Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) 2022

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EligibilityChildren of Indian workers in ECR countries and NRIs/PIOs/OCIs
Award75% of Institution Economic Cost (up to USD 4,000) per annum

About the Program


Last Updated On : 04-11-2022   Posted By : Rincy Kaur

Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) 2022 is a scholarship scheme being implemented by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India to provide financial assistance to children of Indian Workers in ECR countries and NRIs/PIOs/OCIs. The selected students will be awarded 75% of the Institutional Economic Cost (IEC), subject to a maximum of USD 4,000 per annum.

  • Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) 2022

    To be eligible, an applicant must - 

    • be a ward of Indian Workers in ECR countries/Non-residential Indians (NRIs)/Persons of Indian Origins (PIOs)/Overseas Citizenship of India (OCIs)
    • be in the age group of 17 to 21 years as on 31st July in the year to apply for SPDC
    • have passed Class 11 and 12 from abroad 
    • have secured a minimum score of 60% aggregate marks or equivalent grades in aggregate of all the subjects in the Senior Secondary or equivalent examination
    • have secured admission in undergraduate courses in any of the following categories of institutions are eligible to apply for SPDC -
      • Central Universities of India offering Undergraduate courses
      • 'A' Grade Institutions accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and recognized by UGC
      • National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Schools of Planning and Architecture and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) through the DASA scheme
    • have an annual income of less than US Dollar Five Thousand (US$ 5000) [for NRIs/PIOs/OCIs category] and equivalent to US Dollar Three Thousand (US$ 3,000) [for Indian Workers in ECR countries]


    Note - Children of Indians residing in Nepal shall be eligible for SPDC on fulfilment of the following two criteria -

    • Both parents should be registered in the Indian Mission/Post in Nepal for a minimum period of two years.
    • The applicant has completed at least two years of schooling in Class 11 and 12 in Nepal prior to applying.

    The selected students will receive financial assistance as given hereunder -

    • In the first year, partial financial assistance to the extent of 75% of the total Institutional Economic Cost (IEC) subject to a maximum of US$ 4,000 per annum whichever is less would given to the applicants selected for the SPDC scheme. [Note - IEC includes tuition fee, hostel fee & other institutional charges (food charges are excluded)].
    • For second and subsequent years - The parameters for the continuation of scholarship to selected applicants for the second and subsequent years of study are as follows -
      • Students securing 50% and above marks in aggregate in an academic year with clear pass marks in all subjects of study, will be eligible to receive the maximum admissible. scholarship i.e. 75% of IEC or US$4,000 whichever is less in the following year of study.
      • Students, who secure less than 50% marks in aggregate in an academic year and have obtained clear pass marks in all subjects of study, will be eligible to receive 90% of the maximum admissible scholarship in the following year of study.
      • Students, who did not secure clear pass marks in all subjects but have been promoted by the Institute/University to the next academic year, will be eligible to receive 50% of the 14 maximum admissible scholarship in the following year of study.


    Note - The students, who have not been promoted to the next academic year by the Institute/University will not be eligible for a grant of any further scholarship.

    • Self-attested salary certificate of the parents from the employer based in a foreign country
    • Admission letter issued by the institution
    • PIO card or OCI card issued by the Government of India
    • Academic transcripts of marks/grades secured in the qualifying examination [Note: For PIO/NRI/OCI, provide transcripts of Class 11 and 12.]
    • Passport size photograph as specified below -
      • Width: 100 px to 200 px
      • Height: 120 px to 230 px
      • Dimension: 200 x 230 pixels (preferred)
      • Size of File: 20 to 50 KB


    Note - For detailed information, kindly refer to the 'Scholarship Detail Document'.

    How can you apply?

    Eligible candidates can apply for the scholarship by following the steps mentioned below:

    Step 1: Click on the "Apply Now" button below and read all details. 
    Step 2: Navigate to 'How to Apply' and click on the given link.
    Step 3: Click on the 'Login' button and log in using valid credentials. (Note - The applicants who aren't registered are required to Register first.)
    Step 4: Fill in the required details, upload the documents and submit.

Important Dates

Application Deadline - 30th November 2022

Selection Criteria

The selection of the candidates will be exclusively on their meri-cum-means basis.

Terms and Conditions
  • Only one application per candidate is allowed.
  • Candidates availing scholarship/financial assistance/any other assistance under any other Scheme sponsored and/or funded by the State Government/Central Government of India shall not be eligible for assistance/scholarship under SPDC.
  • The criteria fixed for the NRI sub-category will apply to the Children of Indians residing in Nepal.
  • The ward of any employee of Govt. of India, Financial Institutions, Banks, PSUs and any other body of the Govt. of India living/working abroad will not be covered under SPDC.
  • The eligibility of candidates, in doubtful cases, will be decided by the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • Incomplete/ineligible applications in any respect will be rejected.
  • All selected Persons of Indian Origin (excluding OCIs) must obtain a valid student visa issued by the Indian Missions/Posts abroad. Visa can be obtained by producing the admission offer letter received from the respective Institute.


Note - For detailed information, kindly refer to the 'Scholarship Detail Document'.

This scholarship is closed for further applications. It is expected to be launched by November, 2023. You can follow this scholarship for further updates.

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