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ICCR Scholarship 2024-25: Opening Date, Eligibility, For Masters

India is the only nation in the world known for its excellence in every field since olden times. Be it technology, education, or art and culture, the country has always encouraged and promoted talent through various means. The ICCR Scholarship is one such initiative inviting international students to pursue their higher studies in India. This scheme offers students a wide range of disciplines to study on various levels (UG, PG, PhD). So let's get started and learn more about this scholarship.

Administering Body Indian Council For Cultural Relations
Number of Scholarships offered 3000+ scholarships awarded annually
Beneficiaries International students from 180 countries
Types of Scholarships 21 different schemes funded by the ICCR, MEA, Ministry of Ayush and so on.
Fields of Study Engineering, Computer Science, Arts, Philosophy, Political Science, Classics, and more
Benefits Full tuition fees, monthly stipend, medical insurance, and accommodation
Application Deadline 30 May 2024

ICCR Scholarship: Overview

Administered by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, the ICCR Scholarship annually awards more than 3000 students from 180 countries. There are 21 different schemes available under this scholarship, 6 of which are funded by the ICCR itself. Every academic year, ICCR sees an influx of 6000+ foreign scholars to study in reputed Indian institutes such as IITs, NITs, and other central/state universities. 

ICCR Scholarship: Opening Date

The opening date of the A2A Scholarship Portal for ICCR Scholarship application submission was 20 February 2024. The application deadline for the same is on 30 May 2024. You should check the A2A Portal or the website of the Indian Embassy/High Commission in your country for the latest updates.

Deadline for universities to inform their decision on applications 31 May 2024
Last date for allocating scholarships and generating offer letters by Indian Missions abroad 30 June 2024
Deadline for students to accept the scholarship offer 15 July 2024
Filling the vacant seats with other waitlisted candidates 22 July 2024
Deadline for second-round students to accept the scholarship offer 30 July 2024

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the ICCR Scholarship 2024, you must fulfil the following criteria:

  • You must be a citizen of one of the eligible countries and have a valid passport.
  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old.
  • You must have completed the required level of education for the course you are applying for and have a minimum GPA of 60% or equivalent.
  • You must have a good command of English and have a minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS or 90 in TOEFL or equivalent.
  • You must not have any serious medical condition or infectious disease.
  • You must not be already studying or working in India.
  • You must abide by the rules and regulations of ICCR, the university, and the Indian government.

ICCR Scholarship: Award and Benefits

The ICCR Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship that covers numerous amounts/benefits for international students pursuing their studies in India. It includes the following:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Monthly stipend of INR 18,000 (for UG students), INR 20,000 (for PG students), and INR 22,000 (for M.Phil and PhD students).
  • Contingent grant of INR 5,000 per annum (for UG students), INR 7,000 per annum (for PG students), and INR 12,500 per annum (for M.Phil and PhD students).
  • Medical insurance
  • Accommodation

Documents Required

As an international student, you must have the following documents ready before applying for ICCR Scholarship:

  • A recent passport-size photograph (3.5×4.5cm (25kb)) has a white background and without spectacles.
  • Copies of all academic transcripts.
  • A certificate of physical fitness in the prescribed form.
  • Recommendations/character certificates from existing school/University etc.
  • Certified copies of the candidate’s valid passport showing details like photograph, name, contact details, etc.
  • English language proficiency test scores.
  • 1-2 years of work experience in the human and community service industry (preferred but not mandatory).
  • 1-2 letters of recommendation from academic or professional referees.
  • A personal statement.
  • An updated resume or CV.
  • Synopsis of the proposed area of research (for PhD courses).
  • Video/audio cassettes of students aspiring for performing arts (for art courses).
  • Certified proof that the candidate has not received an ICCR scholarship before, if applicable.
  • Student’s ID proof.

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Q1. What is the ICCR Scholarship?

Ans: The ICCR Scholarship is a fully funded scholarship offered by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to foreign students pursuing UG, PG, and doctoral studies in India. The scholarship covers tuition fees, a monthly stipend, medical insurance, and accommodation.

Q2. Who is eligible for the ICCR Scholarship?

Ans: Students fulfilling the following criteria are eligible for the ICCR Scholarship:
1. Be a citizen of a country other than India
2. Be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old
3. Have a good academic record
4. Be proficient in English

Q3. What are the benefits of the ICCR Scholarship?

Ans: The ICCR Scholarship covers full tuition fees, monthly stipend, medical insurance, and accommodation among its benefits.

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