Top Scholarships to Study Abroad

By Subhashri Roy Updated On - Nov 23, 2020 08:21 PM

With a number of scholarships offered by various universities and organisations across the world, here is the list of some of the top scholarships to study abroad.

Studying abroad is a dream for many Indian students, but at times, a lot of students do not apply for admission to international universities fearing the cost of tuition. As a result, they are not able to convert their dream of studying abroad into reality. This is where scholarships come in handy and having adequate knowledge regarding the necessary financial constraints can help the students make an informed decision. There are many scholarships available for students to study abroad depending on the country and the course for which the student is applying. 

This article will provide you with the cost of study in the most popular study destinations, list of some of the top scholarships to study abroad and since it can be a bit confusing to choose which scholarship to go for, we have also provided the eligibility criteria, application process and other relevant details about each scholarship to make this task easier for you. 

Cost of Study in the Top 6 Study Destinations

With cost being one of the deciding factors while choosing a study destination, it is important for you to have an idea of the cost of study in the top countries including the US, the UK and Canada - which also happen to offer the top scholarships to study abroad. 

Of the three countries, the most affordable is Canada, with tuition fees ranging from INR 9 to 30 lakh, as compared to 17 to 30 lakh in the US and 10 to 25 lakh in the UK. Other countries such as Germany, Australia and Singapore have also seen a rise in the number of international students over the past few years, putting them on the list of the top study destinations in the world. 

Apart from the tuition fee, your study abroad expenses would also incorporate your cost of living, accommodation along with visa fees. Here’s an overview of how much it will cost to study in the top 6 countries for international students.

Country

Tuition Fee for UG Course 

Annual (in INR)

Accomodation 

(in INR)

Living Expenses 

(in INR)

Visa Fee 

(in INR)

*Proof of Funds

(in INR)

US 17-30 lakh 4-25 lakh a year 15-18 lakh

16000-26000 

(SEVIS fee depending on visa type) 

11,900 visa application fee

Not specified
UK 10-25 lakh 6-13 lakh a year 8-15 lakh a year 33,600

First year tuition fee 

11 lakh (GBP 11,385)

Canada 9-30 lakh 4.5-13.5 lakh a year 6-10 lakh a year 8500+4800 biometric fee 5.6 lakh (CAD 10,000)
Germany

No tuition fee for public universities, 

only administration fee 

of 8700-17000; 

50,000-17 lakh for private universities

1.5-3.7 lakh a year 8-13 lakh 6550 8.9 lakh (Euro 10,236)
Australia 10-25 lakh 3-11 lakh a year 10-15 lakh a year 32,000

Should cover course fee 

living cost of 18.3 lakh 

(AUD 21,041 + travel cost)

Singapore 6-24 lakh 3.5 lakh a year 3 lakh a year

1,650 student pass 

3,275 issuance fee

Not specified

Note: All costs and prices are indicative and may vary. Currency exchange rates as on Nov 3, 2020. Medical insurance, air ticket cost are among other student expenses. 

*As proof of funds, students have the option of giving income proof, scholarships, loans or financial aid. other than bank funds.     

Source: ET Wealth

Types of Scholarships Available To Study Abroad

The scholarships available for study abroad are majorly categorised as:

  • Merit-based: These scholarships are available on the basis of a student’s academic score and performance in extracurricular activities such as sports and community service.

  • Destination-specific: Granted to the students belonging to a particular country, these scholarships are only for those candidates who belong to that country are eligible for the scholarship.

  • Student-specific: These scholarships are provided on the basis of several factors such as race, gender, family, religion and medical history of the student.

  • Need-based: These scholarships will be granted only on the basis of the financial background of the student. They will need to provide their tax statement, family income documents and employment proof for this type of scholarship.

  • Subject-specific: These scholarships are offered to the students who are enrolling for a specific area of study. 

  • Athletic scholarships: These awards will be provided to top-notch sportsmen. Candidates who have represented their country at the national level will be able to apply for this type of scholarship.

Top Scholarships to Study Abroad

Some of the top scholarships which can help you finance your education abroad are listed below:

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships 

The Erasmus Mundus Scholarships are granted to the students coming from the EU as well as the non-EU countries that have been selected for admission for any of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Programmes at the doctorate or masters level. This scholarship will cover the tuition fee, living expenses, travelling costs and insurance costs of the students. Erasmus Mundus Scholarships are valid for education at any college in Europe for programmes that are in association with Erasmus Mundus.

Application Time

October to January

Eligibility

Students from all over the world who have selected any of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Programmes (Doctorate or Masters level)

Areas of Study

Veterinary Sciences, Mathematics & Computing, Manufacturing, Health & Welfare, Engineering, Agriculture, Art, Business & Law, Social Sciences.

Number of Seats

No Specific Number

Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships

Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships scholarships are available for the brightest Indians who are planning to pursue a master’s degree at selected US universities or colleges. The scholarship aims at covering the tuition fee, living stipend, airfare (economy) and textbook prices of the candidates.

