In India, many students dream of studying in the world’s best universities like Harvard, Princeton, Caltech, and MIT. But due to financial constraints, many young minds are denied this opportunity. This is why many governments and international bodies have come together to offer low-interest student loans and scholarships that ensure that talented students are not denied the opportunity to get a quality education due to lack of funds. Here are 5 scholarships you can apply for, if you are also planning to do postgraduate studies in countries like the UK, Europe, China, Canada, and the US.
1. Fulbright Nehru Fellowships
Offered by the United States-India Education Foundation, or USIEF, these scholarships are offered to Indians who wish to pursue a master’s or research level course at any US institution.
Students who have completed the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree (4 years of undergraduate education) and have at least 3 years of relevant work experience are eligible for the scholarship. Besides education, candidates are also assessed on communication skills, leadership, community service, and their motivation to pursue graduate studies. Therefore, it is better to highlight these aspects in the application.
Scholarships cover airfare (economy), tuition fees, textbooks, and a living stipend. However, candidates who wish to pursue a master’s degree in the fields of environmental sciences, arts and culture, international legal studies, gender studies, public health, public administration, and urban and regional planning are eligible to apply for these scholarships
There is no set number of seats for these scholarships as USIEF considers applications of all candidates who are found worthy. The application process usually begins in June and runs until July, prior to the year of commencement of the course. Final selections will then be announced in March.
2. Tata Scholarship
By getting this scholarship, talented Indian students can apply for undergraduate courses at Cornell University, USA.
Candidates who are Indian citizens and have gained admission into Cornell University are eligible to apply for this scholarship. They must also provide evidence that they need need-based financial assistance.
Offered by the Tata Education and Development Trust, these scholarships cover tuition fees for undergraduate programs for up to eight semesters. For programs such as architecture beyond that duration, additional costs are managed by the student themselves. The scholarship also covers other expenses including food, medicine, living, and travel expenses.
Furthermore, the Trust only supports a total of 20 students attending Cornell University at any one time. Applications for the scholarship open in October/November each year, around the time of undergraduate applications, while final selections are announced in December.
3. Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship
The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission provides financial assistance in the form of scholarships to students coming from Commonwealth countries like India, who are seeking to pursue Masters and Ph.D. programs in the United Kingdom.
To be eligible, the candidate must be an Indian citizen and must have completed their education in the English language. In addition, the candidate must have obtained at least 65% in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Agriculture or 60% in Social Sciences and Humanities. The same criteria apply to Ph.D. candidates as well.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Human Resource Development short-lists the applicants on the basis of preliminary interviews. The scholarship amount covers tuition fees, an economy return ticket, and living expenses.
Scholarship applications open in August each year, before the start of the course the following year. Having said that, the committee does not have any set number of seats; Deserving candidates are shortlisted for the scholarship.
4. Chevening Scholarships
These scholarships are offered by the UK government to help Indian students and professionals complete a one-year master’s program in the country and take up leadership roles in the future.
To be eligible, applicants must have completed their undergraduate or postgraduate studies. In addition, the UK government also considers candidates with two or more years of work experience for this scholarship.
The scholarship application process usually takes about 6 months, starting in the second week of August. The process ends in July each year. There are 65 scholarships offered each year under the programme.
Well there you go! Don’t let your dreams of furthering your education fade away due to financial constraints. There are several programs that offer higher education loans in India and scholarships to deserving applicants. You can also choose one according to your aspirations.