheme the ICCR is offering UG, PG, B.Tech., M.Phil, Ph.D. & Post Doctoral Courses.

Nationals of developing and non developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America as listed below.

All students must apply and be admitted at approved Indian Universities/Educational institutions. These institutions are autonomous and independent bodies and have their own eligibility criteria on the basis of which they confirm admissions.

Priority may be given to candidates applying for higher studies (Post Graduate, M.Phil and PhD courses) and those who have never studied in India before. Applications for Casual Research will not be entertained. ICCR is not responsible for admissions to MBBS/BDS courses, therefore no candidate applying for ICCR scholarship may be recommended for MBBS/BDS and courses.

English language proficiency must be shown since medium of course is English language in all the Universities in India. All applicants are required to undergo an English Proficiency Test conducted by the Indian missions abroad.

The complete eligibility criteria is found in the guidelines / instructions manual found on the official website.

Eligible groups
Citizens of the following countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America:

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Belarus, Belize, Brazil, Belgium, Cambodia, Fiji, Georgia, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Palestine, Qatar, Russia, Reunion Island, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu (Fiji), UAE, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen.

Participating Institutions
All approved universities and educational institutions in India. Please see the list of Universities where ICCR students are currently studying(pdf)

Fields of study
All undergraduate, postgraduate and research degree courses EXCEPT in medical studies (i.e. MBBS, MB, MS, or BDS). Candidates should refer to i). the “Universities Handbook” or university websites; or ii). the list of Universities where ICCR students are currently studying.

Number of awards
499 scholarships are offered annually

Sponsorship duration
For the whole duration of undergraduate, postgraduate or research study. For continuation of scholarship payments, all students must submit Annual Progress Reports with copy of result and copy of valid Resident Permit.

No Extension of scholarship will be accorded by ICCR. In any case ICCR will not support scholarship for the period beyond duration of the course for which scholarship has been awarded.

Scholarship benefits
The scholarships cover:
  • Living allowance i.e. stipend (per month).
  • House rent allowance. As per actual with a monthly ceiling of Rs.5,000 for Grade–I Cities, and Rs.4,500 for Other cities (per month) only if hostel is not available in the University/College.
  • Contingent grant (per annum). Includes tuition fee, university exam fees and other compulsory fees which are not refundable.
  • Thesis and dissertation expenses (Once in entire duration of course).
  • Medical benefits. Students should seek treatment only at medical centre or dispensary attached to universities or Institutes where enrolled or in the nearest Government hospital
  • Airfare (to and from India)
Method of Application
Direct applications from candidates are not considered by ICCR. Candidates must fill in the prescribed forms for Scholarships for Foreign Nationals that are available with Indian missions abroad or download from the official site (link to it is below). Please read the instruction before filling out the forms.

The completed and signed application form which should be typed and not handwritten along with other attachments must be e-mailed as a pdf document to the Embassy/ High Commission of India in your country. A hard copy along with 5 photographs should also be delivered to the Embassy/ High commission of India. Applicant may approach this Embassy directly with duly completed applications, original educational documents and a certified copy of the same. Please note that your application will be considered only after it is verified and recommended by the Embassy/ High commission of India. For a list of India Embassies by Countries, please click here.

ICCR accepts applications only through Indian Missions overseas. Candidates 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.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information. Applicants must go through the guidelines / instructions on the official website carefully and fill the applications accordingly.

Application deadlines vary by Country. However, all applications is expected to have been submitted by 15th January 2017. Please see the official website for your specific country deadline.

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), is an autonomous organisation of the Government of India, involved in India’s external cultural relations, through cultural exchange with other countries and their peoples. It was founded on 9 April 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first Education Minister of independent India.

Application Deadline: 15 January 2017
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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1 comment:

  1. Where's the link? I can't seem to find it.