Application Time

June

Eligibility

Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree along with at least 3 years of work experience are eligible for these scholarships. Communication skills, leadership and community service and motivation to pursue education should be highlighted in the application.  

Areas of Study

International Legal Studies, Public Health, Gender Studies, Urban and Regional Planning, Arts and Culture, Environmental Science and Public Administration.

Number of Seats

No Specific Number

Tata Scholarship

This scholarship is available for Indians who are seeking admission to any undergraduate course at Cornell University, USA. It will cover the tuition fee of the student for all semesters. Those who are applying for any programme of 5 years of duration will have to bear the additional cost. Other expenses such as food, medical, living expenses and travel expenses are also covered under this scholarship.

Application Time

October/ November

Eligibility

Indian citizens who are selected for admission to any undergraduate course at Cornell University. 

Areas of Study

Applied Economics, Architecture and Planning, Engineering, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences and Social Sciences. 

Number of Seats

20 students at once

Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are financed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). This scholarship is available for the students who are seeking admission to any one-year master’s programme in the UK. Chevening Scholarships cover the living expenses, tuition fee and travel costs, which will totally depend on the need of the candidate.

Application Time

Second Week of August to July

Eligibility

Candidates who have completed postgraduate or undergraduate studies 

Areas of Study

One-year masters programme in any area of study

Number of Seats

65 scholarships for Indian Students

Chinese Government Scholarships

These scholarships are available for the students looking for admission to any undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral programme at any Chinese higher education provider. Awarded under the India-China Cultural Exchange programme, these scholarships will cover the tuition fee amongst other expenses based on the financial need of a student.

Application Time

March

Eligibility

Candidates who have cleared the qualifying exam with at least 60% marks and also have a knowledge of the culture, heritage and geography of China. Besides this, they must have also completed a one-year training in the Chinese language.

Areas of Study

Literature & Language,  Humanities, Science, Social Sciences and others. 

Number of Seats

No Specific Number

Clarendon Fund Scholarships at the University of Oxford

Clarendon Fund Scholarship is a major graduate scholarship scheme awarded by the University of Oxford. This scholarship is available for the students who are looking for admission to any master or DPhil course at the university. Clarendon Fund Scholarships cover the tuition and college fees of the candidate.

Application Time

January

Eligibility

Graduates from all over the world are eligible for this scholarship

Areas of Study

All areas of study

Number of Seats 

Approximately 140 scholarships every year

Inlaks Scholarship

Inlaks Scholarship is granted by the Inlaks-Shivdasani Foundation to the candidates who are seeking admission at top universities of America, Europe and the UK. This aid will cover living expenses, tuition fee and other expenses up to US$100,000. If the total expenses exceed US$100,000, candidates will have to provide proof that they are capable of covering the rest of the expenses.

Application Time

January to April

Eligibility

Candidates who are selected in any top university in America, Europe and the UK and have completed an undergraduate degree from any recognised institute. Maximum age to apply for this scholarship is 30 years.

Areas of Study

Music, Computer Science, Business Studies, Medicine, Engineering, Public Health, Fashion Design and Film Animation

Number of Seats

No Specific Number

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship are available for the candidates from commonwealth countries. Students who are seeking admission to any masters or PhD programmes at any university in the UK are eligible for this scholarship which will cover economy return airfare, tuition fee and other living expenses. 

Application Time

August

Eligibility

Candidates who have completed education in English medium with a minimum of 60% marks in Humanities or Social Sciences. Those who have scored 65% marks in Technology, Engineering or Science/ Agriculture are also eligible for this scholarship. 

Areas of Study

Agriculture, Engineering and Technology, Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences

Number of Seats

No Specific Number

Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarships

Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarships are offered by Newcastle University. This scholarship will be granted on the basis of merit of the candidate. These scholarships will cover a partial aid of £3,000 towards college tuition for one year and will only be awarded to the candidates who are selected for admission at Newcastle University, United Kingdom.

Application Time

February (No need to apply separately for scholarship)

Eligibility

Candidates who are selected for admission at Newcastle University, UK

Areas of Study

All areas of study

No. of Seats

255 seats every year

UBC International Leader of Tomorrow Award

The UBC International Leader of Tomorrow Award is awarded by the University of British Columbia, Canada. The award is granted to the candidates who are selected for admission to any undergraduate course offered at the university. Candidates who have an excellent academic record in the field of Performing Arts, Sports or Debating should apply for this scholarship which will cover the student’s living expenses and tuition fee. 

Application Time

November

Eligibility

Applicants who are selected for admission to any undergraduate course at the University of British Columbia. The same should be the first degree of the candidate. 

Areas of Study

All areas of study

Number of Seats 

No Specific Number

Students who wish to study abroad can choose any college after checking the courses of a particular college/university, the fee structure and also the kind of scholarships on offer by a particular university. From programme-specific to general study abroad scholarships, there is something for every student so that he/she can fulfil his/her dream of studying abroad without worrying about the financial constraints.

For further information/help, students can reach out to us at abroad@collegedekho.com or call us at 785 9990 990. Our study abroad team will help you find foreign scholarships according to your requirements. 

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