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Organization : Ministry of External Affairs
Scholarship Name : SPDC Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children 2023-24
Applicable For : Children of NRIs/PIOs/OCIs
Application Last Date : 10th December 2023
Website : https://spdcindia.gov.in/login/guideline.php
What is SPDC Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children?
Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children SPDC is sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India. 150 scholarships are offered annually under the SPDC scheme to children of NRIs/PIOs/OCIs who have studied outside India in any of the foreign countries. The applicant must have secured a minimum of 60% aggregate marks or equivalent grades in aggregate of all the subjects in the Senior Secondary (10+2) or equivalent examination. Last Date of Scholarship is 10th December 2023.
Number of Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children
150 scholarships are offered annually under the SPDC scheme to children of NRIs/PIOs/OCIs who have studied outside India in any of the foreign countries.
** Out of these 150 scholarships, 50 are earmarked for the Children of Indian Workers in all the ECR countries, subject to them fulfilling all the eligibility criteria.
** Further, out of the 50 scholarships earmarked for Children of Indian Workers in ECR countries, 1/3rd of scholarships (i.e. 17 slots) are reserved for Children of Indian Workers in ECR countries who have studied in India, subject to fulfilling all the eligibility conditions.
** Apart from that, 50% slots in all the categories are earmarked for female students.
Eligibility Criteria of Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children
SPDC is awarded to the following two categories
(a) Children of NRIs/PIOs/OCIs– who have studied outside India.
(b) Children of Indian Workers in ECR countries – those who have studied outside India and those who have studied in India
The SPDC is open to the applicants in the age group of 17 to 21 years as on 31st July in the year to apply for SPDC. Date of birth as recorded in the Secondary Education Board/University Certificate of Class 10th or equivalent, or as mentioned in the Birth certificate issued by appropriate Government authorities of respective countries will be taken as authentic for this purpose.
** Applicants from all the categories must have passed grade 11th and 12th from abroad.
** However, to apply under the category of Children of Indian Workers in ECR countries, who have studied in India, the applicant must have passed grade 11th and 12th or equivalent examination from a system of education recognized by the Association of Indian Universities(AIU).
** Applicants who have not passed the qualifying examination from a foreign country except in the case of children of Indian Workers in ECR countries who have studied in India, shall not be eligible for SPDC.
** The applicant must have secured a minimum of 60% aggregate marks or equivalent grades in aggregate of all the subjects in the Senior Secondary (10+2) or equivalent examination.
How To Apply for Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children?
Applicants who have passed the qualifying examination (10+2)and has secured admission in an undergraduate course in the designated Institutions in India as mentioned above and fulfill other eligibility criteria can apply for scholarship under SPDC and submit the required documents on the SPDC portal (https://spdcindia.gov.in).
Submission Of Application Form
(i) The online scholarship Application form is available at https://spdcindia.gov.in. All applicants are required to save the information filled while completing the online application Form.
(ii) Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi shall not be responsible for any delay in submitting the Application form.
(iii) Merely applying does not guarantee any scholarship/admission in any institution.
(iii) The following documents/transcripts/certificates have to be uploaded with the application Form:
(a) Authenticated transcripts of marks/grades secured in the qualifying examination i.e. 12th Standard/ Grade.
(b) Pass certificates must be uploaded of the 11Th and 12Th standard examination.
(c) To apply under the categories at Para 3(i)(b)&(c), copy of the valid work permit of the parent(s) for the ECR country must be uploaded with the application.
(d) In the case of PIOs/OCIs, 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 uploaded with the application.
(e) In the case of NRIs, copy of the NRI certificate must be submitted with the application.
(f) Incomplete/ineligible applications in any respect will be rejected.
(g) Self attested Annual Salary certificate of applicant’s parents duly signed by the employer based in a foreign country.
(h) Declaration that applicant is not receiving any other scholarship or financial assistance or any other assistance under any other Government of India or State Government Scheme.
How To Complete The Application Form?
(i) The application form must be filled in ENGLISH language.
(ii) ONLY one application per applicant is allowed.
(iii) Applicants must ensure that they fulfill all the eligibility requirements for application, i.e. education, age, residence and physical fitness, etc. Grant of scholarship benefit is subject to verification of facts from original certificates/documents.
(iv) Dimension of the Passport size Photograph to be uploaded:-
Width: 100 px to 200px
Height: 120 px to 230px
Dimension: 200 x 230 pixels(preferred)
Size of File: 20 to 50Kb.
(v) Ensure that the size of the scanned image is not more than 50KB. Upload your recent photograph(20-50kb)in the appropriate place in the application form.
(vi) 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.
(vii) Gender: Please select the appropriate box provided.
(viii) 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.
(ix) Category: There are 2 categories of applicants i.e. (a) Children of PIOs/OCIs/NRIs who have studied outside India; and (b) Children of Indian Workers in ECR countries-those who have studied outside India and those who have studied in India. Applicant can select only one category, and must select the appropriate category after due consideration.
(x) Citizenship: Applicant must select appropriate citizenship option.
(xi) Country of residence: Applicant must select appropriate country of residence.
(xii) Country where you appeared for the Senior Secondary (10+2) Examination. Applicant must enter the name of the country from where the applicant passed the qualifying examination ( 10+2 ).
(xiii) Name and Address of Parent/Guardian: Applicant must enter the complete name of parent(s). If parents are not alive, applicant may mention the name of his/her guardian in case the applicant is below 18 years and also clearly indicate how applicant is related to the guardian.
(xiv) Applicant must enter complete postal address, telephone/fax number/email address abroad and in India, the address to which all correspondence is to be sent.
(xv) In case of any clarification, the applicant may contact the so1oia2[AT]mea.gov.in.
What is the Last Date of SPDC Scholarship?
Last Date for submission of Completed Application form online on SPDC portal is 10 December 2023