Undergraduate scholarships are meant to support the education of students at the undergraduate level. The students in India, after passing class 12, look up for undergraduate courses in varied streams like Engineering, Medical, Architecture, Arts/Humanities, Science, Commerce, etc. To fund the education of these students at the undergraduate level, various organisations and institutions offer undergraduate scholarships. These scholarships offer financial freedom to those students, who face financial constraints in pursuing their dream education.
Whether you want to pursue undergraduate courses in India or abroad, there are undergraduate scholarships available to match your distinctive needs. This article acquaints you with in-depth information about all national and international undergraduate scholarships, covering their essential information like eligibility, application timeline, application process, award details and more.
Which are the undergraduate scholarships available for students in India? The answer to this question is covered in this section. Given below is the list of both national and international scholarships available for Indian students to pursue undergraduate courses in India or abroad. Adding to this, the students can also find their tentative application timeline mentioned. This will help the students to apply for any of these scholarships within the stipulated timeline.
|S.No.||Scholarship Name||Application Timeline*|
|1.||L’Oréal India For Young Women in Science Scholarships||Between June and July|
|2.||G. P. Birla Scholarship||Between May and July|
|3.||CLP India Scholarship Scheme||Between May and June|
|4.||Sitaram Jindal Foundation Scholarship Scheme||Runs throughout the year|
|5.||NIU Scholarship cum Admission Test (NSAT)||Between March and May|
|6.||Raman Kant Munjal Scholarship||Between May and June|
|7.||Dr. Reddy’s Foundation Sashakt Scholarship||Between January and July|
|8.||Keep India Smiling Foundational Scholarship Programme||Between June and January|
|9.||Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS), J&K||Between April and May|
|10.||LSAT India Law Scholarship||Between April and May|
|11.||Azim Premji University Undergraduate Scholarship||Between March and April|
|12.||UPESEAT B.Tech Scholarship, UPES||Between March and May|
|13.||MMIT Engineering Scholarship||Between December and March|
|14.||All India Youth Scholarship Entrance Examination (AIYSEE)||Between January and March|
|15.||KIITEE Merit Scholarship||Between February and March|
|16.||National Entrance Screening Test (NEST)||Between January and March|
|17.||HP Udaan Scholarship Program||Between January and March|
|18.||ONGC Scholarship to Meritorious SC/ST Students||Between November and January|
|19.||Foundation for Excellence Scholarship||Between October and December|
|20.||INSPIRE Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE)||Between November and December|
|S.No.||Scholarship Name||Country||Application Timeline*|
|1.||Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarships for Undergraduate Students||Japan||Between May and June|
|2.||Tianjin Government Scholarship Program||China||Between May and June|
|3.||Chinese Government Scholarship||China||Between February and March|
|4.||Zhengzhou University President Scholarship||China||Between May and June|
|5.||Guangdong Government Outstanding Foreign Student Scholarship||China||Between May and June|
|6.||Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship Business School||UK||Between April and June|
|7.||Dean’s Indian Scholarship, University of Strathclyde||UK||Between May and August|
|8.||The Rhodes Scholarships for India, University of Oxford||UK||Between May and July|
|9.||Tel Aviv University Summer Program Scholarship||Israel||Between May and June|
|10.||Israel Government Scholarships||Israel||Between October and November|
|11.||Italian Government Scholarship||Italy||Between April and May|
|12.||Mexican Government Scholarships for International Students||Mexico||Between August and September|
|13.||Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP)||South Korea||Between February and March|
|14.||Brazilian Government Scholarship||Brazil||Between July and August|
|15.||UCC Ireland Meritorious Scholarship||Ireland||Between March and May|
|16.||Trinity College Dublin Scholarship||Ireland||Between March and May|
|17.||Deakin University Merit Scholarship||Australia||Between October and December|
|18.||UNSW Future of Change India Scholarships||Australia||Between May and July|
|19.||University of Bristol Think Big Undergraduate Scholarships||UK||Between May and June|
|20.||Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship Business School||UK||Between April and June|
National level undergraduate scholarships are those scholarships that are offered by different institutions and organisation for students to pursue undergraduate level courses within India. Here is a brief description of some of the national level scholarships to acquaint you with their detailed information like eligibility, award details and more.
L’Oréal India offers Young Women in Science Scholarships for young meritorious girls who come from economically weaker sections to pursue undergraduate studies in fields like Engineering, Medical, Applied Sciences and Pure Sciences.
Award: Lumpsum scholarship amount of INR 2.5 Lakhs
This undergraduate scholarship is only applicable for meritorious students of West Bengal and are willing to pursue an undergraduate degree course in streams like Arts, Science, Commerce, Architecture, Engineering or Medicine.
Award: Scholarship worth up to INR 50,000 per annum and other additional benefits
CLP India has also launched its scholarship scheme for students of class 10 to 12, graduation, diploma, vocational training and postgraduate courses. The scholarship is limited to the regions of Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh.
Award: Up to INR 18,000 per annum
Sitaram Jindal Foundation offers a number of scholarships for students at different levels of education. It also offers undergraduate scholarships for students of up to INR 1,000 per month. To be eligible for this scholarship, the students must have obtained at least 60% marks (for boys) and 55% marks (for girls) in the qualifying examination. If students from West Bengal or Karnataka are applying, the percentage criteria for boys and girls is 70% and 65% (for Karnataka) and 65% and 60% (for West Bengal) respectively.
