Overseas Education


A scholarship is an award of access to a student to further education. Scholarships are awarded on various criteria usually reflecting the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award.
Scholarships are very popular among the students who are looking to study abroad. These students are basically known as International students. International student scholarships are very competitive to secure. The competition is very much and the students who are not able to get the scholarship rely exclusively on themselves and their relatives for funding and education loan.

United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF)

United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) was established under a bilateral agreement on educational exchange signed between India and the US on February 2, 1950. Its primary functions include educational advising, fellowship support and facilitating academic dialogue between U.S. and India. www.usief.org.in

List of Financial aid programs available

1. Fulbright-Nehru Masters Fellowships for Leadership Development:

For outstanding individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities; have completed the equivalent of a US bachelors degree; and have at least three years of professional work experience; to pursue a masters degree program at select US colleges and universities in the areas of Business Administration, Communication Studies, Economics, Environment, and Public Administration.

Age: Between 25 and 30 preferred.
Application Deadline: July 15, 2009

2. Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral and Professional Research Fellowships:

These pre-doctoral level research fellowships, for a maximum period of nine months, are designed for scholars who are registered for a Ph.D. at an Indian institution and also for professionals with significant work experience and accomplishments.

Applications from all disciplines will be considered including Agricultural Sciences; Business Studies, Management and Leadership Development; Economics; Education; Energy, especially alternative and renewable energy; Environment; Governance and Democracy; Law and Civic Engagement; Media and Communications; Public Administration; Public Health; Science and Technology; Society and Development; Study of India; and Study of the United States.

For Study of India or the Study of the United States (American Studies) the areas could include: language and literature, history, government, economics, society and culture, religion, international relations, and film studies.

Age: 45 years or under preferred
Application Deadline: July 15, 2009

3. International Fulbright Science and Technology Award:

For outstanding individuals who have completed an equivalent of a US bachelors degree from a recognized Indian university to pursue PhD in Aeronautics and Astronomics /Aeronautical Engineering, Agriculture, Astronomy/Planetary Sciences, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Sciences/Engineering, Energy, Engineering (electrical, chemical, civil, mechanical, ocean, and petroleum), Environmental Science/Engineering, Geology/Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Information Sciences and Systems (engineering focus only), Materials Science/Engineering, Mathematics, Neuroscience/Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Oceanography, Public Health (theoretical research focus only) and Physics at a top US institution.

4. Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program (FLTA):

For scholars with a Masters degree in English. Selected FLTAs from India will teach Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, or Urdu at select US campuses during their nine month non-degree grant.

Age: Between 21 and 29 years of age
Application Deadline: July 15, 2009

Debesh - Kamal Scholarships

The Debesh Kamal scholarships are awarded by the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata. They are awarded to Indian students who wish to pursue higher studies or research abroad. The scholarship is for a maximum period of 1 year and the amount is approximately rupees 1 lakh. The amount may not be sufficient to cover all costs for study abroad and supplementary funding should be secured.


Applicants should not be more than 30 years of age and should have a good academic record with a first class graduate degree. They should also have been offered a place in a university program before they apply for the scholarship.


To receive an application form, students must apply for a form at the following address:

The Secretary,
Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture,
Gol Park, Kolkata - 700 029
Phone: 033 2464 1303, 466 1235
Email: rmic@vsnl.com

Applicants must then submit the filled application form with a passport sized photograph and the requested documents (mentioned in the form).

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-cost awards for graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded to citizens of any country outside of the United Kingdom on the basis of the candidates academic excellence, a good fit between the Scholar and the University of Cambridge, evidence of leadership potential and a commitment to improving the lives of others.  www.gatesscholar.org

There are reasonable numbers of scholarships for Post Graduate and PhD courses in United States of America for International Student. But for Undergraduate courses there are only limited scholarships available.

Ambassadorial Scholarships by the Rotary Foundation:

This is one of the worlds largest privately funded international scholarships program. Formed in 1947, The Rotary foundation has encouraged 38,000 men and women from almost 100 countries of the world. The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies.

What is the application procedure of this application?

Interested applicants must apply for Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships through their local Rotary club. Because timeliness vary, only your local club can provide specific information about application deadlines. For 2010-11 awards, club deadlines may be as early as 1 March 2009 or as late as 15 August 2009. For more information on application procedure, visit www.rotary.org
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