ICCR Scholarships: Up to 900 scholarships are being made available by the Indian government through the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) for African students to attend Indian institutions and universities to pursue undergraduate, postgraduate, and higher education programs.

ICCR Scholarships

The finest scholarship for foreign students to attend public universities in India with government financing and a stipend is the ICCR Scholarship.

International students can also receive fully financed scholarships with a monthly stipend from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to pursue a range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and Ph.D. research in India.

However, India’s government offers a number of fully financed scholarships with a monthly stipend in an effort to improve cultural ties and mutual understanding with other nations.

The university does not, however, charge the recipients of ICCR Scholarships any tuition fees or other costs associated with studying or conducting research in India.

They also get a monthly stipend from the ICCR to help with living expenses. However, even the initial trip to India and the flight home after receiving a degree are covered by the ICCR.

Eligibility for the ICCR Scholarships

  • A summary of the intended area of research should be included by students who are applying for Ph.D. or post-doctoral courses.
  • If at all possible, students who want to study performing arts should send video or audio cassettes of their recorded performances.
  • Candidates must be proficient in English.
  • Applications sent directly to ICCR by students or through regional embassies or High Commissions in New Delhi will not be considered by ICCR.
  • Students who have never studied in India before will be given preference.
  • Admission to MBBS/MD or dentistry/nursing courses will not accept any applications.

Candidates should be aware that Indian universities and educational institutions are autonomous and independent, and as a result, each has its own set of requirements for admission.

Please be aware that the university’s acceptance of your application does not assure you of admission. However, only after ICCR has verified admittance is a scholarship granted.

Therefore, a valid visa must be carried by students. Students should make sure they obtain the appropriate visa from the Indian High Commission or Embassy.

Also, a scholar will be deported to his or her home country if they arrive in India without the required documentation and their acceptance by the university or institute is not confirmed.

Therefore, before leaving for India, scholars should request a thorough briefing on living conditions there, the specifics of their scholarship, and the type and length of the course they have been accepted for by the Indian diplomatic mission in their country.

In order for the ICCR to make arrangements for their reception and other needs, scholars should therefore inform the Indian Embassy/High Commission of their trip plans well in advance.

It is advisable for scholars to bring some cash with them in order to cover any unforeseen expenses once they arrive in India.

The recipients of scholarships should also bring all authentic documents pertaining to their qualifications with them so that the institution may verify them when they apply for admission.

Number of Scholarships: 900

Value of ICCR Scholarships

1. Living allowance (Stipend) (Per Month)

  • Undergraduate: 5,500; , 6,000 M.Phil./Ph.D 7,000, Post-doctoral Fellow-7,500

2. House Rent Allowance (Per Month)

  • In Grade 1 cities: 5,000, and In other cities: 4,500.

3. Contingent Grant (per annum)

  • Undergraduate-5,000, Postgraduate-7,000, M.Phil./Ph.D., and M.Tech./ME-12,500, Postdoctoral studies-15,500, Tuition Fee/Other Compulsory Fee: As per actual (excluding refundable amount) Thesis and dissertation Expenses (Once in the entire duration of the course)
  • Also, D Scholar-10,000 and for BBA/BCA/MBA/MCA/M.Tech and other courses, submission of Project-7.000

4. Medical Benefits

  • However, under the program, students are supposed to exclusively seek medical care at the hospitals or clinics affiliated with the colleges or universities where they are enrolled or at the closest government facility (Bills are settled as permissible in accordance with AMA/CGHS rules).

Eligible Countries for the ICCR Scholarships

Under this scheme, the Council offers 900 scholarships to the following African countries:

  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guinea
  • Kenya
  • Libya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Malawi
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Senegal
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • South Sudan

How to Apply

However, before completing the application form, please read the instructions.

  • Please read the terms and conditions related to payment.
  • The www.a2ascholarships.iccr.gov.in website (an external page that opens in a new window), provides detailed instructions on the process of applying for ICCR Scholarships online through the A2A Portal as well as the method and rules governing the same,
  • No actual copy of the application form is needed at the mission; instead, students simply follow the instructions and submit their applications on the same website.


Selected students are urged to bring some cash with them before they travel to India in order to cover unforeseen costs. A starting point of INR 60,000 is advised. (Amounting to $700)

Moreover, students pursuing science and agriculture courses will be responsible for covering the cost of laboratory chemicals and any incidental costs linked to such courses.

Additionally, All recipients of ICCR scholarships are required to get medical insurance with a minimum annual value assured of INR 500,000.

The student must have their own medical insurance coverage, either before leaving for India or as soon as they arrive, whichever is more convenient.

Therefore, any insurance provider of their choice will sell medical insurance to students. A2A Portal, however, has two insurance companies for referral purposes in order to assist students.