What are the available Scholarships for some major Study Destination?

 

The practice of financial and non-financial support to deserving students dates back to ancient times when education was not as organized as it is today. The origin term ‘scholarship,’ which, in modern-day, refers to ‘the source of funds for support and maintenance of scholar,’ can be traced back to the 16th century. In the 21st century, scholarships are viewed as financial support systems for deserving students and achieve social justice and equality, helping the bright and talented minds prosper rather than feeling helpless due to the unavailability of funds in time. 

Today, there are many scholarship options for Indian students who wish to pursue higher education abroad. At the same time, some of those scholarships are generally available to all, irrespective of gender, caste, religion, discipline, institution, or country. On the other hand, other available scholarships are specialized ones and are available only to a specific category of students. In addition, governments may offer them non-profit organizations, educational institutions, philanthropists, or business entities.

 Types of Scholarship to Study Abroad

In this blog, Student Cover provides you a list of different types of scholarships available to Indian students in some of the potential study destinations such as the US, UK, Canada, etc.

Scholarship in the UK

Commonwealth Master’s & Fellowship Plan

The academic scholarship sponsored by the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) was established in 1959. Under this scheme, governments of commonwealth nations offer financial support in scholarships and fellowships to students who come from less developed commonwealth countries.

The commonwealth scholarship and fellowship provide support for Ph.D. and split-site scholarships for low and middle-income countries, Master’s Degree scholarships, Distance Learning Scholarships, as well as medical fellowships. The scholarship covers tuition fees, living, and costs as well as travel costs. In India, the students’ preliminary selection is carried out by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), followed by a personal interview.  Students can apply for the scholarship online through MHRD or Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s Electronic Application System (EAS) portal.

Chevening Scholarship

The UK government offers Chevening Scholarship to Indian Students for pursuing a master’s program in the country. It is provided to graduate students who have a commendable academic background. The scholarship is fully funded and covers a year of tuition fees, living expenses, and economy class air ticket to the UK, and funds to cover all the additional and necessary costs.

About 1500 Chevening Scholarships are available for high-performing scholars all over the world. The student can apply for the scholarship and fellowship, and the selection for the candidate is selected by British Embassies. The scholarship is extended post one year, only in exceptional cases approved by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). Applicants can know more by visiting the Chevening Scholarship website.

Erasmus Mundus

It is a European Union scholarship program given to students of both EU and Non-EU countries. It provides scholarship support for Joint Program that include Masters Courses and Joint Doctorates for students. In addition, the scholarship provides funding for participation costs and subsistence costs, as well as insurance benefits.

To apply for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree, one must have completed a Bachelors’s Degree or a degree equivalent to a bachelor’s degree as per EU norms. The consortium jointly delivers the Master’s Degree of educational institutions that fall under the Erasmus Mundus program. Each year, annual selection rounds are conducted to select students for the scholarship.

The Erasmus Mundus Partnership program aims to bring together higher education institutions from the EU and the rest of the world to manage the flow of students at academic level undergraduate, masters, doctorate, and post-doctorate and academic staff. In addition to these, Erasmus Mundus also provides funds for educational projects.

Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship

 The London Metropolitan University provides the Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship to one student each year for undertaking post-graduate level courses in the UK. It offers full financial support to one student or 50% support to 2 students each year interested in Architecture, Art & Design, Medicine, Engineering & Technology, Business, and Management, and Computer Science and Information Technology subjects.

To qualify for this scholarship, an Indian student must have scored at least 80% marks in both secondary and senior secondary board exams in India. They are also required to have passed their graduate degree in the first division. The IELTS requirement is at least 7.5 out of 9. Students can apply for the scholarship either online or offline modes. If used online, the application must be accompanied by scanned copies of all the relevant documents such as the school leaving certificate, graduate degree certificate, and IELTS scores.

Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships

Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships are offered to scholars/students in the early or mid-stage of their career and experienced personnel, mainly in arts and humanities. The scholarship is a fully funded award and has several visiting fellowships in specific subjects at particular universities. In addition, the Scholarship is responsible for granting funds to do doctoral study, to do research, and professional visits to Scottish Universities Summer School.

The CWIT Scholarship is also divided into two categories based on the academic task’s need and duration. The Long term Grants are provided for living costs, accommodation, or any other expenses contributing to International fares for up to 1 year. Apart from that, CWIT grants long-term funds for visiting fellowships for writers, translators, and academics to spend about 2-3 months in host universities and carry out their work activities.

