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Organization : Ministry of External Affairs
Scholarship Name : SPDC 2017-18 Scholarship For Diaspora Children
Applicable For : Diaspora Children
Application Deadline : 30th September, 2017
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Scholarship For Diaspora Children :

Government of India launched a scheme called “Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children” (SPDC), in the academic year 2006-2007, for the children of Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to assist them in pursuing Under Graduate courses in Indian Universities/Institutes.

Update : SPDC Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children 2018-19 :

Number Of Scholarships:
Scholarship shall be provided to 150 selected students, without earmarking NRIs/ PIOs. 50 out of these 150 scholarships are earmarked for Children of Indian workers (CIWG) in the 17 Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries subject to fulfilling eligibility conditions.

Of these 50 scholarships 1/3rd shall be reserved for children who are pursuing studies in India, subject to fulfilling eligibility conditions. If any of these seats are not filled up, they will be made available to applicants from other categories under SPDC and vice-versa.

ECR countries are:
Afghanistan, Bahrain, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Eligibility Criteria:
(a) SPDC is awarded to following four categories:
(i) Children of Person of Indian Origin
(ii) Children of Non-Resident Indian
(iii) Children of Indian Workers in ECR countries studying outside India
(iv) Children of Indian Workers in ECR countries studying in India

The SPDC is open to applicants in the age group of 17 to 21 years as on 1st October 2017. Applicants born on or after 1st October, 1996 and before 1st October, 2000 are eligible to apply.

Date of birth as recorded in the Secondary Education Board/University Certificate of Class 10th or equivalent, or as mentioned in a certificate for this purpose issued by appropriate Government authorities of respective countries will be taken as authentic for this purpose.

Academic Qualification:
Qualifying Examination:
The candidate must have passed the Senior Secondary (10+2) or equivalent examination from a system of education recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), with requisite subjects.

Minimum Marks in qualifying Examination:
The candidate must have secured a minimum of 60% aggregate marks or equivalent grades in aggregate of all the subjects in the qualifying examination.

Subjects of Study in Qualifying Examination:
The candidate must have studied the prescribed essential subjects at the qualifying examination level to pursue a particular course of study.

How To Apply:
After obtaining admission in selected course in any of the institutes as mentioned in Appendix ‘C’, students who fulfill all other eligibility conditions can complete and submit the online application form on the SPDC portal (

Last Date :
Last Date for submission of Completed Application Form online onb SPDC portal ( is 30th September, 2017.

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