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Educational costs continue to rise, making it hard to fund a college education without accumulating a significant debt. Scholarship can cover many of the costs associated with undertaking a degree.

They can cover tuition fees or living costs, or provide additional academic resources (computers, books etc). They are usually offered on the basis of academic merit, but may also have an element of financial need.

Mentioned are a brief of a few of the scholarships for reference:

Inlaks Scholarships:

Inlaks Scholarships are granted for up to 2 years at top American, European and UK institutions, for funding requirements including tuition fees, up to a maximum of $85,000 or equivalent. The scholarships are of two types: university courses and specific programs. The Foundation has joint scholarship schemes with Imperial College (London), Royal College of Art (London), School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)(London),and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). The Foundation does not give scholarships in the following subjects: Engineering, Computer Science, Business Studies, Medicine, Public Health, Fashion Design, Music and Film Animation. However in the case of Imperial College, London, scholarships will be given for Engineering and Computer Science. Further we will consider Indian Studies, only if they have contemporary relevance. In the field of Music, only applications for Western Classical singing degrees will be considered.

Applications for Scholarships Abroad will be accepted between January 10 and April 15, last date for submission of applications is April 15.

For Eligibility, selection procedure, application form, and for more information, please check or

Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation
C/o Inlaks India Foundation 86/87 Atlanta
Nariman Point
Mumbai 400021, India.

Inlaks - Imperial College Collaboration

The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation and the Imperial College, London now offer joint scholarships for PhD programmes (up to 4 years) and Masters courses. These will be available for all courses in the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial. Full tuition fees and a stipend for living expenses will be covered by the scholarship.

All candidates will need to apply to the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation following normal procedure laid out in the ‘Scholarships Abroad-Inlaks Scholarships’ section on the website.

All candidates must have a firm offer of admission to the Imperial College at the time of making the application to the Foundation. The last date for applications is 15 April.

Inlaks Research Travel Grants

The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation has been supporting innovative work in research and scholarship for more than three decades. The ‘Inlaks Research Travel Grant’ is geared to assist registered PhD. students of Indian universities to undertake short-term visits to universities abroad to collect material, use facilities and consult experts.

The ‘Inlaks Research Travel Grant’ offers financial support for a maximum of 3 months at a university/institution/library abroad. The Grant will cover, Discounted air fare, Maintenance expenses at a modest rate, Funds for buying material and books, and making copies of relevant literature. The grant is available for subjects like Humanities and Social Sciences. The deadline is 15th October.

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Ravi Sankaran Fellowship Program

Are you a young person with a passion for wildlife? Do you want to use your energy and skills to make a difference to biodiversity conservation in India? The Ravi Sankaran Fellowship Program can help. This Program has been set up in memory of the late Dr. Ravi Sankaran who followed up his detailed field studies of wild species with innovative projects to conserve their populations. The activities that have an explicit focus on biodiversity conservation will be considered for this Fellowship Program.

The Ravi Sankaran Fellowship Program is an initiative of the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation. The Program funds three major activities: A Master’s degree at a university abroad- The Program will fund one or two students to work towards a 1-2 yr Masters degree in a reputed academic program in ecology or conservation.

An internship with an organisation abroad - The Program will fund one or two recipients to carry out an internship of 6 weeks to 1 year with a university research group, NGO, government agency, or other organisation, known for its work in conservation science and practice in a country other than India.

Small Grants for a short conservation research or implementation project within India – This is for a conservation research or implementation project within India: The Program will fund up to 4 recipients to carry out an initial project of up to 1 yr that is expected to lead to a longer-term conservation science and/or implementation project.

For Eligibility, selection procedure, application form, and for more information, please check

Sir Dorabji Tata Trust travel grants

It accepts applications from candidates who are travelling abroad for advanced training in specialised areas and to participate in workshops. Students who wish to pursue postgraduate studies abroad in the field of natural sciences and humanities are also welcome to apply.

Applications for travel grants for the purpose of studies abroad should reach the Trusts’ office between the months of April and July for Fall admissions and between November and December for Spring admissions.

Applications for other categories of travel grant support may be submitted throughout the year.

Applications for the categories excluding postgraduate studies abroad, should reach the Trusts' office at least two months prior to the date of departure. Grants will be released only if all the necessary documents are submitted prior to the date of departure.

