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Scholarships for Medical Students in India

Simran Saini
Simran SainiUpdated On: January 21, 2021 11:09 am IST

In India, the cost of medical education is way higher than compared to other higher education courses. Let us have a look at Scholarships available for Medical Students in India along with eligibility, application date, etc.

Medical Students Scholarships India

Medical education is considered one of the most expensive and prestigious education in India and this is the reason that there are many medical scholarships offered to students. Medical Scholarships include both merit-based, merit-cum need-based, and financial assistance for students who wish to take up medicine courses such as MBBS/ BDS/ MD as their future career.

What is interesting about Medical Scholarships in India is that not only the government department offers the same but many private companies and organisations offer medical scholarships to students who plan to pursue  MBBS, Nursing, Dental, Super-Specialty courses.

The main objective behind the Medical Scholarships in India is to make medical education in India affordable for the students and to make their dreams come true without financial concerns being a barrier!

List of Scholarships for Medical Students

Check out the list of scholarships for Medical Students in India along with their eligibility, application date, and other details here:

Scholarship NameAboutEligibilityAwardApplication TimelineApplication Mode
 Swami Vivekananda Merit Cum Means Scholarship for Minorities
  • This scholarship supports the study of minority community students who are domiciles of West Bengal and studying in class 11th to PG level.
  • The main agenda of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to the students who are economically backward.

Annual Income of the family should be less than Rs 2.5 lakh.

Students must meet the minimum eligibility criteria.

 Rs. 12,000 to 60,000 (Annually)Sept- NovOnline 
HDFC Bank Educational Crisis Scholarship
  • The scholarship is mainly for students who are unable to bear the cost of education and are at high risk to drop out due to the Personal/ Financial Crisis.
  • This scholarship is one of the top-most Medical Scholarships in India as most of the students fear the high cost of medical education in India.

 Students who are pursuing Class 6 to 12, diploma, polytechnic, ITI, UG/PG can apply for this scholarship.

Must be facing financial/personal crisis that took place during the past three years at the time of application.

 Rs. 10,000 to 25,000March-JulyOnline
Nationwide Education and Scholarship Test (NEST Senior)
  • One of the most popular scholarships among Medical and Science students to pursue MBBSMBBS/BAMS/BHMS/BDS and other courses.

Students of Class 12 (science), engineering diploma, or Science/ engineering/ Medical degree courses are eligible for the NEST scholarship.

Rs. 50,000 (tuition fee)April-JuneOnline through official website
Vahani Scholarship
  • Vahani is an NPO that is well known for scholarships to medical students in India belonging to the economically weaker section.
  • A total of 20 seats are offered per year.

Students of class 12 (PCB) stream.

Selection is done on the basis of academic excellence financial/personal crisis.

Full tuition fee/ accommodationMay-JulyOnline

Dr Abdul Kalam Scholarship for Medical Students

  • One of the prestigious medical scholarships, it was introduced with an aim to offer financial assistance to the students from EWS to students appearing for the national level medical entrance exam.

Must have passed Class 12 examination with a minimum 55% marks 

Must appear for the national-level medical entrance exam

Family income should be less than Rs. 6 Lacs per annum.

RS. 20,000May-AugustOnline
 L’Oréal India For Young Women in Science Scholarship
  • This scholarship is for girl students with an objective to promote and support higher education in India who are not financially strong.

For medical students to avail of this scholarship, they must have passed class 12 examination or equivalent with a minimum of 85 percent in PCB/ PCMB.

The annual income of the family should be less then R.4 Lacs per annum.

Maximum Age: Not more than 19 years on the date of application

Rs. 2.5 Lacs ( for graduation)Aug-SeptOnline

Swami Dayanand Education Foundation Merit-cum-Means Scholarship

  • Apart from medical students in India, the scholarship is offered to pursue  Pharmacy, Engineering, IT courses from both government/private institutions in India.

Must have passed 10+2 with a minimum of 75% aggregate.

Must have appeared in the competitive entrance exam.

Family income should be less than Rs.6 Lacs per annum.

Rs.50,000 (annually)May-JulyOnline
Keep India Smiling Foundational Scholarship Programme
  • This scholarship to the medical students is offered by Colgate-Palmolive (India) Ltd with an aim to support deserving and meritorious students 
 Students studying in Class 11/ Graduation/ Diploma/ BE/ B.Tech/ BDS/ Vocational courses, sportspersons can apply for this scholarship in online mode




Dr. Shamanur Shivashankarappa Janakalyana Trust’s Scholarship Program

  • The scholarships are for students who are native of Karnataka to support them to pursue higher education in the field of medicine

Candidate must have passed 10+2 and family income with less than Rs. 1 LPA.

Must be a native of Karnataka


Why MBBS Scholarships are required by Indian Students?

The cost of medical education is way higher than any other courses if you are seeking admission to any private college. The average cost to study MBBS/ BDS and other medical courses in government colleges is around INR 10,000 to INR 30,000 annually. Whereas the average fees to study medicine in private colleges in India ranges between Rs. 10 to Rs.20 Lacs annually. One of the main reasons behind high fees in private colleges is that the number of seats available against the candidates appearing forNEET (medical exam) is very less. Out of 67,000 medical seats, only 31,000 seats are available to study in the government medical colleges which include both central and state. Due to this majority of medical students in India look for MBBS scholarships to support their education.

Alternative Courses for Medical Students apart from MBBS/BDS- Detailed Information Here

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