ICCR Scholarship

ICCR Scholarship Scheme – The Indian Council for Cultural Relations manages a number of scholarship programs each year and provides upwards of 3000 scholarships under 21 different schemes to international students from over 180 different nations. 

ICCR Scholarship

Six of these 21 programs are funded by the ICCR’s funding, while the MEA and the Ministry of Ayush are responsible for running the remaining 19 programs. 

There are Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and Ph.D. level courses available for study. Additionally, around 6000+ foreign students from ICCR study at different Central/State Universities, Institutes, NITs, Agriculture Institutions, etc. each academic year.

About the ICCR Scholarship Scheme

The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India announced the Government of India’s initiative to improve the academic opportunities for students from African countries studying in India by expanding the number of scholarships for these individuals to pursue undergraduate, postgraduate, and higher courses at the opening plenary of the India-Africa Forum Summit held in New Delhi in April 2008.

The ICCR Scholarship Scheme is however carried out on behalf of the Department of External Affairs by the ICCR, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

Eligibility of the ICCR Scholarship Scheme

  • A summary of the proposed research area should be included by students who are applying for doctoral or post-doctoral courses.
  • If at all possible, students who want to study performing arts should send video or audio CDs of their documented performances.
  • Candidates for the ICCR Scholarship Scheme must be proficient in English.
  • Applications sent to ICCR directly by students or via regional Embassies or High Commissions in New Delhi will not be considered.
  • Students who did not previously study in India will be given preference.
  • Admission to MBBS/MD or dentistry/nursing courses will not accept any applications.
  • Candidates may remember that Indian universities/educational institutes are separate from one another and so have their own qualifying standards which have to be completed. Please be aware that submission approval by the university does not guarantee admission. Only after ICCR has verified admittance is a scholarship granted.
  • A valid visa must be carried by students. Students should ensure that they receive the necessary visa issued by the Indian Embassy/High Commission. According to government regulations, if a student travels to India without the required documentation and is not admitted to the university or institute, they would be deported back to their home nation.
  • Before leaving for India, researchers should ask the Indian diplomatic mission in their home nation for a thorough explanation of the living conditions in India, the specifics of their scholarship, and the type and length of the course they have been accepted to. So that ICCR can organize the welcoming and other preparations for them, scholars should contact the Indian Embassy/High Commission well in advance of their travel plans.

Duration of the ICCR Scholarship Scheme

The term of the ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) Scholarship varies depending on the degree of study and the individual program. Additionally, the scholarship is often given for the whole length of the academic course of study, which may encompass any combination of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral studies.


Eligible Countries

Under the ICCR Scholarship Scheme, the Council provides 900 scholarships to the following African nations: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Cape Verde, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Comoros, Congo (Republic of), Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea (concurrent from Nairobi), Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-B

How to Apply for the ICCR Scholarship Scheme

  • Before beginning the application form’s fill-in steps, please read the instructions.
  • Please read the terms and conditions pertaining to payment as well.
  • The www.a2ascholarships.iccr.gov.in website, which opens in a new window, provides comprehensive instructions on how to apply for ICCR Scholarships online using the A2A Portal as well as the rules controlling the process.
  • The same website must be used by students to read instructions and submit their applications; the Mission does not need a printed copy of the application.


The ICCR Scholarship program has received high praise for its role in advancing intercultural communication and interdisciplinary research. 

It enables students to work on their academic objectives while also taking advantage of India’s rich cultural variety. Also, Scholars frequently participate in extracurricular activities, take part in cultural celebrations, and communicate with other students from India and other countries.