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A scholarship is a form of award given to students to help cover their study expenses and is often based on academic achievements. Most students want to have scholarships so that they don’t have to worry about financial problems and just focus on their study and college lives.

College Scholarships
Due to ever-increasing costs of going to college, it is a good idea to search out available scholarships and apply for them. Scholarships are one of the most enticing forms of financial aid available today. This is because they are available to anyone without any repayment requirements!

There are many web sites providing this free service. Some good examples are Collegeboard.com and Fastweb.com.

Don’t forget the deadlines. Each scholarship has its own application deadline.

A word of caution: If a scholarship has an application fee, don't apply. If you have to pay money to get money, it is probably a scam.

Be aware of scholarship scams. The scholarships are aimed to help students finance their study. Therefore, a real scholarship will not ask you to pay anything. Some scholarships may ask you to pay a little amount as the application fee. This amount is usually very small and you should check that organization’s web site or other sources to make sure they are legitimate. The application fee should be waived if you contact the scholarship provider and state your financial difficulties

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HERE are some links for web sites that provide information on international student scholarships and financial aid for international students:

International Education Financial Aid This site contains a free searchable database of 870 scholarships and awards for international students. Most are restricted to use at specific universities.
SFU Graduate Awards Database A small database of Canadian graduate and postdoctoral fellowships, compiled by Simon Fraser University.

ScholarshipsCanada.com ScholarshipsCanada.com is a large searchable database of more than 17,000 scholarships, prizes, and bursaries for students in Canada. It includes both school-administered and private awards. ScholarshipsCanada.com is published by EDge Interactive, 3470 Pharmacy Ave., Toronto, Ontario M1W 2S7, Canada, phone 416-494-3343, fax 416-494-0949.

StudentAwards.com StudentAwards.com is a free scholarship database focusing on scholarships and bursaries for Canadian students.

International Education Financial Aid (IEFA) – This site provides a searchable database that contains various sources of aid available to international students. It is a free service.

Rotary International – This organization provides some limited international student scholarships.

Cornell University Graduate School Fellowship Notebook – This database contains a list of funding and international student scholarships available to graduate international students.

King Faisal Foundation – This organization provides an international student scholarship program for Muslim students to undertake post-graduate studies at any USA university.

AAUW – This organization provides fellowships for international graduate students who are women.

International Student Loans – This site offers loans to international students, so long as the international student loan is co-signed by an American citizen.

Institute for International Education – The institute publishes a book titled Funding for U.S. Study: A Guide for Citizens of Other Nations that provides information on hundreds of grants and international student scholarships offered by governments, foundations and international organizations.

