MHRD Scholarship

Key Information

Conducted By Ministry of Human Resource Development
Eligibility Students from Class 9 - PhD level or higher
Region India and Abroad
Rewards Variable financial award based on scheme
Last Date of Application December 31, 2020

What is MHRD Scholarship?

The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education provides financial assistance to meritorious students to pursue their higher education. MHRD provides National scholarships and External scholarships for the students’ disbursal. The National scholarships are provided by different departments under the MHRD and the external scholarships are provided by MHRD in collaboration with the government of different countries under the Cultural Exchange Program.

Scholarship Quick Links:

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MHRD Scholarship Program List:

The MHRD provides the Indian students with different National scholarships and External scholarships. The complete list of scholarships under the MHRD scholarship scheme is given below:

List of National Scholarships:

  1. Central Sector Scholarship Scheme for College and University students
  2. Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for Jammu Kashmir
  3. National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE)
  4. National Means cum Merit Scholarship
  5. Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF)
  6. AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls
  7. AICTE Saksham Scholarship Scheme

List of External Scholarships:

  1. Commonwealth Scholarships in the United Kingdom
  2. New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships
  3. Chinese Government Scholarships
  4. South Korean Government Scholarships
  5. Japanese Government Scholarships
  6. Italian Government Scholarships
  7. Mexican Government Scholarships
  8. Israel Government Scholarships
  9. Brazilian Government Scholarships
  10. Presidential Scholarships, Sri Lanka
  11. Ms. Agatha Harrison Memorial Fellowship

MHRD Scholarship Application Details:

The application form for the different scholarships under the MHRD Scholarship Scheme are available on different websites. And the forms are open for application for a limited time during which the applicants should register themselves to avail of the scholarship. The respective application links and application period for the different scholarships are listed below:

S No. Scholarship Application Link Application Period

1.

Central Sector Scholarship Scheme for College and University students

July-October

2.

Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for Jammu Kashmir

March-May

3.

National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE)

August-October

4.

National Means cum Merit Scholarship

July - October

5.

Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF)

March-April

6.

AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls

August- October

7.

AICTE Saksham Scholarship Scheme

August- October

8.

Commonwealth Scholarships in the United Kingdom

December- February

9.

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships

January- March

10.

Chinese Government Scholarships

January- March

11.

South Korean Government Scholarships

February- March

12.

Japanese Government Scholarships

February- March

13.

Italian Government Scholarships

March - April

14.

Mexican Government Scholarships

April - May

15.

Israel Government Scholarships

October- November

16.

Brazilian Government Scholarships

June- August

17.

Presidential Scholarships, Sri Lanka

August- October

18.

Ms. Agatha Harrison Memorial Fellowship

January- February

MHRD Scholarship Eligibility Criteria:

The MHRD Scholarship is awarded to meritorious students who have passed Class 12. The detailed eligibility criteria for applying for the scholarship are listed below:

S No. Scholarship Name Eligibility Criteria

1.

Central Sector Scholarship Scheme for College and University students

  • The applicant should be pursuing a regular Medical/ Engineering course from AICTE/ DCI/ MCI recognized college.
  • He/ she should have scored at least 80% marks in Class 12.
  • The annual family income of the applicant should not exceed INR 8,00,000 from all sources.
  • Students receiving any other scholarship are not eligible to apply.
  • The candidates pursuing studies through distance learning/ correspondence are not eligible to apply.

2.

Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for Jammu Kashmir

  • The applicant should be a domicile of Jammu Kashmir.
  • He/ she should have passed Class 12/ 10+3 Diploma from the J&K board, CBSE or J&K state polytechnic.
  • Students willing to study outside Jammu Kashmir can also apply.
  • The annual family income of the applicant should not exceed INR 8,00,000 from all sources.

3.

National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE)

  • Candidate should be a girl child belonging to SC/ ST studying in Class 9.
  • The applicant should have passed the Class 8 examination from Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya.
  • She should be pursuing studies from a government/ local-body/ government-aided school.
  • The applicant should be unmarried and below the age of 16.

4.

