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The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has announced the General Scholarship Scheme (A1201)for international students at Indian Universities/institutes for the academic year 2022-23. Applications are invited online through ICCR's A2A Scholarship Portal http://a2ascholarships.iccr.gov.in, which will be operational from 25th January 2022. The last date of application is 30 April 2022. There are 4 seats available to students from Peru and 2 seats for Bolivia.


  1. ICCR has also announced the Scholarship Scheme for Indian Culture (A1209) for pursuing studies of dance, music, theatre, performing art, sculpture, Indian languages, Indian cuisine, etc, for the academic year 2022-23.This programme offers 100 slots (globally). Applications are to be made through the ICCR A2A portal (http://a2ascholarships.iccr.gov.in). 
  2. These scholarship programmes include return economy class air-fares to the nearest airport and 3rd AC Train fare to the place of study, if required. The Embassy will book one way economy class ticket (from the country of origin to India). 
  3. Applicants are advised to directly send their applications to the respective universities.


  1. Applicants have the option to apply to 5 universities/institutes in the order of their preference of study. The admission, as far as possible, shall be given as per the applicant's preference. However, there may be a scenario when students do not get admission to their preferred universities/institutes due to the limited number of seats on offer. Students should therefore be prepared to receive admission from any of their five preferences.


  1. Interested students are advised to visit the respective university/institute website regularly to see courses offered, eligibility criteria and, general information about the university/institute before applying for admission. The students should ensure that they are eligible for the course and meet the eligibility criteria and should submit relevant documentation as required by the Universities, in addition to the basic certificates mentioned in the application form. They are also advised to refer to the University’s Handbook / University Grants Commission's website etc.


  1. For Academic Year 2022-23, a 500-word essay in English has been introduced to ascertain English proficiency. Besides, students can also submit their TOFEL / IELTS, etc. Standardised Test scores, if available. The universities/institutes may also conduct interviews of the applicants online if so required. Rejected candidates will be intimated by the university directly.


  1. It is compulsory for all ICCR scholarship students to procure medical insurance policy with a minimum sum assured for Indian Rupees Five Lakhs per annum (US$6500 approx). The medical insurance coverage can be done either by themselves before travel or immediately after reaching India. Students can purchase medical insurance from any of the insurance companies of their choice. However to facilitate students, A2A Portal has two insurance companies for referral purposes. The revised forms are uploaded on the A2A Portal.


  1. Foreign students are advised to stay in the campus hostel, if available. However, students are allowed to stay in private accommodation if the concerned institute does not insist on staying in their hostel.


  1. Detailed guidelines on the process of applying for ICCR Scholarships are available on the A2A Portal.


APPLICATION TIMELINES (for both scholarship programmes)


25-January-2022: Opening for ICCR A2A Portal for admissions. 

30-April-2022:  Last date of application to be submitted by students.