For further details, please check

Sir Dorabji Tata Trust
Mulla House, 3rd Floor
51, M.G. Road, Fort
Mumbai 400 001

: 66658282

J.N. Tata Endowment for the Higher Education of Indians

The J.N. Tata Endowment offers loan scholarships for higher studies abroad only. The loan amount (ranging between Rs.1,50,000/- and Rs.6,00,000/-) awarded to each scholar is determined by the norms laid down for the purpose and does not cover the full cost of studies. All applicants do not necessarily qualify for the maximum amount. Selected scholars may also qualify for a gift scholarship from the Jamsetji Tata Trust and a Travel Grant from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, based on the sole discretion of the Trustees of the concerned Trusts. A gift scholarship can amount to a maximum of Rs.10,00,000/-

Applications for the loan scholarships are invited by the Endowment once a year, through advertisements in leading Indian newspapers in the month of December, for the following academic year. The application deadline is in mid of March.

For more informations, check

The J.N. Tata Endowment
Administrative Office
Mulla House, 4th floor
51, M.G. Road, Fort Mumbai 400 001.

: (022) 66658282, 66657681, 66657198, 66657774

Lady Meherbai D. Tata Education Trust Scholarships

The Lady Meherbai D. Tata Education Trust awards scholarships to Indian women graduates of recognized Indian universities to pursue higher education abroad.

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Lady Meherbai D Tata Education Trust’s office at
Mulla House, 3rd floor
51 M.G. Road
Mumbai – 400 001

Scotland Saltire scholarships

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships (SSS) is a substantial programme of scholarships, offered on a matched funding basis between the Scottish Government and Scottish Higher Education Institutions. The scheme offers up to 200 awards, each worth £2000. These are towards the tuition fees, for any one year of full time study, on an Undergraduate, Masters or PhD course at any of Scotland’s higher education institutions.

The scholarships are designed to support the promotion of Scotland as a learning nation and a science nation and are therefore targeted at the priority sectors of creative industries, life sciences, technology, financial services and renewable and clean energy (find out what study options are available). The deadline is 31st March.

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Goa Education Trust Scholarships with British Council

The Dempo and the Fomento Group collaboratively formed the Goa education trust with the British Council in the year 2009 to provide Goan students with a platform to undertake postgraduate study in the UK in any field of academic study. Since its inception the scholarship provided an opportunity for Goans to obtain higher education degrees from top UK Universities in various disciplines including Journalism, Education, Ancient History and Law.

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Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

The CSFP is aimed at students of Commonwealth countries who can make a significant contribution to their home country after the completion of a higher education programme in the UK.

This is a source of funding made available to all Commonwealth countries by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. It covers economy return international travel, tuition fee, adequate maintenance and other allowances. The subjects covered are engineering and technology, science (pure and applied), agriculture, humanities and social sciences. The last date for accepting the applications is 15th October.

Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD)
Department of Higher Education
External Scholarship Division
ES.4 Section, West Block-1, Wing-6
2nd Floor, R.K.Puram
New Delhi-110066

: +91-11-26172491 and 26172492

Chevening Scholarship

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at UK universities.

The deadline for applying for a Chevening Award open in August
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K C Mahindra Education Trust scholarships

K. C. Mahindra Education Trust has granted interest-free loan scholarships to deserving students to pursue post-graduate studies abroad in various fields. A maximum of Rs.8 lakh per scholar, awarded to the top 3 K.C. Mahindra fellows and a maximum of Rs.2 lakh per scholar, awarded to remaining successful applicants. Announcements will be made in leading newspapers of the country of the inviting applications for the award for that particular year approximately by December. The application deadline is 31st March of the admission year.

For further queries please email Mr. Rodrigues on
: (022) 22895526

contact K.C. Mahindra Education Trust
Cecil Court, 3rd Floor
Near Regal Cinema
Mahakavi Bushan Marg, Colaba
Mumbai - 400 001


RD Sethna scholarships - Mumbai

The R D Sethna Scholarship Fund grants only loan scholarships to students who are citizens of India, regardless of community, caste or creed.

Loan scholarships are granted to enable students to undertake scientific, technical, industrial or commercial studies in India and overseas on the condition that they are repayable with interest in terms of the agreement and other documents required to be entered into and executed by applicants and their male guarantors.

Applications for loan scholarships are invited by the Trust from 1st April each year. The last date for receiving applications for overseas studies is 31 May and for local studies is 31st August each year. Only successful applicants will be informed of the grant, and no intimation will be given to unsuccessful applicants.

The person proposed as guarantor must be a male, and permanent resident in Mumbai having a monthly income of not less than Rs.10,000/- for applicants pursuing studies in India and Rs.15,000/- for applicants pursuing studies overseas.