National Means cum Merit Scholarship

  • The scholarship is open for students studying in Class 9 to continue their studies until Class 10-12.
  • The candidate should have scored a minimum of 55% marks in the Class 8 examination (5% marks relaxation to SC/ ST students).
  • To appear for the selection test for the scholarship, the applicant should have scored a minimum of 55% marks or equivalent in Class 7.
  • The annual family income of the candidate should not exceed INR 1,50,000 from all sources.

5.

Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF)

  • Students studying in the first year or completed BTech, MTech or Integrated MSc from IIT/ IISc/ NIT/ IISER can apply.
  • Candidates admitted through JEE/ UCEED/ KYPY/ SCB are also eligible to apply.
  • Students who have completed the course in the past 5 years can also apply.

6.

AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls

  • Girl students who have taken admission in the first year of a diploma/ degree program from an AICTE recognized college can apply.
  • The annual family income of the applicant should not exceed INR 8,00,000.
  •  Up to 2 girl children of the same family are eligible to apply.

7.

AICTE Saksham Scholarship Scheme

  • Differently-abled candidates with a disability level not less than 40% can apply.
  • He/ she should have taken admission in the first year of a technical degree/ diploma course at an AICTE recognized college.
  • The annual family income of the applicant should not exceed INR 8,00,000.

8.

Commonwealth Scholarships in the United Kingdom

  • Students who have completed or are about to complete their undergraduate/ postgraduate degree can apply.
  • He/ she should have scored a minimum of 65% marks in Science and 60% marks in Social Science.
  • The applicant should not be more than 40 years of age.
  • The candidate should be enrolled in an MPhil degree which leads to a Ph.D. at a UK university.

9.

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships

  • Students willing to study in New Zealand can apply.
  • The applicant should have scored a minimum of 65% marks in undergraduate/ postgraduate courses.

10.

Chinese Government Scholarships

  • The scholarship is open for undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral, general scholar, and senior scholar level of studies.
  • Undergraduate students should have passed Class 12 with at least 60% marks and should be less than 25 years of age.
  • Postgraduate students should have passed the undergraduate level with at least 60% marks and should be less than 35 years of age.
  • Doctoral-level students should have passed post-graduation with at least 60% marks and should be less than 40 years of age.
  • General scholars should have completed at least 2 years of their undergraduate studies with 65% marks and should be below 45 years of age.
  • Senior scholars should be an associate professor or have a postgraduate degree with at least 60% marks and should be below 60 years of age.

11.

South Korean Government Scholarships

  • The scholarship is open for the postgraduate/ doctoral/ post-doctoral level of studies.
  • For the postgraduation level, the candidate should hold a graduation degree and must be below 40 years of age.
  • For the doctoral level, the applicant should hold a postgraduation degree and must be below 40 years of age.
  • For the postdoctoral level, the candidate should hold a doctoral degree/ diploma and must be below 45 years of age.
  • Biotechnology/ Electronic Engineering applicants should have secured at least 65% marks in the last qualifying examination.

12.

Japanese Government Scholarships

  • Scholarship is open for research-level, master level, and Ph.D. courses.
  • The scholarship is applicable to Humanities, Social Science, Management studies, Mathematical Science, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, physics, etc.
  • The applicant should be less than 35 years of age.
  • For masters degree and research level, the candidate should have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 65% marks.
  • For a Ph.D. degree, the applicant should have a master’s degree with a minimum of 65% marks in the relevant field.

13.

Italian Government Scholarships

  • Scholarship is open for pursuing a Master’s degree/Ph.D./ Research/ Italian language and culture courses.
  • For Masters’ level of studies, the applicant should be a graduate from India below the age of 28.
  • For the Ph.D. level, the candidate must meet the qualification and entry requirement of the Italian University along with their acceptance letter and should be less than30 years of age.
  • For the research level, the applicant should submit the research project along with the admission letter and should be less than 40 years of age.
  • For the Italian language and culture courses, the candidate should submit a proficiency certificate in the Italian language.

14.

