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Organization : Ministry of External Affairs
Scholarship Name : SPDC Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children 2021-22
Applicable For : Diaspora Children
Application Last Date : 30th November, 2021
Website :

SPDC Scholarship For Diaspora Children

Government of India launched Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children” (SPDC) 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.

Eligibility Criteria

** SPDC is awarded to following four categories
(i) Children of Person of Indian Origin/OCI
(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

** SPDC is open to applicants in the age group of 17 to 21 years as on 31st July 2021.
** The total monthly income of the parent(s) of the candidate should not exceed an amount equivalent to US Dollars Four thousand

** Applicants/candidates who passed the qualifying examination (10+2) and has secured admission in an undergraduate course in the designated Institution in India

How To Apply?

Students who fulfill all other eligibility conditions can complete and submit the online application form on the SPDC portal

Step 1 : Visit the official website of SPDC through provided above.

Step 2 : Registered users please click on the login button to submit their online registration form.

Step 3 : New users please click on the register button to create login id and password.

Step 4 : A email verification link has been sent to your email address (don’t forget to check your spam folder). Please click on verification link to verify your registration.

Step 5 : Fill the application form with the following details and Click Submit button.

1. Name – Enter the name exactly as given in the records of the high school college. The same name should be used in all future correspondence.
2. Gender – Please select the appropriate box provided.

3. Date of Birth – Enter the date, month and year of your birth as per the English calendar and as recorded in the high school university certificate
4. Category – There are 4 categories of applicants. Please select the appropriate category

5. Citizenship
6. Country of residence
7. Country where you appeared for the Qualifying Examination – Enter the Name of the country from where the last requisite examination is qualified.

8. Enter the Name and Address of Parent/Guardian
9. Details of Institute where admission has been taken
10. Details of Qualifying Examination

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11. Passport Details – Provide details of Passport and enclose a copy of the same.
12. Details of study Abroad
13. Declaration by Applicant (Appendix B)
14. Declaration by Parents (Appendix D)

Documents Required

The following documents/transcripts/certificates have to be uploaded with the application Form

a) The authenticated transcripts of all marks/grades secured in the qualifying examination i.e. 12th Standard/ Grade The mark sheets downloaded from Internet (CERTIFIED) can also be submitted along with details of Roll No. allotted for appearing in the qualifying examination, name of Examining Board and the URL of the Examining Board’s Website from which it has been downloaded, for advance information.

b) In the case of NRIs/PIO/OCI, the qualifying examination 10+2 or equivalent (inclusive of 11th and 12th standard) should have been passed from any country listed at Appendix-A only. Certificates for these exams must be uploaded.

c) Children of Indian workers must have had at least 2 (two) years of education in any of the ECR countries (Afghanistan, Bahrain, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Yemen) during the last 6 (six) years and passed the qualifying examination inclusive of 11th and 12th standard or equivalent ). Certificates of these exams/ transcripts, mark sheets must be uploaded with the application form.

d) Applicants who belong to the two categories i.e., Children of Indian Workers of ECR countries studying outside India and Children of Indian Workers of ECR countries studying in India, applicants must submit a self-attested copy of the certificate certifying that the parent(s) of the candidate concerned is/are working in an ECR country since last two years. Copy of his work permit for the ECR country must be submitted.

e) In the case of PIOs/OCI, copy of PIO/OCI card or declaration about proof of Indian origin (attested by Head of Indian Mission) (Valid for next 5 years) must be enclosed with the application.

f) The marks obtained by the candidates in improvement/compartment examination shall not be considered.
g) Incomplete/illegible applications in any respect would be rejected.
h) Annual Self attested salary certificate of applicants’ parents duly signed by the employer based in a foreign country .

i) Declaration that candidate is not receiving any other scholarship or financial assistance or any other assistance under any other Government of India or State Government Scheme.

Guidelines :

Disbursement Of Scholarship

Admissible amount of scholarship shall be remitted by Ministry or through its designated agency directly to the concerned Institute/University on annual basis. Remittance of scholarship funds shall take place only on receipt of funds from MEA.

Note :
** The total expenditure likely to be incurred in pursuing various courses of study will be higher than the scholarship amount provided.
** It is in their interest to ensure that they have the adequate financial resources to meet these expenses for the entire period of study.

Last Date

Last Date for submission of Completed Application Form online on SPDC portal is 30th November 2021.

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