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Scholarships for Indian students studying in USA

Written by  Rachit Agrawal, MBA

Published on Fri, December 16, 2016 3:29 PM   Updated on Sat, February 26, 2022 10:57 AM   14 mins read

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The United States of America is, without a doubt, one of the most expensive places to study abroad, particularly for an international student. Scholarships and Fellowships come to the aid of exceptionally qualified students. Scholarships can be of four types – those offered by the Government, the Universities, private organizations & philanthropists, and those provided as Research grants.

Here is the list of best scholarships for Indian students in the USA and their entry requirements.

Scholarships for Indian Students in USA

Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships are based on a student’s academic performance throughout the years. Academically outstanding students are considered for such rewards. Studying abroad is an expensive deal, so students look for scholarships that can help them achieve their dream.

The aid is usually in the form of Money. Scholarships can be of two types:

  • Full: The scholarship pays the students full tuition fee, living expenses, and books
  • Partial: The Scholarship only pays for Tuition fee

1. Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship

The Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship include fellowships for

  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
  • Postdoctoral

Research fellowships. A student is allowed to apply for only one of the Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships.

Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowship

They are designed for outstanding Indian residents who are highly motivated and demonstrate leadership qualities to pursue a Master’s degree program. The duration of the fellowship is one to two years. The fellowship provides

  • J-1 visa support
  • Round-trip economy class airfare
  • Funding for tuition & fees
  • Living & related costs
  • Accident & sickness coverage

As per U.S. Government guidelines. It may not cover all costs, and the scholar may need to supplement benefits from other resources.

The entry requirements are:

  • Must have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree, with at least 55% marks.
  • Must have three years of professional work experience relevant to their proposed field of study.
  • Must demonstrate experience in leadership and community service.
  • Must not have another degree from a U.S. university or be enrolled in a U.S. degree program.
  • Must be committed to return and contribute to their communities.

Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellowships

They are designed for Indian scholars who have registered for a Ph.D. at an Indian institution. They will then be affiliated to one U.S. host institution for the grant. It is recommended that all applicants identify institutions with which they wish to be affiliated and correspond it with potential host institutions. If they already have secured a letter of invitation from a U.S. institution, it must be included as part of the online application. The duration of the fellowship is 6-9 months. The fellowships provide

  • Monthly stipend
  • Accident and sickness Program for exchanges as per U.S. Government guidelines
  • Round-trip economy class airfare
  • Applicable allowances

The entry requirements are:

  • Must have done adequate research in the relevant field, especially in the identification of resources in India and the U.S.
  • The grant is intended for Ph.D. students to conduct research essential to their dissertations/thesis. The Ph.D. thesis submission date should not be earlier than three months after their Fulbright-Nehru grant end date.
  • Must upload a ‘writing sample’ such as a copy of an article or paper published/presented or extracts from the M.Phil. Thesis in the online application form.

Fulbright-Nehru Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

These fellowships are for Indian faculty and researchers who are in the early stages of their research careers in India. They are allowed to strengthen their research capacities, access some of the most excellent resources in their areas of interest, and build long-term collaborative relationships with U.S. faculty and institutions.

They will then be affiliated to one U.S. host institution for the grant. It is recommended that all applicants identify institutions with which they wish to be affiliated and correspond it with potential host institutions. If they already have secured a letter of invitation from a U.S. institution, it must be included as part of the online application. These fellowships are for eight to twenty-four months. These fellowships provide

  • Round-trip economy class airfare
  • Monthly stipend
  • Accident and sickness program for exchanges as per U.S. Government guidelines
  • Modest settling-in allowance
  • A Professional allowance.

The entry requirements are:

– Must have a Ph.D. degree within the past four years.

– Must be published in reputed journals and demonstrate evidence of superior academic and professional achievement.


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2. S.N. Bose Scholars Student Exchange Program for Indian Students

This award is a joint effort of the Govt. of India, the Indo-U.S. Science & Technology Forum, and WINStep Forward. The aim is to support a dynamic and transformative student exchange program between premier institutions in India and the US. It is open to students of Atmospheric and Earth Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Mathematical and Computational Sciences, and Physical Sciences. The scholarship includes

  • Stipend
  • Health Insurance
  • Airfare

 The entry requirements are:

  • Indian Students currently enrolled in a Bachelors’s or Masters’s degree.
  • Must be a student of Atmospheric and Earth Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Mathematical, and Computational Sciences, or Physical Sciences.


