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MHRD Scholarship – Ministry of Human Resource Development

by Shruti Pandey
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MHRD Scholarship – The Ministry of Human Resource Development plays a significant role in the education sector of the nation. Contributing effectively to the socio-economic development of the country, the ministry functions through its two distinctive departments namely, the Department of School Education & Literacy and the Department of Higher Education. Both the departments together work for the upliftment of educational standards across the nation. The ministry offers a number of MHRD scholarships to provide financial assistance to both school and college students.Scholarship Registration, Find New Scholarship

There are two types of MHRD scholarships that the ministry offers – one at the national level and the other at the external level. The national level scholarships are run by different departments under MHRD. However, the external level scholarships are offered in collaboration with the government of different foreign countries under Educational/Cultural exchange programmes. This article provides you with an insight about each MHRD scholarship, their eligibility, application process, rewards and selection process.

MHRD Scholarship – The Complete List

The MHRD not only facilitates the students of India with national-level scholarships but also provide them with external scholarship opportunities to study abroad in countries like New Zealand, United Kingdom, China, Israel, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Italy. While the national level MHRD scholarship is implemented by MHRD itself, the external scholarships are run by foreign countries under educational/cultural exchange programmes. Which are those MHRD scholarships? You will find out in this section. The table given below contains the complete list of scholarships offered by MHRD at both national and external level.

Detailed list of MHRD scholarship

S.No. Scholarship Name Scholarship Type Application Period*
1.
Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students
National Level Between July and October
2.
Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for Jammu Kashmir
National Level Between March and May
3.
National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE)
National Level Between August and October
4.
National Means Cum Merit Scholarship
National Level Between July and October
5.
Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF)
National Level Between March and April
6.
AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls
National Level Between August and October
7.
AICTE-Saksham Scholarship Scheme
National Level Between August and October
8.
Commonwealth Scholarships in the United Kingdom
External Between December and February
9.
New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships
External Between January and March
10.
Chinese Government Scholarships
External Between January and March
11.
South Korean Government Scholarships
External Between February and March
12.
Japanese Government Scholarships
External Between February and March
13.
Italian Government Scholarships
External Between March and April
14.
Mexican Government Scholarships
External Between April and May
15.
Israel Government Scholarships
External Between October and November
16.
Brazilian Government Scholarships
External Between June and August
17.
Presidential Scholarships, Sri Lanka
External Between August and October
18.
Ms. Agatha Harrison Memorial Fellowship
External Between January and February

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MHRD Scholarship – Eligibility Criteria

What are the eligibility conditions to be followed to apply for an MHRD scholarship? Is there any family income requirement for such scholarships? Are these scholarships applicable only for academically meritorious students? The eligibility conditions may vary from scholarship to scholarship. These conditions majorly cover the student’s age, their academic merit, annual family income, state domicile and educational qualification. Find out which conditions you need to follow for each scholarship is the below-given table.

Detailed Eligibility Criteria for MHRD Scholarship

S.No.

