SPDC Scholarship: How to Apply and Eligibility 

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SPDC Scholarship: Application Process and Eligibility

SPDC Scholarship: The Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (also SPDC) was introduced in 2006-07. It was introduced to make higher education in Indian Universities more easily accessible. It also aims to promote India as a centre for higher education.  

In this blog, we will talk about the SPDC scholarship and how you can opt for the same. Before this here is a quick preview about the same. Let’s dive in. 

Name of the ScholarshipScholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) 2024
ProviderThe Ministry of External Affairs
BeneficiariesPersons of Indian Origin (PIOs), Overseas Citizens of India (OCSs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
Benefits Up to US $4,000 per year
Official Website spdcindia.gov.in
Application DateTo Be Announced

How To Apply

Only those applicants can apply for this scholarship who have passed the qualifying examination for 10+2 and have also secured admission to an undergraduate course in institutions in India. Apart from this, the candidate will also have to fulfil the eligibility criteria only after this the candidate will be able to apply for the same via the official website. 

  • To apply for this scholarship, the candidate will have to go to the official website,
  • Click on ‘register’ and put all your details,
  • Create a password,
  • Once this has been done, click on submit,
  • To apply for the scholarship, the candidate will have to click on the name of the scholarship,
  • Make sure you are eligible to apply.

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Who Can Apply For SPDC?

The SPDC scholarship is available only for first-year candidates. This scholarship is provided to students for some undergraduate courses both Professional and Non-Professional course subjects. These subjects include Hotel Management, Journalism, Humanities, Technology, Engineering and several others. This scholarship does not apply to Medical courses. 

With the help of this scholarship, the student will get many benefits. This includes financial aid which covers tuition fees, admission fees and after-admission fees.

As mentioned above, the SPDC scholarship applies to all those candidates wishing to study undergraduate courses. The only catch is, it is available for the following Indian universities and colleges:

  • Central Universities Of India which offer undergraduate courses.
  • ‘A’ grade institutions accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and recognized by UGC
  • National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Schools of Planning and Architecture, and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) through the DASA Scheme

Eligibility Criteria

Before applying for the SPDC scholarship, the candidate needs to look into the eligibility criteria. By doing so, only the necessary people will apply for the same. Here are the criteria under which the candidates will be accepted.

For the SPDC scholarship, it is awarded only to these two categories:

  • Children of Indian Workers in ECR countries – those who studied outside India and in India
  • Children of NRIs/PIOs/OCIs

Here is all the necessary information about both these categories:

  1. Person of Indian Origin (PIO)/ Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)

PIO are those citizens who come from another country other than India (except Pakistan and Bangladesh) who, at any time, had an Indian passport, or whose grandparent(s) or either of their parents was Indian citizens.

To apply under this category, the candidate will have to submit proof of his/her Indian origin. This could be a valid PIO/OCI card. 

  1. Non-Residents of India (NRI)

A person is considered an NRI if they have not been resident in India in nine out

of ten preceding years or have not been in India for more than 730 days or more. 

(c) Indian workers in ECR countries 

All those Indians living in ECR countries (Qatar, Thailand, Malaysia and others) are required to present a valid work permit and documentation of their two-year presence in the country of residence.


The SPDC scholarship is open to all those candidates who belong to this age group of 17 to 21 years as of 31st July in the year to apply for SPDC. Only the date of birth recorded in the Secondary Education Board/University Certificate of Class 10th or Birth Certificate will be accepted. 

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Academic Qualifications

Candidates from all the above categories should have passed grades 11th and 12th from abroad. Candidates who are children of parents working in ECR countries and have completed education in India must have passed their 10+2 from a system of education recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

Apart from this, the candidate should have a minimum of 60 per cent marks or equivalent in their 10+2. 

Parents Income

Here is the required parent’s income which one should have from the above-mentioned categories:

  • Person of Indian Origin (PIO)/ Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)/ NRI: For all students’ parents belonging to this category, their monthly income should not exceed an amount equivalent to US Dollar Five Thousand (US $ 5000).
  • Children of Workers in ECR countries: The total household income of parents from this category should NOT exceed an amount equivalent to US Dollar Three Thousand (US $3000).

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Q.1 What is the SPDC scholarship?

Answer: The SPDC scholarship provides financial assistance for specific undergraduate courses for Professional and Non-Professional courses. However, this scholarship is not provided for Medical courses and other related courses. 

Q.2 What is the SPDC scheme?

Answer: SPDC also known as the Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children was introduced in 2006-07 to make higher education in different fields accessible to all the students. 

Q.3 How much percentage is required for the SPDC scholarship?

Answer: Scholarships are usually awarded to students who have 60 per cent in their 10+2 education. 

We hope this blog provides you with all the necessary information regarding the SPDC scholarship. This blog talked about how one can apply for it, the eligibility criteria and much more. For more such updates, keep an eye on Leverage Edu Indian scholarships page.

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