This year there are more scholarships for Indian students to study abroad
British Council is in process of launching a new scholarship for Indian students
Testing organisations like TOEFL & IELTS also launched scholarships for Indians
Despite global economic uncertainty, Indian students hoping to study abroad have more options when applying for different scholarships this year. Various scholarships are open for applications at the moment, most of them for master’s programmes at universities abroad.
The British Council, which handles some scholarships for UK university aspirants, is in the process of launching a new scholarship, but details are yet to be finalised. The British Council handles the Commonwealth and Chevening scholarships, among others.
According to a British Council official “We have managed to give the same level of funding or more, and local partners have also come in to help us. Education is very expensive. We are trying to encourage more students to avail of funding.”
In 2011, there were around 39,000 students enrolled at British universities and around 1.03 lakh students enrolled at US universities, two big destinations for post-graduate studies for Indian students.
The HSBC-Chevening scholarship, previously the HSBC scholarship, awarded two full scholarships until 2009. From 2010, they began awarding three scholars.
The Goa Education Trust scholarship for students of Goan domicile or parentage seeking to study in the UK opened in 2010.
Testing organisations, such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Test System (IELTS) have also been offering scholarships since 2010. The TOEFL has, this year, increased the total funding amount by $10,000 and plans to award 10 instead of nine Indian scholars.
The Fulbright scholarship programme for studying in the US has doubled since 2009, thanks to a large part of the funding coming in from the Indian government, said the programme coordinator.
Nearly 120 to 140 scholars receive Fulbrights every year for master’s programmes, doctoral and post-doctoral work, a number that has doubled since 2008-09, the year of the recession.
The Inlaks Foundation continues to fund 10 to 15 students for master’s programmes at reputable universities abroad every year and the fluctuating dollar rate hasn’t affected the funding amount of those pursuing US-based degrees.
Amita Malkani, Administrator of the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation said, “We have been able to keep up, and continue to cover the cost for all our scholars”.
Malkani added “The Foundation also offers the Ravi Sankaran Inlaks Fellowship for masters in field biology, ecology and conservation that was instituted three years ago and has seen a lot of interest”.
All of these scholarships vary in amounts offered, requirements and eligibility criteria.
Goa Education Trust (GET) Scholarship 2012 for Goans to Study in UK
Commonwealth Scholarship 2012 for Indian Students to Pursue Post Graduate Courses in New Zealand
Anuj Bidve Memorial Scholarship by Lancaster University in Honour of a Murdered Indian Student
TOEFL Scholarship Programme in India for Academic Year 2012: Scholarship Notification
Queen’s University Scholarship for Indian Engineering and Science Students: Scholarship Notification
Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship 2012 for Indian Students by London Metropolitan University
Maastricht University Scholarship 2012 for Indian Students: Scholarship Notification
Source: Hindustan Times