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India: Indian Government ICCR Full Scholarship for 900 African Students. 2017/2018

Government of India through the ICCR – Indian Council for Cultural Relations – is offering up to 900 scholarships for African students to pursue undergraduate, postgraduate and higher courses programme at Institutions/Universities in India.

Application Deadline: 15th January 2017 | Offered annually? Yes

Eligible Field sof Study: Scholarship is available for courses offered at Universities in India

About Scholarship: At the inaugural plenary of the India – Africa Forum Summit held in New Delhi in April 2008, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India announced the Government of India’s initiative to enhance the academic opportunities for students of African countries in India by increasing the number of scholarships for them to pursue undergraduate, postgraduate and higher courses.

The ICCR – Indian Council for Cultural Relations – implements this scheme on behalf of the Ministry of External Affairs.

Type: undergraduate, post-graduate and higher courses Scholarships


  • Students applying for doctoral/ post doctoral courses should include a synopsis of the proposed area of research.
  • Students wishing to study performing arts should, if possible, enclose video/ audio cassettes of their recorded performances.
  • Candidates must have adequate knowledge of English.
  • ICCR will not entertain applications which are sent to ICCR directly by the students or which are sent by local Embassies/High Commissions in New Delhi.
  • Priority will be given to students who have never studied in India before.
  • No application will be accepted for admission to courses in MBBS/MD or Dentistry/Nursing.
  • Candidates may note that Indian universities/educational institution are autonomous and independent and hence have their own eligibility criteria which have to be fulfilled. Please also note that acceptance of application by the University is also not a guarantee of admission. A scholarship is awarded only when admission is confirmed by ICCR.
  • Student must carry a proper visa. Students should ensure that they get the correct visa from the Indian Embassy/High Commission. Government of India guideline stipulate that if a scholar arrives without proper visa and his/her actual admission at the University/Institute does not materialize, he/she will be deported to his/her country.
  • Before departing for India the scholars should seek a full briefing from the Indian Diplomatic Mission in their country about living conditions in India/the details of scholarship/the type and duration of the course to which he/she is admitted. Scholars should inform the Indian Embassy/High Commission of their travel schedule well in advance so that ICCR can make reception and other arrangements for them.
  • Scholars are advised to bring some money with them to meet incidental expenditures on arrival in India.
  • The scholars who are awarded scholarships should bring with them all documents relating to their qualification in original for verification by the respective college/university at the time of admission

Number of Scholarships: 900

Value of Scholarship: (figure is in Indian currency)

  • Living allowance (Stipend) (Per Month)
  • Undergraduate -5,500 , Postgraduate-6,000 M.Phil / Ph.D 7,000, Post-doctoral Fellow-7,500
  • -House Rent Allowance (Per Month)
  • In Grade 1 cities-5,000 and In other cities-4,500
  • -Contingent Grant (per annum)
  • Undergraduate-5,000, Postgraduate-7,000, M/Phil / Ph.D and M.Tech./ME-12,500, Postdoctoral studies-15,500, Tuition Fee/Other Compulsory Fee-As per actual (excluding refundable amount) –Thesis and dissertation Expenses (Once in entire duration of course)
  • D Scholar-10,000 and for BBA/BCA/MBA/MCA/M.Tech and other course required submission of Project-7.000
  • -Medical Benefits
  • Under the scheme scholars are expected to seek treatment only at medical centre or dispensary attached to universities / Institutes where they enrolled or in the nearest Government hospital (Bill are settled as admissible according to AMA/CGHS norms)

Duration of Scholarship: For the period of study

Eligible Countries: Under this Scheme, the Council offers 900 scholarships to the following African countries:
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cape Verde, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Comoros, Congo (Republic of), Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea (concurrent from Nairobi), Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Kenya, Libya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan (Republic of), Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sao Tame & Principe, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

To be taken at (country): India

How to Apply

Please read the instruction before filling out the application forms. Please also read the financial terms and conditions. The completed and signed application form which should be typed and not hand written along with other attachments must be e-mailed as a pdf document to the Embassy/ High Commission of India in your country. A hard copy along with 5 photographs should also be delivered to the Embassy/ High commission of India.

Download the application form

Visit Scholarship webpage for details

Provider: Government of India. The ICCR implements this scheme on behalf of the Ministry of External Affairs.


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  1. I am Drokow Wilham from Ghana and i will be very glad if you give me the opportunity to obtain this scholarship to study at your university because my financial background is very low .
    So pls I will be very glad to hear the good news from you soon.

  2. i am interested and want to apply but i can not get the application form, could you help me to find it please! appreciate for your help

  3. please how can i apply


    GOD bless you to organise and establish this, because most developing country we can not pay for postgraduates studies due to our poor economic status


    GOD bless you to establish this, because most developing country we can not pay for postgraduates studies due to our poor economic status

  6. Iam omodolor kelvin chukwuka by name a final year evironmental health technology student here in nigeria, I will be glad if this scholarship is given to me to study in your country in order for me to further my education increase my knowledge on this field of environmental health.

