Education helps a child progress, socialize, express and communicate. It also helps inculcate values, morals , skills and knowledge in a child. We all know the importance of education, but we also know that education is a business these days. Many of the families are therefore not able to afford higher education for their children. Now, this is where I have to say that our government has introduced many schemes and scholarships  for science graduates to aid them in pursuing higher education especially in the field of science and technology. But again the problem is that we are not aware of it. So, we bring you  a list of scholarships that might help your child’s dream come true. These are some of the scholarships which aspirants can apply in or during their BSc. or MSc. Courses.

  1. INSPIRE Programme

Objective: Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) is a programme offered by the Ministry of Science & Technology to candidates who want to pursue bachelors as well as masters (level) education in natural or basic sciences. INSPIRE has three components:

  • Scheme for Early Attraction of Talent (SEATS)
  • Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE)
  • Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC)

Scholarship Amount: Rs 80,000 annually

Eligibility: Candidates are eligible if they:

  • Are a part of the top 1% students in their Class 12 board exams and are studying Natural and Basic Sciences at BSc level or Integrated MSc level.
  • Among top 10,000 rank holders in JEE or NEET and have also opted to study Natural and Basic sciences in any institute or university leading to BSc and MSc degrees.
  • Have studied at any of the below mentioned colleges and have opted to study Natural and Basic sciences at the BSc or MSc level are eligible for SHE Scholarship.

When to Apply: September/October

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2.HDFC Educational Crisis Scholarship Support (ECSS)

Objective: To provide support to students whose families are facing personal/economic crisis such that they can pursue their education without any hurdles.

Scholarship Amount: Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000 per annum

Eligibility: Aspirants who are pursuing a Diploma, Graduation Degree or Post graduation degree and whose annual family income is equal to or less that Rs 3,00,000 are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

When to apply: April to July

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3.Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY)

Objective: Department of Science and Technology, Government of India offers this scholarship to encourage students to pursue a career in Science research.

Scholarship Amount: Rs 5000 per month or Rs 20,000 annual contingency grant for 3 to 5 years to UG level candidates. Postgraduate aspirants are offered scholarship worth Rs 7000 per month or Rs 28,000 annual contingency grant.

Eligibility:  Class 11 & 12 students of Science stream with a score of at least 75% marks in Class 10 board exam; 1st year students of B.Sc./B.S./B.Math./B.Stat./Int. M.Sc./M.S. with a score of at least 60% marks in class 12 board exam. Selection is made on the basis of an aptitude test conducted by IISc, Bangalore. For the renewal of scholarship every year, it is mandatory to maintain a good academic record – scoring minimum of 60% each year.

When to Apply: July, August

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4.Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl Child

Objective: This scholarship offered by UGC helps families to pay for post-graduation level education of their girl child.

Scholarship Amount: Rs 2000 per month for maximum two years

Eligibility: Any girl who is the only girl/twin daughter/fraternal daughter of a family and has secured admission in full-time (regular) Masters degree programme from a recognised university/college is eligible to apply for this scholarship. Age limit for this scholarship is 30 years.

When to Apply: Around August

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5.Post-Graduate Merit Scholarship for University Rank Holders

Objective: This scholarship is to promote higher education in India. Candidates who secure this scholarship can pursue their post-graduation studies in any specialisation from any institutes in India.

Scholarship Amount: Rs 3,100 per month for 2 years.

Eligibility: Rank holders of each university at UG level are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

When to Apply: May to August

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6.Women Scientist Scheme (WOS-A)

Objective: Department of Science and Technology offers this scholarship to encourage women scientists as well as technologists to pursue research in basic/applied sciences.

Scholarship Amount: As part of this scheme, aspirants are awarded a research grant such that for PhD holders or equivalent candidates the maximum amount granted is Rs 30 lakh and for MSc or equivalent the maximum grant amount is Rs 20 lakh. The amount is awarded for a maximum duration of three years.

Eligibility: Women candidates who are pursuing MSc or PhD are eligible to apply for this scheme. The official website informs that the minimum age limit under WOS-A is 27 years and maximum age for MSc or equivalent category is 35 years and for PhD and equivalent category is 57 years.

When to Apply: All through the year

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7.Dr K S Krishnan Research Associateship (KSKRA)

Objective: Aspirants who are selected for this programme are provided with an opportunity to work on R&D programmes at the below mentioned institutes:

  • Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai.
  • Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam.
  • Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), Indore.
  • Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata.
  • Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), Mumbai

Scholarship Amount: Rs 26,000 per month as stipend. Duration of this scholarship is two years.

Eligibility: Candidates who possess a Masters or PhD degree in Science or Engineering meet the eligibility criteria. Upper age limit to apply for this scholarship is 32 years.

When to Apply: November to February

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8.ACSIR Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Summer Training Programme

Objective: Here candidates are provided with an opportunity to work at premier research Laboratories of CSIR during the summer months (May to August).

Scholarship Amount: Candidates are awarded Rs 25,000 for the programme duration. Selected students are also given travel allowance such that it does not exceed Rs 5,000. The amount is paid to aspirants after they complete their training programme and submit their project report to Lab Coordinator.