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TOEFL® Scholarship Program in India

The TOEFL® Scholarship Program in India is open to any student residing in India who starts an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Ten scholarships valued at US$7,000 each. India scholarship funds will be disbursed to the winners' universities in end of the year. Funds can be applied to academic expenses only and will be disbursed after the student has arrived on campus. Complete the initial application online. The deadline for the initial application is August first week. If selected as a semifinalist, you will be notified and will be required to submit additional information, which is due on September 8. For more information check,

American Alumni Association

AAA is registered as a charitable organization founded in the 1968, for the purpose of raising fund to provide grants to highly qualified students who have been accepted for advanced studies in the US at a noted university but who have some financial need. . Award winners are selected in a rigorous round of judging first based on their written applications and then in person interviews. Each year, grant money is fund raised by the members of the AAA and awarded to qualified candidates.

Currently, the amount of the grant is INR 1,00,000 (one lac) per student (and can be changed according to the amount fundraised). It is a grant and is therefore repayable when the students completes their studies and are financially stable enough to return it.

Every year AAA advertises the SAP program through various means including the newspaper, Indo American Chamber of Commerce and informational posters at various Universities in India. June 15th is the last date to receive the applications and end of July the results are announced.

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contact American Alumni Association
C/o The HS Group of Companies
204 Sumer Kendra
Pandurang Budhkar Marg
Behind Mahindra Towers
Worli, Mumbai 400 018.

Aga Khan Foundation - International Scholarship Programme

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries including India. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant: 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July. The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master's level courses but is willing to consider applications for PhD programs, only in the case of outstanding students who are highly recommended for doctoral studies by their professors and who need a PhD for the fulfillment of their career objectives (academic or research oriented).

Applications for short-term courses are not considered; neither are applications from students who have already started their course of study. Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.

The Foundation assists students with tuition fees and living expenses only. The cost of travel is not included in AKF scholarships. Funding for PhD programmes is only provided for the first two years of study, after which the students are expected to find alternative sources of assistance. Half of the scholarship amount is considered as a loan, which must be reimbursed with an annual service charge of 5%. A guarantor is required to co-sign the loan agreement. The payback period is five years, starting six months after the study period funded by the Aga Khan Foundation. Students may obtain application forms as of January 1st each year from AKF offices. The Deadline for application distribution is 16th March, 2015 and the Deadline for submitting completed applications is 20th March, 2015.


contact Aga Khan Education Service, India
2nd Floor, Diamond Complex
Diamond Jubilee High School Compound
39/43, Nesbit Road
Mumbai 400010

: (22) 66139700
: (22) 66139710

Aga Khan Foundation (India)
Sarojini House, 2nd floor
6, Bhagwan Dass Road
New Delhi 110001

: (11) 23782173
: (11) 23782174

The Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation's scholarship and fellowship

The Foundation offers interest free loan scholarships for higher studies to meritorious students hoping to pursue post graduate studies in India and abroad. Open to students throughout the country, and covering a wide variety of disciplines.

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The Lore India Foundation Scholarship program

With support from Tata Consultancy Services ION, the Lore India Foundation has created and launched the Lore India Foundation National Benchmarking and Scholarship Program, the largest program of its kind in the country. The Program awards scholarships to brilliant young minds so that they can fulfil their dreams of quality higher education in India or abroad. It recognizes merit and merit alone as the only criterion for award of scholarships. Students who are enrolled at X, XI, XII and any Undergraduate degree are eligible to apply. This commitment to education enables the Program to support over 200+ students each year, with annual scholarships of Rs. 10.5 crore through two national programs.

The applicants will be shortlisted through the Learning Aptitude Test (LAT) and Advanced Learning Aptitude test (ALAT) and award the scholarship in accordance with their rank in the test. If it is not possible to rank the applicants on the basis of their score in the LAT, there will be a second round of examination, the format of which will be decided by the Governing Council of the Lore India Foundation Scholarship Program.

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Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship:London Metropolitan Univ

The scholarship supports one student from India and covers the tuition fees for a Master's programme at London Met. The scholarship will be awarded to the most outstanding postgraduate student on the basis of excellent academic performance in India. The recipient must also demonstrate the potential for leadership and social change as exemplified by Gandhi.

