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General Scholarships Scheme-GSS and Helpline Email for ICCR Sponsored Foreign Students
General Scholarships Scheme-GSS

The General Scholarship Scheme (GSS) is one of the most important and popular schemes of the ICCR for foreign students. Scholarships are awarded under this scheme annually to international students belonging to certain Asian, African, European and Latin American countries for the undergraduate, postgraduate degrees and for pursuing research at Indian universities. However, scholarships for medical studies for MBBS, BDS or for medical research leading to a PhD degree are not offered under the GSS scheme.

The list of Countries covered under the GSS is given below:

Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Fiji, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Oman, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saint Denis Reunion Island, Saudi Arabia, Siberia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen.

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Helpline Email for ICCR Sponsored Foreign Students

A Helpline email has been created by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

1. to streamline the grievances redressal mechanism for ICCR sponsored foreign students,

2. to answer queries, requests from foreign students regarding various issues pertaining to their stipend, HRAs, medical problems, admission methodology, hostel issues etc.
This Helpline is exclusively meant for students who wish to apply under various ICCR scholarship schemes, current students and the alumni.

Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC):

Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) for the academic year 2017-18 is going to be launched on 17th July, 2017. The online portal for the scheme is The last date of submission of applications online is 30.09.2017.

2.   SPDC is applicable to Children of NRIs/PIOs/OCIs in 66 countries for undergraduate programmes. The scheme is applicable to the following four categories:

a) Children of Persons of Indian Origin

b) Children of Non-Resident of Indians

c) Children of Indian workers working in ECR countries studying abroad &

d) Children of Indian workers in ECR countries – studying in India

3.   Of 150 scholarships under SPDC, 50 are reserved for category (c) and (d) above.

4.   To bring further clarity in the eligibility criteria, some changes have been made in the guidelines (attached) w.e.f. 2017-18, which are mentioned below:

  I.  Children of Indians residing in Nepal will be eligible for SPDC on fulfillment of following two criteria:

·  Both parents should be registered in the Mission/Post in Nepal for a minimum period of four years.

·  The applicant has done at least four years schooling including two years of classes XI & XII in Nepal just prior to application.

II.  Children of PIO/OCI/NRI who have not passed the qualifying examination (12th) from a foreign country except in the case of children of ECR country workers (category d above), are not eligible for SPDC.

III. Cut-off date to decide the NRI status is last date of the preceding financial year i.e. 31.03.2017.

IV. Applicants should attach the conversion scale so that grade achieved in qualifying exam (Grade 12th) could be converted into percentage of marks achieved, wherever required.

V.  For income proof, in addition to the salary certificate from the employer, an undertaking that total monthly income of both the parents does not exceed US$ 4000 should also be uploaded in the SPDC portal.

5. For more details, please read the attached document.

spdc guidelines 2017-18.

Bolsas Kendriya Hindi Sansthan: candidaturas abertas - Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
Encontram-se abertas candidaturas a bolsas anuais do Governo Indiano para estudar hindi, na índia.
As bolsas, destinadas a estudantes internacionais, são promovidas pelo Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, um organismo autónomo que atua nas área da Educação e Ensino Superior, com o apoio do Governo da República da índia.
Para informação detalhada, consulte

Palestra - Fundamentos da cultura estratégica indiana: continuidade e mudança na índia de hoje (29 maio 2017)

Orador convidado: Constantino Xavier, Carnegie índia.
Quais são os fundamentos da cultura estratégica indiana: refletem a sua ancestral cultura védica ou os valores coloniais da era britânica? Como encaram os indianos a utilização da força militar para princípios como a auto-defesa ou fins expansionistas? Como negoceiam os diplomatas indianos em foros internacionais para realizar os interesses nacionais? Como aborda Nova Deli o relativo declínio do Ocidente e a formidável emergência da China na ordem internacional? Como é que a natureza democrática do governo indiano afecta as suas relações com outros países quando estão em causa valores como os direitos humanos? E, por fim, que mudanças trouxe o novo Primeiro-ministro, Narendra Modi, no poder desde 2014? Abordando estas questões, a palestra visa analisar os princípios fundamentais da cultura estratégica indiana, identificando dinâmicas de continuidade e mudança.
Organização e informações: Centro de Estudos Indianos da FLUL

Netaji Subhas ICAR International Fellowships

Subject: Announcement for inviting applications meant for the Indians as well as Overseas Nationals having Master's degree in Agriculture and Allied Sciences for the Netaji Subhas- ICAR International Fellowship for the year 2017-18.
Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture that council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) invites application from Indian as well as overseas nationals having Master's Degree in Agriculture and Allied Sciences  for the 'Netaji Subhas- ICAR International Fellowship (ICAR-IFs)' for the year 2017-18. The ICAR-IFs are available for pursuing doctoral degree in agriculture and allied sciences, in the identified priority areas to the (i) Indian candidates for study abroad in the identified overseas universities/lnstitutions having strong research and teaching capabilities and (ii) to overseas candidates for study in the best Indian Agricultural Universities (AUS) in the ICAR-AUs Systems. Thirty Fellowships for duration of three years will be available. 
Notification of announcement of ICAR International Fellowship for the year 2017-18 details of guidelines, priority area of study and application proforma are available on ICAR website A copy of the "Notification and Guidelines"  is also enclosed.
Last date for receiving the application in the ICAR is June 15, 2017.

Notification Guidelines.