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U.S. and Canadian Scholarships for Indian Students

Wednesday | March 28, 2018 | by Pritam Nagrale

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Pursuing higher education abroad, especially in the U.S. and Canada, is a cherished dream for many Indian students. Yet many highly qualified students are unable to study abroad merely because they do not have the financial means to do so.

Recognizing this situation and acknowledging the importance of education for students who wish to pursue their higher education abroad, several top Indian businessmen and corporate houses have launched scholarships in collaboration with prestigious U.S. and Canadian universities. These scholarships are specifically for Indian students. In order to qualify for these scholarships and fellowships, you must have exceptional talents.

Here we take a look at some of the top scholarships that are specially reserved for meritorious Indian students who want to study abroad in the U.S. or Canada.

Scholarships in the U.S.

Tata Scholarship for Students from India

This scholarship is offered by the Tata Education and Development Trust, a philanthropic affiliate of India’s Tata Group, in collaboration with one of the U.S.’s leading educational institutions, Cornell University. Tata donates $25 million USD toward this scholarship, which is available to 20 meritorious Indian undergraduate students.

Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship Program

Offered by Indian corporate giant, Reliance Group, the Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship Program is intended to prepare future Indian leaders and provide them with the educational foundation to promote positive change in India. According to the Stanford Graduate School of Business website, “fellows return to India to lead organizations that are at the forefront of growth and development in the rapidly emerging Indian economy.” Five Indian students are admitted to this fellowship program every year. Each student receives $150,000 USD for the two-year business management course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowship

The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowship offers deserving Indian students the chance to study for a master’s degree at specific U.S. colleges and universities. This fellowship is for higher education in the following areas:

  • Arts and Culture Management
  • Heritage Conservation
  • Museum Studies
  • Environmental Science and Studies
  • Higher Education Administration
  • International Legal Studies
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Regional Planning
  • Women’s Studies/Gender Studies

The fellowship covers costs related to visas, education fees, and living expenses. It is available to talented Indian students who have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarship

Also referred to as the Inlaks Scholarship, this award is available to students who want to study in the U.S., United Kingdom, or Europe. A student can receive up to $100,000 USD through this scholarship. However, the Inlaks Scholarship is not available to students pursuing the following subjects:

  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Business Studies
  • Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Fashion Design
  • Music and Film Animation

Expenses in excess of $100,000 USD must be covered by the student. The student must also provide proof of funds before qualifying for the scholarship.

Akhtarali H. Tobaccowala Fellowship

This scholarship is offered to students who want to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in the U.S. Created in memory of Akhtarali H. Tobaccowala, an alumnus of the Booth School of Business and the former director of Tata Group and the Impact India Foundation, this fellowship allows deserving Indian students a chance to study at the Booth School of Business’s full-time MBA program.

Scholarships in Canada

Ontario Trillium Scholarship

The Ontario Trillium Scholarship is intended for postgraduates from around the world who want to pursue a doctorate degree in Ontario, Canada. A total of seven scholarships are awarded every year. Each scholarship offers $40,000 CAD per year to cover tuition and other expenses for a period of four years. The scholarship can be renewed, if merited.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship is open to international students who wish to study doctoral courses in various fields at Canadian educational institutions. The scholarship amount totals $50,000 CAD per year for a duration of three years.  Students interested in pursuing doctoral courses in the areas of health research, national sciences, social sciences, engineering research, or humanities research may apply for this scholarship.

Ontario Graduate Scholarships

Ontario Graduate Scholarships are doctoral awards that total $5,000 CAD per session. These scholarships are extended to Indian and international students. The maximum duration of these scholarships is six years and they are available to students pursuing doctoral studies in various areas. (These scholarships are only available to students who wish to complete doctoral studies at the University Of Toronto School Of Graduate Studies.)

University of Calgary Graduate Awards

The University of Calgary offers various awards, scholarships, and bursaries to meritorious Canadian and international students in diverse fields of study. Some of these scholarships start at the high school level and extend up to doctoral studies. Since there are several scholarships, bursaries, and awards offered by the University of Calgary, you should select only those financial aid programs that you are eligible for.

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships

The University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF) extends a total monetary award of $14,000 CAD for master’s degree studies and $18,000 CAD for doctorate degree studies. The fellowship funds are available to students in all fields of graduate study so long as their program is eligible for tri-council funding. However, those students pursuing an MBA are ineligible for this particular fellowship.

Students are eligible to receive the UMGF during the first 24 months of their master’s program and the first 48 months of their doctorate program. The maximum duration of monetary support for an individual graduate student is 48 months.

Additional Information

While these scholarships offer lucrative funding for your higher education, securing one depends upon your academic record and provable merit. Remember, competition for these scholarships is rather intense.

Furthermore, obtaining a scholarship to study in the U.S. or Canada does not automatically entitle you to study at that particular college or university; you may have to provide evidence that you have the necessary financial means to augment the scholarship amount.

Finally, studying on a scholarship does not exempt you from standard pre-entrance exams that are required for admission to U.S. and Canadian universities. For example, you may need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, both of which measure your English fluency.

Visa Guidelines

Getting a scholarship in the U.S. and Canada does not automatically qualify you for a study visa to these countries. Visas are only issued to students who meet all criteria established by the immigration authorities of these countries. Keep in mind that visa regulations are subject to change without notice. In some instances, you may also have to prove your willingness to return to India upon completing your studies.

Final Tips

With the high demand in India for people in specialized fields holding academic qualifications from the U.S. and Canada, it is worth considering applying to the fellowships, scholarships, bursaries, and awards listed above that pertain to you and your interests. Accepting a fellowship from Tata or Reliance can help you obtain a good job at one of these large corporations. Plus, a degree from a U.S. or Canadian university can help pave the way to a bright career in India.

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Pritam Nagrale is a blogger and the founder of the online job platform, SureJob.