Eligibility: Candidates are eligible to apply for this summer training programme if they are in their:

  • First year of MSc programme or equivalent wherein in they have secure minimum first-class at pre-MSc degree level.
  • Third to pre-final year of Integrated MSc programme or equivalent in which they have a GPA score of 6.0 on a scale of 10 (upto IV Semester).
  • First year of ME/MTech programme or equivalent in which they have a GPA score of 8.0 on a scale of 10 OR GPA 7.0 on a scale of 10 for CFTIs at BE/BTech level or GATE Score 600 or NET (Engineering) Rank from 1 to 100.
  • Third year of BE/BTech programme or equivalent in which they have a GPA score of 8.0 on a scale of 10 OR GPA 7.0 on a scale of 10 for CFTIs (upto IV Sem)
  • Third to pre-final year of Integrated ME/MTech programme or equivalent in which they have a GPA score of 8.0 on a scale of 10 OR GPA 7.0 on a scale of 10 for CFTIs (upto IV Sem) or GATE Score 600 or NET (Engineering) Rank from 1 to 100.

When to Apply: December to January

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9.IAS Bangalore notifies Summer Research Fellowship

Objective: As part of this fellowship, aspirants can work with scientists associated with Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bengaluru and The National Academy of Sciences, Allahabad.

Eligibility: Candidates who have a science degree at UG or PG level can apply.

When to Apply: October to November

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Objective : Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam offers Junior Research Fellowship to candidates who want to do research work in areas such as physical, chemical as well as engineering sciences.

Scholarship Amount: Rs 16,000 per month

Eligibility: Indian nationals, less than 28 years of age. Further, candidates should have secure atleast 60% aggregate marks at the UG/PG level.

When to Apply: May to June

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11. Gaurav Foundation Scholarship

Objective: To provide financial assistance to those students who wish to pursue higher education

Scholarship Amount: Tuition fee assistance of up to INR 3 Lakh for studying in India and up to INR 10 Lakh for studying abroad

Eligibility: Class 12 Passed and above; must have scored at least 60% marks in all exams since school days; must fall within the age group of 17 to 35 years

When to apply: September/October

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12. K.C. Mahindra Scholarships for Post-Graduate Studies Abroad

Objective: To provide monetary support to those students who wish to pursue post-graduate studies abroad

Scholarship Amount: Interest-free loan scholarships of worth INR 8 Lakh

Eligibility: Graduates to pursue post-graduate studies abroad

When to apply: March/April

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13. Lok Sabha Internship Programme

Objective: To expose the candidates to the constitutional and legal provisions and encourage them to acquaint themselves with the workings of the Parliament

Scholarship Amount: Monthly stipend of INR 20,000 and other expenses

Eligibility: UG/PG students within the age group of 21 to 30 years

When to apply: April/May

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14. Gandhi Fellowship

Objective: To inculcate and cultivate leadership qualities in young change leaders who would cause large-scale social and public systems change.

Scholarship Amount: A grant of INR 14,000 per month, phone allowance, rent-free accommodation, medical insurance

Eligibility: Graduates/Post graduates below the age of 26 years.

When to apply: March/April

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15. Teach for India Fellowship

Objective: To cultivate knowledge and skills to candidates so as to enable them to impart education to children from low-income communities in some of India’s most under-resourced schools

Scholarship Amount: A monthly stipend of INR 19,000 & housing allowance of up to INR 10,000

Eligibility: Graduates

When to apply: December to March

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16. Fair and Lovely Foundation Scholarship

Objective: To encourage girls to pursue higher education by providing them financial assistance

Scholarship Amount: INR 25,000 to INR 50,000 per student

Eligibility: Girl candidates, class 12 passed, graduation, post graduation & coaching

When to apply: September to November

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17. Sitaram Jindal Foundation Scholarship

Objective: To financially support students of poor and underprivileged background to continue their education

Scholarship Amount: Up to INR 2000 per month

Eligibility: Class 11 to postgraduation including Diploma & ITI students

Application period: Throughout the year

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18. Promotion of Science Education (POSE) Scholarship Scheme 2018-19

Objective:This B.Sc. Scholarship is for the students who have passed their class 12th in Science or completed their graduation in Science. It’s a merit-based scholarship that encourages students towards science education. This scholarship is offered by Haryana State Council for Science & Technology.

Scholarship Amount:

The amount awarded in this scholarship is different for various courses. The minimum amount a student will get is Rs. 4000/- per month and the maximum amount is Rs. 22,000/- per month. Check complete details for this scholarship for B.Sc. students on the official website.

Eligibility :This scholarship for B.Sc. students need you to satisfy the following eligibility criteria:

1. Students must have taken admission to following courses in the year 2018:

3-year BSc/4-year BS or 5-year integrated MSc/MS program in basic and natural sciences at IIT, IISc, IISER, NISER, DAE-CBS or in any college/university in India.

2-year MSc program in basic and natural science.

2. For admission to UG degree, students must have passed class 10th and 12th from a school situated in Haryana with minimum 85% marks for Haryana Board School and 90% marks for other boards like CBSE/ICSE etc. in class 12th.

