Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) 2019-20

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EligibilityWards of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)
Award75% of Institution Economic Cost (up to USD 4,000) per annum

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About the Program

Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India invites applications for Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) 2019-20 from children of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to assist them to pursue undergraduate courses in Indian Universities and Institutions. The selected students will be awarded 75% of the Institutional Economic Cost (IEC) subject to a maximum of USD 4,000 per annum.

Scholarship Details
  • Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) 2019-20 DeadlineClosed

    To be eligible, an applicant:

    • Must be a ward of Person of Indian Origin (PIO)/OCI, Or
    • Must be a ward of Non-resident Indian (NRI), Or
    • Must be a ward of Indian Workers in ECR countries studying outside India (ECR based outside India), Or
    • Must be a ward of Indian Workers in ECR countries studying in India (ECR based in India)
    • Must have completed class 11 and 12 from abroad
    • Must have passed class 12 board examination with a minimum aggregate score of 60% marks or equivalent 
    • Must be between the age group of 17 and 21 years as on 31st October 2019.
    • Must belong to a family where monthly income is not more than USD 4000.
    • Must not receive any scholarship sponsored or funded by the State Government or Central Government.

    Selected students will receive financial assistance as given hereunder:

    • In the first year, partial financial assistance of 75% of the total of the Institutional Economic Cost (IEC) subject to a maximum of USD 4,000 per annum will be given (whichever is lower).
    • In the second and subsequent year, partial assistance of 75% of the total of the Institutional Economic Cost (IEC) or USD 4,000 per annum (whichever is lower) will be given to the students who scored 50% marks cumulatively.
    • If the students scored less than 50% but have obtained passing marks in all the subjects, they are entitled to receive 90% of the scholarship. 
    • If the students do not secure pass marks in all subjects but have been promoted to the next academic year by the University/Institute. they will receive  50% of the scholarship.

    Note: The IEC includes tuition fee, hostel fee and other institutional charges.

    • 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 both)
    • 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

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    How can you apply?

    Follow the steps to apply

    Step 1: Click here to apply.
    Step 2: Click on the "Register" tab for new registration.
    Step 3: Fill the details.
    Step 4: Tick to agree with the "Terms and conditions" and click on the "Register" button.
    Step 5: An email having login credentials will be sent to the registered email id. 
    Step 6: Login to fill the form.

Important Dates

Application deadline: 30 November 2019

Selection Criteria

The selection of the candidates will be exclusively based on their academic merit. 

Terms and Conditions
  • If the student is unable to pass in all the subject, he/she would not be able to receive any scholarship amount further.
  • If the student is selected for the scholarship, he/she has to provide the fee receipts for the sanction of the scholarship on the basis of which they will receive an offer letter. 

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