Government of India (ICCR) Undergraduate & Postgraduate Scholarships 2017/2018 for Africans to study in India (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: Varying by Country

The Government of India is offering the Africa Scholarship through Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) under Africa Scholarship Scheme for Undergraduate, Postgraduate, M. Phil./Ph.D and Post-Doctoral Fellowship in various Indian Universities/Institutes.

At the inaugural plenary of the India – Africa Forum Summit held in New Delhi in April 2008, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India announced the Government of India’s initiative to enhance the academic opportunities for students of African countries in India by increasing the number of scholarships for them to pursue under-graduate, post-graduate and higher courses.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students applying for doctoral/ post doctoral courses should include a synopsis of the proposed area of research.
  • Students wishing to study performing arts should, if possible, enclose video/ audio cassettes of their recorded performances
  • Candidates must have adequate knowledge of English.
  • ICCR will not entertain applications which are sent to ICCR directly by the students or which are sent by local Embassies/High Commissions in New Delhi.
  • Priority will be given to students who have never studied in India before.
  • No application will be accepted for admission to courses in MBBS/MD or Dentistry/Nursing.
  • Candidates may note that Indian universities/educational institution are autonomous and independent and hence have their own eligibility criteria which have to be fulfilled.
  • Please also note that acceptance of application by the University is also not a guarantee of admission. A scholarship is awarded only when admission is confirmed by ICCR.
  • Student must carry a proper visa.
  • Students should ensure that they get the correct visa from the Indian Embassy/High Commission.
  • Government of India guideline stipulate that if a scholar arrives without proper visa and his/her actual admission at the University/Institute does not materialize, he/she will be deported to his/her country.
  • Before departing for India the scholars should seek a full briefing from the Indian Diplomatic Mission in their country about living conditions in India/the details of scholarship/the type and duration of the course to which he/she is admitted.
  • Scholars should inform the Indian Embassy/High Commission of their travel schedule well in advance so that ICCR can make reception and other arrangements for them.
  • Scholars are advised to bring some money with them to meet incidental expenditures on arrival in India.
  • The scholars who are awarded scholarships should bring with them all documents relating to their qualification in original for verification by the respective college/university at the time of admission

The ICCR implements this scheme on behalf of the Ministry of External Affairs.

Under this Scheme, the Council offers 900 scholarships to the following countries:
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-Bissau, Guinea, Kenya, Libya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan (Republic of), Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sao Tame & Principe, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


  • Living allowance (Stipend) (Per Month): Undergraduate -5,500 , Postgraduate-6,000 M.Phil / Ph.D 7,000, Post-doctoral Fellow-7,500
  • House Rent Allowance (Per Month): In Grade 1 cities-5,000 and In other cities-4,500
  • 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 entire duration of course)
    Ph.D Scholar-10,000 and for BBA/BCA/MBA/MCA/M.Tech and other course required submission of Project-7.000
  • Medical Benefits: Under the scheme scholars are expected to seek treatment only at medical centre or dispensary attached to universities / Institutes where they enrolled or in the nearest Government hospital (Bill are settled as admissible according to AMA/CGHS norms)
  •  selected candidates would be provided with return economy class air fares to the nearest international airport and Air-Conditioned III Train fare to the place of study, if so required.
    • The selected students will be paid living allowance, contingent grant, house rent allowance and thesis expenses, as admissible under the rules of the ICCR.
    • Air ticket for journey from Home Country to India will be provided by the Embassy and return ticket will be provided to the scholar in India.

    Application Process:

    • Applicant may approach this Embassy directly with duly completed applications, original educational documents and a certified copy of the same.
    • Since slots are limited, applicants are requested to approach the Indian Embassy with duly completed application form as soon as possible well before the due date. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

    List of India Embassies by Countries:

Application Documents:

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Government of India Undergraduate & Postgraduate Scholarships 2017/2018 for Africans


  1. Dear ICCR
    My name is Gari Hunduma. I am MSc in mental health. i want to continue my PhD study on Public mental helth. am I eligible of you programm
    thank you

  2. Dear

    my name is Talal Hassan Galdagoon. I am BSc in chemistry , I graduated since 2003 from BHARATI VIDYAPEETH DEEMED UNIVERSITY ( Y M C ) PUN City & I would like to continue my master degree , but I have little problem I lost my original certificates . but have copied certificates describes all stages of studies university .

    hope get help

  3. Comment: Do you take online applications? what about age limits,freshers and working class applicants.Thanks badly need your help and reply

  4. I have a training in India 2012 and obtain a master in Ghana in Public sector management in 2016 but interested to undergo a master in India through your scholarship scheme in human resource management. What is my chance

  5. Dear ICCR,

    My Name is Elvis S.K. Mensahn from Liberia West Africa. There is no Indian Embassy in my country; so how can I send my filled application and supporting documents to the Mission?

  6. hello am a Nigerian student, am using this medium to please ask when is the admission going to be released and when is the scheduled time for the interview in Nigeria? thanks

  7. Am a south sudanese, wishing to apply for the undergraduate student program in india through ICCR. I would like to bring into your attention that am happy to get this scholarship at right time. please help me to some basic information like name of universities, date submission & dateline, offical email.

  8. Hello l`m from Kurdistan region of lraq. Can l apply? If yes how?
    graduated from college of languages/ English department

  9. When do we expect the feedback on whether we have been accepted or offered the scholarship or not? And how will it be? Is it by phone or email?

  10. Thanks so much India for the scholarship u are giving to people I would also like to get one undergraduate,how do I go about it please am a Zambian girl age 23

  11. Thanks for government of indian for giving scholarship to african i would like to get that opportunit for undergraduate iam south sudanese by nationality twent seven years of age

  12. Att: ICCR
    I have applied for an undergraduate scholarship in India, in January 2017, and I applied through the Ministry of External affairs. I would like to know if the admissions have been issued to date, as I have not received anything up to now. My phone number is +266 5383 4277

  13. Att: ICCR
    I have applied for an undergraduate scholarship in India, in January 2017, and I applied through the Ministry of External Affairs.I would like to know if the admissions have issued to date, as I have not received anything up to now.My phone number is +266 5383 4277

    Best regards!

  14. I am a male Zambian who applied for the ICCR scholarship earlier this year in January but have not received any feedback yet, it would be awesome and of great relief if i got any response from you .THANK YOU

  15. am Diing Anguei who applied for ICCR scholarship in India I would like to accept me and show me how to apply THANK YOU

  16. Comment:My name is Gedefaw Tegegne from Ethiopia and I have BSC degree and I like to learn masters degeree on mental health and I Would like say dear Indian university please invite me

  17. I Mohamed Tarawalie from sierra Leone west Africa is highly interested towards this scholarship, and I have just completed to study diploma in Accounting and Finance at The institute of advance management and technology (IAMTECH) University.

  18. Comment:Please I am Caiphas Vicku from Ghana, when can I apply for government scholarship to study postgraduate program in India

  19. Thanks a million for providing scholarships to African students. However, I want you will start applications for the next academic year.

  20. i have already been accepted into an indian university, CT university,punjab , india. how do i apply for the scholarship.


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