STUDYING ABROAD MADE EASY! Foreign Higher Education Scholarships by Indian Government

The Ministry of Education provides some financial aid to Indian students for foreign higher education. Interested candidates can check the official website for more details — 

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

The National Overseas Scholarship Scheme for Scheduled Castes, de-notified, nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes, landless agricultural labourers and traditional artisans, Scheduled Castes and traditional artisans category are just a few of the scholarship programmes offered by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Candidates from the aforementioned groups are given scholarships to assist them in pursuing higher education, such as Master’s or PhD courses, while studying abroad in an effort to enhance their economic and social standing.

Candidates must visit the official website,, to apply, and then fill out all the necessary information, including their personal information, course name and foreign university, past employment information, and various documents for evidence. The needed minimum percentage of marks is 60%.

Under the scheme, following assistance is provided:

— Tuition fees

— Maintenance allowance (US $15,400 annually except UK. GBP 9,900 annually in UK)

— Contingency allowance (US $1500 annually except UK. GBP 1,100 annually in UK)

— Visa fees

— Equipment allowance

— Tuition fee only and medical insurance premium

— Air Passage by economy class as per scheme guidelines

— Incidental journey allowance and equipment allowance (US $20 for each or its equivalent in INR)


Ministry of Tribal Affairs

The National Overseas Scholarship Scheme for Scheduled Tribe Students is one of the scholarship programmes that the Ministry of Tribal Affairs offers. Candidates should check their official website,, to submit an online application.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs’ Central Sector Scheme awards 20 new ST students with scholarships each year to pursue Master’s, PhD, and post-doctoral programmes overseas.

Ministry of Science & Technology

The Ministry of Science and Technology offers the Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship Programme.

By giving PhD students accepted to Indian institutions research training in reputable universities and institutes abroad, the program’s goal is to increase national capacity in frontier fields of science and engineering that interest India. It seeks to give active Indian research students the chance to experience and receive access to cutting-edge academic research facilities and labs at some foreign universities.

Additionally, this would foster long-term partnerships and collaborations with international scientists and engineers in the fields of research and design. And strengthen national programmes using the knowledge you’ve gathered.

The programme is exclusively available to citizens of India. The applicant must be enrolled full-time in a STEM-related PhD programme at one of India’s accredited academic institutions. Students who are enrolled part-time or who have turned in their thesis are ineligible to apply.

Candidates can visit, their official website, for additional information.

Ministry of Minority Affairs

Padho Pardesh is made available by the Ministry of Minority Affairs (interest subvention scheme for minority community students). Candidates can visit for additional information on them.

According to the terms of the Indian Banks Association’s school loan programme, the interest subsidy will be provided for the duration of the moratorium (i.e., the course time plus one year or six months after finding employment, whichever comes first) (IBA).

In this case, the Ministry will pay back the entire interest component of any educational loans that students have taken out with banks up until the moratorium period.

For this, students must provide the documentation that the lending bank requires in order to be eligible for an educational loan. The Ministry will pay back interest that has accumulated on student loans up until the moratorium period.

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