MHRD Scholarship 2021 - Types, Eligibility, Selection Process, Application Process, and Rewards

Last Updated : 26 Aug 2021
MHRD Scholarship

The Ministry of Human Resource Development contributes to the nation's socio-economic development through its two departments, viz. the Department of School Education & Literacy and the Department of Higher Education. These departments work together to uplift the educational standards in the country. Therefore, various scholarships are offered at different levels to assist both school and college students. Here are the complete details related to MHRD scholarships for eligibility, rewards, selection process, and application process.

Type of Scholarships

Two types of scholarships are offered by the ministry as under:

  • National Level
  • External Level

National level scholarships are run by different MHRD departments, while the external level scholarships are offered in collaboration with the government of foreign countries under the Educational/ Cultural exchange programmes.

MHRD Scholarships 2021 Application Dates

For National Level Scholarships

S.No.

Scholarship Name

Application Period

1.

Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University students

Between July and October

2.

Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for Jammu Kashmir

Between March and May

3.

National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE)

Between August and October

4.

National Means Cum Merit Scholarship

Between July and October

5.

Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF)

Between March and April

6.

AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls

Between August and October

7.

AICTE-Saksham Scholarship

Between August and October

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For External Level Scholarships

S.No.

Scholarship Name

Application Period

1.

Commonwealth Scholarships in the United Kingdom

Between December and February

2.

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships

Between January and March

3.

Chinese Government Scholarships

Between January and March

4.

South Korean Government Scholarships

Between February and March

5.

Japanese Government Scholarships

Between February and March

6.

Italian Government Scholarships

Between March and April

7.

Mexican Government Scholarships

Between April and May

8.

Israel Government Scholarships

Between October and November

9.

Brazillian Government Scholarships

Between June and August

10.

Presidential Scholarships, Sri Lanka

Between August and October

11.

Ms Agatha Harrison Memorial Fellowship

Between January and February

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MHRD Scholarship: Quick Overview

Deadline 31 Dec 2021
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Scholarship Type Need Based Scholarship
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MHRD Scholarships 2021 - Eligibility Criteria

Candidates are required to meet different eligibility conditions viz. age limit, academic merit, annual family income, educational qualification, and domicile. Here are the details for different scholarships:

For National Level Scholarships

S.No.

Scholarship Name

Eligibility Criteria

1.

Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University students

  • Students must be pursuing a regular medical or engineering course from a recognised college.
  • Must be above 80th percentile in class 12th.
  • The annual family income must be less than ₹ 8 lakh.
  • Students must not be receiving any other scholarship.
  • Those pursuing studies through correspondence or distance learning are not eligible.

2.

Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for Jammu Kashmir

  • Must have passed class 12th or 10+3 Diploma from J&K board, CBSE, or J&K State Polytechnic
  • Must have a J & K domicile.
  • Annual family income must be less than or equal to ₹ 8 lakh.
  • Those willing to study outside J&K can also apply for the scholarship.

3.

National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE)

  • Must belong to SC/ ST category.
  • Must have passed class 8th exam from Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas and enrolled in class 9th in a state government, local body or government-aided schools.
  • Only unmarried girls below 16 years of age are eligible.

4.

National Means Cum Merit Scholarship

  • Open for students of class 9th and will continue till class 10th to 12th
  • Must have secured 55% (50% for SC/ ST) in class 8th.
  • Must have obtained a minimum of 55% marks in class 7th.
  • The annual family income must be less than ₹ 1.50 lakh.

5.

Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF)

  • Studying in the first year or have completed B.Tech., M.Tech. or Integrated M.Sc. from IITs/ IIITs/ NITs/ IIISc/ IISE₹
  • Those who are admitted through JEE/ UCEED, KVPY or SCB can also apply.
  • Those who have completed the course in the past five years are also eligible.

6.

AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls

  • Open for girl students pursuing a Diploma/ Degree course at an AICTE recognised institute. Only first-year students can apply.
  • Annual income of the family must be less than ₹ 8 lakh.
  • Scholarship is applicable for up to two girl children of the family.