3. For admission to M.Sc. degree students must have passed class 10th, 12th and BSc/BA (BA for MSc Mathematics) from a school/college/university situated in Haryana with minimum 75% marks in BSc/BA.

19. Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship Programme 2018

Objective:It’s a scholarship programme for the students who want to pursue the graduation degree in engineering, medical, science, law, pharmacy business management and other social sciences. This scholarship provides financial assistance to the needy and deserving students.

Scholarship Amount: Students will get a minimum amount of Rs. 36,000/- and the maximum amount of Rs. 40,000/- per year throughout the course.

Eligibility :Students who have passed their Class 12th exam and are declared in the merit list of their state board or CBSE board are eligible for this B.Sc. Scholarship 2018.

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20. Foundation for Academic Excellence and Access (FAEA) Scholarship

Objective: This scholarship provides help to the socially and economically poor students in completing their undergraduate study in Arts/Commerce/Science/Medical/Engineering and all the other fields.

Scholarship Amount:This scholarship will provide financial aid for completion of undergraduate courses which includes tuition fee, maintenance allowance or hostel/mess charges and other allowances to cover travel, clothing and book purchase as per the norms.

Eligibility :Students must satisfy the following eligibility criteria to apply for this scholarship for B.Sc. Students:

Students must be an Indian and a permanent resident of India.

Students must have passed their Class 12th from a recognized Indian board.

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21. Santoor Women’s Scholarship 2018

Objective: This Scholarship is offered by Wipro Consumer Care. This B.Sc. Scholarship financially helps the poor girls who wish to pursue higher education after their 12th Class. Every year it supports around 900 students across the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana.

Scholarship Amount: Students will get Rs. 24,000/- per year till they complete their graduation course.

Eligibility : To apply for this B.Sc. Scholarship, students need to satisfy the following eligibility criteria:

Students must have completed their Class 10th in a local government  school. Must have completed their Class 12th in a government school/junior college in the academic year 2017-18. Students must have enrolled for a full time recognized diploma/graduate program of a minimum three years beginning in 2018-19.

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22. JM Sethia Merit Scholarship Scheme 2018

Objective: This B.Sc. Scholarship is for the students who are studying in Class 9th to 12th, graduation and post-graduation. The main aim of this scholarship is to help the poor and needy students to continue their higher education.

Scholarship Amount:

For Category A- 15 students will get Rs. 400 per month for 2 years.

For Category B- 15 students will get Rs. 500 per month for 2 years.

For Category C- 10 students will get Rs. 600 per month for 2 or 3 years.

For Category D- 10 students will get Rs. 700 per month for 2 or 3 years.

Eligibility :To apply for this B.Sc. Scholarship, students need to follow these eligibility criteria:

Students should have passed their examination in the current year and in first attempt only. Students passed in the previous year are not eligible for this scholarship.

Category A- For Class 9th & 10th Students: You have to secure at least 75% marks in Class 8th.

Category B- For Class 11th & 12th Students: You have to secure at least 75% marks in Class 10th.

Category C- Students in their graduation course have to secure at least 75% marks for Science/Commerce stream and 65% marks for Humanities/Arts stream in class 12th.

Category D- For post-graduation students, you have to secure at least 60% marks for Science & Commerce and 50% marks for Humanities and Arts in your graduation.

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23. Northern Kentucky University International Merit Scholarship for August 2019, USA

Objective: This scholarship is being offered by the Northern Kentucky University (NKU) located in Highland Heights, Kentucky which is within the Cincinnati metropolitan area.

Scholarship Amount: Up to 100% tuition fee waiver

Eligibility: Undergraduates and graduates

24. Nuclear Research and Engineering Scholarships 2019, Russia

Objective:The scholarship is being provided by Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation, Rosatom, Russia.

Scholarship Amount:Full tuition fee waiver and other benefits

Eligibility:Graduates and undergraduates

25. AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls

Objective: The AICTE Pragati Scholarship is an initiative for young women to continue their higher education, in the technical field. This scholarship is aimed to provide assistance to the education girls belonging to economically weaker families.

Scholarship Amount : The scholarship offers tuition fee up to INR 30,000 and INR 2000 per month for 10 months.

Eligibility : The student should be enrolled in a degree or diploma course in 1st year in any AICTE-approved institution.

No. of Seats : A total of 4000 girls are awarded this scholarship every year

Application period : Application for this scholarship starts around August/September

Speciality : This award is one of the best initiatives to boost female education in India. It does not add the pressure of a separate entrance examination for students.

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26.Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship Programme

Objective: Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation offers interest-free loan scholarships to students who want to pursue PG courses in fields like Applied Sciences, Pure Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, Architecture Law, and Management at good Indian as well as international universities.

Scholarship Amount: Maximum Rs 20 lakhs

Eligibility: Aspirants meet eligibility criteria for this scholarship if they are-

  • Indian nationals residing in the country
  • Below 30 years of age
  • Final year graduation student or have completed graduation from a recognised university

When to Apply: Between January to March

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