Cultural Talent Search Scholarship Scheme

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The Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT) implemented the Cultural Talent Search Scholarship Scheme (CTSSS) in 1982 at the National level. The Scheme is designed to provide financial aid to exceptionally talented children selected between the age group of 10 to 14 years studying either in government-recognised schools or to the children who belong to families where the traditional form of performing arts is still practised. 

The scholarship is aimed at helping children to get specialised training in various cultural fields such as traditional forms of music, dance, drama, painting, sculpture, crafts and literary activities.

Name of the Scholarship Cultural Talent Search Scholarship 
Scholarship Sponsored by  Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT)
Level of Scholarship National Level
Age-Group for Scholarship 10-14 years of age
Total Number of Scholarships 650
Mode of Application Online and Offline (by post)
Official Website

Notification of Commencement

The applications for Cultural Talent Search Scholarship 2023 are expected to begin in March 2023 and go on till April 2023. The announcement of the application will be made by post in prescribed proforma through advertisement in employment news and leading newspapers of the States/UT in English, Hindi and Vernacular languages and the same information along with the application form will be uploaded on the CCRT’s website.

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Selection Criteria

The candidates for the Cultural Talent Search Scholarship 2023 will be selected based on the decisions of two designated committees set up by the Centre for Cultural Resources and Training. 

  1. Central Selection Committee (CSC)

The CCRT constituted a Central Selection Committee to shortlist candidates that are to be called for personal interview/tests. The committee’s call will be the final decision. The shortlisted candidates will be informed about the dates, timings and venue of the interview/test via post which will be conducted at the Regional level during the months of May-August of every year.

  1. Regional Selection Committee (RSC)

Regional Selection Committee (RSC) is constituted by the CCRT for organising on-the-spot interviews/tests at the regional level. The RSC meetings are conducted at approximately 20 different venues all over the different states/UTs for recommending eligible children for the award of scholarships and for the extension of old scholarships (if applicable).

Scholarship Amount

The award of scholarship of the Cultural Talent Search Scholarship is INR 3600 per year for each candidate. Additionally, the candidate will also get reimbursement of the actual amount of tuition fee paid to the Guru/Teacher up to a maximum amount of INR 9,000 per year. 

Reservation Criteria

As stated above, there are a total of 650 scholarships up for grabs. However, certain seats are reserved in the manner detailed below:

Category  Reserved Seats
Children belonging to families practising traditional arts 125
Scheduled Tribes 100
Students applying in the field of Creative Writing/Literary Arts 30
Divyang (differently-abled) children 20


What is the eligible age group for Cultural Talent Search Scholarship Scheme 2023?

The candidates that fall between the age group of 10-14 enrolled in government-recognised schools or belong to a family practising a traditional form of art are eligible for the Cultural Talent Search Scholarship Scheme 2023. 

How many candidates will be awarded the Cultural Talent Search Scholarship?

A total of 650 candidates will receive the Cultural Talent Search Scholarship 2023.

What is the selection criteria for Cultural Talent Search Scholarship?

The candidates will be selected based on the decision of the Regional Selection Committee and Central Selection Committee for the Cultural Talent Search Scholarship Scheme 2023.

Getting a scholarship is a big step towards achieving your goals whether you are in school or college. So if you’re looking for a scholarship, do not forget to send the applications on or before the deadline! We hope this article proves useful for candidates looking to avail the benefits of this scholarship.

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