30 September 2018
SPDC Scholarship for Diaspora Children 2018-19 has been invited through an online application process by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The aspiring candidates can fill the application form through the official online application form given below this page. Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) is the scheme launched by the Government of India for the students of the following categories
SPDC Scholarship is for following students
MEA Scholarship for Diaspora Children came up with the revamped scholarship scheme to assist them in pursuing Under Graduate courses in Indian Universities/Institutes. Under SPDC Scholarship Scheme scholarship up to $4000 will be awarded on a merit basis to the 150 selected students. SPDC scholarship is there for pursuing undergraduate course (Professional and Non-Professional except for medical courses)
SPDC full form is Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children and it is a scholarship programme launched by Ministry of External Affairs for NRI and PIO students to pursue an undergraduate course in India with the support of financial assistance.
The list of the Indian Institutions & Universities in which SPDC Scholarship is applicable are given below. Candidates are advised to check the name of the institute carefully
In addition NITs, IIITs and SPAs covered under DASA Scheme, candidates admitted in other premier institutes covered under DASA Admission shall also be eligible for the scholarship under Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) Scheme. The last date to apply for SDPC Scholarship by MEA is 30 September.
SPDC Application starts date
SPDC Last date to apply
30 September 2018
SPDC result for selected candidates
The maximum scholarship amount offered is US$ 4,000 only.
The candidates will be provided with partial financial assistance to the coverage of 75% of the total Institutional Economic Cost (IEC) subject to a maximum of US$ 4,000 per annum in respect of NITs and other institutions covered under DASA Scheme with effect from the academic year 2011-2012 (covering those Institutes who had increased Tuition Fee for the Academic Year 2011-12 and onwards)
If there is no increase in tuition fees for the academic year 2011-2012, the existing limit of 75% of IEC or US$ 3600 whichever is less, would continue and would be made by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India to the candidates selected for the SPDC scheme.
Candidates securing 50% marks in aggregate in an academic year with clear pass marks in all subjects, would be eligible to receive the maximum acceptable scholarship the i.e. 75% of IEC or US$ 4,000.Candidates who secure less than 50% marks in aggregate in an academic year and have obtained pass marks in all subjects, would be eligible to receive 90% of the scholarship
Candidates, who could not secure candidates pass marks in all subjects but have been promoted by the Institute/University to the next academic year, would be eligible to receive 50% of the scholarship. Candidates, who have not been promoted to the next academic year, would not be eligible for any further scholarship in any condition.
Under SPDC scheme financial assistance for specific undergraduate courses (except Medical and related courses) is provided towards tuition fee, admission fee, etc. The SPDC Scholarship criteria are separately given below for the candidates of first as well as the second year. Total 150 Scholarships will be disbursed to the shortlisted candidates among which 50 scholarships will be reserved for Children of Indian workers (CIWG) in the 17 Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries.
|Eligible Candidates||Number of Scholarships|
|SPDC Candidates from 66 countries||100|
|SPDC candidates CIWG categories in 17 EC-R* countries||50|
*ECR Countries: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Of these 50 scholarships, for CIWG category students, 1/3rd shall be reserved for children who are pursuing studies in India,
|Region||PIOs and NRIs|
|Class/ Age||17 to 21 years as on 1 October 2018|
Students from the selected list of 66 countries are eligible to apply - Check here
Overall CGPA x 9.5 = Percentage
SPDC Eligible Courses List
The scholarship is eligible only for the following undergraduate courses. MBBS, BDS courses are not eligible under this scholarship scheme by MEA. There are in all 14 courses eligible for the scholarship programme.
The application for the Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) is available here. Applicants can only apply online for the scholarship scheme via official application link given below. Applicants are required to check for the steps containing guidelines given below before applying
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The list of the documents to be uploaded while filling the application form is given below. Candidates are advised to upload the scanned copy of the documents whose size must not be more than 50kb.
All the applicants will have to submit the SPDC Scholarship form on or before the last date. It is advised to keep a copy of the final confirmation page for the future references. Application forms will accurate details and the uploaded with the documents listed above will be considered. The merit list of the applicants will be prepared in December.
The selection of the candidates will be done on the basis of the qualifying marks and purely merit basis. The merit list will be prepared by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
All candidates who have been awarded a scholarship under SPDC will be informed of their selection on or around December. Thereafter, candidates (names displayed in Selection List) shall submit an undertaking (Appendix E) duly stamped & signed by the respective Institution (within 15 days of display of 1st merit list) that as per the requirements of SPDC Guidelines the Institute shall submit required documentation online from time to time.
OIA II Division, MEA
925, Akbar Bhawan
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021
Tel. : +91 11 2419 7927