The intense competition and limited number of seats in reputed government medical and engineering colleges add to the multitude of challenges that aspirants face. Low scores in JEE and NEET bring forth the necessity to pursue these courses in private colleges, which pose a heavy burden on the pockets. The expenses encompass tuition fees, study materials, coaching classes, and often relocating to a different city, making it a financial burden for many aspirants and their families.
However, these challenges should not deter your aspiration. Here is a list of the various private and government scholarships that offer financial assistance, sometimes covering up to 100% of the tuition fees.
ALL INDIA YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP ENTRANCE EXAMINATION (AIYSEE)
AIYSEE is a national level merit-based scholarship entrance exam for engineering and medical students. It is usually conducted in April and May. For government colleges, students will get up to 100% scholarship or maximum of Rs 40,000 per semester, whichever is lower. For private colleges, the candidates will get a grant of up to Rs 80,000 a year.
Eligibility: The aim of the scholarship is to offer financial assistance to high-performing students from any economic background. However, candidates have to pass 10+2 from a recognized board or are appearing in the year.
Selection: Candidates need to clear a qualifying exam after which they will be eligible to participate in the admission and seat allocation.
VICE-CHANCELLOR’S INTERNATIONAL MBBS SCHOLARSHIP, SYDNEY UNIVERSITY
The University of Sydney provides a $40,000 scholarship to high-achieving international students interested in studying medicine in Australia.
Eligibility: International students who have applied for and received an unconditional offer for a CRICOS-registered bachelor coursework degree are eligible for the funding.
The CRICOS or Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students is the official list of all Australian education providers authorised to offer courses to international students studying in Australia on student visas.
Selection: The scholarship will be awarded based on academic merit. The screening committee will suggest students.
HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL
The Harvard Medical School offers scholarships on need basis through endowed funds, fundraising, and unrestricted income. Scholarship eligibility is determined by subtracting the institutional expected family contribution from tuition and mandatory fees.
Eligibility: Candidates who are financially unable to pay the fee but meet the other requirements for admission to the courses are automatically considered for the scholarship.
Selection: Institutional scholarship assistance is available for up to eight semesters of full tuition rates. Candidates may also be queried about their premedical background, residency preferences, personal and professional interests, and academic achievement.
Apply at: https://meded.hms.harvard.edu/types-funding-md-program
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) provides INSPIRE scholarships to students pursuing higher education, including UG and PG programmes. Selected participants will receive a monthly stipend of Rs 5,000 as well as a mentorship award of Rs 20,000 per year.
Eligibility: Students interested in studying fundamental and natural sciences at college and university, as well as pursuing research careers in basic and applied science fields such as engineering, medicine, agriculture, and veterinary sciences, are encouraged to apply.
Selection: Candidates must have aggregate marks in the top 1% of their Class 12 state or central board. Candidates with a NEET or JEE rank of up to 10,000 are also eligible.
Apply at: https://www.online-inspire.gov.in
BEIJING GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS
China is a popular destination for Indian medical students due to its economical and high-quality education. Scholarships are available from the Chinese government to overseas students, including Indians.
Eligibility: International students wishing to pursue a PhD must be under the age of 40, those wishing to take a UG programme must be under the age of 30, and those wishing to pursue a Master’s degree must be under the age of 35. Applicants may apply to higher education institutions that are eligible to accept scholarship students.
Selection: The host university will examine applications, which must be submitted three months before the course begins. The academic record, health, and employment experience of students, among other things, will be confirmed.
Apply at: https://english.beijing.gov.cn/studyinginbeijing/scholarshipapplications/202006/t20200617_1926391.html