Sources of funding for students from India

As a general rule it is advisable that, in the first instance, you should contact your own Ministry of Education or Education Department, which will have details of most schemes and which will be able to advise you of your own government's conditions for studying abroad.

You should check carefully the eligibility criteria for any of the funding organisations before you apply to them.

JN Tata Endowment was set up in 1892 by Jamsetji Tata, Founder of the Tata group, to encourage young people to take up higher studies at some of the best universities in the world.

The endowment awards only loan scholarships. However, the selected scholars may also qualify for a gift award. The amount to be awarded to each scholar by way of loan and gift scholarship is determined on the basis of norms laid down for the purpose, and does not cover the full cost of studies. Scholarships are granted for higher studies in all disciplines and subjects.

For eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the Tata website.

British Council India website provides a number of links to scholarships, including:

ABS India: The Association of British Scholars India (ABS India) is the umbrella organisation for individual "ABS Chapters". Its member chapters are alumni associations whose members are Indians who have had education or training in the UK. ABS India provide a list of possible funding sources, and guidelines for students considering studying in the UK.

The Goa Education Trust, which is open to Indian nationals, domiciled and resident in, or born of, Goan parents, not more than 30 years of age who will be undertaking postgraduate studies at a UK institution. 

Aga Khan Foundation

The foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July.

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

JJ/WBGS sponsors students from developing countries to pursue one of the preferred and partner masters programs at participating universities around the world. Scholars must commit to returning home to their countries upon graduation in order to use their enhanced knowledge and skills towards their community's, country's or region's development. Learn more about the program.