National Overseas Scholarship (Fully Funded)


  • Applicable for: : This scholarship is applicable for US universities.
  • Max scholarship per student: Variable, Merit based
  • No. of students to be awarded: 100
  • Course Level: Graduate
  • Type of scholarships: Merit


  • The National Overseas Scholarship is an Indian scholarship provided by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, India.
  • Students from socially and economically backward classes can benefit from this scheme and get an opportunity to study abroad in an accredited and recognized university.
  • 30% of the total National Overseas Scholarships are available for female students.
  • The National Overseas Scholarship is applicable to study masters and Ph.D. programs in the US, UK, Germany, etc.
  • The scheme covers the cost of attendance, medical insurance, travel expenses, and other miscellaneous expenses.
  • Students must obtain scores for all the tests required to study abroad in institutions like Boston University, Harvard University, University of Iowa, etc.
  • Even though the National Overseas Scholarship is valid for the majority of the universities in Australia, US, Germany, Canada, etc. applicants are still advised to check the same before starting their application process.

Eligibility Criteria

Indian students who wish to study abroad at Columbia University are eligible to apply. In addition to that, applicants must fulfill the eligibility requirements listed below:

  • Students must possess a bachelor’s degree in a related field from a recognized institution.
  • Applicant must demonstrate their commitment to India and its future.
  • This fellowship applies to the Post-graduate Programs at Columbia University. The programs specified for obtaining this fellowship are :
    ○ MA in Biotechnology
    ○ MA in Mathematics or Finance
    ○ MA in Economics
    ○ MA in Statistics
    ○ MA in Ecology, evolution and conservation biology.
    ○ Other Programs include Engineering in any discipline and MPA in Environmental Science and Policy.
  • Should be able to demonstrate their financial needs.

Application Process

  • The application form for the National Overseas Scholarship will be made available from the first week of April on the official website of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  • Students are required to submit the completed application along with necessary documents within the established deadline. The Ministry requires all the students to submit self-attested copies of the following documents:
    ○ Proof of Date of Birth
    ○ All Degree/ Diploma/ Certificate along with mark sheets
    ○ Income Certificate of Family
    ○ Offer Letter College/ University


  • Deadline for submitting completed applications is early February