For short research or professional visits by academic research scholars and professionals working in arts and humanities are granted short-term funds by CWIT scholarships. However, it does not cover the international fare and only gives the fund once the candidate reaches the UK. Therefore, CWIT also contributes funds for the candidates in the final year of the doctoral study to fill the funding gap.

 

Scholarship in the US

Nehru-Fulbright Fellowship

 Named after former US Senator J. William Fulbright and former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, it is an academic scholarship program that aims to provide financial support to deserving Indian students who wish to pursue a Master’s Degree, Doctoral Degree, or Post-Doctoral Degree in select universities in the United States. The fellowship program also includes student research and fellowship for academic and professional excellence.

While the Doctoral Research Fellowships are designed for Indian students registered as scholars in an Indian institution, Post-Doctoral Fellowship is for faculty members and researchers in India. They are provided grants for their research in an affiliate institution in the US. The Doctoral fellowship lasts for 6 to 9 months, whereas the Post-Doctoral Fellowship lasts for 8 to 24 months.

The Master’s Fellowship is designed for outstanding Indian students who are provided grants for pursuing a Master’s Degree course in universities in the US. To get this fellowship, a student must have a degree equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in the US along with three years of work experience.

The Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships provide Visa Support, monthly stipend, living expenses, travel allowance, accident and sickness coverage, etc.

Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program

Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program is a part of the Fullbright Program aiming to provide funds to the required accomplished individual who could also be in the middle of their career. The scholarship is offered to students from developing countries to study a non-degree graduate study or gain practical work experience/training in the US for about ten months.

The program now also offers Long-Term Language Training (LTE) to the limited or minority group coming from the country’s backward or rural areas and lacks language skills in them. These students, although they are commendable in their respective fields. In the Language Training program, the participants are given a 20-25 week-long training to improve their English language skills.

This Fellowship Program covers the tuition fee, monthly maintenance allowance, living expenses, airfare, and professional expenses like field trips.

AAUW International Fellowship 

This particular fellowship is only for female students who wish to pursue higher education in the US. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) fellowship covers both Masters and Doctoral Degree programs. To qualify for the fellowship, the applicant has to be a non-US citizen. While any women wishing to pursue a Masters’s Degree or Ph.D. in any field can apply, preference is given to those women who have experience in the areas related to the advancement of girls and women through community work or social service.

$ 18,000 is kept as a scholarship for those pursuing a Master’s Degree, whereas $ 20,000 is given to those pursuing Ph.D. The Post-Doctoral fellowship amount of AAUW International Fellowship is kept at $ 30,000.

We hope that the readers will find the scholarship and fellowship schemes mentioned in this helpful post. In addition to those mentioned in this post, students should explore multiple other scholarships and fellowship options if they wish to study abroad.

#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship

A social media campaign designed to welcome international students to come and study in the US, the movement is also a scholarship program aiming to grant scholarships to international students to pursue their higher education in the US. The best part about this scholarship is its feature of granting funds irrespective of the subject area the student wants to follow, rather than only allocating funds to STEM applicants.

The candidate needs to submit an essay or video that efficiently expresses the candidate’s willingness and interest to promote intercultural exchange activities. The video or essay might also reflect the leadership qualities and abilities of the student showing and motivating the university in which the student is applying to select them.

The participating university or institute for which the student has applied will grant two renewable scholarships that would cover a minimum of 50% of the tuition fees that allow the student to enroll in the undergraduate program.

Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship

 The Aga Khan Scholarship is an international scholarship program that aims to provide financial support to deserving students who have no other means to finance post-graduate studies. The scholarship consists of 50% of the cost in terms of grant and the remaining 50% in terms of the loan (Annual Service Charge of 5%), which must be repaid in 5 years after the study period. The financial help extends to tuition fees and living expenses only and does not cover travel expenses. The applicants are selected for the award through a competitive process held once a year, either in June or July.

The scholarship award is based on four parameters: consistently excellent academic record, genuine financial need, admission to a highly reputable university or program of study, and relevance of the field of study to Aga Khan Development Network’s (AKDN) focus area. AKDN is a network of affiliate agencies that carry out developmental programs such as providing education, health services, microfinance, etc., in most impoverished parts of Asia and Africa.

 

Let’s Wrap Up!

More information can be found about these scholarships on their official website to know the formalities and intake of the Universities in the US. There is a list of other scholarships available on the QS World Ranking Website. Refer to that information and keep in touch with your universities to gain more information about financial aid and grant probability for you.

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