Indian Government Scholarships to Studying Abroad for Indian Student | GyanDhan

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Hello sir
I’m a 2nd yr student of dentistry from Madhya Pradesh. I’m interested in pursuing speciality training/ postgraduate studies in the UK after I’ve gained 2 yrs of work experience.
I’d like to know more about external scholarships to fund my tuition fees.
Thank you.

Hi @Nidhi,

Apologies for the delay in answer.

Top college in Canada for MA in Sociology -

  1. McGill University
  2. McMaster University
  3. University of Waterloo
  4. University of British Columbia
  5. University of Ottawa

Top colleges/universities in Europe for MA in Sociology -

  1. The University of Manchester - UK
  2. The University of Essex - UK
  3. Leiden University - Netherlands
  4. Erasmus University Rotterdam - Netherlands
  5. Lund University - Sweden
  6. The University of Gothenburg - Sweden

A gap of one year would not be of any problem if you can explain this gap year. Work experience is not a requirement for admission to any of the universities. These two factors will not cause any problem. However, you should have a robust profile to get admission to any of the above-mentioned universities.

Scholarships -

  1. Ontario Graduate Scholarships
  2. J.N Tata Endowment scholarships
  3. Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees
  4. Orange Tulip Scholarship (to pursue programs in the Netherlands)
  5. GREAT Education Scholarships (to study in the UK)
  6. Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship
  7. Global Study Awards

These are general scholarships that you can apply for, irrespective of the course. There are also scholarships offered by the university. For example, the University of Manchester has a scholarship of £100,000 awarded to Indian students. So, before applying for the course to a particular university, do check out the scholarships available on the university website.

I hope this answer helps you! Do post on the thread for any further questions.

Hi @Kamya,

Some of the external scholarships you can apply for as follows -

  1. Chevening Scholarships - read more about them here.
  2. GREAT scholarships - read about them here.
  3. Commonwealth Scholarships - read about them here.
  4. GyanDhan Scholarship - read about it here.
  5. Inlaks Scholarships - read about them here.
  6. KC Mahindra Scholarships - read about it here.
  7. Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees Scholarships - read about it here. There’s a possibility that by the time you apply, UK might not be an eligible country. So, do check out the list of eligible countries while applying.
  8. The Felix Scholarship - eligible for three UK colleges. Read about it here.

Most of these scholarships are merit-based and come with strict eligibility criteria. It is advisable to start working towards winning a scholarship early on. Build a strong profile with excellent academic credentials, extracurricular activities, and work experience to win a scholarship.

I hope this list of scholarships helps you. Do post on this thread if you have any further questions. I would be happy to help!
All the best!

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Hi Vishakha,

I have completed my diploma in computer engineering in 2014, after that I started working as a graphic designer and currently I have around 4 years of working experience and now I want to persue a degree in to graphic designing to have better future. I am looking for courses in the UK. Can you please advise University for undergraduate degree in to graphic design and I will need scholarship to help my studies. Can you please advise on this?

Thank you,


I am looking to study Masters in Fine Arts in Filmmaking, specifically Direction. I have a Bcom degree from DCAC, DU. My aim is to go for New York Film Academy or EICAR, Paris or London Film School. I am looking for the best colleges, I have gone through their course structure and would love to study there. However, the fees is quite high for me to afford. I wanted to know if you could help me in identifying which Scholarship programs and organizations I can go to for scholarships. Also, if you could tell me if there are any entrances or exams which I need to clear first besides the ones the colleges specifically need?

Hey Vishakha !!
I have done BTech from DTU, Delhi and i am thinking to apply for masters program in Canada. But main issue is that the fee is very high. So if you can tell me about some scholarships, that will be great.
Best Regards

Hi @priya_hingu,

Some of the top universities in the UK to study Graphic Design are as follows -

  1. Leeds Arts University
  2. Kingston University
  3. Loughborough University
  4. University of Lincoln
  5. Arts University Bournemouth
  6. Staffordshire University
  7. Coventry University

Scholarships -
Scholarships for this course and program are mainly college-specific. For example, Leeds Arts University awards The Vice-Chancellor’s International Undergraduate Scholarships of £2,000 as a tuition fee discount.
The Loughborough University awards the International scholarship to undergraduate students in the form of a 25% reduction in the tuition fees. The University of Lincoln offers Global Undergraduate Scholarships to international students.
Each university mentioned has some scholarships for international students. However, these are merit-based scholarships. Your academic records and resume should be outstanding to win one of the scholarships. Fortunately, your 4 years of work experience will help you a lot with the admission as well as with scholarships. Other than that, the university might offer a need-based scholarship if your background for the same is eligible.

