Scholarship for Ph.D. Students – Overview

India is a country, which is fully enriched with intelligence, but somewhere because of a lack of financial assistance, students leave on their dreams and live for the sake of their families. Then, the concept of scholarship comes in the picture to save the bright future of these aspirants by helping them in pursuing their dreams. Scholarships are the grants given to scholars and everyone who is in their colleges or universities on any level in their education.

Ph.D. is the doctoral course that requires lots of hard work, determination, and patience. It also requires a hefty amount of money to pursue it as a career.  Thus, to cope up with this financial hurdle, many scholarships are available for the students who are pursuing a doctorate. 

List of Scholarship for Ph.D. Students

Here is the list of Ph.D. Scholarships available by various bodies to support the career of the enthusiasts who are willing to become Ph.D. scholars of our country. Here is the list of top 5 best scholarships from amongst the pool of scholarships:-

S. No.  Name of the Scholarship Provider Deadline Mailing Address
1 Google Ph. D. Fellowship, India Google 27th April phdfellowship@google.com
2 SAARC Agricultural Ph.D. Scholarships SAARC Agricultural Council (SAC) 15th April The Director
SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC)
BARC Complex, New Airport Road
Dhaka 1215, Bangladesh
3 ESSO-NCESS Junior Research Fellowship ESSO- NCESS Always Open The Director, National Centre for Earth Science Studies,
Akkulam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala – 695011
4 Burning Questions Fellowship Awards Tiny Beam Fund 11th May min@tinybeamfund.org.
5 Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund Scholarships Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund 31st May Administrative Secretary, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund, Teen Murti House, New Delhi-110011

Types of Scholarships for Ph.D. students in India

Focusing on the need for financial assistance, the scholarships are offered to the below-mentioned four sections of our society-

  • SC/ST/OBC
  • Girls students
  • Minority students 
  • Specially abled students

These sections are to be promoted in our society. Scholarships helps to lift them and assist them in making their space in this competitive world, spread their wings, to fly high in the sky. There are various scholarships available in each category and somewhere started by the legends to help people falling into these categories in achieving all their dreams.

Eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria required for all the scholarships are preset and based on certain parameters like your age range, educational qualification, the annual income of your family (which somewhere plays an important role), and a few more. Also, the eligibility is divided category wise, and the scholarship amount is based on the category you fall into. You can apply for the various scholarships available. Eligibility criteria for each scholarship includes-

  • Google Ph. D. Fellowship, India

To be eligible for this fellowship, the person who is currently enrolled for a Ph.D. from an Indian university should be an undergraduate or master’s degree holder from an Indian University. He/She can also be a working professional from any registered organization.

  • SAARC Agricultural Ph.D. Scholarships

The individual should hold an interest in doing a Ph.D. in Agricultural Biotechnology and must be below the age of 40 years. He/She must have a Master’s degree in agricultural science or plant breeding or agricultural biotechnology or cytogenetics from a recognized university with an excellent academic record and good command on spoken & written English. He/She can also be an employee of National Agricultural Research, Education and Extension System from SAARC Member Countries (except Afghanistan and Bangladesh)

Note: Candidates having work experience and research paper publications on Agricultural Biotechnology and related fields are given preference.

  • ESSO-NCESS Junior Research Fellowship

The individual should have 1st class M.Sc./M.Tech. Degree in Earth System Sciences or related field with valid CSIR-UGC NET qualification for JRF. He/She should not be more than 28 years of age as on 30th September 2015.

  • Burning Questions Fellowship Awards

It is for an individual who is either a Ph.D. degree holder or enrolled for it from a recognized institute. He/She can also be independent scholars and researchers from a big research organization or can be a group of 2 or 4 researchers where a minimum of 1 person is a Ph.D. and willing to conduct progressive research are eligible for availing this scholarship.

  • Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund Scholarships

He/She should be a Ph.D. Scholar up to the age of 35 years. Also should have scored at least 60% in their Post-graduation and graduation as well. He/She should have been admitted to a recognized institute in India because failing in it will make them ineligible for the scholarship. 

Rewards and Benefits

Rewards or benefits are the perks that the particular scholarship is going to give to an individual if they are eligible for it. Different scholarships offer different perks from the basic amount to your all travel-related expenses in between your studies. Let us take all the scholarships mentioned above one by one and talk about the sort of benefits they have to offer-

  • Google Ph. D. Fellowship, India

In this scholarship USD 50,000 for a maximum of 4 years to be given to the scholars and stipend for the fellowship to be given every month. Research-related expenses, air travel, will also be covered under this fellowship. 

  • SAARC Agricultural Ph.D. Scholarships

The eligible candidates will be provided with tuition fees, air travels in economy class. Another grant for books, study material, will be provided once in the scholarship for USD 1000, also a grant of USD 1000 to cover the research cost every year. USD 600 per month will be given for a period of a maximum of 3 years as the scholar’s living expenses.

  • ESSO-NCESS Junior Research Fellowship

For the initial 2 years, INR 25,000 per month will be given for HRA, leave, and other benefits, and for the next subsequent years, it will be INR 28,000 per month based on the performance of the scholars. 

  • Burning Questions Fellowship Awards

For the 3 categories mentioned above, it offers grants as USD 15,000, USD 20,000 & USD 25,000, respectively, when the scholars are eligible for the same.

  • Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund Scholarships

INR 18,000 per month as maintenance allowance, including tuition fees, is provided to the eligible scholars. Another INR 15,000 per annum is given as grants to them for in-country travel, books, stationery stuff, etc. as contingent expenses.

How to apply for a phd scholarship?

To apply for the scholarships, there are a few basic requirements that the aspirants need to take care of. Some scholarship programs require application in soft copies, and others may require it in hard copies to be mailed to their registered addresses. 

The procedure generally follow these steps-

  1. Download the form/ Go to the website of the respective scholarship.
  2. Fill the required details, including your basic details, employment experiences, educational background.
  3. Attach all the related documents in PDF format for online application &/or self-attest the documents that you’re sending via post.
  4. Mail on the given email address or mail to the postal address with the stamps accordingly.
  5. For any queries, the help desks of these programs are always available either on their websites or contact number.