National Overseas Scholarship for ST Candidates

National Overseas Scholarship for ST candidates

Last date to apply

September 10, 2016

About National Overseas Scholarship for ST candidates

  • National Overseas Scholarship for ST candidates is an initiative launched by Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India. It is an ST Scholarship to study abroad. This is a central scheme and was introduced in1954-55
  • Those students or professionals belonging to Schedule Tribe who scored 55% marks in their Bachelor's and Master's can apply for this scholarship to pursue Masters’/ Ph.D./Post-Doctoral Research in overseas institutes.

Fields of study eligible for National Overseas Scholarship for ST students are:

  1. Engineering
  2. Management
  3. Economic / Finance
  4. Applied Sciences
  5. Pure Science
  6. Medicine
  7. Agriculture
  8. Humanities
  9. Social Science

Latest Update: National Overseas Scholarship for ST students Application for two years,i.e, 2015-16 & 2016-17 has been released. 

Applications should reach the Ministry of Tribal Affairs office within 30 days from the date of publication of this advertisement in the Employment News or September 10, 2016, whichever comes later.

The advertisement was published in Employment newspaper on September 10, 2016.

  • Out of total 20 scholarships which are to be granted, 30% of the scholarships will be allotted to female applicants. The Scholarship will be granted in the following manner.


 No. of Scholarships No. of passage grants




Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PTG)



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National Overseas Scholarship for ST candidates Eligibility Criteria

Gender  Both
Region  All India
Class/ Age Below 35 years as on July 1

Category: The candidate must belong to a Scheduled Tribe Community in India. 

Age: The candidate must be below 35 years of age as on July 1, 2015 (for 2015-16) and July 1, 2016 (for 2016-17)

Educational Qualification:


Marks in previous Degree

Experience in Allied Field

For Post-Doctoral Research

55 % or Equivalent grade

5 Year

For Ph.D. Scholarship

56 % or Equivalent grade

2 Year

For Master's Degree

57 % or Equivalent grade

2 Year

  • Total annual income of the applicant or the Family must not exceed Rs.6 Lakhs even if he/she is self-employed or of parents/guardians and from other sources (allowances made for the purpose of income tax will not be considered)
  • Only one child from the same parents will be granted National Overseas Scholarship. 

For Passage Grant:

  • Only those ST Candidates are eligible for Passage Grant who are in receipt of a merit scholarship for study, research or training abroad, from a foreign organization/government or any other scheme where the cost of passage is not provided.

National Overseas Scholarship for ST candidates Reward

Distribution of the Scholarship

Eligible fields of study and number of seats for National Overseas Scholarship are:


Field of Study

Number of slots for the field of study









Applied Sciences



Pure Science










Social Science

  • After getting the scholarship, the scholars are liable to take admission in the concerned subject within 1 year, else the scholarship will be cancelled.
  • Duration of Scholarship:
    • For Post-Doctoral Research – 1 &1/2 years (One and a half year)
    • For Ph.D. - 4 years
    • For Master – 1/2/3 years.
  • Amount of Scholarship will be provided on the basis of the country chosen for further studies.

Annual Maintenance Allowance

  • For U.S.A and other countries
    • Annual Maintenance Allowance: USD 15,400 will be offered as Annual maintenance allowance for all level of courses.
    • Contingency Allowance: Allowance of 1512 USD for study tour/travel cost /books/essential apparatus / attending subject related conferences, workshops, typing and binding of thesis etc.
  • For United Kingdom
    • Annual Maintenance Allowance: GBP 9900 will be given Annual maintenance allowance.
    • Contingency Allowance: Allowance for typing, workshops, books/essential apparatus /study tour/travel cost for attending subject related conferences and binding of thesis etc. will be 1100 GBP.

Research/Teaching Assistantship 

Applicants can increment their prescribed maintenance allowances up to 2400 USD or 1560 GBP by engaging in activities related to Research/Teaching Assistantship. The maintenance allowance under the scheme is liable to be reduced in case the income exceeds the given limits.

Additional Allowances and Benefits

  • Fee: Actual amount of the tuition fee will be acceptable under the Scholarship.
  • Incident Journey Allowance: USD 18.70 or its equivalent in Indian rupees will be Incident Journey allowance.
  • Equipment Allowance: Equipment allowance of Rs.1320 per annum will be given.
  • Poll Tax: Payment of Actual Poll Tax wherever applicable will be done.
  • Visa Fee: The payment of Actual Visa Fees in Indian Rupees will be done.
  • Medical Insurance: The payment of Fees and Medical Insurance Premium will be done.
  • Air Fare: Economy class Air-fare for the return journey from India to the relevant destination will be paid.
  • Local Travel Allowance: Local Travel allowance will be provided after considering the requirements and criteria.
  • Domestic Travel for Interview: Second class/ordinary class bus fare from the city of residence to the city of the interview will be reimbursed.
  • Training for selected candidates: Support will be given to the finally selected candidates for the coaching of TOEFL/GRE/GMAT.

Return to India after the completion of course

  • The Awardees are required to come back to India after finishing their course.
  • Extension of stay: The stay can be extended for next two years by the consent of Indian Government, but no financial assistance will be provided to them for the extended period.
  • The reasons for the stay will get recorded in writing by Indian Mission.

National Overseas Scholarship for ST candidates Application form and Process

The students has to apply offline for the ST Scholarship by downloading the Application form. There is no online application for this.

To download the  for National Overseas Scholarship for ST 2015 application form>> Click here.

  • List of documents to be sent with the ST Scholarship Application Form
    1. Proof of Date of Birth.
    2. Mark sheet of Degrees/Diplomas/Certificates.
    3. As the scholarship is for only one child of the same parents, self-certification regarding the same will be required.
    4. Employed candidates need to submit a copy of latest tax assessment and latest monthly salary slip of the organization with which they are presently working.
    5. Offer letter from the institute in case already obtained.

Submission of the Scholarship Application Form

  • Employed candidates must forward their application through their employer along with a No Objection Certificate. 
  • Completely filled National Overseas Scholarship applications must reach the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India before the last date in the following Address:

The Director, Ministry of Tribal Affairs,
Government of India, [Education Section],
Room No. 412, B Wing, Shastri Bhawan,
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road,
New Delhi-110001.

National Overseas Scholarship for ST candidates Selection Process

The Selection Committee formed by the Government of India will do the final selection of awardees.

 Preference will be given to 

  • Preference will be given to student who has already taken admission in the foreign institute.
  • If there is a tie between two or more students, senior aged candidate as per the DOB mentioned in the 10th or 12th certificate will get the preference.
  • The candidates having work experience would be preferred over other inexperienced candidates.

National Overseas Scholarship for ST candidates Address

Ministry of Tribal Affairs,
Government of India [Education Section],
Room No. 412, B Wing, Shastri Bhawan,
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road,
New Delhi-110001.

National Overseas Scholarship for ST candidates Contact Details


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