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Announcement of General Scholarship Scheme (GSS) 2017-18 

The Government of India is offering two (02) scholarships under the General Scholarship Scheme (GSS) to meritorious students from Belarus for the academic year 2017-18. Students wishing to pursue under-graduate, post-graduate degrees, or research, as well as classical dance and music at Indian Universities can apply for the scholarship. The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) administers this scholarship scheme.

The scholarship covers all courses except medical-related (MBBS, MD, MS, BDS, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Anaesthesia, etc.) and fashion-related courses. The Embassy of India can assist in providing information regarding the educational institutions and the various courses offered in India.

The candidates should meet the following selection criteria: (i) the candidate should have the eligibility (qualification) to apply for the course; (ii) should be proficient in English; and (iii) should not have serious health problems. Priority will be given to students who have never studied in India before. Applicants who intend to study B.E./B.Tech course, must ensure that they have studied Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics (PCM) in their school leaving examinations as this is mandatory for Engineering courses.  Applicants are also advised to do due diligence and research on the specific admission criteria laid down by the various Universities for each course and ensure that they submit all relevant documentation as required by the Universities in addition to the certificates mentioned in the ICCR Scholarship Application Form. Candidates applying for doctoral/post-doctoral course should attach a synopsis of proposed area of research.  Candidates who wish to study performing arts (classical dance/music) should attach video/audio cassettes of their performances.

The scholarship covers Tuition Fees, Living Allowance, House Rent Allowance, Contingent Grant, Thesis and Dissertation Expenses. For the Science courses, the expenditure on laboratory, chemicals and other related incidental charges will be borne by the scholars themselves.  Please note that airfare will NOT be provided under this scholarship scheme.

The completed application (6 copies) form as per the guidelines, along with the relevant enclosures and five additional passport size colour photos should be submitted or posted to the address given below, latest by 10th January 2016.

The ICCR Scholarship Application Form and the Guidelines and other related information can be downloaded from the links below: 

General Instructions to Applicant
Application form and General instructions
Undertaking by the Candidate
List of Indian Universities and Institutions 
Financial Terms and Conditions 


For further information, please contact: : Ms.Asha Tewari, ITEC In-Charge,  Embassy of India, Sobinova 63, Minsk 220040, Belarus, Email : itec.minsk@mea.gov.in; 

In order to streamline the grievances redressal mechanism for ICCR sponsored foreign students a Helpline email has been created to address the grievances of such students: ICCR STUDENT HELPLINE EMAIL : studenthelpline.iccr@gov.in


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