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3. Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowships for Indian students

The Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship is offered by Reliance Industries Limited to meritorious students committed to developing India, but lack financial resources.

The fellowship is for students who attend Stanford’s MBA program. They offer up to 5 scholarships every year. Recipients will receive financial support for the cost of tuition and associated fees for each year of the two-year Stanford MBA Program (approximately $150,000 total).

The entry requirements are:

  • Must demonstrate intellectual vitality, leadership potential, and outstanding personal qualities and contributions.
  • Must return to India for at least two years to work for an Indian organization.
  • Must submit GMAT or GRE and IELTS, PTE, or TOEFL scores if applicable.

The students are expected to return to India to work in an Indian Institution after completing their MBA.

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4. Chicago Booth School of Business

Chicago Booth School of Business offers several fellowships to full-time MBA students at the Chicago School of Business. Among the fellowships, The India Trust Fellowship and Akhtarali H. Tobaccowala Fellowship are available to Indian students.

 The India Trust Fellowship

This award recognizes students with outstanding leadership, academic, and extracurricular achievements. It is a merit-based fellowship, awarded to incoming students who live and work in India, at the time of admission to the Full-Time MBA Program, and are committed to advancing the interests of women in business.

 Akhtarali H. Tobaccowala Fellowship

Students who receive the award will be designated Akhtarali H. Tobaccowala Fellows in memory of the 1952 graduate of Chicago Booth. The fellowship is awarded to students whose primary home is in India at the time of admission.

All full-time students who meet the criteria will be considered automatically. All award decisions are made using a comprehensive approach that takes into account a variety of personal standards. Including educational achievement, life experiences, personal interests, location of residence, student’s goals, and background as indicated in the application for admission.


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5. The Tata Scholarship at Cornell University

Tata Education and Development Trust – a philanthropic affiliate of India’s Tata Group, has offered a $25 million endowment enabling Cornell to provide financial aid to undergraduate students from India.

Every year the fund supports approximately 20 scholars, ensuring that the very best Indian students have access to Cornell, regardless of their financial circumstances. The recipients will receive the scholarship for the duration of their undergraduate studies at Cornell.

The entry requirements are:

  • Must be a citizen of India and have attended secondary school in India;
  • Must be offered admission to Cornell as an undergraduate student;
  • Must be eligible for need-based financial aid.

Preference is given to qualified students accepted to the College of Architecture, Art & Planning, the College of Engineering, the Applied Economics, and Management, major in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, majors across colleges in the biological sciences, physical sciences, and other “hard” sciences.


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6. Asian Development Bank Government of Japan Scholarship Program

The Asian Development Bank/Japan Scholarship Program offers about 300 postgraduate scholarships a year for studies in economics, management, science and technology, and other development-related fields at participating academic institutions in 10 countries.

The participating academic institution in the USA is the East-West Center. They have a list of approved fields of study, including Business Administration, Economics, etc.

The scholarship provides:

  • Full tuition fees
  • Monthly allowance for expenses
  • Housing
  • Books
  • Instructional materials
  • Medical insurance
  • Travel

For scholars engaged in research, a special grant may be available for thesis preparation. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to contribute to the economic and social development of their home countries.

The entry requirements are:

  • Must have gained admission to an approved MA/Ph.D. course at a participating academic institution, i.e., East-West Center in the US.
  • Must be 35 years old or younger and in good health.
  • Must have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and have a superior academic record.


7. Clark University Global Scholars Program Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to international students at Clark University based on the university’s long-standing commitment to providing a challenging education with a global focus.

Recipients will receive a scholarship between $5,000 and $25,000 per year, a guaranteed $2,500 taxable stipend for a paid internship or research assistantship taken for academic credit during the summer following their sophomore or junior year, and get to participate in the Global Scholars Mentor Program.

The entry requirements are:

  • Must be a first-year applicant who has attended school overseas for at least four years.
  • Must demonstrate the potential to provide leadership in their community and the world and to commit to making a difference.


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8. University of Wisconsin-Superior Non-resident Tuition Waiver Program

Through the Non-resident Tuition Waiver (NTW) Program, the University of Wisconsin hopes to make the cost of studying at UW-Superior affordable to a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds.

Admitted international students who submit an NTW application will automatically be considered for either an NTW Award or NTW Scholar Award. Awards through the NTW Program are renewable and may be received for a maximum of five years (10 semesters) for freshmen students and three years (6 semesters) for graduate students.