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gatha Harrison Memorial Fellowship ( St. Antony's College, Oxford)
Level of Study : Advanced Research
Duration : 1year
Notification : Employment News / Leading Newspapers in : April/May every year
Subject Fields : Modern Indian Studies in History, Economics, Political Science.
Eligibility : Indian national. Age 30-40 yrs in case of general candidates and 42 years in case of Sc/St candidates as on October of the in-take year..
Qualifications Uniformly brilliant academic record (with 60% marks at Master's degree level) with Ph D degree in the subject field or published works of equivalent merit.Minimum three years teaching experience at Graduate/Post-Graduate level.
Value /Passage Cost :Stipend of Pounds 16,927 and economy class air passage (both ways) borne by the Government of India.
Application Procedure: Typed application with attested copies of testimonials, programme of study, photograph and otheron plain paper. Employed persons should send their applications duly sponsored by their employer.
Contact Address : Section Officer, Es.4 Section (Scholarships), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Education, (ES 4) External Scholarships Division, A1/w3 Curzon Road Barracks, K G Marg, New Delhi 110001.
Commonwealth Scholarships and fellowship
This is an annual scheme made available to all Commonwealth countries by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. The India programme is managed jointly by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU, UK); Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India and the British Council. Scholarships and Fellowships are available for a wide range of subjects.
Clinical training/research  medicine: cancer research (including cancer epidemiology); cardiology, gynaecology, medicine and dentistry. 
Master's Engineering and Technology: electronics; environmental studies; remote sensing technology; communication engineering; bio-technology/biochemical engineering; robotics (including artificial intelligence). 
Science (pure and applied): mathematics; molecular biology; physics; chemistry (including pharmaceutical/ medicinal chemistry), 
Agriculture and allied fields: animal husbandry; agronomy; forestry. 
Humanities and Social Sciences: history; sociology; management studies; fine art; (including western painting, art history, graphic design and sculpture); economics, philosophy; psychology; computer applications, law; English (literature/linguistics). 
Doctoral: subjects as above excluding Medicine.
Candidate requirements: To apply for a scholarship, you must: be an Indian citizen residing in India 
Have completed tertiary education in English medium,  hold a doctorate (or other postgraduate qualifications accepted as sufficient for the career you are in) have been awarded your doctorate no less than five and no more than ten years from the date of taking up the 
Fellowship: Have at least two-years experience as a staff member of a university or similar institution in your home country be aged 50 or under at time of applying.
Selection: The preliminary selection of candidates for scholarships is carried out in India by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Department of Education, Government of India. The preliminary selection is done through a process of short listing of applications, followed by personal interviews in New Delhi.
Funding: University fees, scholar's return travel, allowance for books, apparatus, approved study, travel, personal maintenance (plus allowances, where applicable, for spouse and children). Fixed Research Support Grant in case of research.
When to apply: You must apply for these scholarships at least one year before the course starts. Deadlines vary, so you must check that you know what the deadline is before applying.
Notification: These scholarships are advertised in July or August every year in national dailies/ employment news for the awards beginning the following academic year
Interview dates: The interviews are normally held in November or December for the awards beginning September of the following year. The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), London, does the final selection on the basis of the nominations sent by the MHRD.
Visas: Student visas for the UK will be arranged gratis by the British Council. AWARD Master's/M.Phil/ PhD/ one-year clinical training/Fellowship.
For general information, contact:
The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) John Foster House 36 Gordon Square London, WC1H OPF T: +44-207-387 8572
Scholarships: Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) Department of Education External Scholarships Division A-1/W-3, Curzon Road Barracks Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001 T: +91-11-338 6401
Fellowships: University Grants Commission Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi -110001 T: +91-11-323 3895 British Council elhi: csfp@in.britishcouncil.org Chennai: chennai.
Scholarship: scholarship@in.britishcouncil.org  in the respective cities namely,Kolkata,Chennai,Mumbai,New Delhi  
Do not write to the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) in London, as they cannot allocate individual scholarships.
Contact the Commonwealth Scholarship Agency in your own country.
Fulbright Fellowships
Since 1950, USEFI has awarded approximately 7,180 Fulbright fellowships to Indians and Americans. In addition to these programs sponsored by the US Department of State, USEFI has also administered approximately 7,450 fellowships funded by the U.S. Government such as the East-West Center grants, Faculty Research Abroad Program, Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program and Group Projects and Seminars Abroad Program.
Funding for Fulbright fellowships are allocated by the Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Division of the Department of State.
Guidelines and policies for administration of the fellowships are laid down, reviewed and revised periodically, by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB), whose members are appointed by the U.S. President.
Fulbright programs in India are administered by USEFI's Board of Directors, in conformity with the guidelines set by FFSB. Agencies for cooperating with Fulbright Commissions in administering the fellowships in the U.S. are appointed by the Department of State through the ECA Division.
The Institute of International Education (IIE) through its various wings and regional offices, has been fulfilling this role for a very long time.
Fellowships for Indian Citizens
How to Apply/ General Prerequisites: The applicant should: be a responsible Indian citizen who can contribute to a full and fair picture of the culture and civilization of India, and thereby help to promote understanding and friendship between the peoples of the United States and India;
Have a high level of academic/professional achievement; demonstrate proficiency in the English language which is commensurate with the project that s/he wishes to pursue and is adequate to adjust to life in the U.S.
The applicant may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); be present in India while submitting the application and for the interview (if required);
Be eligible for leave, if employed; be in good health; and not have been in the U.S. during the past three years on a teaching, research, study or professional assignment for a continuous period of three months or more, when submitting the application.
Application Procedure and Guidelines Application material may be obtained in person from any of the USEFI offices or requests may be sent to the USEFI office in your region along with a self-addressed and stamped (Rs.15.00) 10" x 7" envelope.
Please state your academic/professional qualifications, date of birth, present position, and fellowship category in your request letter.
Completed applications (including enclosures, if any) must be submitted through the appropriate administrative authority (Vice-Chancellor / Registrar/Director/Principal) to the USEFI office in your region. Applicants are requested to submit separate applications if applying for more than one fellowship category.
Deadline: Applications must reach USEFI by the specified deadline date or the following Monday if the deadline falls on a weekend. In the case of central or state government employees, a copy of the completed application should be sent, through the proper channel, to the "Deputy Secretary (U-4), Department of Secondary Education and Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), Shastri Bhavan, New Delhi 110001, to reach the Ministry two weeks before the application deadline.
Such candidates are advised to send an advance copy (a photocopy of the completed application) along with a copy of the forwarding note to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, to USEFI, New Delhi, well before the application deadline.
Consideration will, however, be given only if the application forwarded by the Ministry of HRD reaches USEFI by the deadline. Incomplete applications or applications not forwarded through the proper channel will not be considered.
Applicants are also advised to request three referees to send in their recommendations, either on the Reference Report Form or the referee's letterhead (as specified in the Preliminary Application Form), directly to the USEFI office in New Delhi.
In case of employed candidates, the employer's comments in the application form must indicate that leave will be granted for the fellowship.
All entries in the application form must be typewritten or computer-generated and not handwritten.
A completed application should not be sent as an attachment through e-mail.
Selection Process Expert committees will review all eligible applications. Applicants recommended by the committees will be required to appear for an interview with the USEFI National Selection Committee in New Delhi.
In case of certain fellowship categories, applicants may be required to appear for regional level interviews as well. Decisions taken by the committees in connection with the selection process will be final and requests for reconsideration will NOT be entertained.
The United States Educational Foundation in India have announced Fulbright Fellowships for Indian citizens for the academic year 2003-4 and have invited applications for the same.
The application material/ forms etc. can be obtained from the address given below .
The last date for obtaining application material from the designated offices and other deatils of the fellowships in different categories are available at the website:www.fulbright-india.org
Address for contact: Fulbright House, 12 Hailey Road, New Delhi-110001, Tel.91-11-3328944-48, E-mail: info@fulbright-india.org
Paul Moonves Memorial Scholarship

It was instituted to honor Paul Moonves, former AIFS Treasurer and Executive Vice President, one $2,500 scholarship will be awarded per semester to students studying and/or interning with AIFS in Amsterdam, Holland. The scholarships will be awarded to students based on outstanding potential and innovative spirit, rather than past academic performance. Students will need to meet all existing AIFS GPA requirements. A selection committee, which includes friends and colleagues of Mr. Moonves, will meet each semester to review the submitted essays and award the scholarships

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