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Scholarships offered by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Government of India for Academic Session 2020-2021

Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) offers annual scholarship slots to foreign students interested in studying various degree programmes and disciplines. These scholarships cover courses in all streams, except Medicine. Courses also cover Indian Classical Music, dance, Ayurveda and Yoga. More than 6,000 foreign students  from around 120 countries across the world are on the roll of ICCR at any given point of time. The alumni include several distinguished personalities.

Students selected for scholarships are required to possess good proficiency in English language. ICCR has published a handbook for overseas students  entitled “ Studying in India”. The same is available at ICCR’s website at the link http://a2ascholarships.iccr.gov.in/mission/applicant_guidlines and 

 The application for scholarships offered by ICCR has to be submitted online at 
http://a2ascholarships.iccr.gov.in/home/register. The candidate should clearly mention the courses and the universities  while filling up application form. They are required to give at least three choices of the universities they wish to have admission in. There are instances when  none of the three universities opted by the candidate find the candidate suitable for the course, or there are instances when the subjects studied in school and course opted by the candidates do not match. In both such cases, the universities do not confirm the eligibility of the candidate. Choices  of the candidate may also not be entertained if there is large demand for the courses and/or universities opted by the candidate. In such scenario, the candidate is recommended to other universities, but the admission is confirmed only after getting candidate’s consent to the same. Therefore, the candidates may clearly mention if they wish to be considered for other universities, if none of the three choices is entertained.

Medium of instruction in Indian Universities is English. The candidates should be fluent in spoken English and have good comprehension ability.

Mid term change of course and /or university is highly discouraged. He/she should be medically fit. Scholarship holders are mandatorily required to stay in the hostel. Private accommodation, if resorted to by the candidates, would not be paid for by ICCR.

Selected student are advised to seek full briefing from the Indian Consulate about living conditions in India, type and duration of scholarship etc. before departing for India. They should take the original as well as certified copies of documents relating to their educational qualification for verification by the concerned universities at the time of admission. The same should be accompanied by English translation if the same are in any other language.

  The scholarship is liable to be cancelled if the student fails repeatedly or involved in exam-malpractices/anti-social/criminal activities or is found violating the terms and conditions of ICCR scholarship. The students are obliged to abide by the Indian laws during their stay in India.  They should register themselves with the concerned Foreign Residents Registration Office (FRRO) within 14 days of arrival.

The scholarship commences from the date of arrival in India. Living allowance is paid in advance for three months in cash by ICCR HQ/Regional Office.

Following are the current amounts of scholarships for 2019-20 academic session:-

S. No. Course Monthly Stipend (INR) Annual Contingent Grant( INR) Thesis/ Dessertation Expenses (INR)












M.Phil/ Ph.D





Post-Doctoral fellow




(Current Rate of Exchange: US$ 1= Indian National Rupee (INR) 71/- approximately)

All other fees, Tuition fees, exam fees, hostel fees and electricity charges would be paid by ICCR directly to the college/university. Cost of study tour as recommended by the supervising teacher or head of institution is met by ICCR on prior approval basis.  Refundable deposits and mess charges are to be paid by the students themselves.

The selected candidates are advised to carry a minimum amount of USD 500/- with them so as to meet their incidental expenses on arrival in India.

Application for all courses are open now with effect from 1 December 2019. Last date of applying for the courses for the academic session 2020-21 through the above-mentioned A2A portal is 29 February 2020. However, for PhD applicants the last date of application is 31 August 2020.