Israel Government Scholarship 2015-2016

Diversity is the key to well-rounded development of every individual. Today, with the Internet and social networking, the world is becoming a smaller place, leading to curiosity about various cultures and lifestyles. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India encourages cultural exchange and studies involving diverse cultures and countries through scholarship tie-ups with other governments. One such scholarship is the Israel Government Scholarship.

Scholarship details

Once the applications are received, a total of 10 candidates are shortlisted and their applications are sent to the Government of Israel for final selection. For 2015-2016, seven candidates will be awarded scholarships, of which two candidates will be given scholarships for studies in the Hebrew Language and five will be given scholarships for one academic year/research.

The scholarships are awarded for a duration of 8 months. The fields of study include comparative study of religions (with specific reference to Judaism), middle east studies, Hebrew language and literature, history of the Jewish people, agriculture, biology, biotechnology economics, business management, mass communication, environment studies and chemistry.

The value of the scholarship is decided by the Government of Israel and may vary each year. The scholarship bestowed upon a candidate could be partial or full.

Important dates

The last date for submission of applications is November 28, 2014.

Application procedure

All prospective candidates must visit the MHRD's website and fill up the online application form. Applications for 2015 are now closed.

Additionally, the following documents must be submitted at the time of sending the application:

  • Proof of age
  • Copies of degrees/certificates, including transcripts
  • Copies of letters exchanged with Israeli universities or the Israel supervisor
  • Minimum two letters of recommendation from lecturers/professors
  • Offer letter from the university (if available)
  • Recent passport-size photographs
  • Records of any academic awards
  • Employed candidates must obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from their employer. Government servants need to furnish proof of cadre clearance.

The applicants must also submit a 500 word write-up elaborating on their undertaken project or proposed field of study/research to be conducted in Israel.

A select number of shortlisted candidates will receive interview calls once the applications are examined. these candidates must attend an interview. At the time of interview, the candidates must carry along the original certificates and mark sheets (Class X, XII, graduation and post graduation), transcripts of the graduation degree and the No Objection Certificate / cadre clearance (as applicable).

Eligibility criteria

  • For the research/specialization studies, a Master's degree in the relevant field with a minimum of 60% in the subjects of Agriculture, Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Environment Studies. Alternatively, a Master's degree in the relevant field with a minimum of 55% in the remaining subjects.
  • Students applying for post-graduate studies in the Hebrew language must submit proof of English or Hebrew language knowledge.
  • Candidates should have adequate knowledge about Israel in terms of geographical situation, culture and heritage.
  • There is no upper age limit for applying for the scholarship.

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