Kanyashree 2023 – Scholarship Benefits, Eligibility, How to Apply & More

Kanyashree 2023 is an innovative scholarship programme started by the West Bengal Government to help female students financially in the field of education. Initially, this scholarship programme was available only for school and college students. However, in the year 2017, this scheme was extended to Postgraduate courses as well. 

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Kanyashree Prakalpa Scholarship provides secondary education or vocational or sports training to girls from financially backward families to prevent and discourage their early marriages before 18 years of age. This scholarship programme offers an annual scholarship to girls between the age of 13 to 18 each year, ensuring that the girls complete their education.

Kanyashree – About

Kanyashree Prakalpa Scheme is an initiative launched by the Department of Women Development and Social Welfare (DWD&SW), Government of West Bengal. It is a conditional cash transfer scheme, which aims at improving the status and wellbeing of female students. Besides, it also encourages families of girl children not to marry them off at a tender age and support them in higher education. Being a West Bengal Government sponsored scheme, it is implemented in all districts of the State.

Kanyashree – Important Highlights

Before students begin the scholarship application process, they must know the important details of this scheme.

Kanyashree Scholarship – Important Information

Particulars Details
Name of the Scholarship Programme West Bengal Kanyashree Prakalpa

(পশ্চিমবঙ্গ কন্যাশ্রী প্রকল্প)

Launched by Government of West Bengal
Name of Department Department of Women Development and Social Welfare (DWD&SW), Government of West Bengal [মহিলা উন্নয়ন ও সমাজকল্যাণ বিভাগ, পশ্চিমবঙ্গ সরকার]
Launched in West Bengal State
Beneficiary Young female domiciles of West Bengal from poor financial backgrounds

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(পশ্চিমবঙ্গের তরুণ মহিলাদের জন্য যারা দরিদ্র এবং আর্থিক ভাবে ভুক্তভোগী)

Scholarship Type State Government scheme
Method of Application Online
Official Website www.wbkanyashree.gov.in 
Session 2023

Kanyashree – Important Dates

Female students who want to apply for the Kanyashree Prakalpa Scheme must know the important dates related to it. They must fill up the online scholarship application form before the last date.

Events Date 
Application Start Date 12th July 2023
Fresh Application Closing Date To be announced
Renewal of Application 12th July 2023

Kanyashree – Benefits of the Scholarship Programme

There are several scholarship programmes under the Department of Women’s Development and Social Welfare. However, the West Bengal Government has chosen to set up the Kanyashree scholarship so that female students can avail financial benefits from the State government to continue their studies.

Besides this reason, there are several other reasons why the Kanyashree scholarship programme was created. 

This scholarship –  

  • helps female students to continue their education for a long period of time
  • encourages the delay of girl marriages 
  • prevents child marriage in West Bengal by increasing the enrolment of girls in secondary education or vocational or sports training
  • reduces dropouts, especially among girls from poor families, who are not covered by any other scholarship
  • provides financial help to girls from disadvantaged families to pursue higher studies

Who are the target beneficiaries?

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  1. Approximately 3.5 lakh girls for one time grant each year in West Bengal
  2. For the one-time grant, girls who are completing 18 years on or after 1st April 2021
  3. Girls regularly attend institutions for education or vocational/sports training
  4. Approximately 18 lakh female students for an annual scholarship each year
  5. Girl children between the age of 13 to 19 years from families with annual incomes up to INR 1.2 lakh
  6. Girls of Child Care Institutes registered under the J.J. Act between the age of 18-19 years

Kanyashree – 3 Types of Schemes

Through the Kanyashree Scholarship 2021 scheme, the Department of Women Development and Social Welfare is providing students with 3 government scholarship schemes namely – 

1. Annual Scholarship (K1)

Under this scheme, female students between the age of 13 and 17 years 11 months will be provided with a scholarship every year. This is a State Government initiative and a method to ensure that the girls remain unmarried and study in school until they reach the legal marriage age.

2. One-time Grant (K2)

Under this scheme, female students between the age of 18 and 19 will be provided with a one-time grant (financial funding).

3. Kanyashree Scholarship (K3)

Under this scholarship scheme, female students from both Arts and Science backgrounds can avail financial hevery monthasis.

