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Top Scholarships for Indian Students to Study Abroad in The USA

Updated: Mar 30, 2023


The United States of America, the Land of Dreams, is undoubtedly one of the most desired locations for Indian students to advance their careers. With an excellent alumni network, world-class academic facilities and opportunities to develop a massive lifestyle change, the USA has always been a popular choice for students all around the globe.


But many dreams seem to take a back seat due to financial constraints. We have listed below the top 5 scholarships you can apply for, being an Indian student and studying abroad in the USA to solve the problem.


  • Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program

A popular government-funded scholarship under Fulbright Program provides young or mid-level experienced professionals with an opportunity to enroll in a non-degree graduate study in the USA for ten months. The non-degree studies will enable you to have professional networking, practical work and conferences for professional development. A first bachelor degree, a minimum of five years of work experience, a record of community service and demonstrated leadership skills, and a good TOEFL score. The scholarship will cover your tuition fees, pre-academic English language training (if required), living and settling allowance, emergencies coverage, air travel expenses, and allowance for professional activities ( field trips, conferences etc.). The Application deadline is usually October 1, but do check the website regularly.


  • Fulbright Nehru Fellowship Program

The Fulbright Fellowships supports foreign exchange programs for academically brilliant students to pursue a 1-2 years professional degree in the States. One such fellowship benefitting Indian Students is the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship which covers the tuition fees, living costs, air-fares monthly stipend and sickness coverage as per USA guidelines. The students who wish to enroll in masters or a PhD program in selected American universities can avail themselves of the scholarship. A minimum of 4 years of bachelor studies (if you have three years of a graduate degree, a master is mandatory), a minimum of three years of full-time work experience, a TOEFL or GRE score, and community service make you eligible. An additional condition is a J-1 visa, and the candidate must return to India after completing the course. The application due date is June of each year, after which the applications are thoroughly reviewed and approved by the FSB (Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board). The selected candidates are informed latest by March-April of the following year.



  • Cornell University Tata Scholarship

Offered by Tata Education and Development Trust in collaboration with Cornell University, it is a scholarship for students seeking an undergraduate degree in the disciplines of Architecture, engineering, economics, business management, biological sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences. The Trust will provide twenty of the best Indian students with financial aids for up to 8 semesters who have completed their secondary schooling in India, have been offered admission to Cornell University, and are eligible for need-based financial aid. The program will cover the tuition fees and an estimated living cost. You also have to fill the CSS (College Scholarship Service) Profile to determine your scholarship amount. It is recommended that you complete the CSS Profile before or when you submit your college application. Pay close attention to the deadlines as they have separate deadlines for early, regular and transfer admissions.



  • Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarship

Inlaks Foundation rewards outstanding young Indians with scholarships, grants and awards to develop their careers in India and abroad. One such scholarship which benefits talented individuals to pursue their masters or PHDs is the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarship. You are eligible if you have completed your graduation in India with a minimum of 60% in the course, have a valid English proficiency test score, and must be under 30 years. Students applying for fine arts or performing arts are primarily judged based on their portfolios. You need to have an acceptance letter from the university beforehand, as the scholarship will get revoked if not availed within nine months of the grant. The maximum funding amount is $100,000, covering the tuition fees, living costs, one-way travel fare and health insurance. If your need exceeds this sum, you will have to bear the expenses at your end. Although it has a set of terms and conditions, it is highly beneficial for Indian students considering it does not mention returning to India after completing the course. The applications will open early in 2022 and be e awarded in May/June for August/September admissions.




Apart from these, many institutional-specific scholarships are offered by individual universities that waive off tuition fees for international students with strong academic backgrounds. You can browse some of those too before applying for the one which works best for you.


You can also contact Hello Study Global regarding the assistance you might require during the entire course of your application process. We provide just the right services you need.


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All the Best!


Written by Shahrish Khan



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