  7. I am interested in applying for this scholarship but i can’t get the application form. Please instruct me

  8. I am Dibisa Weyuma Biru From Ethiopia and I have Bachelor of Degree in Management from Wollega University on June 28,2015.
    I am Interested to apply Masters scholarship and you are kindly requested please contact if I selected on my Phone No. +251925837573 /+251925909386.

    Sincerely yours,

  9. I am murti mulugeta gemada from ethiopia I have BA degree cooperatives and accounting and auditin.
    on june 2014
    Iam enterested for apply masters scholarship. if I feel your criteria contact me on my email.

  10. I am Genene Assefa from Ethiopia and i will be very glad if you give me the opportunity to obtain this scholarship to study at your university because my financial background is not good as such.
    So pls I will be very glad to hear the good news from you soon.

  11. is there anyone for postgraduate in this categories?

  12. I am Carlton M Shan from Liberia and I will be very glad if you you give me the opportunity to abtain this scholarship to study at your university because my financial background is very low so pls l will be very glad to hear the good news from you soon.

  13. i am tesfay legese from ethiopia i have BSC degree in construction technology and managment with CGPA 3.43 from jigjiga university and i want to continue my Ms studies on your institution please help me tnx for giving this oppertunity +251932061666 contact me

  14. Hello sir/mad how i get application please help me thank you

  15. am a ugandan,and am alone in my lyfe am requesting 2 grant me a scholarship coz my income z low.i wl be glad wen am one ov them

  16. my name is lamin A conteh live in The Gambia west Africa am interested in your scholarship that my contact +2206271608

  17. Alemu,Ayenew dessalenge

    Motivation Letter

    Dear Sir/Madam:
    I am writing to express my interest to apply Scholarship. I believe that my educational back ground make me a good candidate for the scholarship. I have obtained my BSC (Bachelor of Science Degree) in Computer science from Debre Tabor University in 2016 with high distinction with cgpa of 3.81/4.00 Therefore, because of my educational background and other inborn interest that motivated me to learn this field of specialization in my further educational career. The Department of Computer Science is an interdisciplinary subject matter which is comprised of programming languages, computer networking, computer security, software Engineering, architecture, web design, graphics, fundamental and advanced database, artificial intelligent etc.
    One of the reasons that inspired me to apply this Scholarship is as follows: It is an academic center for learning in an international context, and a forum for fostering intercultural understanding. It aims at developing and conveying knowledge and at promoting understanding between people from different cultures.
    Another reason that initiate me to learn this field of specialization: I have come to decided and choose the Strategic computer science program because of its international standard quality, the exposure it provides with broad knowledge and understanding of information technology opportunities, problem solving, implications for leadership and management of organizations, and the broad introduction to the full range of business and management disciplines. I am also confident that the program would boost my career by complementing technical skills with the necessary problem solving, leadership and managerial skills. The reality of the program as I can envisage proves even to be more exciting and life changing than I could ever dream of.

    I am now prepared for next step. The rigorous study at Debre Tabor University has prepared me well for graduate study. I had taken courses such as System design and Analysis, computer networking, computer security, microprocessor, compiler design, advanced database, Distributed Database system and programming languages like java, c++, VB.net and php etc that are directly relevant to the field of study that I desire to pursue. In addition to the intensive theoretical study, I have worked on various course level projects including: Debre Tabor university students registration system, and other mini projects using different kinds of programming languages like c++, Java, VB.net and php.

    Finally I am determined to make the most out of the scholarship benefits. I will optimize my stay at the participating universities to garner a wealth of ideas that will apply when I return to my country and at the same time contribute to a better Ethiopian community specifically and the people of the world in general.

    Though I understand that the scholarship is highly competitive, I also believe that I am qualified, highly eager, and Vigilant with the ability of doing the best in the course, prepared to meet all the challenges to stand out of practical challenges. This scholarship will provide me with the opportunity for experiencing an international education in different Universities and countries. I can meet different kinds of people who will give different points of views which will be both valuable and enriching. I sincerely hope that my qualifications and educational experience meet your high requirements. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any detailed information.

    I thank you for your consideration and I am looking forward for your reply.
    Yours sincerely
    Alemu, Ayenew Dessalegne

  18. I’m a barrister and solicitor in Nigeria, so can I do masters in law? LL.M I mean

  19. i am yusupha jobe from the Gambia i will be so glad if am give the chance to do my studies at one of the universities in India so it will be very interesting if i am awarded a scholarship for my studies.

  20. am a ugandan,i want da doctoral couse(o level),is t possible 4 me? am standing alone and av gt no money.plz help me

  21. Steve nahdoe Davis

    I will be happy if you will grant me the opportunity to achieve a Bachelor in wildlife management in your university. There are many wildlife in my country but our own local University have no courses offered. I have no financial potential to travel away to pursue my desire interest if you will assist in that direction I will be grateful thanks for your interest to help developing countries.

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