Getting education abroad is a dream for many Indian students. It comes with ample opportunities and an exciting lifestyle. Undoubtedly, studying abroad can be a great career decision. But there is one important aspect that tends to be a huge wall in a student’s dream to study abroad. Money.  

Studying abroad can be quite expensive. Not just in terms of fees but also living costs. The standard market rates of the products there might not be very high. But due to unfavorable conversion rates, the expenses might add up to a lot of money. This is the reason why many people choose to stay in India instead of going abroad to study.But a great soul once said, “Where there’s a will there’s a way.” And in this case, the way is scholarships.  

There are a lot of firms and government bodies that offer scholarships to stay abroad. Deserving students are granted part scholarships or even full scholarships. Fueled by hard work and determination, you can prove your worth, and take the first step to fulfilling your dream. 

What kinds of scholarships can you find? 

There are different kinds of scholarships that you can apply for according to your requirement.  

  • University scholarship programs 
  • Scholarships funded by private institutes Merit-based scholarships 
  • Sports scholarships 
  • Scholarship programs for Indian students 
  • Country specific scholarship programs 

Specific scholarship programs 

Many people aspire to go to the US for their education. To promote this aspiration the US government offers scholarship programs to international students. Any student from any nationality can apply to these programs and get a concession on their fees 

  • Fulbright Foreign Student Program: This program is funded by the US government. They offer scholarships to international students pursuing any course. 
  • Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program: This one is for professional and non-degree students. It is a fellowship program that supports the academic pursuits of Indian professionals. 

Similarly, a few other governments offer scholarship programs to encourage international students to study in their countries. 

  • DAAD Scholarships: This program offers scholarships to foreign students who want to study in Germany. It is funded by the German government 
  • Erasmus+: This scholarship is funded by the European Commission. It supports students that want to move to Europe for their education. It might even cover your living costs in full. 

Aside from these some other scholarship programs are listed below 

 

Scholarship Name Details
Rotary Peace Fellowship  To study in the US for PG programs 
British Council GREAT Scholarships   For Indian Students who want  to study in the UK 
Saltire Scholarships  Available for Indian students at any level to study in the UK
India Global Leaders Scholarship   For students who want to study in Australia  
Tata Cornell Scholarships   For students who are selected in Cornell University, USA 

These are just a few scholarships you might want to consider. There are hundreds of scholarships available to international students. Many of them are specific to your course or the country you want to go to. Some of them have strict eligibility criteria. Some even require you to write essays or give interviews. But with the right direction, effort and preparation, you can take a huge step in your career with these programs.   

Most universities offer scholarship programs to their international students. Big universities like Harvard, Oxford, NYU, etc have multiple scholarship schemes for foreign students. With good research and a good academic record, you can have excellent education abroad for reduced or even no cost. No matter what your motivation is, a scholarship plays a huge role in pushing you towards acheiving that goal.  

– Saee Walkikar