NATIONAL OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIPs for 2020-21


Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment 
Department of Social Justice & Empowerment 

NATIONAL OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIP FOR SC ETC. 

2020-21 

I. Objective of the Scheme The Central Sector Scheme of National Overseas Scholarship is to facilitate the low income students belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Denotified Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes, Landless Agricultural Labourers and Traditional Artisans category to obtain higher education viz., Master degree or Ph.D courses by studying abroad thereby improving their Economic and Social status. 

II. Scope 
a) In each Selection Year, 100 fresh awards, subject to availability of funds, will be given under the Scheme. The Scheme provides financial assistance to the selected candidates for pursuing Masters level courses and Ph.D. courses abroad in the Institutions/Universities accredited by the Government/ an authorized body of that country in any fields of study. 

b) The following is the category wise distribution of slots for various groups eligible for scholarship under the scheme: 

S. No. Category Numbers 
a) Scheduled Castes 90 
b) Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes 06 
c) Landless Agricultural Labourers and Traditional Artisans 04 
Total slots 100 

c) If for any specific year, successful candidates are not available to the extent prescribed for each of the above listed categories, the awards for that year will become open for candidates belonging to other categories mentioned above as per merit grades attained by such candidates. 
d) 30% of the awards for each year shall be earmarked for women candidates. However, in case, adequate women candidates are not available as per the stipulations of the scheme, then the unutilized slots will be utilized by selecting suitable male candidates. 
e) Bachelors Level courses in any discipline are not covered under the Scheme. 
f) Candidates already staying/ studying abroad are not eligible for scholarship under the Scheme. 
g) Candidates having unconditional offer of admission to top 1000 ranked foreign Institutes/Universities as per the latest available QS ranking only will be selected for grant of scholarship during the first three rounds of selection out of a total of four rounds in the selection year. During the fourth cycle of selection priority will be given as follows : 
i. Candidates having unconditional offer letter of admission from Top 1000 QS Ranking Institutions applying in the fourth cycle. 
ii. Candidates having unconditional offer letter of admission from other recognized Institutions who have applied for scholarship under the scheme during the previous cycles or current cycle. 
iii. Candidates submitting proof of applying in any recognized institution applying for scholarship under the scheme in any of the cycles. However, any financial condition mentioned in the offer of admission such as deposit of fee or any other amount, or proof of source of funds, shall not be a bar for consideration of application under the Scheme guidelines. 

III. Minimum Qualification In order to be eligible for scholarship, at least 60% of marks or equivalent grade in the qualifying examination would be required. In case of Ph. D courses, the qualifying exam would be Master’s Degree and for Master’s Degree courses, the qualifying examination would be Bachelor's Degree. 

IV. Age Not more than 35 (Thirty Five) years, as on first day of April, 2020. 

V. Income Ceiling Total family income from all sources shall not exceed Rs. 8.00 lakh per annum in the preceding year, i.e., 2019-20. 

VI. Family Under the Scheme, for determination of family income, the family will be considered as following: “The candidate applying for scholarship, his/her parents and siblings below the age of 18 years and also his/ her spouse and children below the age of 18 years.” Note: In case of married women, income of the in-laws and her spouse and children below the age of 18 years will be considered. 

VII. Maximum Number of children in a family for the award Not more than two children of the same parents/guardians will be eligible for scholarship under the scheme and a self-certification will be required from the candidate to this effect. An awardee cannot be considered for the award for a second time as the award can be given only once. The second child of the same parents/guardians will be considered only if slots are still available for that cycle in which the applicant has applied. 

VIII. Application Procedure 
a. The scheme will be advertised in the newspapers/ other media giving summarized information about the Scheme. The candidates shall, after assessing their eligibility and suitability, as per the eligibility conditions of the Scheme, can apply online to this Ministry on the portal, i.e., www.nosmsje.gov.in
b. The portal shall be opened for calling of applications from April, 2020 for a period of 30 days and only online applications received shall be considered for award in the first cycle of selection. In case the slots remain unfilled, the portal will be again opened every quarter for a period of 30 days (i.e. from 1st July, 2020 to 30th July, 2020, 1st October, 2020 to 30th October, 2020 and 1st January, 2021 to 30th January, 2021) until all the slots are filled. Once all the 100 slots are filled, the portal will not be reopened for submission of applications.
c. Online applications complete in all respects only shall be considered for award. All the incomplete applications will be summarily rejected. However, the rejected candidates will have the option to apply in subsequent phases of selection. 

IX. Selection Procedure 

a. Initially, only candidates who have obtained unconditional offer of admission from one of the foreign Institutions/ Universities which are in the list of top 1000 ranked institutions/ universities from the academic session 2020-21 and onward shall be considered for award of scholarship for studying in that Institution/University subject to fulfillment of other eligibility conditions of the Scheme. No request for change of Institution/University shall be entertained. 
b. For every cycle of selection, merit list of the eligible candidates shall be drawn up on the basis of the rank, as per the latest available QS ranking, of the foreign Universities/ Institutions where the candidate has secured admission and scholarships shall be awarded in order of merit. The candidates holding an offer letter from the higher ranked University/ Institution will be ranked higher in the merit list. In case of a tie between the QS rankings of two or more candidates their position in merit will be decided on the basis of the marks/grades secured by the candidate in the qualifying examination for the higher studies for which the scholarship has been applied for.
c. If, even after the third cycle of selections sufficient candidates have not been selected for award of scholarship, in the fourth cycle of selections such candidates who have either obtained unconditional offer of admission from, or have applied but not yet secured admission in, any foreign institute/ university shall also become eligible for award of scholarship, even if the institution/university does not figure in the top 1000 QS ranking. The merit list will be drawn in the following order during the 4th cycle of selection: 
i. The candidates already holding an unconditional offer letter from the top 1000 QS ranked foreign institutions/ Universities will be given preference and will be placed at the top of the merit list of the fourth cycle in the order of the QS ranking of the Institution they have secured admission in. If there is any tie that shall be resolved in the manner prescribed in b) above. 
ii. In case slots still remain vacant, such eligible candidates who have secured unconditional offer of admission in any foreign institution/ university and have applied for scholarship under the Scheme in any cycle shall be considered next. The merit of such candidates shall be based on the marks/ grades secured by the candidate in the qualifying examination for the higher studies for which the scholarship has been applied for. iii.If slots still remain vacant, candidates who have applied for, but have not yet secured unconditional offer of admission in any foreign University/ Institution, and applied for scholarship under the Scheme in any cycle shall be considered next. The merit of such candidates shall also be based on the marks/ grades secured by the candidate in the qualifying examination for the higher studies for which the scholarship has been applied for. 
d. The online applications of the eligible candidates shall be placed before the Selection-cum-Screening Committee for making their recommendations for selection and ranking of the eligible candidates for scholarship. e. The selected candidates who have already secured admission in foreign University/ Institution shall be issued provisional Award of Scholarship letters and Provisional Assurance letters shall be issued to such candidates who are yet to secure admissions in the foreign Universities/ Institutions. 
f. In case a candidate is given an award under the scheme, he/she shall be required to join the said course within a period of one year from the date of award letter failing which the award would stand automatically cancelled. The award will be admissible from academic year 2020-21 and no past claim will be entertained. 
g. In case a provisional assurance is given to the candidate, the same will be valid for a period of one year from the date of communication of the Assurance. The candidate given provisional Assurance will be required to obtain unconditional offer of admission in or join an accredited foreign University/ Institution within a period of one year from the date of the communication. On expiry of the specified period of time, the assurance will automatically get cancelled and no request for extension of assurance will be considered. 


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