Competition: Closed for the 2017-2018 academic year
Who applies: Canadian students and researchers
Description: The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is offering scholarships to Canadians wishing to study abroad in India. Scholarships are available for studies or research, at the undergraduate, Master's or PhD level, leading to a degree at an Indian university.
The competition is open for study in the following disciplines: natural sciences, engineering, humanities, social sciences and the arts. Scholarships are not offered for studies in medical sciences, dentistry or nursing. The scholarships for study in India are tenable only at universities that are on the following list of University Grants Commission (UGC) Recognized Universities (PDF, 13 KB)*.
The award includes:
Scholarships are tenable for the full duration of the academic program.
For PhD scholars, the scholarship may be awarded for a maximum of five and a half years. The annual renewal of which for subsequent years is subject to:
In addition, applicants:
Priority will be given to candidates who have not previously studied in India. Applications for casual research will not be considered.
The terms and conditions are as follows:
The deadline for submitting the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) online application is February 20, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EDT.
The deadline to receive the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) application form and certificate of physical fitness is February 20, 2017.
Applications received late or incomplete by the scholarship administrator, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), will not be considered.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all required documents sent by mail are received by the deadline. Supporting documents, other than the ones requested, will not be accepted.
An acknowledgement of receipt will not be provided.
Applicants will be contacted by February 21, 2017 by the scholarship administrator regarding the status of their application. Pre-selected candidates will be required to participate in an interview with the High Commission of India in Ottawa by February 23, 2017.
Applicants must ensure that a permanent email address is included in their application to receive notification.
The ICCR will notify pre-selected candidates of their final decision. Confirmation on relatively short notice from the Indian authorities is to be expected (about three weeks prior to commencement of studies in India).
To be considered for the Commonwealth Scholarship Plan – India, the applicant must complete the following two-step process:
Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.
Applicants are encouraged to carefully read the instructions below before beginning the online form. If applicants experience difficulty filling out or submitting the form, they should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Applicants will have the possibility to save their application and complete it at a later time. Both saved and submitted applications will appear on the applicant’s profile homepage.
The following documents must be uploaded and attached to the online application form in one of the following formats: .pdf, .jpg, .doc, .docx, .txt or .gif. Each document must be smaller than 5 Mb in order for the application to upload successfully.
Applicants must complete the ICCR application form and certificate of physical fitness and provide the supporting documents as requested. Applicants are required to submit the supporting documents listed below to the following address:
Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE)
Attention: Commonwealth Scholarship Plan – India
220 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 1550
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5Z9
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that documents are received at CBIE by the deadline. All supporting documentation may be submitted in English or in French but pre-selected candidates that submitted supporting documents in French will be required to provide certified English translations by February 23, 2017.
It is recommended that applicants post this documentation in a sealed envelope and send it to CBIE by a method which will provide a confirmation of its delivery, such as courier service or registered mail.
All supporting documentation may be submitted in English or in French, but pre-selected candidates will be required to provide certified English translations by February 23, 2017.
The following documents must be submitted to the scholarship program administrator by mail:
Applicants in fine arts, music and architecture are required to submit artwork samples as follows (applicants in the history or theory of art, of music, or of architecture are not required to submit samples):
It is strongly recommended that the applicant collect all the required supporting documents in sealed envelopes and send them to CBIE in one package by a method that provides confirmation of its delivery, such as a courier service or registered mail.
CBIE is unable to acknowledge receipt, by letter or telephone, but questions can be addressed to email@example.com.
Applications submitted directly to the ICCR will not be considered. Documents submitted to the scholarship administrator will not be returned.
These scholarships are subject to the availability of funding provided by the Government of India.
The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) was established in 1959, with the first scholars selected in 1960. The Plan was suggested in an influential speech in September 1958 by Sidney Smith, a former President of the University of Toronto and later Canadian Minister of External Affairs. The goal of the Plan is to nurture educational links among Commonwealth countries and to strengthen the ideals upon which the Commonwealth was founded. Over 27,000 Commonwealth citizens have held awards - many going on to reach the very highest levels within their profession.
The CSFP is managed in India by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). Annually, India awards over 50 scholarships, of which two are offered to Canadian scholars.