National Scholarship Portal – A Hub for Government Scholarships
National Scholarship Portal (NSP) is a digital scholarship platform which carries multiple scholarships offered by central government, state governments and different government agencies like UGC (University Grants Commission), AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education), etc. The National Scholarship Portal hosts about 50 scholarships worth hundreds of crores among the scholarship seekers registered on the platform. According to officials, the platform has, so far, helped government implement and disburse scholarships worth more than INR 2000 crores. The platform boasts of more than 125 Lac applications out of which 105 Lac applications are verified also.
Do these facts excite you? If yes, then find out more about the national scholarship portal by reading further.
Latest: The deadline for National Means cum Merit Scholarship has been extended to 15 December 2018. Hurry! Apply
National Scholarship Portal – What it is?
Introduced as the Mission Mode Project under the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), the National Scholarship Portal emerges as one of the most prominent scholarship portals that offer a variety of services ranging from student scholarship application to the disbursal of scholarships to them. Offering a SMART (Simplified, Mission-oriented, Accountable, Responsive & Transparent) system for effective and faster disposal of scholarships, the portal ensures direct delivery of funds to the beneficiary’s account thereby avoiding any chances of leakage.
The NSP can benefit you in the following ways –
- You can find all kinds of scholarships information on one platform.
- You have to make a single integrated application for all scholarships which simplifies the application process.
- The portal renders enhanced transparency to all its users.
- You can find the master data for all courses and institutions at an all-India level on this single platform.
- It also serves as a great tool for departments and ministries in the form of DSS (Decision Support System)
National Scholarship Portal – Why it was created?
What was the need to create this portal? This is an obvious question to occur in your mind. The key objectives behind the creation of this National Scholarship Portal include –
- To ensure that the scholarships are being disbursed to students on the timely basis
- To offer a common platform for both Central and State Government scholarships
- To create a transparent scholars’ database
- To avoid duplication that occurs while processing the applications
- To harmonize the variety of scholarships and their norms
- To ensure the application of DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer)
National Scholarship Portal – How students can benefit from it?
Now when you are aware of the benefits that the National Scholarship Portal renders to the students, here is how you can get the best out of this portal –
- Check the eligibility for the NSP scholarships available.
- Register yourself with National Scholarship Portal and apply for the scholarship you are eligible for.
- Make hassle-free submission of application online.
- The authorities will do the verification of the online application. Meanwhile, you can also track the status of your application through the portal.
- If successfully verified, the scholarship amount will be directly credited to the account of the student through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). Know the current status of NSP scholarship payment through the portal.
National Scholarship Portal – Various scholarships it covers
Known for its nationwide reach, the National Scholarship Portal covers almost all types of scholarships for students studying in class 1 to PhD level. The variety of scholarships that the NSP covers are majorly categorized under the following sections –
- Central schemes
- UGC schemes
- AICTE schemes
- State schemes
National Scholarship Portal – Central Schemes
Different department operating under the Government of India runs a number of scholarships to help students pursue their dream academic career without any financial constraint. The renowned providers in the realm of scholarships include the Ministry of Minority Affairs (MOMA), Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MSJE), Ministry of Labour and Employment (MLE), Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MTA), Department of Higher Education (DHE) and more.
You can apply for all scholarships that are being offered by the central government through National Scholarship Portal under the Central Schemes section. Please find the cumulative list of central NSP scholarships in the table given below.
National Scholarship Portal – List of Central Schemes
|S.NO.||Scholarship Name||Provider||Application Deadline|
|1.||Pre-Matric Scholarships Scheme for Minorities||Ministry of Minority Affairs||31 October 2018|
|2.||Pre-Matric Scholarships Scheme for Minorities||Ministry of Minority Affairs||31 October 2018|
|3.||Merit Cum Means Scholarship for Professional and Technical Courses CS||Ministry of Minority Affairs||31 October 2018|
|4.||Pre-matric Scholarship for Students with Disabilities||Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities||31 October 2018|
|5.||Post-matric Scholarship for Students with Disabilities||Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities||31 October 2018|
|6.||Scholarships for Top Class Education for students with disabilities||Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities||31 October 2018|
|7.||Top Class Education Scheme for SC Students||Ministry of Social Justice & Empowermen||15 December 2018|
|8.||Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/Cine/IOMC/LSDM Workers – Post-Matric||Ministry of Labour & Employment||31 October 2018|
|9.||Financial Assistance for Education of the Wards of Beedi/Cine/IOMC/LSDM Workers – Pre-Matric||Ministry of Labour & Employment||31 October 2018|
|10.||Aam Aadmi Bima Yojna Scholarship for Andhra Pradesh||Ministry of Labour & Employment||Apply offline|
|11.||National Fellowship and Scholarship for Higher Education of ST Students – Scholarship (Formally Top-Class Education for Schedule Tribe Students) – only for scholarships||Ministry of Tribal Affairs||31 October 2018|
|12.||National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE)||Department of School Education & Literacy||Will open soon|
|13.||National Means Cum Merit Scholarship||Department of School Education & Literacy||15 December 2018|
|14.||Central Sector Scheme of Scholarships for College and University Students||Department of Higher Education||31 October 2018|
|15.||Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme for Central Armed Police Forces and Assam Rifles||WARB, Ministry of Home Affairs||31 October 2018|
|16.||Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme For RPF/RPSF||RPF/RPSF, Ministry of Railway||31 October 2018|
National Scholarship Portal – UGC Schemes
The University Grants Commission (UGC) is a prominent statutory body of Indian government functioning under MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development). It has been set up with an objective to coordinate, determine and maintain the standards of higher education in India. It is the authority that offers recognition to universities across India and also provides them with funds. Besides this, the UGC also offers some scholarship schemes for students pursuing college-level education.
