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Top Scholarships for Indian Students in India

Neyda Haq
Nov 30, 2020
Scholarship Tips

To make education as affordable as possible for students, especially low-income students, the government and other organizations provide scholarships for school and university education. The cost of education is always increasing, which means that academically meritorious students from low-income families are forced to drop out of school and college. Some of these students give up on their dreams of pursuing higher education, even though they are academically talented. 

According to research, only about 70 percent of all students complete school in India, and graduation from colleges and universities has a similar dropout pattern. Luckily, there are different scholarships out there for deserving students:

1. GIIS Global Citizen Scholarship

The Global Schools Foundation provides the GIIS Global Citizen Scholarship to deserving students to offer them a learning experience and stepping stone towards higher education. This scholarship is offered to meritorious students from the region. This GIIS scholarship funds the education cost along with boarding expenses at the GSF campus for two years. 

Students who want to complete Grade 11 and 12 in any of the GIIS campuses can avail this scholarship. The Global Citizen Scholarship is not valid for students in Grade 11 and 12. The applicant must be in Grade 10 when applying for the scholarship. The GIIS scholarship was founded in 2009, and about ten students are offered the scholarship every year.

2. National Talent Search Examination (NTSE)

The National Talent Search Examination, also known as the NTSE, is conducted by the National Council of Educational Research and Training, also known as the NCERT. The exam covers academic areas in medicine, engineering, social sciences, and science. 

About 1,000 students are shortlisted for the exam for the scholarship each year, and the scholarship is offered until the completion of the Doctor of Philosophy or PhD for the courses in social sciences and science. However, students pursuing a career in medicine and engineering can get the scholarship up to the postgraduate level.

3. Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY)

Founded in 1999, the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana programme, also known as the KVPY programme, is coordinated by the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, also known as the IISc Bengaluru. This scholarship is great for students who want to pursue a career in scientific research. 

The students found eligible for this scholarship program are offered financial assistance until the pre-PhD level. The students are shortlisted for the KVPY programme through an aptitude test, which is held across different centers in major cities across India.

4. Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students

The Maulana Azad National Fellowship, also known as the MANF, provides scholarships to students belonging to minority communities like Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Christian, and Parsi. This scholarship is offered to the students of minority communities for pursuing studies until the MPhil/PhD degree in arts, social sciences, technology, science, and engineering and not availing of the benefit of JRF of UGC-NET or UGC-CSIR NET.


Here are some of the top Class 10 scholarships in India:

1. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Global Skills Scholarship

Being well-versed in technology is the need of the hour in the modern world. Students can understand complex concepts by using technology, digital tools, gadgets, etc. The Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Global SKills Scholarship is offered by the Global Schools Foundation. It recognizes the talent of young children in technology and the digital arena. 

There are three categories - Category A, B, and C in this scholarship. Each category has different eligibility criteria, based on which, a concession in the tuition fees is provided. Category A, B, and C have 9%, 6%, and 3% off on the tuition fees respectively.

2. Kind Scholarship for Meritorious Students

The Kind Scholarship for Meritorious Students is an initiative to support academically meritorious students coming from underprivileged families by providing them financial assistance to help them build a foundation for their bright academic future. Class 9 to 12 and college students are eligible for this scholarship, and the benefits include a scholarship worth up to INR 18,000 per year. The application deadline for the Kind Scholarship for Meritorious Students is between August and September each year.

3. CSIR Innovation Award for School Children (CIASC)

The Innovation Award offered by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, also known as the CSIR, for school children is a scholarship meant for innovative young students. The scholarship chooses students based on original creative designs and technological project proposals submitted by the students to create utilitarian solutions for new devices and processes. 

In addition to cash prizes of up to INR 1 lakh, students who win the scholarship will also receive a chance to attend training and awareness sessions with the CSIR officials. Students below 18 years of age are eligible for the CSIR Innovation Award for School Children, also known as the CIASC. The benefits include cash prizes up to INR 100,000. The application deadline is in April each year.

4. Vidyadhan Scholarship

The Vidyadhan Scholarship for students who have passed Class 10is one of the most common scholarships for Class 10 students, run by the Sarojini Damodaran Foundation (SDF). The foundation offers a financial scholarship to academically talented students after they complete Class 10. 

The Vidyadhan Scholarship is offered to over 1,500 students each year across states that include Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Students chosen for the Vidyadhan Scholarship can receive up to INR 6,000 each year for Class 11 and Class 12. Students who score 90 percent or above in their Class 10 results are eligible for the scholarship if their family income is less than two lakhs per year.

5. Siksha Abhiyan Scholarship

This scholarship is an initiative by the Modi Foundation to help underprivileged students from Class 8 to Class 12. The top five rank holders are given cash prizes of INR 8,000 to INR 50,000, and candidates can apply for the scholarship online on the official website. Applicants must be citizens of India.

6. National Scholarship Exam (NSE)

The National Scholarship Exam, also known as the NSE, is organized by the National Institute of Career Education or NICE Foundation. The foundation aims to identify and nurture any and all talented students and help them discover their areas of strength and weakness. 

The scholarship exam is an excellent way for Class 5 to 12 students to test their knowledge and win wonderful cash prizes. Class 5 to 12 students, as well as diploma and degree students are eligible for the scholarship exam. The benefits include cash prizes up to INR 35,000. The application deadline is between August and September.

7. Bose-Einstein Scholarship Test

The JMMC Research Foundation organizes the Bose-Einstein Scholarship Test regularly in order to reward students with monthly scholarships. The participating students that perform well in the scholarship test get exposure to workshops, seminars, and research-based products. All Class 7 to graduating students are eligible, and the benefits include scholarships worth INR 36,000 per year. The application deadline is between April and May.

8. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards

The National Innovation Foundation, also known as the NIF, provides the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards each year to school students up to 17 years of age. The goal of the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards is to promote originality and creativity among children. 

The National Innovation Foundation works to make sure that all children are capable of ensuring the innovative, inclusive, and imaginative future for India. School students up to Class 12 are eligible for the scholarship awards. The benefits include appreciation certificates, travel support, and financial and mentoring support. The application deadline for the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards is in August each year.

9. CLP India Scholarship Scheme

Aspiring Class 10 students from specific locations across the country are enabled to apply for and win this scholarship. Provided by CLP India, the CLP India Scholarship Scheme Scholarship seeks to offer financial support to low-income students, with a particular focus on girls. Under the scholarship program, 850 students are selected each year across all CLP RE Asset locations. 

Class 10 to 12, graduating, postgraduate, diploma, ITI, and vocational training students across all community catchment areas are eligible to apply for and win this scholarship. This includes students around all CLP India RE Assets business locations viz Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Telangana, and Rajasthan. The scholarship benefits are up to INR 18,000 per year, and the application deadline is between May and June.

You may also approach our admission counsellor to understand the different scholarships offered by us.


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