Deadline: 30 April 2021
The India Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR - www.iccr.gov.in) has announced 100 scholarships in the ICCR Scholarship Scheme for Indian Culture (A1209) at Indian universities / institutes for the academic year 2021 - 2022. This scholarship scheme was known until the last academic year as the “Scholarship Scheme for Dance and Music”. Now the scheme encompasses wider facets of Indian culture, not just limited to dance and music, but to performing art, theatre, culture, Indian cuisine, etc. Applications are by online through the ICCR A2A’s Scholarship Portal: http://a2ascholarships.iccr.gov.in. Following is the timeline for the scheme in 2021 / 2022:
15 March Open ICCR A2A Portal for admission
30 April Last date of application to be submitted by students
25 June Last date for universities to inform decision
5 July Last date of allocating scholarships and university
12 July Last date of acceptance by students
25 July second round students to convey their acceptances (if relevant)
Important links (from www.iccr.gov.in):
Highlights of the admission process
Applicants must be above 18 and below 30
Applications for admission are done directly with universities
Applicants have the option to apply to 5 universities/ institute of their preference
A 500-word essay in English to ascertain English proficiency. Students can also submit their TOEFL / IELTS or other standardized test scores. Depending on the institute, students may have to submit additional documents. Evidence of knowledge in the specialized field of dance, music, theatre, art, etc. Applicants must go through the institute’s website carefully for such requirements.
As part of the Government of India’s guidelines on direct payment to beneficiaries, scholarship payment to students will be through PFMS.
Return economy airfare to the nearest airport and 3rd AC train fare to the place of study, if required.
All ICCR scholarship students have to obtain medical insurance coverage on their own for a minimum assured sum of NR 500,000/- which us equivalent to USD 6,800 per annum before their travel to India.
Students are advised to visit the university or institute website and go though research of the course offered, eligibility criteria, and general information before applying for admission.