Mexican Government Scholarships

  • Scholarship is open for Specialisation/ Master’s degree/ doctorate/ graduate-level research.
  • The applicant should hold a bachelor’s/ Masters’s/ Ph.D. degree with a GPA of 80 on 100.
  • The students should have enrolled in a course from any one of the participating institutions. 

15.

Israel Government Scholarships

  • Students who hold a letter of acceptance from an Israeli university/ supervisor can apply.
  • He/ she should have a master’s degree in research/specialization in Chemistry/ Biology/ Agriculture/ Economics/ Biotechnology/ Environment studies/ Business management/ mass communication.
  • For the Hebrew language and Literature course, the applicant should be pursuing post-graduation in the same subject.
  • Proficiency in English/ Hebrew language is a must. 

16.

Brazilian Government Scholarships

  • The applicant should be 18-25 years of age.
  • He/ she should have passed Class 12 with a minimum of 60% marks overall and at least 60% in English subject.
  • Students studying in Class 12 can also apply provided they submit the final mark sheet and board certificate during enrollment at a Brazilian university.
  • Proficiency in the Portuguese language is also a must.

17.

Presidential Scholarships, Sri Lanka

  • Candidates pursuing graduation courses except Engineering/ Dentistry/ Medicine can apply.
  • The age of the applicant should be less than 25 years.

18.

Ms. Agatha Harrison Memorial Fellowship

  • Applicants who maintain a uniform academic record with at least 60% marks in postgraduation level with a Ph.D. in the same field can apply for the fellowship.
  • Scholars between the age of 30-40 years can apply.
  • Students should have an inclination towards History/ Political Science/ Economics.
  • The applicants should have a teaching experience of at least 3 years at the graduate/ postgraduate level post completion of Ph.D.

 MHRD Scholarship Rewards and Benefits:

The scholarship amount is awarded to selected students based on the level of study and scheme. The details of the scholarship benefits availed by the students are given below: 

S No. Scholarship Name Scholarship Benefits

1.

Central Sector Scholarship Scheme for College and University students

  • INR 10,000 per annum for graduation level.
  • INR 20,000 per annum for the post-graduation level.
  • INR 20,000 per annum for the 4th and 5th year for students pursuing 5-year professional courses.

2.

Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for Jammu Kashmir

  • An academic fee is provided.
  • Maintenance charges of INR 1,00,000 to be paid in 2 installments.
  • INR 1,25,000 per annum to cover tuition fees for Engineering courses.
  • INR 3,00,000 per annum to cover tuition fees for Medical courses.
  • INR 30,000 per annum to cover tuition fees for general degree courses.

3.

National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE)

  • INR 3000 per annum with interest.

4.

National Means cum Merit Scholarship

  • INR 6000 per annum (INR 500 per month).

5.

Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF)

  • INR 70,000 per annum for 1st and 2nd year of study.
  • INR 75,000 per annum for 3rd year of study.
  • INR 80,000 per annum for the 4th and 5th year of study.
  • Additional research grant of INR 2,00,000 per annum for 5 years.

6.

AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls

  • INR 30,000 tuition fee or actual (whichever is lesser).
  • Incidental charges of INR 2000 per month for 10 months every year.

7.

AICTE Saksham Scholarship Scheme

  • INR 30,000 tuition fee or actual (whichever is lesser).
  • Incidental charges of INR 2000 per month for 10 months every year.

8.

Commonwealth Scholarships in the United Kingdom 

  • A stipend of 1065-1306 British Pounds per month.
  • Airfare, tuition fees.
  • Clothing allowance, thesis grant, study travel grant.
  • Child allowance (if applicable).

9.

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships

  • Cost and living allowance
  • Full tuition cost
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Research assistance

10.

Chinese Government Scholarships

  • Full scholarship includes tuition fees, accommodation, medical insurance, and a monthly stipend.
  • Partial scholarship includes one or a few items of the full scholarship.

11.

South Korean Government Scholarships

  • Settlement allowance of 2,00,000 Korean Won.
  • Monthly allowance of up to 1,50,000 Korean Won.
  • Research allowance of up to 2,40,000 Korean Won per semester.
  • Fully covered language training fees, degree tuition fees.
  • Reimbursement of dissertation fees.
  • Medical insurance of 20,000 Korean Won per month.
  • Korean proficiency grant of 1,00,00 Korean Won per month.

