🎓Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship for Academic Excellence Rajasthan 2023-24

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If you are a student from Rajasthan who wishes to study abroad in 2023-24, then you can apply for the Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship for Academic Excellence. This scheme was first launched on 20 August 2021 by the Rajasthan government to honour the former PM, Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi. The scholarship helps cover academic expenses for students while studying abroad. This blog will provide you with all the information about this scholarship. We will cover its eligibility criteria, benefits and allowances, course-wise slots, eligible universities abroad, and the application process. Read on to know more!

Scholarship NameRajiv Gandhi Scholarship for Academic Excellence 2023
ProviderDepartment of College Education, Govt of Rajasthan
Number of Scholarships500
BeneficiariesStudents of Rajasthan
Scholarship AmountUpto INR 10,00,000
Age limit35 years
Application ModeOnline
Deadline to ApplyNot announced yet

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📌Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship: Overview

Being committed to academic excellence, the former PM of India Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi had a modern vision for the students and youth of the country. As a tribute to his contributions, the current CM of Rajasthan Shri Ashok Gehlot announced the Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship for Academic Excellence for students of Rajasthan on the former PM’s birth anniversary. Initially meant to provide financial support to 200 students, the number has been increased to 500 after the 2023-24 budget announcement.

📌Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship: Eligibility Criteria

The Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship is a scheme meant to encourage students from economically weaker sections in Rajasthan to pursue their education overseas. The scholarship covers students enrolled in UG, PG, PhD, and postdoctoral courses in the latest 150 QS-ranked universities abroad. 

Let’s take a look at some other eligibility criteria that students need to fulfil to apply for this scheme:

  1. The applicant must be a resident of Rajasthan.
  2. The applicant must have a 12th/Bachelors/Masters/Doctorate degree from a recognized Indian board/university.
  3. The applicant must not be above 35 years of age as of 1 July.
  4. The applicant must have received an offer/confirmation/admission letter from a foreign university covered by the scholarship.
  5. The applicant’s annual family income must be less than or equal to INR 8 lakh.
  6. Only one applicant from a family will be granted the scholarship.

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💸Benefits and Allowances

If a candidate is deemed eligible by the above criteria, they stand to receive the various benefits from the Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Based on their annual family income, the students are divided into 3 categories: E1, E2, and E3. Candidates receive the scholarship amount based on which of these categories they fall under:

E1 (income < 8 lakh)Tuition and Bench fees – Up to INR 50 lakhLiving fees – INR 3 lakh
E2 (INR 8 lakh <income< INR 25 lakh)Tuition and Bench fees – Up to INR 50 lakhLiving fees – INR 6 lakh
E3 (Income > 25 lakh)Tuition and Bench fees – Up to INR 50 lakhLiving fees – NA

Note: Applicants belonging to the E1 category will be considered in the first phase of the evaluation. The second and third phases of evaluation will consider students in both E1 and E2 categories. In the last phase, students of all three categories are considered collectively. 

Eligible students also receive allowances for different expenses while preparing to study abroad, like:

Annual Maintenance Allowance Upto INR 10 lakh each
Annual Contingency Allowance 
Visa FeesFull reimbursement (in INR)
Tuition FeesFull reimbursement 
Medical Insurance Premium
Travel Cost 

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📌Course-Wise Slots

The Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship has a limited number of slots for different courses that students are enrolled in. The breakdown of the number of slots available for various disciplines is as follows:

CoursesNumber of Slots
Humanities, Social Science, Agriculture and Forest Science, Nature and Environmental Science, Law150
Management and Business Administration, Economics and Finance25
Pure Science and Public Health25

Note: If any of these slots go vacant, then the students can apply to the following disciplines having 15 slots available: 

  1. Engineering
  2. Related sciences
  3. Medicine
  4. Applied Sciences

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🏫Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship: Eligible Universities

As mentioned earlier, students selected for the Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship are eligible to apply to the top 150 QS-ranked universities around the world. Given below are the 50 eligible universities where candidates can apply for admission through this scheme in 2023-24:

UniversityQS World Ranking 2023-24
Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT)1
University of Cambridge2
Stanford University3
University of Oxford4
Harvard University5
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)6
ETH Zurich9
University of Chicago10
National University of Singapore (NUS)11
Peking University12
University of Pennsylvania13
Tsinghua University14
The University of Edinburgh15
Yale University18
Nanyang Technological University,Singapore (NTU)19
Cornell University20
The University of Hong Kong21
Columbia University22
The University of Tokyo23
Johns Hopkins University24
University of Michigan Ann Arbor25
Université PSL26
University of California, Berkeley (UCB)27
The University of Manchester28
Seoul National University29
The Australian National University30
McGill University31
Northwestern University32
The University of Melbourne33
Fudan University34
Kyoto University36
King’s College London37
The Chinese University of Hong Kong(CUHK)38
New York University (NYU)39
The Hong KongUniversity of Science and Technology40
The University of Sydney41
KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute ofScience & Technology42
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)44
UNSW Sydney45
Shanghai Jiao Tong University46
University of British Columbia47
Institut Polytechnique de Paris48
Technical University of Munich49
Duke University50

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💻How To Apply?

  1. Visit the official portal of the Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
  2. Select the “Online Scholarship” option on the Menu bar.
  3. Click on “Apply Now” to start the application.
  4. To register, go to the “Citizen” option on the “Registration” tab.
  5. Choose your preferred method (through Jan Aadhaar or Google) to start the registration process.
  6. Check your email ID and registered mobile number for login details.
  7. Login to fill up the scholarship form.
  8. Save and download the application form receipt for future reference.

📌Documents Required

  • 10th marksheet
  • Qualifying Degree, Mark sheet/Certificate of last passed exam.
  • Bonafide/ Domicile certificate
  • Jan Aadhar Number
  • Offer letter from a foreign university listed under eligible institutions by the scholarship.
  • Gross family Income certificate (authenticated by the executive magistrate and witnessed by two gazetted officers)
  • ITRs (As applicable for the Financial year 2022-23, for applications in the financial year 2023-24)
  • Affidavit for not filing ITR (given format)
  • Self Declaration for Scholarships/ financial help etc. from other sources.
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Aadhar Number

Scholarship Duration

The Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship provides financial assistance to students throughout the entire duration of their studies. So the scholarship duration varies with the course level and duration as shown below:

For UG courses4 years (maximum)
For PG courses2 years (maximum)
PhD3 years (maximum)
Post-doctoral Research1.5 years (maximum)

Contact Details

If you have any queries or complaints regarding the Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship, then you can contact the concerned authorities through the following modes:

Telephone number – 0141-2941493

Email ID – [email protected]

You can also read further terms and conditions related to the scholarship here.

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Ques 1. Who is eligible for the Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship for Academic Excellence?

Ans. Students from Rajasthan coming from financially weak backgrounds or minority communities who wish to study abroad are eligible to apply for the Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

Ques 2: Is there an age limit for applying for the Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship?

Ans. No, there is no specific age limit for applying for the Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship. While other eligibility criteria like caste category, family income, and admission to a recognized university are essential, age is not a determining factor for eligibility.

Ques 3. What is the amount of the Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship?

Ans. The Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship offers INR 10 lakh to meritorious students who are below 35 years of age, have an annual family income of less than INR 8 lakh, and wish to study abroad.

We hope that this blog helped you discover everything about the Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship. To discover more scholarships to study abroad, stay tuned to Leverage Edu or call us on 1800 57 2000 to get a 30-minute free counselling session. Thank you for reading!

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