Abroad education is a dream that does not come cheap. Even some of the most meritorious students seldom face a harsh setback owing to financial constraints. An average Indian student’s chances of studying overseas are largely dependent on his/her possibilities of securing a scholarship. Let’s discuss some of the most prominent scholarship opportunities to study abroad and how do we convert them.

Common scholarships in the UK

The UK is one of the most sought study destinations by students because of its outstanding universities and colleges. Apart from this, the constant effort made by the UK government to make financial resources available for students is also a stand out factor to attract students. In the UK scholarships can be of 3 type’s i.e. government-funded scholarships, university scholarships and institution funded scholarships. Below is a list of the most common scholarships for Indian students who want to study in the UK.


Name of ScholarshipTypeBenefits Eligibility
Chevings ScholarshipGovernmentOffered by UK government which is fully funded all covers all study related expenses.Candidate must be enrolled in a Master’s degree in one of UK universities
Must have excellent academic background and leadership skills
Rhodes Scholarship University specific University specific Oldest and most reputed.
A stipend of 1235 Euro per month is provided.
Covers all expenses of Oxford University along with stipend.
Provided for postgraduate studies.
Must belong to an eligible country and have a bachelor’s degree from a reputed university.
Felix Scholarship Institute SpecificProvided to underprivileged students to complete their post graduation related expenses in The UK. Offered to students enrolled in University of Oxford, University of Reading, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), part of the University of London.

Candidate should demonstrate financial need and outstanding academic performance.
Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship Institute SpecificIt provides monetary funds, long term grant. Costs of accommodation, living cost and fee, short term research and professional visit, support to artists, etc are covered. Must be an Indian Citizen.

Must not have received CWIT scholarship in the last 5 years.
Commonwealth Scholarships UK governmentTuition and examination fees.
Air fare to travel from host country to the UK.
Living costs in the UK between 1043 to 1279 Euros.
Study Travel grant
Candidate’s family must have low income.
Candidate must be willing to contribute to sustainable development.
Must have excellent academic record.
Goa Trust Education Scholarship Institution specificCovers full or partial tuition fees of the post graduate course.Candidate must have a valid offer letter from UK and shouldn’t exceed 30 years of age.

Must be from Goa.
Dr. Manmohan Singh ScholarshipInstitution SpecificAwarded to students of St. John’s College of Cambridge University. Awarded in undergraduate/postgraduate studies. Reputed Master’s degree is must for PG.

Good English communication skills and leadership qualities is a must.
University of Westminster Scholarship University SpecificFor undergraduate students:
50% tuition fee waiver based on student’s financial need and academic brilliance.

For postgraduates students:
100% tuition fee waiver for full time masters at the University.

For High achiever students:
2500 Euros per academic year scholarship.
All basic proficiency scores along with past academic brilliance.

Masters degree from reputed institution and candidate should be able to exhibit financial need.
Coventry University Scholarship University Specific Scholarship of 1500 Euros for individual students and a total of 1 million Euros in scholarship. For undergraduate:
Should have at least two of three A levels at Grade A or equivalent.
For postgraduate students:
Should have at least 2:1 (UK system) i.e. 60 to 69 out of 100 or equivalent.
University of Sussex Chancellor’s International Scholarships University Specific50% tuition fee waiver and is offered for a majority of courses in Sussex. Based on academic performance and financial conditions.
Students who prefer to study full time at University of Sussex.

Scholarships for Indian students in the US

Fullbright-Nehru research scholarships

  • It is a government-funded scholarship available to international students who are applying to master’s degree or PhD programs in the United States.
  • This is available under certain programmes such as Arts and Culture, Environmental studies, Higher education administration, public health, urban and regional planning and women’s studies/general studies.
  • The benefits availed are two-way economy class air travel fare from host city to the US, tuition fees funding and living costs benefits, accident and sickness programs as per guidelines of US government.
  • It covers only J1 support VISA

Hubert H. Humphery Fellowship

  • The scholarship is granted to Indian scholars who have registered for a PhD programme in an Indian institution and is for 6-9 months for pre-doctoral level research.
  • The benefits availed in the scholarship are two-way economy class fare from the host city to the US, affiliation fees and allowances, a monthly stipend, accident and sickness program for exchange students.
  • This grant is insufficient to support family members.

Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Ambani Fellowship

  • This scholarship is provided by reliance industries along with Stanford GSB (Graduate School of Business) to deserving Indian students aspiring to study at Stanford GSB
  • The scholarship amount is approximately $150,000
  • The benefits availed in this scholarship are financial support for two years of full-time MB and all associated fees.
  • Recipients are expected to return to India and work for an Indian organization within two years of completing an MBA.

TATA Scholarship for Cornell University

  • Ratan Tata and Sons Ltd. Has partnered with Cornell University in the US to offer financial aid to underprivileged but meritorious Indian students who wish to study in the undergraduate courses at Cornell.
  • This scholarship is provided to 20 Indian students at once.
  • Preference will be given to qualified students accepted to the College of Architecture, Art, Planning, Engineering, Economics, biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, hard sciences and management in the SC Johnson College of Business.

Some other Scholarships

Name of Scholarship Benefits Eligibility
SN Bose Scholarship Airfare, Health Insurance, Stipend Indian student pursuing undergraduate or graduate degree programs.
Field of study- Atmospheric & earth sciences, mathematical & computational sciences, chemical & physical sciences and engineering sciences.
KC Mahindra Scholarship Interest free loans to meritorious students:
Top 3 students get INR 8 lakhs.
Remaining successful students get INR 4 lakhs each.
Must have a first-class degree or equivalent diploma from a standard institution.

Should be accepted by foreign institution.

Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship INR 20 lakhs are offered to selected students Age limit – 30 years
Field of study- Applied Sciences, Social Sciences, Pure Sciences, Architecture, Humanities, Law or management.1
National Overseas Scholarship $ 15,400 is offered as an annual maintenance allowance.
The duration of allowance is 3 years for masters and 4 years of PhD.
It is exclusively for SC/ST students.
Family income should be less than INR 6,00,000
Minimum 55% in Bachelor’s or master’s degree.
Age limit 35 years

There are hundreds of scholarships available other than these mentioned above. It entirely depends on student’s requirement of college, course and country. The scholarships amount might vary but every student is encouraged to thoroughly search the website of the university, scholarship portal of the country to get desirable outcomes.