Top 5 Fully Funded Scholarships for Indian Students                     

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Top 5 Fully Funded Scholarships For Indian Students
Top 5 Fully Funded Scholarships For Indian Students

Studying abroad, while a very rewarding proposition, often involves a lot of expenditure on the part of the candidate. A lot of times students are oblivious to the various fully-funded scholarships provided by organisations. The financial aid provided by these organisations helps a lot of students get closer to their dream university.                                                                                                            

There are many Indian government-sponsored scholarships along with trusts and renowned private organisations that offer fully-funded scholarships to deserving students. To help the students not miss out on the perks and benefits of these scholarships, we will be discussing some of the scholarships that help students study abroad in this blog. 

Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowship

The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowship is granted to exceptionally talented students who want to pursue further education in various fields in the USA such as the ones noted below. 

The scholarship is provided to the students with the aim that the recipients of this scholarship will work for the welfare of society once they are back in the country. The scholarship is awarded solely based on merit. However, this scholarship is only meant for pursuing master’s programmes in the field of women’s studies/gender studies, urban and regional studies, journalism and mass communication, public administration, public health, international affairs, international legal studies, economics, environmental study/science, higher education administration and arts and culture management including museum studies and heritage conservation.

Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship

The United States and India Educational Foundation offers the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowship to students already registered in any PhD programme from a government-recognised university to do their research for around 6-9 months at any university in the USA. 

It is an initiative to give scholars enriching exposure in the USA from activities related to their fields of education like auditing non-degree courses, conducting research and gaining practical work experience. Generally, candidates are expected to have prior work experience in the relevant field. The selection of the candidates is solely based on merit. 

Chevening Scholarship

The Chevening scholarship is sponsored by the Government of the United Kingdom to extraordinary international students to pursue a master’s degree of a one-year duration at any UK university in the subject/field of the student’s preference. Their main aim is to develop the skills of the students. The scholarship will be provided based on merit. 

The candidate, however, must have a minimum of two years of work experience in the relevant field. The Chevening scholarship is a great opportunity for students to receive a quality education from a top-tier university in the UK without even spending a penny.

National Overseas Scholarship Scheme

The government of India sponsors the National Overseas Scholarship Scheme as a financial reward to uplift students who belong to the low-income strata of society. It is designed especially for the scheduled tribes, scheduled castes, denotified nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes, landless agricultural labourers, and traditional artisans, by providing financial aid in the form of scholarships for higher education abroad.

 Every year approximately 125 new awards are distributed to deserving students subject to the availability of funds. The scholarship is only sponsored for master’s and PhD degrees. 

Also Read: Khorana Scholarship 2023

UNESCO and The Great Wall Co-Sponsored Fellowship Programme

The Great Wall programme is sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education, and the Government of the People’s Republic of China in association with UNESCO to eligible students who belong to developing countries in selected universities of China. The scholarships are only given for graduation post-graduation courses. 

This programme aims to impart advanced education and conduct in-depth research in the relevant field of study preference in China for the applicant. The duration of the scholarship is 1 year. It is important to keep in mind that only applications endorsed by the National Commissions for UNESCO will be considered for shortlisting. 


What is the duration of the National Overseas Scholarship Scheme?

The duration of the National Overseas Scholarship Scheme for Master’s and PhD are different. For Master’s programmes, the duration is a maximum of 3 years and for PhD is a maximum of 4 years. 

Can candidates stay back in the UK after the validity of the Chevening scholarship has expired?

No, according to the terms and conditions of the Chevening scholarship, all the candidates have to return to their country/territory of origin once the validity period of the scholarship expires. 

What is the duration of the UNESCO and The Great Wall Co-Sponsored Fellowship Programme?

The duration of the UNESCO and The Great Wall Co-Sponsored Fellowship Programme is for 1 year only.  

Getting a fully-funded scholarship for higher education is a huge step towards achieving your goal. Make sure to send the application for the scholarship on or before the deadline to avoid missing out on the benefits and perks of the scholarship. Hopefully, this article proved helpful for candidates looking to avail the benefits of the mentioned scholarships and they can use this to kickstart their application process.

If you are planning to study abroad in the upcoming intakes get in touch with our study abroad experts at 1800-57-2000. And stay tuned to our scholarships page for more information related to various scholarship schemes to study abroad.

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