Indian Government (ICCR) African Scholarships 2024/2025 For Undergraduate & Postgraduate Students

Indian Government (ICCR) African Scholarships 2024/2025 For Undergraduate & Postgraduate Students; The Government of India, through the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), is extending a generous opportunity to African students with up to 900 scholarships available annually.

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These scholarships aim to support undergraduate, postgraduate, and higher studies programs at various esteemed institutions and universities across India.

Application deadlines for these scholarships vary, but typically fall on April 30th, 2024. This initiative originates from a landmark announcement made by the Honorable Prime Minister of India during the inaugural plenary of the India – Africa Forum Summit in April 2008.

It underscores India’s commitment to bolstering academic opportunities for African students by expanding scholarship opportunities for diverse academic pursuits, ranging from undergraduate to higher-level courses.

Administered by the ICCR on behalf of the Ministry of External Affairs, these scholarships cater to both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Applicants for doctoral or post-doctoral courses are required to furnish a synopsis of their proposed research area, while those passionate about performing arts are encouraged, where possible, to provide video or audio recordings of their performances.

Proficiency in English is a prerequisite, and applications sent directly to the ICCR by students or via local Embassies/High Commissions in New Delhi will not be considered.

Program Overview:

  • Offered by: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) on behalf of the Ministry of External Affairs
  • Number of scholarships: Up to 900
  • Target audience: African students
  • Levels of study: Undergraduate, Postgraduate, M.Phil/Ph.D, Postdoctoral
  • Application deadline: Varies, but generally ends April 30th
  • Offered annually: Yes


  • Must have adequate English proficiency
  • Cannot be applying for MBBS/MD, Dentistry, or Nursing
  • Priority given to students who haven’t studied in India before
  • Must have proper visa, confirmed university admission, and complete documents for verification
  • Not applicable for applications sent directly to ICCR or local Embassies in New Delhi


  • Living allowance: Varies based on level of study (Undergraduate: 5,500 INR, Postgraduate: 6,000 INR, etc.)
  • House rent allowance: Varies based on city (Grade 1 cities: 5,000 INR, other cities: 4,500 INR)
  • Contingent grant: Varies based on level of study and program (Undergraduate: 5,000 INR, Postgraduate: 7,000 INR, etc.)
  • Tuition fee and other compulsory fees: Covered as per actual cost (excluding refundable amounts)
  • Thesis/dissertation expenses: One-time grant depending on program (Scholar: 10,000 INR, other programs: 7,000 INR)
  • Medical benefits: Treatment at university medical centers, dispensaries, or nearest government hospitals (bills settled according to AMA/CGHS norms)

Duration: For the period of study

Eligible 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, 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, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sao Tome & Principe, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

To Apply:

  • Website:
  • Instructions: Read carefully before applying
  • Application method: Online only, no hard copies required
  • Additional resources: Scholarship webpage for details

Important Notes:

  • Students must meet individual university eligibility criteria.
  • University acceptance does not guarantee scholarship award.
  • Scholars are advised to bring some money for initial expenses in India.
  • Seek travel and scholarship details from Indian diplomatic missions in your country.

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