12.

Japanese Government Scholarships

  • A stipend of 1,43,000 Yen per month.
  • Tuition fee exemption.
  • Round trip airfare.

13.

Italian Government Scholarships

  • Monthly stipend of EUR 900.

14.

Mexican Government Scholarships

  • Tuition and registration fee for the course.
  • Health insurance and Visa expenses.
  • Monthly stipend of 9800 Mexican Peso for Masters and specialization courses.
  • Monthly stipend of 12,251 Mexican Peso for doctoral and post-doctoral studies.

15.

Israel Government Scholarships

  • Full scholarship includes tuition fees, basic health insurance and a monthly allowance for an academic year (8 months only).
  • Partial scholarship includes part of tuition fees,  basic health insurance and a monthly allowance for an academic year (8 months only).

16.

Brazilian Government Scholarships

  • Full tuition fees waiver.

17.

Presidential Scholarships, Sri Lanka

  • Tuition fees and registration fees.
  • Free study Visa.
  • Settlement allowance of 10,000 Sri Lankan Rupees.
  • Monthly living allowance of 30,000 Sri Lankan Rupees.
  • Reimbursement of airfare.
  • Reimbursement of TOEFL/ IELTS examination fees.

18.

Ms. Agatha Harrison Memorial Fellowship

  • 29,944 British Pounds that includes stipend amount, travel allowance, and other administrative charges.

MHRD Scholarship Selection Process:

A total of 82,000 scholarships are given under the Central Sector Scholarship Scheme.

41000 scholarships are for boys and 41000 scholarships are for girls. The scholarship providers follow a selection process to award the scholarship to the deserving candidates based on merit or financial need. The selection process is explained in detail:

Central Sector Scholarship Scheme for College and University students:

  • Candidates will be selected based on merit as per the state allocated quota.
  • Verification of the application will be done at two levels- Institution level and State Education Board level.

Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for Jammu Kashmir:

  • Students are selected based on merit.

National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE):

  • All eligible girl students will receive the scholarship under this scheme.

National Means cum Merit Scholarship:

  • The selection of the candidates will be made through the Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) conducted by each state/ UT.

Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF):

  • The reviewers first shortlist the application form.
  • Selection is done based on the performance of the applicant in the written test or the interview at the nodal institute.

AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls:

  • The selection of students is done through merit based on the marks scored in the last qualifying examination.

AICTE Saksham Scholarship Scheme:

  • The selection of candidates is done based on academic merit.

Commonwealth Scholarships in the United Kingdom:

  • The selection committee of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission selects the applicants based on academic merit, quality of study plan, and the potential impact of the students’ work on the development of their home country.

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships:

  • Selection is based on the interview done by the providers for the shortlisted candidates.

Chinese Government Scholarships:

  • Candidates are selected based on merit and the performance in the interview conducted by the selection committee.

South Korean Government Scholarships:

  • Scholars are shortlisted by the selection committee for the interview based on merit.

Japanese Government Scholarships:

  • The Government of Japan selects the scholars based on merit.

Italian Government Scholarships:

  • The initial level of selection is done by MHRD.
  • The final selection is done by the Italian government.

Mexican Government Scholarships:

  • The initial level of selection is done by MHRD.
  • The final selection is done by the Mexican government.

Israel Government Scholarships:

  • The selection of the candidates is done based on merit.

Brazilian Government Scholarships:

  • Selection of the candidates is done based on merit

Presidential Scholarships, Sri Lanka:

  • The selection of candidates is done by the Government of Sri Lanka.

Ms. Agatha Harrison Memorial Fellowship:

  • Only 1 candidate is selected for the fellowship through the interview process.

Contact Details:

  • Department Of Higher Education:
    Shri Madhu Ranjan Kumar
    Joint Secretary
    Shastri Bhawan
    New Delhi – 110001
  • Department Of School Education & Literacy:
    Shri Maneesh Garg
    Joint Secretary (SE-I)
    Shastri Bhawan
    New Delhi – 110001

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