The requirements for admission and getting a scholarship are SOP, IELTS, LOR, and resume.
I hope this helps you. Do post on this thread for any further queries.
All the best!

Hi @Tavleen_Kaur,

There are no particular entrance exams to be cleared. The basic requirement is IELTS. Besides that, the portfolio should be strong. Since you have a BCom background, I would suggest you go for a certification program, which is at UCLA, USA. The program can be completed in under INR 10 lakhs to INR 15 lakhs.

Do you have any experience in the field you have chosen? If not, then the UCLA certification program might be the best option for you.

Scholarships -
For the UK, the scholarships available to postgraduate students are -

  1. Chevening Scholarships
  2. Commonwealth Scholarships
  3. GREAT Education Scholarships

For the USA -

  1. Fulbright-Nehru Scholarships
  2. MPower Scholarships
    The college also awards several need-based, merit-based, and talent-based scholarships.

Some other common Scholarships for Masters course are -

  • KC Mahindra Scholarships
  • JN Tata Endowment Fund
  • GyanDhan Postgraduate Scholarship
  • Global Study Awards

Apply for the scholarships at least 8-9 months before the admission so that the chances of receiving funding are more.
I hope this answer helps you. Do post on this thread for any further queries. I’d be happy to help.
All the best!

Hi @savneet_singh,

There are mainly two types of scholarships -
Internal scholarship, which are given by the university,
External scholarships, which are given by private organizations or the government.

Some external scholarships are as follows -

  1. Ontario Graduate Scholarships
  2. Canada Graduate Scholarships
  3. Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
  4. Global Study Awards
  5. KC Mahindra Scholarships
  6. JN Tata Endowment Scholarships
  7. Inlaks Foundation Scholarships
  8. GyanDhan Scholarship

These are merit-based scholarships. Your academic record and overall profile should be strong to win a scholarship. The best time to apply for a scholarship is 8-9 months before the admission. The chances of receiving funding are increased this way.

Rest, I’d advise you explore the website of the university that you have chosen. Most abroad universities offer financial aid to international students. It can be merit-based, need-based, or talent-based. There are also TAships and RAships available to students based on their academic performance.
I hope this answer helps you. Do post on this thread for any more queries. I’d be happy to help.
All the best!

Hello sir/ma’am
I want to do masters in biomedical science/biotechnology in good top-ranking universities with less tuition fee. can you recommend some?

I am doing my masters in Linguistics at University of Delhi and wish to go for my masters next year. How can I avail scholarships and basically just get into the process. It would be really nice if you give me some information.

Hi @Neelakshi,

Scholarships are either given internally by universities or externally by private organizations, government, or other institutions. Most scholarships are merit-based, though universities/colleges do give out need-based scholarships to students. Few abroad universities also provide financial assistance to international students in the form of either grant, TAships, or RAships.

For external scholarships, start the application process at least a year before the admission application. For example, the application process for the Chevening Scholarships given by the UK govt. start in September for the next year’s Fall session, meaning the applications for Fall 2021 started in September 2020 and closed on 3rd November 2020. Most external scholarships have a vetting process of 8 months to 9 months. The application will require you to write an SOP.

Internal scholarships that are given by universities/colleges generally do not have a separate application form. For example, the application for the Gates Cambridge scholarship by the University of Cambridge is the same as the application for postgraduate programs. Unless specifically mentioned, abroad universities have one or the other scholarship for international students. So, if you are not eligible for any scholarship mentioned on the university website, get in touch with the department or your supervisor.

Few tips to winning a scholarship -

  • Start by making an exhaustive list of scholarships for your postgraduate program. Do check the eligibility criteria for each of them.
  • Submit the scholarship application as soon as possible, and do not wait till the deadline to submit it.
  • Make sure the application does not have any mistakes or any column left blank. There are high chances of rejection in presenting false information. Plus, you won’t get a chance to submit the correct information.
  • Apply for as many scholarships as you can. Unless specified, there is no limit on the number of scholarships you can hold. Some scholarships do lower the amount if you have other sources to fund your education.
  • Scholarship application might require an SOP or a LOR, or both. Make sure they are edited and reviewed by a mentor/teacher.
  • There are many credible websites to search for scholarships. You can also use GyanDhan’s Scholarship Finder for scholarships.
  • A good academic record will help you a lot in securing a scholarship. Build a good profile for scholarship applications - add extracurricular activities, volunteer work, work experience (if any).

If you have settled on countries and universities you want to target and the year you want to apply for, I can list some scholarships for you. Do mention the same on this thread.

I hope this helps you! If you have any further queries, do post on this thread.
All the best!