7.

AICTE-Saksham Scholarship

  • Open for differently-abled students (disability level more than 40%).
  • Must have taken admission in the first year of technical degree/ diploma course at an AICTE recognised institute.
  • Annual family income must be less than ₹ 8 lakh.

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For External Level Scholarships

S.No.

Scholarship Name

Eligibility Criteria

1.

Commonwealth Scholarships in the United Kingdom

  • Candidates with Bachelor’s or Master’s degree are eligible. Those in the final year of such a degree are also eligible.
  • The minimum percentage of marks in such a degree must be 65% or above in Science and 60% or above in Social Science.
  • Applicants’ age must not be more than 40 years.
  • Applicants must have enrolled for an MPhil degree leading to a PhD at a UK university.

2.

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships

  • Open for students who are willing to study abroad in New Zealand.
  • Must have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a minimum of 65% marks.

3.

Chinese Government Scholarships

  • Open for UG, PG, Doctoral, General Scholars, and Senior Scholar level of studies.
  • For UG course: Students must have passed class 12th with 60% marks and the age must be below 25 years.
  • For PG course: Students must have passed graduation with 60% marks and the age must be below 35 years.
  • For Doctoral course: students need to have passed PG with 60% marks and the age must be below 40 years.
  • For General scholars: students must have completed at least two years of their UG level studies with 60% marks and the age must be below 45 years.
  • For Senior scholars: applicants must be an associate professor or have a master’s degree with 60% marks and the age must be below 50 years.

4.

South Korean Government Scholarships

  • Open for Master’s, doctoral, and Postdoctoral level studies.
  • For Master’s level: Must have a Bachelor’s degree and be under 40 years of age.
  • For Doctoral level: Must have a Master’s degree and be under 40 years of age.
  • For Postdoctoral level: Must have a doctoral degree/ diploma and be under 45 years of age.
  • For Biotechnology and Electronic Engineering: Candidates must have secured 65% or more.

5.

Japanese Government Scholarships

  • The scholarship is open for research-level, master level, and PhD courses. Subjects included are social science, humanities, management studies, mathematical science, chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, and more.
  • Applicants age must be below 35 years.
  • For master’s and research level: students must have a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 65% marks.
  • For a PhD degree, students must have a master's degree with a minimum of 65% marks in the relevant field.

6.

Italian Government Scholarships

  • Open for the study of Master’s degree, PhD, Research, and Italian language & culture courses.
  • For Master’s level: students must graduate from India and should be below 28 years of age.
  • For PhD level: students must meet the qualification requirements of the concerned Italian University with a letter of acceptance from them. Candidates must not be more than 30 years of age.
  • For Research level: Students must be below 40 years of age and must submit their research project along with the admission letter.
  • Proficiency certificate in the Italian language for language and culture courses.

7.

Mexican Government Scholarships

  • Open for graduate, specialisation, Master’s degree, doctorate-level research
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD degree with a GPA of 80 on a scale of 1 to 100.
  • Students are required to enrol for a course at any of the participating institutions.

8.

Israel Government Scholarships

  • Those holding a letter of acceptance from an Israeli University/ Supervisor.
  • Applicant must have a master’s degree for research/ specialisation in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Agriculture, Biotechnology, Environment Studies, Business Management, and Mass Communication.
  • For the Hebrew Language and Literature course, students must be pursuing a postgraduate course in the same subject.
  • Proficiency in English or Hebrew language is a must.

9.

Brazillian Government Scholarships

  • Open for residents of India between 18 and 25 years of age.
  • Must have passed class 12th board examination with minimum 60% (overall) and minimum 60% in English.
  • Those studying in class 12th can also apply but they have to present their final mark sheet and board certificate at the time of enrolment in a Brazillian University.
  • Proficiency in the Portuguese language is also required.

10.