Kanyashree – Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria are different for different types of Kanyashree scholarships. Students have to apply for the scholarships as per their age.

Annual scholarship (K1 Level)

1. The student applying for this scholarship must be a domicile of West Bengal.

2. She should be unmarried.

3. Students’ family income should be less than or equal to INR 1.2 lakh per year.

4. The student should be between 13 and 17 years of age.

5. The female student must not turn 18 as this would make her ineligible for yearly scholarship benefits, and she would only be able to get a one-time benefit.

6. The female student must be enrolled between class 8 to 12th standard in Government recognised regular or equivalent school or equivalent vocational or any other technical training courses.

7. The family income limit will be varied under the following situations:

  • The student is already a recipient of the scholarship and will be applying for a renewal of the  benefit
  • The student’s parents (both father & mother) are deceased.
  • The student is physically handicapped.

One-Time Grant (K2 Level)

1. The student applying for this scholarship must be a domicile of West Bengal.

2. She should be unmarried upon attaining the age of 18.

3. Students’ family income should be less than or equal to INR 1.20 lakh per year.

4. The applicant female student should be enrolled and regularly attending an Institution of Higher Education or Training.

5. The female applicant’s family income criteria can be varied only under the following cases:

  • The student’s parents (both father & mother) are deceased.
  • The student is physically handicapped.

Kanyashree Scholarship (K3 Level)

  1. Only the students registered for the K2 scheme would be eligible for the K3 scheme.
  2. There is no maximum age limit to apply.
  3. The student must have passed an undergraduate degree with at least 45% marks.
  4. They must have secured admission to any postgraduate course at any University.

Kanyashree –  Rewards

Kanyashree scholarship rewards are distributed amongst female students as per the schemes:

Scholarship Scheme Amount
Annual scholarship (K1 Level) INR 750 per year
One-Time Grant (K2 Level) INR 25,000
Kanyashree Scholarship (K3 Level) Science stream students – INR 2,500 per month

Arts stream students – INR 2,000 per month

Kanyashree – Application Procedure

Before eligible students can apply for the Kanyashree Prakalpa scheme, they need to open a bank account in their name. This process can be either done by the parents of the girl or the institution can also lend their assistance. 

To continue with the application process, students must follow the below steps:

For K1 and K2 Level Scholarship

1. Collect application forms from respective educational institutions

2. Enter the following details to get the scholarship

  • Personal Details
  • Address
  • Educational Institution Address

3. After filling in the information, sign the application form and get it signed by parents. Apply along with documents (highlighted below) to the respective educational institution

5. Take it to the Head of the Department, who will verify the details furnished by the students and put an official stamp

6. Take the acknowledgement slip and keep the application number for future reference

7. After successful submission of the application form, the details will be uploaded on the official webpage of Kanyashree

For K3 Level

Step 1 – Registration 

1. Visit the official Kanyashree K3 Scholarship 2021 Application Portal (http://www.svmcm.wbhed.gov.in/

2. Click on Registration

3. Scroll down the page and tick the checkbox ‘This is to declare that I have read the instructions properly and I agree to abide by them.

4. Click on the Proceed for Registration option.

5. A popup will appear requesting the minority students applying for fresh scholarships or renewal to apply in the following Portal.

6. Click on the Close button.

Step 2 – Add Details

  1. Navigate to the option DIRECTORATE OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION (DPI) and click on Apply on Fresh Application
  2. Select and fill in the following details:

Details of Last Eligible Qualifying Board/Council/University Examination for Scholarship

  • Name of qualifying public examination
  • Roll Number of last eligible Board/Council/College/University examination for Scholarship
  • Total marks obtained(Excluding additional or optional marks)
  • Name of the Board/Council/College/University
  • Passing Year of 10th Standard Board/Council Examination
  • Out of
  • Year of Qualifying Examination
  • Roll No of 10th Standard Board/Council Examination
  • Overall percentage(Excluding additional or optional marks)(%)

Basic Details

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email ID
  • Middle Name
  • Mobile Number
  • Religion

Present Course of Study

  • Select District
  • Name of Present Course
  • Duration of Course (In years)
  • Name of Institution
  • Discipline of Course
  • Date of Admission