My greetings,
This is Aishwarya, currently doing my 3rd year BBA; LLB. I wish to do my masters (LLM) at a low cost. Hence, I would like to know the list of good universities and the scholarships available, its requisites and criteria.
location preferences:
*Indian neighbourhoods
*Malaysia, Singapore
*New zealand
Kindly guide me.

Can u tell about the Indian and foreign scholarship which provides fully funding to study in abroad ( like USA, EU, JAPAN) ?

hii …i want to do my UG in law from UK but my 12th scores were not that good to apply dor scholarship and also can’t afford studies in UK are there any scholarship test which help me to study there… anyone plz help

Hi @aish,

Top universities in India for LLM -

  1. University of Delhi - Faculty of Law
  2. National Law University
  3. NALSAR University of Law
  4. Symbiosis Law School, Pune

The LLM from India can cost you anywhere from INR 1 lakh to INR 5 lakhs.

Top universities in Australia

  1. University of Melbourne - Law School
    Tuition fee - $44,500

  2. Sydney Law School - University of Sydney
    Tuition fee - $44,500

  3. University of New South Wales
    Tuition fee - $41,520

  4. Monash University - Law Chambers
    Tuition fee - $41,400

  5. Australian National University - ANU College of Law
    Tuition fee - $42,960

*annual fees
The universities do have scholarships for international students, most of whom are merit-based. For example, Australian National University has 4 merit-based scholarships for international students pursuing law. Each scholarship has a different eligibility criteria. You can contact the university department for more information.

Top universities in Malaysia -

  1. Universiti Malaya
  2. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  3. International Islamic University Malaysia

The average tuition fee is RM 20,000 to RM 28,390.

Top universities in New Zealand -

  1. The University of Auckland
  2. Victoria University of Wellington
  3. University of Canterbury
  4. University of Otago

The average tuition fee is NZ$ 20,000. A few universities offer scholarships to international students. For example, Victoria University of Wellington offer LLM fee scholarship, a waiver of one-year of tuition fee. Other awards offered by the university are up to NZ$ 5,000. The scholarships offered by the university are merit-based.

Top universities in Indonesia -

  1. Gadjah Mada University
  2. University of Indonesia

The average tuition fee is Rp38,000,000 (approximately INR 2 lakhs) annually. There are merit-based scholarships for international students. You can contact the department for more information.

Top universities in Thailand -

  1. Chulalongkorn University
  2. Mahidol University

The average tuition fee is 36,500 baht / semester.The universities offer scholarships to students. However, the information for the same is not mentioned on the university website, and will be available at the Office of the Master of Law.

Eligibility criteria -
Each university mentioned above has more or less the same eligibility criteria for admission -
a. A bachelor’s degree in law with a top grade
b. English language proficiency test scores - TOEFL/IELTS
The minimum score will vary depending on the university.

You can choose countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thaland to complete your LLM at a low cost. Some of these universities also rank in the QS World University Rankings for Law and Legal Studies.

Apart from scholarships offered by the universities, you can also apply for external scholarships. Apply to maximum scholarships to increase your chances of winning. However, do check the eligibility criteria for each. Some scholarships are not available to international students if you have already received financial assistance from the government or any other organization.
Find a list of scholarships here-

You can also use GyanDhan’s Scholarship Finder for more scholarships.

Hope this helps you.
All the best!

Hi @Mr_Symbol,

There are very few scholarships that are fully-funded. Most scholarships cover partial tuition fee or expenses.
A few scholarships that do provide full funding to international students -

  1. Fulbright Scholarships
  2. Chevening Scholarships
  3. Commonwealth Scholarships
  4. Australian Embassy Fully-Funded Scholarships
  5. Young Leader’s Program Student

These scholarships are merit-based, and will require an outstanding academic and student profile to win one. Do check the eligibility criteria of the scholarships as they may apply to only certain fields of study.
For a more comprehensive list, please mention your target course.

Hope this helps you.
All the best!

Hi @yanshika_dahiya,

Scholarships are not provided based on a test. Almost every scholarship is either merit-based or need-based. For merit-based scholarships, your academic profile must be outstanding. Further, for need-based scholarships, the universities have their criteria to judge the need of the student for a scholarship. I suggest contacting the university department for help regarding need-based scholarships. Most universities tend to provide partial tuition fee waiver to international students to help them study in the UK.

Rest, I’d advise you to apply for scholarships anyway. There are ways to compensate for your low scores in 12th. You can add extracurricular activities, volunteer work, internships, short courses, etc. to make your profile stand out.

Hope this helps.
All the best!

I am Nandita, doing my Masters in Climate Science & Policy from TERI School of advanced studies, Delhi. I have been unable to find any govt scholarships for abroad internships, could you please guide me with the same