Presidential Scholarships, Sri Lanka

  • Those pursuing a Bachelor's degree can apply for the scholarship. Medicine, Dentistry, and Engineering courses are not included.
  • Applicant's age must be below 25 years.

11.

Ms Agatha Harrison Memorial Fellowship

  • Open for students with uniform academic record with a minimum of 60% marks in PG level and a PhD degree in the respective subject.
  • Scholars between 30 and 40 years can apply for the fellowship.
  • Must have an inclination towards an academic career in the following specialisations:
    • Political Science
    • Economics
    • History
  • Must have a minimum teaching experience of 3 years at UG/ PG level after completing PhD.

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MHRD Scholarships 2021 - Application Process 

Applications for the national level scholarships are to be submitted via respective official portals while for the external scholarships, MHRD runs its own portal named ‘Sakshat’. Here are the processes for application submission.

For National Level Scholarships

S.No.

Scholarship Name

Application Process

1.

Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University students

Applications are to be submitted through the National Scholarship Portal (NSP).

2.

Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for Jammu Kashmir

Apply through the PMSSS J&K scholarship portal.

3.

National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE)

Apply online through the National Scholarship Portal (NSP) or offline through the respective District Education Officers office

4.

National Means Cum Merit Scholarship

Apply through NSP

5.

Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF)

Apply online through the PMRF application portal

6.

AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls

Apply through AICTE Pragati Saksham

7.

AICTE-Saksham Scholarship

Apply through AICTE Pragati Saksham

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For External Level Scholarships

S.No.

Scholarship Name

Application Process

1.

Commonwealth Scholarships in the United Kingdom

Apply through Sakshat portal of MHRD

2.

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships

Apply through MHRD

3.

Chinese Government Scholarships

Apply through Sakshat portal of MHRD

4.

South Korean Government Scholarships

Apply through Sakshat portal of MHRD

5.

Japanese Government Scholarships

Apply through the Embassy of Japan in India

6.

Italian Government Scholarships

Apply through Sakshat portal of MHRD

7.

Mexican Government Scholarships

Apply offline through MHRD or online through the Mexican government’s website

8.

Israel Government Scholarships

Apply online through Sakshat portal of MHRD

9.

Brazillian Government Scholarships

Apply through Brazillian Embassy or Consulate

10.

Presidential Scholarships, Sri Lanka

Apply offline at MHRD

11.

Ms Agatha Harrison Memorial Fellowship

Apply through Sakshat portal of MHRD

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MHRD Scholarships 2021 Selection Process

For National Level Scholarships

S.No.

Scholarship Name

Selection Process

1.

Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University students

Merit-Based as per state quota

Application verification will be done at the institute level and State Education Board level.

2.

Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for Jammu Kashmir

Merit-Based

3.

National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE)

All eligible girls will receive the scholarship

4.

National Means Cum Merit Scholarship

Through a selection test named Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) conducted by each state/ UT.

5.

Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF)

Stage I - Shortlisting of applications by Reviewers.

Stage II - Performance of applicant in Written Test or Interview at a Nodal Institute.

6.

AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls

Merit-based. Merit prepared based on the marks obtained in the qualifying exam.

7.

AICTE-Saksham Scholarship

Based on Academic Merit

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For External Level Scholarships

S.No.

Scholarship Name

Selection Process

1.

Commonwealth Scholarships in the United Kingdom

Selection based on academic merit, quality of study plan, and potential impact of candidate’s work on the development of their home country.

2.

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships

Shortlisted candidates will have to undergo an interview conducted by the scholarship provider.

3.

Chinese Government Scholarships

Merit and Interview

4.

South Korean Government Scholarships

Merit and interview

5.

Japanese Government Scholarships

Merit-Based

6.

Italian Government Scholarships

Initial selection by MHRD and Final selection by the Italian government

7.

Mexican Government Scholarships

Initial selection by MHRD and Final selection by the Mexican government

8.

Israel Government Scholarships

Merit-Based

9.

Brazillian Government Scholarships

Merit-Based

10.

