Special Non-University Grants to Study Abroad


Indian students pursuing higher education and research abroad can apply for special grants by international bodies and governments to complete their studies. Grants are offered for education in countries such as Singapore, UK, USA, Australia and several European countries.

Bright Indian students at various levels have won university scholarships to study abroad for years. However, there are some special grant awards offered by public and private organizations around the world to outstanding students for short and long-term study. Many of these grants not only cover tuition, but living expenses, airfare, and even training for leadership and teachers' training programs. Here is a list of special grants offered by the EU, Singapore government, the World Bank and UK bodies that Indians can win.

Special Grants to Study Abroad

1. Chevening Program


The Chevening Program in India offers funding for long and short-term fellowships and Master's scholarships across several UK universities. Each year over 90 Indian students win these fellowships in the fields of politics, economy, media, IT and more. Various awards are included under the Chevening umbrella, including the Chevening India-TCS Cyber Security Programme, the Chevening-HSBC Scholarship, Chevening India Journalism Program and more. Application requirements vary depending on the prize being applied for. However a work experience of 4 to 5 years is required for many of the programs on offer. Chevening typically covers tuition, airfare and living costs.

2. Robert S. McNamara Fellowship


Named in honor of a former president of the World Bank, the Robert S. McNamara Fellowship is offered to international PhD students to pursue their course outside their home country. Applicants from developing countries are given preference. The fellowship offers grants of US$25,000 for about 6 to 10 months, following which the student must find alternative financial aid for their research. Applicants must be below 35 years of age, and should be enrolled in a developmental research program in their host country, which must be a developing country-member of the World Bank. The funding usually covers tuition, return fare, accommodation and living stipend, allowance for cost of research.

3. MOE Tuition Grant


The Singapore government's Ministry of Education offers an MOE Tuition Grant to international undergraduate or full-time diploma students in Singapore. The grant is a boon for Indian students in Singapore, who like other international students, pay as much as 70% more tuition than domestic students in Singapore. The grant covers tuition in the form of subsidies of up to S$210, which helps to waive 55% to 80% of tuition fees. The scholarships do not cover full tuition, nor do they offer living expenses, but are meant to help foreign students manage their education expenses in Singapore. Several top Singapore institutes participate in the program.

4. Erusmus+


The European Union's Erusmus+ program is a seven year program in collaboration with the Indian government, to encourage talent exchanges between India and the EU. It helps to fund joint degrees, student exchange and funding opportunities. With the Erusmus+ initiatives, Indian students can enjoy two benefits.

Bachelor's, Master's and doctoral students can study for 3 to 12 months in a participating EU institution, with their tuition, exam fees, lab and library charges, registration etc. covered by the program. Students can also benefit from full-time Joint Masters Degrees programs in European institutions. Students in vocational courses, sports professionals, school education professionals and youth field workers can also benefit from the program.

Besides these programs, other scholarships like the Australia Awards scholarships and the Fulbright scholarships & fellowships to US universities and other scholarships are also available for Indian students.


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