Scholarship Name

Eligibility

1. Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students
  • The scholarship is open for students who are pursuing a regular medical or engineering course from an AICTE, DCI, or MCI recognised college.
  • The students need to be above the 80th percentile of successful candidates in the relevant stream in class 12.
  • The annual income of the family should not be more than INR 8 Lakh from all sources.
  • It is also important that the student is not in receipt of any other scholarship.
  • The students pursuing their studies through correspondence or distance learning cannot apply.
2. Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for Jammu Kashmir
  • The scholarship is applicable for students who are domicile of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The students must have passed class 12th or 10+3 diploma from J&K board, CBSE or J&K state polytechnic.
  • The students who are willing to study outside J&K can also apply.
  • The annual income of the family should be INR 8 Lakh or below.
3. National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE)
  • The scholarship is open for girl students of SC/ST communities who are enrolled in class 9th.
  • The applicants are required to have passed the class 8th examination from Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas and enrol in class 9th in a state government, local body or government-aided schools
  • Only unmarried girls below the age of 16 years can apply.
4. National Means Cum Merit Scholarship
  • The scholarship is open for students of class 9 and their continuation of studies in class 10 to 12.
  • The minimum percentage requirement in class 8th exam is 55% or equivalent (relaxable by 5% for SC/ST).
  • In order to appear for the selection test of the scholarship, the applicants need to have obtained a minimum of 55% marks or equivalent in class 7th.
  • The annual income of the family should be less than INR 1.50 Lakh.
5. Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF)
  • The students who are currently studying in the first year or have completed B.Tech, M.Tech or Integrated MSc from IITs/IIISc/NITs/IISERs/IIITs can apply.
  • The students admitted through UCEED/JEE, KVPY or SCB can also apply.
  • The students who have completed the course in the past five years can also apply.
6. AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls
  • This scholarship is open for girl students who have taken admission to the first year of diploma/degree program at an AICTE recognised institution.
  • The annual income of the family should be less than INR 8 Lakh from all sources.
  • The scholarship is applicable for up to two girl children of the family.
7. AICTE-Saksham Scholarship Scheme
  • The scholarship is open for differently-abled students with disability level not less than 40% who have taken admission in the first year of technical degree/diploma course at an AICTE recognised institution.
  • The annual income of the family should be less than INR 8 Lakh from all sources.
8. Commonwealth Scholarships in the United Kingdom
  • The students who have completed or are about to complete their bachelor’s degree or postgraduate degree can apply.
  • The minimum percentage of marks to be obtained by the applicant should be 65% or above in Science and 60% or above in Social Science.
  • The age of the applicant should not be more than 40 years.
  • The applicant needs to be enrolled for an MPhil degree leading to a PhD at a UK university.
9. New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships
  • The scholarship is open to students who are willing to study abroad in New Zealand.
  • The applicant must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree with minimum 65% marks.
10. Chinese Government Scholarships
  • The scholarship is open for undergraduate, masters, doctoral, general scholar and senior scholar level of studies.
  • For undergraduate studies, the students need to have passed class 12th with 60% marks and their age should be below 25 years.
  • For postgraduate studies, the students need to have passed graduation with 60% marks and their age should be below 35 years.
  • For doctoral studies, the students need to have passed postgraduation with 60% marks and their age should be below 40 years.
  • For general scholars, the students need to have completed at least 2 years of their undergraduate studies with 60% marks in qualifying examination and their age should be below 45 years.
  • For senior scholars, the applicants must be an associate professor or have a master’s degree with 60% marks and their age should be below 50 years.
11. South Korean Government Scholarships
  • The scholarship is open for master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral level of studies.
  • For Master’s level, the students must hold a bachelor’s degree and be under 40 years of age.
  • For Doctoral level, the students must hold a Master’s degree and be under 40 years of age.
  • For Postdoctoral level, the students must hold a doctoral degree/diploma and be under 45 years of age.
  • For Biotechnology and Electronic engineering, the candidates need to have secured 65% or more.
12. Japanese Government Scholarships
  • The scholarship is open for research level, master level PhD course.
  • The subjects applicable to the scholarship include humanities, social science, management studies, mathematical science, chemistry and chemical engineering, physics, and more.
  • The age of the applicants must be below 35 years.
  • For master’s degree and research level, the students need to hold a bachelor’s degree with minimum 65% marks.
  • For PhD degree, the students need to hold a master’s degree with minimum 65% marks in the relevant field.
13. Italian Government Scholarships
  • The scholarship is open for the study of master’s degree, PhD, Research and Italian language & culture courses.
  • For Master’s level of study, the students must be a graduate from India and should be below 28 years of age.
  • For PhD, the students must meet the qualification and entry requirements of the Italian University along with a letter of acceptance from them and their age should not be more than 30 years.
  • For research level, the students must be below 40 years of age and should submit the research project along with the letter of admission.
  • For Italian language and culture courses, the students have to provide proficiency certificate in the Italian language.
14. Mexican Government Scholarships
  • The scholarship is open for specialisation, master’s degree, doctorate and graduate level research.
  • An applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD degree with a GPA of 80 on a scale of 1 to 100.
  • The students are also required to have enrolled for a course at any of the participating institutions.
15. Israel Government Scholarships
  • The students who hold a letter of acceptance from an Israeli University/supervisor can apply.
  • The applicants need to have a master’s degree for research/specialisation in the field of Chemistry, Biology, Agriculture, Economics, Environment Studies, Biotechnology, Mass Communication and Business Management.
  • For the Hebrew Language and Literature course, the students must be pursuing a postgraduate course in the same subject.
  • The proficiency in English or Hebrew language is a must.
16. Brazilian Government Scholarships
  • This MHRD scholarship is open for residents of India between 18 and 25 years of age.
  • The applicants must have passed their class 12 board examination with at least 60% overall and with a minimum of 60% in English.
  • The students currently studying in class 12 can also apply but they have to present their final mark sheet and board certificate during the time of enrolment in a Brazilian University.
  • Proficiency in Portuguese language is also required.
17. Presidential Scholarships, Sri Lanka
  • The students pursuing bachelor’s degree courses can apply for the scholarship (It does not cover Engineering, Dentistry and Medicine).
  • The age of the applicant must be under 25 years.
18. Ms. Agatha Harrison Memorial Fellowship
  • The fellowship is open for students who maintain a uniform academic record with at least 60% marks in post-graduation and with a PhD degree in the respective subject field.
  • The scholars between the age of 30 years and 40 years can apply.
  • The students need to have an inclination towards an academic career in following specialisations –
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Economics
  • The applicants also need to have a minimum teaching experience of 3 years at graduate/postgraduate level after completing PhD.

