SC ST OBC Scholarship is run by the Government of India and the state governments to help students pursue their studies at different levels. The centrally-funded scholarships are sponsored by the Government of India and disbursed by different states while the state-funded scholarships are sponsored and disbursed by respective state governments only. An SC ST OBC Scholarship offers suitable financial assistance to SC/ST/OBC candidates at both pre-matric and post-matric level of study.
In this article, we will summarise all the major scholarships for SC/ST/OBC category. This includes a glimpse on eligibility conditions, types of awards, application and selection process and other conditions. This article will prepare you beforehand about each SC ST OBC scholarship.
OBC scholarships are a distinctive type of SC ST OBC Scholarship which majorly focuses on providing financial assistance to students belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBC). These scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and means. Mainly, there are 6 types of OBC scholarships awarded to students namely, National Fellowship for OBC, Central Sector Scheme of National Overseas, ONGC Scholarships, Pre-matric & Post-matric OBC scholarships and Merit Scholarships for OBC, Delhi. The following table provides information on the types of OBC scholarships, government or private aid, amount of scholarship and application deadline.
|S.No.||Scholarship||Government/Private||Number of Scholarship||Tentative application period*|
|1.||National Fellowship for OBC||Government||300||July-August|
|2.||Central Sector Scheme of National Overseas||Government||25||July-October|
|3.||Merit Scholarship for OBC Students (Delhi)||State Govt Delhi||NA||March- April|
|4.||Merit Scholarship for OBC students in Technical Education (Delhi)||State Govt Delhi||NA||March-April|
|6.||Pre-matric Scholarship||Every State Government||NA||September-December|
|7.||Post-matric Scholarship||Every State Government||NA||September-December|
The national fellowship is an initiative of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India to financially aid OBC students and enable them to pursue higher education leading to degrees such as M.Phil. and PhD. The candidates need to visit the official website of UGC to apply for the scholarship.
The national overseas scheme is for selected OBC students or professionals who wish to pursue a Masters or PhD in a foreign university. The PhD candidates are offered fellowship for 4 years and the master’s candidates are offered fellowship for 3 years. The candidates can obtain the application from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.
Pre-matric OBC scholarships motivate OBC students studying at the pre-matric stage in government schools or recognised private schools to pursue an education without any financial constraint. The students receive a monthly stipend up to INR 500 under this scholarship and an ad-hoc grant of INR 500 per annum. The Central Government also have a 50% contribution in this scheme.
Post-matric OBC scholarships are 100% centrally sponsored scheme implemented through state government and union territories. The government has spent about INR 720 crores on this scholarship and lakhs of students have been benefitted through it. Under this scholarship, the students receive maintenance allowance up to INR 750 per month and other benefits.
Oil and Gas Corporate Limited (ONGC) offers 500 scholarships to OBC and economically backward general students who are in their first year of graduation or post-graduation course. The students are awarded a maintenance allowance of INR 4,000 per month under this scheme. The application can be found online on the website of ONGC.
The Department of the Welfare of SC/ST/OBC/Minorities, Delhi offers merit-based scholarships for OBC students of class 6th to 12th and professionals in colleges or technical institutes. The applicants need to visit the Delhi government portal website and fill the form online.
SC scholarship is given to the Scheduled Caste (SC) students to enable them to pursue their higher studies without any financial constraints. The Department of Social Welfare and Empowerment, Government of India along with their subsidiaries at the state level offer a number of SC scholarships. The following table provides information on the types of scholarships, government or private aid, amount of scholarship and application deadline.
Detailed List of SC Scholarship
|Scholarship||No. of Scholarship||Timeline for application*||Day allowance||Hosteller allowance||US awards||UK awards|
|Pre-matric scholarship for SC||NA||April||INR 225||INR 7,50||NA||NA|
|Post-matric scholarship for SC||NA||April||INR 1,200||INR 550||NA||NA|
|Top Class Education Scheme for SC Students||1,500|| |
|Full tuition fees and other benefits||Full tuition fees and other benefits||NA||NA|
|National Overseas Scholarship for SC||100||May (once in an academic year)||NA||NA||USD 15,400||GBP 9, 900|
It is a centrally sponsored scheme implemented under state governments. The scheme provides financial assistance to Scheduled Caste students at post-matriculation or post-secondary stage to enable them to complete their studies.
It is being implemented by the state government or union territories (UT). The objective is to financially support the students of class IX and X and reduce the student dropouts at the higher level of studies. The students should apply via the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) or respective state portals for the post or pre-matric SC scholarship.
The scheme is funded by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India for the SC students. There are 1,500 scholarships granted to SC students per year. The fellowships are specifically for Class 12 passed SC students. Students can fill an online application at the National Scholarship Portal.
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India offers the National Overseas Scholarship for supporting SC students/professionals who are financially constrained to be able to study abroad. The government issues 100 scholarships out of which 30% are allotted to female applicants. The applicants need to download an application form and submit offline at the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment website.
ST Scholarship is awarded to the students of Scheduled Tribe (ST) category by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India. The objective of the ST scholarship is to provide financial assistance to these students to complete their studies at both school and college level. Some of the most popular ST scholarships are Pre-matric Scholarship, Post-matric Scholarship, Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship, and Overseas Scholarship. The following table provides information on the types of scholarships, government or private aid, amount of scholarship and application deadline.
Detailed List of ST Scholarship
|S.No||Scholarship||Tentative application time*||No of scholarships||Day Scholars allowance (up to)||Hosteller allowance (up to)||US awards||UK awards|
|1||Post-matric scholarship||January-February||NA||INR 1,200||INR 550||NA||NA|
|2||Pre-matric scholarship||January-February||NA||INR 1,500||INR 3,500||NA||NA|
|3||National Fellowship for ST||July-November||750||INR 28,000 p.m.||INR 25,000 p.a.||NA||NA|
|4||National Overseas Fellowship for ST||December (in an academic year)||NA||NA||NA||USD 15,400||GBP |
National overseas scholarship scheme provides financial assistance to students pursuing higher studies at Masters, PhD or Postdoctoral level research programmes abroad. There are 20 scholarships awarded to ST students out of which 30% of total scholarships are allotted to female applicants. The candidates need to download the relevant form from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs online portal and fill the form.
Pre-matric ST scholarship will help the students of class I to X in progressing to their post-matric stage of education and excel in their overall studies. This will help the financially constrained students and also reduce dropouts at this stage. This scholarship will be awarded to the students by the state government in which they are domiciled.
This ST scholarship is centrally-funded and implemented by the state governments. The students who are pursuing studies at the post-secondary level can obtain benefits under this scheme. The students of both pre and post-matric stage have to apply online on the national scholarship portal website.
The National Fellowship scheme is funded by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India. The scheme is open to ST students who are pursuing regular and full-time MPhil and PhD studies in Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering, and Technology. There are 750 slots available for this fellowship. The applicant needs to make an online application on the National Scholarship Portal.
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