Award: Up to INR 1,000 per month
The Noida International University (NIU) offer scholarships to students applying for undergraduate or postgraduate courses. Applicable only for courses like BTech, BTech + MBA, BTech + MTech, MBA, BBA, BBA + MBA, BALLB, BBALLB, BAJMC, the scholarship is given on the basis of students’ performance in NSAT.
Award: Tuition fee waiver of up to 70%
An initiative of Hero Group, this undergraduate scholarship is meant to support the education of meritorious students who need financial support to pursue vocational and higher education. the students pursuing an undergraduate degree course can avail this scholarship if their age is more than 19 years as on the date of application, and they have scored at least 65% marks in class 12 examination. Also, the family income should be less than INR 6 Lakhs per annum.
This is one of the most popular undergraduate scholarships in India that aims to encourage young women to pursue a career in Science stream. It is a merit-based scholarship that is rewarded to exceptionally meritorious girls who opt for a BSc program in natural or pure science.
Award: INR 240,000 for 3 years of study
International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bengaluru introduced these undergraduate scholarships for Indian students who are enrolled for undergraduate or postgraduate programs in Science, Mathematics and Engineering. These scholarships offer a special chance to the students to work with post-doctoral fellows and faculties of the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences and to participate in research.
Award: Variable awards
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) announces this scholarship for students of Class 9/10/11/12 and B. Com/BBA/BMS/Allied subjects with an objective to encourage them to attain excellence in commerce stream.
Award: Cash prize of up to INR 1 Lakh
This fellowship by the Anant National University is open to students and practitioners from any discipline like architecture, design, planning, environmental science and engineering, civil and construction engineering. The fellowship would prepare students to take on key architectural, design, planning, and sustainability challenges of India and the world.
Award: Tuition fee waiver of up to 80% for pursuing postgraduate courses
International level undergraduate scholarships are meant to support the education of students abroad at the undergraduate level. The government of different countries and various international institutions of higher education offer scholarships for Indian students to pursue undergraduate studies abroad. Find below a detailed description of the international undergraduate scholarships hereunder –
For students who are willing to pursue an undergraduate degree in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Science at a University in Japan, the Ministry of Education, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Government of Japan is offering undergraduate scholarships.
Award: Monthly allowance of JPY 117,000 and other benefits like travelling expenses, supplemental regional allowance, transportation allowance and more
Run by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and the Government of China, this scholarship is applicable for students who wish to pursue an undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral degree programs at a university in China. To be eligible for its undergraduate scholarship, the students must be under 25 years of age and have passed class 12 examination.
Award: Full and partial scholarships
For students who wish to pursue their higher education in the UK, the University of Oxford, one of the renowned universities in the UK offers Rhodes Scholarship (funded by the Rhodes Trust) for graduates or students in the final year of graduation to pursue postgraduation studies.
Award: Full tuition fee along with other benefits
The MHRD, Government of India in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Korea offer this scholarship for undergraduate and postgraduate students to pursue master’s, PhD or research programs in Korea.
Award: Settlement allowance, monthly allowance, research allowance, reimbursement of thesis printing charges, airfare and other expenses
Want to study at Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin? If yes, the college offers undergraduate scholarships and postgraduate scholarships for students applying to undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Award: Tuition fee waiver of up to EUR 5,000
This is yet another initiative of the MHRD, Government of India in collaboration with the Italian Government. The scholarship is meant for graduate and postgraduate students to pursue Master’s, PhD and research courses in Italy. It aims at fostering the international cultural, scientific and technical cooperation.
Award: Monthly allowance of EUR 900
The Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), on behalf of Government of Mexico offers undergraduate scholarships and postgraduate scholarships for students willing to pursue masters or PhD courses at Mexican participating institutions. It is a merit-based scholarship for students having a bachelor’s, master’s, or PhD degree with a minimum GPA of 80 on a scale of 100.
Award: Tuition fees, registration fees, insurance, monthly stipend and visa
As part of its undergraduate exchange program, the Brazilian Government offers this undergraduate scholarship for class 12 passed students between 18 and 23 years of age. The scholarship aims to promote international educational cooperation activities and procedures.
Award: Full tuition fee waiver
With an objective to encourage Indian students to carry out study and research at an Israeli university, the Government of India in partnership with the Government of Israel offer this undergraduate scholarship. Applicable for students who are pursuing or have completed their master’s degree, this scholarship is limited to streams like Chemistry, Agriculture, Biology, Economics, Mass Communication, Biotechnology, Business Management and Environment Studies.
Award: Monthly allowance, tuition fee and health insurance
This is one of the most popular undergraduate scholarships for Indian students to pursue studies in Australia. Applicable for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies, the scholarship aims to encourage students with exceptional academic achievements. To be eligible for the undergraduate scholarship, the students must have passed class 12 examination with at least 65% marks. Having an IELTS overall score of 6.0 is also mandatory for this scholarship.
Award: Tuition fee waiver of up to 25%
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