Additionally, the UW-Superior University Foundation sponsors scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. International students who have already begun their studies at UW-Superior are eligible to apply for over 100 Foundation scholarships, which are awarded by individual academic departments.

The entry requirements are:

  • Must be admitted to a program at the University of Wisconsin
  • Must demonstrate academic merit
  • Must display potential contributions to liberal education co-curricular initiatives and campus diversity.


9. University of Minnesota International Excellence Scholarships

The University of Minnesota offers three scholarships for international students. All admitted students are automatically reviewed for this scholarship. Students are considered for these awards based on an overall assessment of the admission application.

  1. The Gold Global Excellence Scholarship covers the full difference between resident and non-resident tuition rates each year for four years. The recipient must be studying on an F-1 visa and be within the top 5-10% of the graduating class. It is available only for first-year students.
  2. Undergraduate Research Scholarship is also for first-year students only. It offers up to $1,700, to students interested in undergraduate research, scholarly or creative experience.
  3. Maroon Global Excellence Scholarship is for newcomers and transfer students starting in the fall semester. It covers 50 percent of the difference between resident and non-resident tuition rates each year for four years. The recipient must be studying on an F-1 visa and be within the top 15-20% of the graduating class.


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10. Michigan State University, I.C. Shah Scholarship

The I.C. Shah Scholarship is administered by the Office of International Students and Scholars, Michigan University, to assist Indian students. The aim is to further MSU’s compelling interest in obtaining the educational benefits that flow from a racially and ethnically diverse student body. The student may receive one or more years of scholarship assistance that begins in the first or subsequent years of enrollment at MSU.

The entry requirements are:

  • Must be a student from India on a non-immigrant visa (F and J visas)
  • Must be in good academic standing.
  • Must have a GPA of 3.0 or better, or it’s equivalent at the time of application.
  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better while holding the scholarship.


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How to get a Scholarship in the USA?

There isn’t a special process to get a Scholarship, every Scholarship has its own process. There are some general steps that a student should keep in mind and follow if he wants to get a Scholarship in the US.

  1. Start Early: If it’s possible, start the process at least one year early and start getting good grades as they matter a lot while getting Scholarships.
  2. Prepare Yourself: Scholarships are offered to promising students who are not good in every field, so remember to participate in different activities, research about clubs that may be associated with the Scholarships.
  3. Do Research: Find a unique ability in yourself, whatever it may be as it can help, scholarships are also given to students with different cases such as being a foster, having a disability, or having a disease.
  4. Download Application and Information: Once you have all the knowledge about the scholarship, download the application from their official websites or mail them requesting for an application.
  5. Apply: Once you have the application, you need to fill it and attach all the required documents that are needed, they are usually mentioned in the application. Remember to apply before the deadline and be informed about the details. Keep your application clean.


✅ How can I get 100% Scholarship in USA?

Ans. There a few ways of getting 100% Scholarship:

1. Scholarships
2. Federal Grants
3. State scholarships
4. Competitive scholarships
5. Private funding

✅ Which university provides the most scholarships to International Students?

Ans. The universities which provide scholarships to International students are:

1. Amherst College
2. Harvard University
3. MIT
4. Minerva Schools at KGI
5. Princeton University
6. Yale University

✅ How to get MBA scholarships in US?

Ans. The basic steps to get an MBA scholarship in US are:
1. Choose a University
2. Do Your Research At the University
3. Look Far and Wide
4. Be a Strong Scholarship Candidate
5. Push Your GMAT Score
6. Apply Early
7. Negotiate

What GPA do you need to get a Scholarship?

Ans. You will need to have an unweighted GPA of 3.8 or above, earn high SAT/ACT scores, and be at the top of your class in order to be eligible for the scholarship.

What is a good amount of Scholarship money?

Ans. The average amount of money that a student gets are all the hardwork is around $1,000-$5,000 (INR70,000 – INR3,50,000)

With the help of Scholarships, a student can fulfill his dream of studying abroad which would not be possible due to possible reasons. So don’t sit back and look at which Scholarship is the best for you and start working for it.

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About the Author & Expert


Rachit Agrawal

Author • MBA • 20 Years

Rachit believes in the power of education and has studied from the top institutes of IIIT Allahabad, IIM Calcutta, and Francois Rabelias in France. He has worked as Software Developer with Microsoft and Adobe. Post his MBA, he worked with the world's # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group across multiple geographies US, South-East Asia and Europe.

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