Presidential Scholarships, Sri Lanka

Selection will be made by the Government of Sri Lanka

11.

Ms. Agatha Harrison Memorial Fellowship

Only one candidate will be selected for the fellowship through an interview.

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MHRD Scholarships 2021 - Rewards

For National Level Scholarships

S.No.

Scholarship Name

Rewards/ Benefits

1.

Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University students

  • For graduation - ₹ 10,000 per annum
  • For post-graduation - ₹ 20,000 per annum
  • For 5-years professional course - ₹ 20,000 per annum in the 4th and 5th year

2.

Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for Jammu Kashmir

  • Academic Fee
  • Maintenance charges ₹ 1,00,000 paid in two equal instalments

3.

National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE)

  • ₹ 3000 with interest

4.

National Means Cum Merit Scholarship

  • ₹ 6000 per annum (₹ 500 per month)

5.

Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF)

  • ₹ 70,000 per month for the first and second year.
  • ₹ 75,000 per month for the third year.
  • ₹ 80,000 per month for the fourth and fifth year.
  • Additional research grant of ₹ 2 lakh per annum for 5 years.

6.

AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls

  • Tuition fee of ₹ 30,000 or actual (whichever is less)
  • Incidental charges of ₹ 20,000 per month for 10 months every year

7.

AICTE-Saksham Scholarship

  • Tuition fee of ₹ 30,000 or actual (whichever is less)
  • Incidental charges of ₹ 20,000 per month for 10 months every year

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For External Level Scholarships

S.No.

Scholarship Name

Rewards/ Benefits

1.

Commonwealth Scholarships in the United Kingdom

Airfare, Tuition Fees, a stipend of GBP 1065 per month or GBP 1306 per month, thesis grant, study travel grant, warm clothing allowance, child allowance (if applicable)

2.

New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships

Full tuition cost, medical and travel insurance, assistance with research and thesis cost and living allowance.

3.

Chinese Government Scholarships

Scholarship covers full tuition fee, accommodation, medical insurance, and a monthly stipend.

4.

South Korean Government Scholarships

  • Settlement allowance of KRW 200,00
  • Monthly allowance of KRW 1,500,00
  • Research allowance of up to KRW 240,000 per semester
  • Language training fees is fully covered
  • Degree tuition is fully covered
  • Reimbursement of thesis (dissertation) printing fee
  • Medical insurance of KRW 20,000 per month
  • Korean proficiency grant of KRW 100,000 per month

5.

Japanese Government Scholarships

  • Monthly stipend of 143,000 Yen
  • Round trip airfare
  • Exemption in tuition fees

6.

Italian Government Scholarships

  • Monthly stipend of EUR 900

7.

Mexican Government Scholarships

  • Monthly stipend of MXN 9800.96 for Master’s and Specialisation and MXN 12251 for Doctoral and Postdoctoral studies
  • Tuition and registration fee for the course
  • Health insurance
  • Visa expense

8.

Israel Government Scholarships

  • Full scholarship covers tuition fees, basic health insurance, and a monthly allowance for one academic year (8 months only)
  • Partial scholarship covers part of tuition fee, basic health insurance and monthly allowance for one academic year (8 months only)

9.

Brazillian Government Scholarships

  • Full tuition fee waiver

10.

Presidential Scholarships, Sri Lanka

  • Covers tuition and registration fee
  • Free Vista for studies
  • Settlement allowance of LKR 10,000
  • Monthly living allowance of LKR 30,000
  • Reimbursement of cost of return airfare (economy class) to come to Sri Lanka
  • Reimbursement of IELTS/ TOEFL exam fees

11.

Ms Agatha Harrison Memorial Fellowship

  • GBP 29,944.85 per annum (including stipend amount, travel allowance, college lunches, 6 high table dinner and other administration charges)

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Candidates can apply for the scholarship as per their eligibility and requirement. Keep a check on the respective official portals so that you don’t miss the deadlines.




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