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Scholarship for Engineering students in India opens up a gateway to an excellent career with immense growth opportunities. All the financial hurdles which may come in an engineering aspirant's path can easily be put off through Scholarship for Students of Engineering in India. Therefore, if their financial constraints are taken care of; then, the sky is the only limit for hard-working engineering students. This article focuses on such Scholarship for Engineering Students in India which comprises merit cum means based, merit-based scholarships, internships and competitions for the students who are pursuing various engineering courses such as BE, B.Tech, and other higher studies programmes.There are many Scholarships for Engineering Students offered by Government, private bodies and NGOs to Engineering students of the Country. Amongst them, IOCL has not come up with any scholarship since 2016. Most of these Scholarships for Engineering students in India are available for the students pursuing first-year engineering course which can be renewed from the second year until the completion of the course. 

Scholarship for Enginnering Students in India


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Merit Cum Means Scholarship For Engineering Students in India

Merit Cum Means Scholarship Merit Scholarships
IOCL Scholarship UGC Scholarship for Rank Holders
MOMA Scholarship OPJEMS Scholarship
 Central Sector Scholarship  IET Scholarship
North South Foundation Scholarship   Google Anita Borg Scholarship
 ONGC Scholarship  NTPC Scholarship
 LIC Golden Jubilee Scholarship  TOEFL Scholarship
Siemens Scholarship   Aditya Birla Scholarship
Panasonic Scholarship  GE Foundation Scholarship 
Foundation for Excellence Scholarship  Cargill Global Scholars Program
FAEA BHEL Scholarship  Samsung Star Scholarship


1. IOCL Scholarship (Discontinued)

This is a scholarship offered by Indian Oil to the first engineering students who have taken admission in the college in the first year. It is a merit cum means scholarship for engineering students whose annual family income is less than Rs. 1 lac. Preference will be given to the students whose family income is less than Rs. 60,000.

300 scholarships would be given to the engineering students. The selected students will be given Rs. 3000 per month for 4 years. IOCL also offers scholarships to Class 10/ ITI, MBBS & MBA students under this scholarship scheme.

2. MOMA Scholarship- Merit Cum Means Scholarship for Engineering Students

This scholarship for engineering students is offered by Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt. of India. Scholarships are given to the students belonging to national Minority Community that is Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, Parsis & Jains. It is also a merit cum means scholarship and more than 20,000 scholarships are given every year.

The scholarship is offered to the students who are enrolled in engineering colleges in India and whose annual family income does not exceed Rs. 2.5 Lacs. Students would be paid Rs.10,000 per year (Rs. 5000 for day scholars) + Course Fee. Full course fees would be compensated for the students studying in selected Engineering colleges like IITs & NITs.

3. Central Sector Scholarship Scheme for College & University Students

This scholarship is offered by CBSE and 82000 scholarships are given (41,000 each for boys and girls). The students who have taken admission in UG courses in Indian universities are eligible for the scholarship. 

The selected engineering students will be paid Rs. 1000 per month for 3 years and Rs. 2,000 per month in the 4th year provided that the annual income of the family does not exceed Rs. 6 Lacs.

4. North South Foundation Scholarship

The scholarship for engineering students is given by North South Foundation. The Scholarship is given to students pursuing professional courses like Engineering, Medical etc.The scholarship would be given for the entire course subject to the performance of the students.

The selected engineering students would be given a scholarship in the range of Rs. 5,000-15,000 per year given that the annual income of the family does not exceed Rs. 65,000

5. ONGC Scholarship for SC/ST Students

This scholarship is provided by ONGC for SC/ST students who are pursuing professional courses like Engineering.  Out of 500 scholarships, 247 will be provided to the students pursuing Engineering. The selected students will be given Rs. 4,000 per month for 4 years and the scholarship is subject to renewal every year.

To avail, this scholarship, the annual family income of the students should not exceed Rs. 4.5 Lacs per annum.

6. LIC Golden Jubilee Scholarship

The scholarship is provided by LIC and is applicable for students who are pursuing graduation in any stream from a Govt./ Private college. The selected students are provided Rs. 10,000 annually to pursue higher education provided the family income does not exceed Rs. 1 Lac.

The scholarship is provided for the entire duration of the course.

7. Siemens Scholarship 

This scholarship is for 1st year engineering students in IITs and NITs and whose annual family income is less than Rs. 2 Lacs.

8. Panasonic Scholarship

Scholarship by Panasonic India is for the 1st year engineering students who either hold a BPL card or are not able to fund their studies at IIT.

9. Foundation for Excellence Scholarship

It is a scholarship for B.Tech and MBBS students and is given to those students whose annual family income is less than Rs. 1,80,000. This is a scholarship given on merit cum means basis.

