National Overseas Scholarship For Students With Disabilities


MHRD Scholarship

Over the past few years, it has become increasingly easier for Indian students to pursue higher studies abroad. Their endeavors are helped by the numerous scholarships available to them. Till now, however, there were no scholarships to study abroad specifically meant for students with disabilities.

The National Overseas Scholarships to study Abroad for Disabled Students:

Therefore, in 2014, the government via the Central Sector has introduced the National Overseas Scholarships to study abroad (master's and Ph.D) for students with disabilities, in the following areas of studies:

Sr. No.

Name of Field of Study

Subjects Included


Engineering and


1.Bio-technology/Genetic Engineering

2.Industrial Environmental Engineering


4.Marine Engineering

5.Petro-Chemical Engineering

6.Plastic Technology

7.Cryogenic Engineering


9.Automation Robotics in including

Artificial Intelligence

10.Laser Technology


12.Low Temperature Thermal Dynamics

13.Dock and Harbor Engineering

14.Imaging System Technology

15.Composite Materials Engineering

including Decentralised Power

Distribution(for Solar Heat) system, Energy Storage Engineering, Energy Conservation, Energy Efficient Habitat Engineering

16.Packaging engineering./Technology

17.Nuclear Engineering

18.Information Technology including

Computer Engineering, Software, Software Quality Assurance, Networking/Connectivity Engineering,

Communication System under Hazardous or Post- disaster conditions, Multi-media Communication

20. Industrial Safety Engineering

21. Neurology

22. Pediatrics

23. Psychiatry

24. Reproductive health

25. Oncology

26. Nuclear Medicine


Agricultural/Allied Fields

1.Agriculture and Agro Technology



4.Floriculture & Landscaping

5.Food Sciences & Technology

6.Forestry & Natural Resources


8.Plant Pathology

9.Farm Power & Machinery

11.Veterinary Sciences

12.Soils & Water Management

13.Plant Breeding & Genetics

14.Small-scale Rural Technology


Humanities and Social Science

1. Economics

2. Anthropology

3. Sociology

4. Journalism & Mass Communication


Pure Science/ Applied Science

1. Ocean and Atmospheric Science

2. Mathematics

3. Molecular Biology

4. Physics



Finance/ Management

1.Corporate Finance

2. Development Finance

3.Business management

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students with disabilities below 35 years of age securing 55% marks and above in bachelor's degree/ master's degree within parental annual income of Rs.6,00,000/-per annum are eligible to apply.
  • The scholarship is effective from 1st April, 2014. Also, only two children from the same family will be eligible for the scholarship.

Scholarship Specifications

There are 20 scholarships available per year (6 scholarships reserved for women) meant for students wanting to pursue Master's and Ph.D abroad. The annual maintenance and contingency allowance for candidates going to the US and other countries is 15,400 USD and 1,500 USD respectively. The annual maintenance and contingency allowance for candidates going to the UK is GBP 9,900 and GBP 1,100 respectively. Financial assistance will be provided till the course is completed or till the following period (whichever is earlier):

  • PhD - 4 years
  • Masters Degree - 3 years

Application Procedure

  • Candidates may apply for two types of grants a) scholarships and b) passage grants.
  • They will need to download the form from ( and submit it to the Under Secretary, DD-IV-B Section, Department of Disability Affairs, M/o SJ&E, Govt. of India, PDUIPH, 4, Vishnu Digambar Marg, New Delhi - 110 002 within one month of the publication of the advertisement for the scholarship.
  • Students will also need to submit a number of additional documents to validate their application form particulars the details of which can be found in the application form itself.

The last date for application is 30th September 2017.

Contact Details

Officer to be contacted:

Shri J. P. Dutt, Deputy Secretary (Cdn.),
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment,
Room. No. 740, 'A', Wing, Shastri Bhawan,
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road,New Delhi - 110001 (India)
Email: [email protected]

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