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Top 5 Government of India Scholarships

by Chetna Vasishth

1. National Scholarship Portal


This is a Central Government website with over 100 to 150 different schemes, click on AICTE, UGC, State level schemes are fewer and check guidelines. If you are a new user, go to new registrations, you require a mobile number for OTP and aadhar card, or bank account passbook as identification

Pre-matric scholarships are from Std 1st to 9thand Post Matric scholarships are for 10th and above. This has a free registration. You can use the Helpline Number given and check for latest updates.

AICTE schemes go to – www.aicte-india.org / schemes /

This has student development schemes  and research and innovation development schemes

2. Inspire Scholarships


By the Department of Science & Technology to build national talent to Science, research and innovation. No entrance exam is required, they rely on your existing scores for identification of talent. They have 3 categories – SEAT, SHE and AORC

SEATS – Rs.5,000/- to one million young learners in the age group 10-15 years.

SHE – 12,000 scholarships every year @ Rs.80,000/- each for undertaking Bachelor and master’s level education in the Natural & Basic sciences,

AORC – doctoral INSPIRE Fellowship in the age group 22-27 years, in both Basic and Applied sciences (including engineering and medicine).

3. lalitkala.gov.in

This is for students in the arts field (kala) – Artists, Art-Critics and Art Historians – below 35 years of age. They give 40 scholarships every year. are awarded Rs.10,000/- per month for a period of twelve months. Selected applicants are required to work only at given centres (work space) of the Akademi

4. Centre for Cultural Resources and Trailing


Scholarships for studies in Sanskriti (culture). This Scheme seeks to give assistance to young artistes of outstanding promise for advanced training within India in the field of Indian Classical Music, Indian Classical Dance, Theatre, Mime, Visual art, Folk, Traditional and Indigenous Arts and Light Classical Music.

Young artists – 400 scholarships for 2 years – Rs. 5000 a month

Senior / Junior for outstanding persons in the field of culture

Senior fellowships – 200 of the value of Rs.20,000/- each per month for the artistes > 40 years.

Junior fellowships – 200 of the value of Rs.10,000/- each per month 25-40 years

Publishing Grant as well of Rs. 20,000

5. NarottamSekhsaria Foundation


Mr Sekhsaria is a compassionate entrepreneur who has set up this foundation. They offer grants in 6 key focus areas – health, art and culture, education, governance and civic issues, livelihoods, and youth and urbanisation

https://pg.nsfoundation.co.in/ – PG interest free loan of Rs. 20 lakhs – for PG programs in Indian and international universities. Can include Law, Architecture, MBA, Sciences and Humanities.

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