10. FAEA BHEL Scholarship

It is a scholarship provided by BHEL and is given to students of Socially & Economically Weaker Backgrounds in the Below Poverty Line - BPL Category.  It is given to engineering students as well as to the students in other streams like science, arts, and commerce. It covers the tuition fee, maintenance fee, books allowance etc.

11. Swami Vivekanand Merit Cum Means Scholarship (For West Bengal Students)

This is the Scholarship by Govt. of West Bengal for the students of the state who have taken admission in the first year program of the Engineering. The scholarship is applicable only to students whose annual parental income is less than Rs. 2,50,000.

Merit-Based Scholarships for Engineering Students in India

1. UGC Scholarship for Rank Holders

The students who have secured 1st and 2nd rank in university get the scholarship from UGC to carry on their post-graduation studies.

2. Central Sector Scholarship (By MHRD)

The scholarship is given by MHRD to the meritorious students who have secured good marks in Class 12 board exams and have taken admission in 1st year of an undergraduate course in a recognized university in India.

3. OP Jindal Engineering & Management Scholarship (OPJEMS)
Scholarship for Engineering students.
This scholarship is offered by O.P. Jindal Group companies and was started in 2007. Every year 100 scholarships are given to students from 40 engineering & management institution. The shortlisted students will take an online test to qualify for the scholarship.

Selected engineering students will receive Rs. 80,000 as scholarship.

 4. IET India Scholarship (Discontinued)

This scholarship is offered by IET for 2nd & 3rd year Engineering students in India. The scholarships worth Rs. 8 lacs will be given to the selected students. The students have to go through multiple rounds of selection including an online test to get this prestigious scholarship. This scholarship was not available for the year 2017.

5. NEST Scholarship

The scholarship exam is conducted by SUFI (NGO) and SEMCI and is open to 3rd & 4th year Engineering Students. 10 or more scholarships of Rs. 35,000 will be given and the topper of the NEST exam will get Rs. 75,000

6. Google Anita Borg Scholarship (Only for women)

The scholarship is given to female undergraduate/postgraduate students who are pursuing studies in the field of science or closely related field based on their academic performance and leadership qualities. Many Indian women have won this scholarship from Indian engineering colleges and science institutes.

7. NTPC Scholarship (Only for SC/ST & PH Candidates)

The scholarship program is for SC, ST & PH students who are studying at IITs, NITs, and BITS and have completed their first year at the respective college. The scholarship amount is Rs. 4000 per month.

8. TOEFL Scholarship

The scholarship is for pursuing undergraduate/ graduate degree program in institutes which accept TOEFL score in India, Australia, Mainland China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

9. Aditya Birla Scholarship

This Scholarship is by Aditya Birla Group for pursuing studies in IITs, IIMs, BITS Pilani and Law Colleges in India.

10. GE Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is given to 2nd-year students of the selected engineering colleges viz. MIT Manipal, VIT Univerity Vellore, IIT Gandhinagar, BITS Pilani and Tezpur University Assam. 

11. Cargill Global Scholars Program 

The scholarship is given to students of selected engineering colleges in India which are IIT Delhi, DTU, IIT Bombay, BIT Mesra and NIT Tiruchirapalli. The students will receive a scholarship of $2,000 (USD) per year for the 3rd and 4th year of their undergraduate studies.

12. Samsung Star Scholarship (For JNV Students)

This is the scholarship for students who have graduated from JNV and are pursuing B.Tech First year course.

13. Adobe India Scholarship for Women in Technology

This is an opportunity to pursue an Internship with Adobe India and also get a scholarship for the B.Tech Tuition Fee.

Other Opportunities for the Engineering Students

Exchange Programs

Internships for Engineering Students

  • MITACS Global Internship- 12 weeks Internship in Canada. (Open to 5th, 6th & 7th Sem Students)
  • Internship with Microsoft Research- Only Final Year students can apply for this.
  • DAAD wise Internship- Internship for around 3 months in top institutions in Germany. Students of 5th & 6th Sem can apply for this internship.
  • Viterbi-India Program- 8 weeks Research In USA supported by Viterbi School of Engineering and the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF)
  • University of Queensland Summer Research Program - It is a 10 weeks research program in Australia for 1st-year students of UG Studies.
  • Charpak Internship - It is offered by French Embassy in India to students pursuing graduate or postgraduate studies in science, economics or engineering fields and wish to attend training courses at a French laboratory during the academic break, i.e. between May and July.
  • LAMP Fellowship- An opportunity to work with a Member of Parliament in India after completing graduation for 11 months + a stipend of Rs. 20,000 p.m.
  • Lok Sabha Fellowship

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