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MHRD Scholarship – Application Process

To apply for national level scholarships offered by MHRD, the students can apply online through the National Scholarship Portal or respective scholarship’s application portal. However, for external scholarships that are available for research, master’s and doctoral studies, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) runs its own online scholarship application portal with the name of “Sakshat”. Also, it acts as a nominating agency for cultural/educational exchange programmes. Know how to apply for each MHRD scholarship in the table given below.

Application Process of MHRD Scholarship

S.No. Scholarship Name How to apply
1. Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students Apply online through the National Scholarship Portal (NSP).
2. Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for Jammu Kashmir Apply online through PMSSS J&K Scholarship Portal.
3. National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE) Apply online through NSP or offline through respective District Education Officers
4. National Means Cum Merit Scholarship Apply online through the National Scholarship Portal (NSP).
5. Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) Apply online through PMRF online application portal.
6. AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls Apply online through the official website of AICTE Pragati Saksham
7. AICTE-Saksham Scholarship Scheme Apply online through the official website of AICTE Pragati Saksham
8. Commonwealth Scholarships in the United Kingdom Apply online through Sakshat Portal of MHRD
9. New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships Apply through MHRD (your nominating agency)
10. Chinese Government Scholarships Apply online through Sakshat Portal of MHRD
11. South Korean Government Scholarships Apply online through Sakshat Portal of MHRD
12. Japanese Government Scholarships Apply offline through the Embassy of Japan in India
13. Italian Government Scholarships Apply online through Sakshat Portal of MHRD
14. Mexican Government Scholarships Apply offline through MHRD or online through the Mexican government’s website
15. Israel Government Scholarships Apply online through Sakshat Portal of MHRD
16. Brazilian Government Scholarships Apply offline through the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate
17. Presidential Scholarships, Sri Lanka Apply offline by submitting your applications along with supporting documents at Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)
18. Ms. Agatha Harrison Memorial Fellowship Apply online through Sakshat Portal of MHRD

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MHRD Scholarship – Selection Process

Now, when you are aware of the eligibility conditions and application process that you need to follow for each MHRD scholarship, you must also be willing to know about their selection procedure too. How do MHRD select scholars for the scholarship? Is there any standard selection process for these scholarships? Get answers to all your questions in the table given below. While some scholarships have their respective selection tests or interviews, many of the MHRD scholarships are disbursed to students on the basis of their academic merit and sometimes also on their financial need. Also, at times, mere fulfilment of eligibility conditions can get you a scholarship.

Selection Criteria of MHRD scholarship

S.No.

Scholarship Name

Selection Criteria

1. Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students
  • The scholars will be selected on the basis of merit as per state allocated quota.
  • The verification of applications will be done at two levels – institution level and State Education Board level.
2. Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for Jammu Kashmir The selection of scholars will be made on the basis of merit.
3. National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE) All eligible girls will receive the scholarship under this scheme.
4. National Means Cum Merit Scholarship The selection of scholars will be made through a selection test namely, Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) conducted by each state/UT.
5. Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) The selection of fellows will be made at two stages –

  • Shortlisting of application forms by Reviewers
  • Performance of the applicant in Written test or interview at a nodal institute.
6. AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls The selection of the candidates will be made on the basis of merit obtained by them in the qualifying examination.
7. AICTE-Saksham Scholarship Scheme The selection of the candidates will be based on their academic merit.
8. Commonwealth Scholarships in the United Kingdom The scholars will be selected by CSC’s (Commonwealth Scholarship Commission) selection committee on the basis of academic merit, quality of study plan and potential impact of candidate’s work on the development of their home country.
9. New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships The selection of candidates will be based on the interview conducted by the provider for shortlisted candidates only.
10. Chinese Government Scholarships The selection of candidates will be made on the basis of merit and interview conducted by the selection committee.
11. South Korean Government Scholarships The scholars will be shortlisted by the Selection Committee for the interview on the basis of merit.
12. Japanese Government Scholarships The selection of scholars will be made by the Government of Japan on the basis of merit.
13. Italian Government Scholarships The initial level of selection will be made by MHRD and the final selection will be made by the Italian Government.
14. Mexican Government Scholarships The initial level of selection will be made by MHRD and the final selection will be made by the Mexican Government.
15. Israel Government Scholarships The selection of the candidates will be made on the basis of merit.
16. Brazilian Government Scholarships The selection of the candidates will be made on the basis of merit.
17. Presidential Scholarships, Sri Lanka The selection of candidates will be made by the Government of Sri Lanka.
18. Ms. Agatha Harrison Memorial Fellowship Only one candidate will receive the fellowship through an interview.