You must:

  • have an unconditional offer to study at London Met on one of London Met's Master's courses.
  • have 80% or above in Class X.
  • have 80% or above in Class XII.
  • have a First Class Honours Bachelor's degree from a good Indian university.
  • have an overall IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component or SELT equivalent.
  • be a national of India.

Please fill in and submit the online scholarship e-application form . The deadline to submit a scholarship application form is 30 April 2015 for the September 2015 intake. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

V.V. Giri Scholarships- University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland.

UCD is offering four full scholarships in recognition of V. V. Giri, the fourth President of India, who studied law in UCD from 1913 to 1916. Established in 1854 UCD is Ireland’s largest and most international university. These scholarships are awarded on application to the top Indian students applying for UG and PGe courses.

Deadline: March 31, 2015.
How to apply – online -

Please contact for further information.

Tata Scholarships – Cornell University

The Tata Scholarship Fund will support approximately 20 scholars at any given time. The scholarship will be awarded annually; recipients will receive the scholarship for the duration of their undergraduate studies at Cornell.

To receive the undergraduate scholarship, a recipient must:

  • be a citizen of India and have attended secondary school in India;
  • be offered admission to Cornell as an undergraduate student;
  • be eligible for need-based financial aid.

Preference will be given to qualified students accepted to the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; the College of Engineering; the Applied Economics and Management major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; and majors across colleges in the biological sciences, physical sciences, and other “hard” sciences, as well as the social sciences. All undergraduate applicants must apply for financial aid by completing the financial aid application process for international students.

To apply for international financial aid, Complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE (Cornell’s CSS code is 2098) through college board account.

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Fulbright scholarships - USIEF

USIEF offers a wide range of exchange opportunities to Indian citizens in three main categories:

  • Student Awards to pursue a master's degree or attend a U.S. university as a visiting student researcher (J1 visa)
  • Scholars and Teacher Awards for academics, teachers and professionals to teach or conduct research in the U.S., and
  • Professional Development Programs for leadership and skill development.

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The Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund

The scholarships are available for Ph.D. study in India to the students from India and other Asian countries in the areas of Indian History and Civilization, Sociology, Comparative Studies in Religion & Culture, Economics, Geography, Philosophy and Ecology & Environment. The scholarship cover the maintenance allowance including Tuition fee - Rs.18,000 per month, contingent expenses for study tours within India, purchase of books, stationery, etc. – Rs.15,000 per annum up to 2 years.

Completed application form together with all the necessary enclosures should reach during April and May.

For more details contact:
Administrative Secretary
Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund
Teen Murti House
New Delhi-110 011

: +91-11-23013641
: +91-11-23017173
: +91-11-23018087
: +91-11-23015897

: +91-11-23011102



DAAD Scholarships in Germany

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides scholarships in Germany for international students for a range of postgraduate courses at German Universities which aim at providing academically educated young professionals from developing countries with further specialized studies. The scholarships are towards eligible development-related courses. Visit the link for the list of eligible postgraduate courses for 2016/2017.

Full and partial DAAD scholarships are available. Applications must be made directly to the respective course. Please refer to the respective websites of the Universities for the application procedure, the application deadline, and the documents to be submitted. Deadline varies depending on the course/university but is usually around August-October.

It is important to visit the official website to access the application form and for complete information on how to apply for this scholarship. The official Scholarship Website is:

Rotary Foundation Global Scholarship Grants for Development

The Rotary Foundation offers scholarship funding through the Rotary Foundation Global Grant scholarships. The scholarship funds graduate-level coursework or research (MS/ PhD) for one to four academic years. Rotary Foundation Global Grants can be used to fund scholarships in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy, and Economic and community development.

The minimum budget for a global grant scholarship is $30,000 which can fund the following: Passport/visa, Inoculations, Travel expenses (as specified in the grant terms and conditions), School supplies, Tuition, Room and board, Household supplies, Language training courses (but not if university admission is contingent on improvement of language skills). Most personal and miscellaneous expenses are not covered by the scholarship funding. Interested applicants can contact their local Rotary clubs via the Rotary Club Locator to inquire on how to be sponsored for the grant. Global grant scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year but applications should be submitted at least three months before the scholar’s intended departure date to allow adequate time for Foundation review and processing. **Each Rotary Club/District might have its own specific timeline.

It is important to visit the official website for details on how to apply for the scholarship.

Official Scholarship Website:

Contact your nearest Rotary District Governor or write to :
The Governor
Rotary club of Mumbai
Red cross Building, 2nd floor
Shahed Bhagat singh road

There are many more scholarship options for aspirants. Please do contact us.