Scholarships for Indian students in the USA
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This is a very frequently asked question at app2us.com. Why a post for Indian students? 2 reasons: A. Indian students form a sizable number of student population at the us universities. B. A high number of app2us.com users come from India. We will strive to write articles that benefit students from China, Korea, Japan, Germany – and any other country which accounts for high number of applicants to US universities. We understand that those looking the answer of this question are looking for any source of funding that can be used by them. It may include any open scholarship, or fellowship, or something explicitly for students from India. One blog post cannot do justice to this topic, so the contents here are by no means exhaustive.
US Government / USIEF Scholarships for Indians:
The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), the Fulbright Commission in India, offers fellowships and scholarships open to Indian citizens for 2010-2011. In addition to providing opportunities for personal, academic and professional growth, Fulbright-Nehru and other exchanges promote mutual understanding between the people of the US and India. India and USA signed a historic new Fulbright agreement on July 4, 2008, increasing India’s contributions to the program and thus the fellowships are now known as Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships. Some of the scholarships and fellowships that support degree-seeking students from India are:
Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships for Leadership Development
International Fulbright Science and Technology Award
International Fellowships Program (Ford Foundation Graduate Fellowships)
East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship Program
If you live in or around Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai or New Delhi, we encourage you to visit USIEF. More information can be found here.
BPCL is India’s leading oil company. Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited awards scholarships to students who have demonstrated all around brilliance and have a passion to achieve excellence in their chosen field. BPCL scholars are a group of Indian students who seek assistance from BPCL. There are age restrictions, and it is only for Masters degree (not for PhD). When contacted by app2us.com, Chidambareshwaran Raman, a 2004 BPCL scholar, said, “BPCL Scholarship helped me gain confidence to pursue my higher studies without worrying about financial support. I would encourage students to apply for all the
scholarships available for higher studies. A Scholarship is a recognition for your hard work through the years and an investment made in you for the good you are going to do for the society.”
More information about BPCL scholarships can be found at:
The Paul Foundation Scholarship:
The Paul foundation scholarships are suspended for 2009. When operational, these are given for Masters and PhD degrees. They do not seem to favorably consider supporting the study of management, medicine or engineering, so applicants from Science and Humanities background have a better chance.
More information can be found here.
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship:
The scholarship pays upto US Dollars 25000 to study abroad. The best feature of this scholarship is that there is no restriction on what you have to study. A key requirement is that you fluently speak the language of your target country, Indian students need to prove they have good verbal skills including that of spoken English.
More information can be found here:
There are some loan scholarships, which are not as beneficial as above scholarships but may help some applicants:
Sahu Jain Trust educational scholarships:
More information can be found here
Narotam Sekhsaria Loan Scholarships:
More information can be found here
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Reference: USIEF website, Other scholarship websites