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MHRD Scholarship – Rewards

How much financial reward can a student get through MHRD scholarship? Of course, each MHRD scholarship offers a variable set of rewards to students who meet the respective eligibility conditions. The scholarship amount is decided by the ministry itself depending on the student’s level of study. The table given below provides you with a detailed information about the awards that these scholarships render to students. While some scholarships are available in the form of cash rewards, some cover different expenses of study.

Award Details of MHRD Scholarship

S.No.

Scholarship Name

Award Details

1. Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students
  • For graduation level, the scholarship amount is INR 10,000 per annum
  • For postgraduation level, the scholarship amount is INR 20,000 per annum
  • For 5-year professional course, the scholarship amount is INR 20,000 per annum in the 4th and 5th year
2. Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for Jammu Kashmir
  • Academic fee
  • Maintenance charges of INR 1,00,000 paid in two equal instalments
3. National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE)
  • INR 3000 with interest
4. National Means Cum Merit Scholarship
  • INR 6000 per annum (INR 500 per month)
5. Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF)
  • INR 70,000 per month for the first and second year of study
  • INR 75,000 per month for the third year of study.
  • INR 80,000 per month for the fourth and fifth year of study
  • Additional research grant of INR 2 Lakh per annum for 5 years
6. AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls
  • A tuition fee of INR 30,000 or actual (whichever is less)
  • Incidental charges of INR 2,000 per month for a duration of 10 months every year
7. AICTE-Saksham Scholarship Scheme
  • A tuition fee of INR 30,000 or actual (whichever is less)
  • Incidental charges of INR 2,000 per month for a duration of 10 months every year
8. Commonwealth Scholarships in the United Kingdom
  • Airfare, Tuition fees, a stipend of GBP 1065 per month or GBP 1306 per month, warm clothing allowance, thesis grant, study travel grant, child allowance (if applicable)
9. New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships
  • Full tuition cost, medical and travel insurance, assistance with research and thesis cost and living allowance
10. Chinese Government Scholarships
  • The full scholarship covers full tuition fee, accommodation, a monthly stipend and medical insurance.
  • The partial scholarship covers one or some items of the full scholarship.
11. South Korean Government Scholarships
  • Settlement allowance of KRW 200,000
  • Monthly allowance of up to KRW 1,500,000
  • A research allowance of up to KRW 240,000 per semester
  • Language training fees is fully covered
  • Degree tuition is fully covered
  • Reimbursement of thesis (dissertation) printing fee
  • Medical insurance of KRW 20,000 per month
  • Korean proficiency grant of KRW 100,000 per month
12. Japanese Government Scholarships
  • Monthly stipend of 143,000 Yen
  • Round trip airfare
  • An exemption in tuition fees
13. Italian Government Scholarships
  • Monthly stipend of EUR 900
14. Mexican Government Scholarships
  • Monthly stipend of MXN 9800.96 for masters and specialisation and MXN 12251 for doctoral and post-doctoral studies.
  • Tuition and registration fee for the course
  • Health insurance
  • Visa expense
15. Israel Government Scholarships
  • The full scholarship covers tuition fee, basic health insurance and a monthly allowance for one academic year (8 months only)
  • The partial scholarship covers part of the tuition fee, basic health insurance and monthly allowance for one academic year (8 months only)
16. Brazilian Government Scholarships
  • Full tuition fee waiver
17. Presidential Scholarships, Sri Lanka
  • Covers tuition and registration fee
  • Free Visa for studies
  • Settlement allowance of LKR 10,000
  • Monthly living allowance of LKR 30,000
  • Reimbursement of cost of return airfare (economy class) to come to Sri Lanka
  • Reimbursement of IELTS/TOEFL examination fees
18. Ms. Agatha Harrison Memorial Fellowship
  • GBP 29,944.85 per annum (including stipend amount, travel allowance, college lunches, 6 high table dinner and other administration charges)

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