  • Password
  • Confirm Password

3. Click on the Register tab

Step 3 – Login

  1. After successful registration, an Applicant ID will be generated
  2. Click on the Login tab by visiting the website 
  3. Enthe ter applicant ID and password
  4. Click Submit

Step 4 – Add Details and Upload Photograph & Signature

  1. After logging in, a dashboard will be opened
  2. Click on Edit Profile/Application tab
  3. Fill out the application form with basic details, qualifying exams, present course, address of the present institution
  4. Upload scanned photograph and signature
  5. Click on Save & Continue 

Step 5 – Add Bank Details

  1. Submit bank details with the name of the Bank, IFSC Code, Branch Code, Account Number, and MICR Code.

Step 6 – Upload Documents

  1. Interested students need to upload the scanned documents (highlighted below) to the online Application Portal
  2. Documents must be uploaded in PDF Format

Step 7 – Application Submission

  1. Click on Submit Application tab after uploading the required documents
  2. Check the uploaded information before clicking on Finalize Application tab
  3. After clicking the button, the female student cannot edit any info
  4. Now applicants can check their Application Status on the Dashboard

Kanyashree – Documents Required During Application Process

Students who want to enrol themselves and apply for the Kanyashree scholarship must have access to the necessary certificates and documents before moving ahead to the application process.

For K1 andAge-proof roof document – Copy of Birth Certificate

  1. Photocopy of bank passbook
  2. A statement declaration of being unmarried
  3. Certificate of enrolment and attendance by Head of Institution of Education or Training
  4. Income certificate
  5. Copy of Certificate of Disability (for handicapped girls)

For K3

  1. Madhyamik Admit Card
  2. Aadhaar/ration/Voter Card
  3. Marksheet of Last ExaBothboth Sides)
  4. Admit Cford of the last exam
  5. The first page of Bank Pass Book

How to chKanyashree’shree Application Status?

To track the Scholarship Online Application Form, the student must follow the below steps:

1. Visit the official website of Kanyashree Prakalpa

2. Click on the Track Application option on the main page

3. Select the year and the type of scheme from the drop-down menu

4. Enter the Date of Birth, Application ID and the CAPTCHA image

5. Click on the Submit

6. The student will be able to see the Kanyashree Prakalpa application status.

Renewal of Kanyashree Prakalpa Scholarship 2022

In case a student wants to renew her scholarship, the process remains the same as that for new students. She must upload all the documents. However, there is no requirement for an income certificate for the Kanyashree Scheme application renewal.

Kanyashree – Helpline Number & Contact Address

Address Bikash Bhaban

10thFloor, DF Block, Sector 1, Salt Lake City

Kolkata – 700091

Phone Number 033-23341563
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Kanyashree – FAQs

Who can apply for Kanyashree K3 Scholarship scheme?

Female students pursuing postgraduate courses from any regular university in West Bengal can apply for this scholarship.

পশ্চিমবঙ্গের যে কোনও নিয়মিত বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় থেকে স্নাতকোত্তর কোর্স করা মহিলা শিক্ষার্থীরা এই বৃত্তির জন্য আবেদন করতে পারেন |

What is the minimum percentage required?

Students need to attain a minimum of 45% marks in the undergraduate course.

স্নাতক কোর্সে ছাত্রদের ন্যূনতম 45% নম্বর অর্জন করতে হবে |

What is the scholarship amount?

The scholarship amount depends on the Kanyashree scheme applied for:

  • Annual scholarship (K1 Level) (বার্ষিক বৃত্তি) – INR 750 per year
  • One Time Grant (K2 Level) (এককালীন অনুদান) – INR 25,000
  • Kanyashree Scholarship (K3 Level) – INR 2500 per month (Science stream)/INR 2000 per month (Arts stream)

Can Open/Distance University students apply for Kanyashree Scholarship?

No. Only the students pursuing regular courses from universities in West Bengal can apply for the Kanyashree scholarship programme.

না। শুধুমাত্র পশ্চিমবঙ্গের বিশ্ববিদ্যালয়গুলো থেকে নিয়মিত কোর্স করা ছাত্রীরাই কন্যাশ্রী স্কলারশিপ প্রোগ্রামের জন্য আবেদন করতে পারবে।


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