The UGC schemes listed at the National Scholarship Portal are mentioned in the list given below.
|S.NO.||Scholarship Name||Provider||Application Deadline|
|1.||ISHAN UDAY – Special Scholarship Scheme for North Eastern Region||University Grants Commission||30 November 2018|
|2.||PG Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl Child||University Grants Commission – MHRD||30 November 2018|
|3.||PG Scholarship for University Rank Holders (1st and 2nd Rank Holders)||University Grants Commission – MHRD||30 November 2018|
|4.||PG Scholarship Scheme for SC ST Students for Pursuing Professional Courses||University Grants Commission – MHRD||
30 November 2018
National Scholarship Portal – AICTE Schemes
Regarded as the national-level council for technical education and a statutory body, AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) functions under the Department of Higher Education, MHRD. Operating since 1945, AICTE looks after the coordinated development and proper planning for both technical as well as management education systems in India. Despite offering approval to postgraduate and undergraduate programs under specified categories, AICTE also offers a number of scholarships for students to ensure that financial constraint does not become a blocking stone in their professional career.
The National Scholarship Portal also lists the schemes run by AICTE under a separate section. Please find the names of those NSP scholarships in the list hereunder.
National Scholarship Portal – List of AICTE Schemes
|S.NO||Scholarship Name||Provider||Application Deadline|
|1.||Pragati Scholarship Scheme for Girls (Degree) for Technical Education||Ministry of Human Resource Development – AICTE||Will open soon|
|2.||Pragati Scholarship Scheme for Girls (Diploma) for Technical Education||Ministry of Human Resource Development – AICTE||Will open soon|
|3.||Saksham Scholarship Scheme for Differently Abled Students (Degree) for Technical Education||Ministry of Human Resource Development – AICTE||Will open soon|
|4.||Saksham Scholarship Scheme for Differently Abled Students (Degree) for Technical Education||Ministry of Human Resource Development – AICTE||Will open soon|
National Scholarship Portal – State Schemes
Just like the central government, the state government also offers scholarships for students who are a domicile of that respective state. While many state governments operate their own scholarship portal for applications, some prefer inviting applications through the National Scholarship Portal. At present, the national scholarship portal covers state schemes of 6 different states namely, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Tripura, Karnataka, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.
Please find the detailed list of state-level NSP scholarships in the table hereunder.
National Scholarship Portal – List of State Schemes
|S.NO.||Scholarship Name||State||Application Deadline|
|1.||Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS) for OBC Students||Bihar||Will open soon|
|2.||Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS) for ST Students||Bihar||Will open soon|
|3.||Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS) for SC Students||Bihar||Will open soon|
|4.||Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme for Minority (100 percent State Sector)-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||31 December 2018|
|5.||Post Matric Scholarship for EBC Students-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||10 December 2018|
|6.||Pre-Matric Disability Scholarship (State Sector)-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||10 December 2018|
|7.||Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC Students (State Sector)-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||10 December 2018|
|8.||Pre-Matric Scholarship for ST Students (State Sector)-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||10 December 2018|
|9.||Pre-Matric Scholarship for OBC Students (State Sector 50% and Central Sector 50%)-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||10 December 2018|
|10.||Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC Students (Center Sector)-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||10 December 2018|
|11.||Pre-Matric Scholarship for ST Students (Center Sector)-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||10 December 2018|
|12.||Post-Matric Scholarship for ST Students-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||10 December 2018|
|13.||Post-Matric Scholarship for SC Students-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||10 December 2018|
|14.||Post-Matric Scholarship for OBC Students-Uttarakhand||Uttarakhand||10 December 2018|
|15.||Pre-Matric ST Scholarship Schemes||Tripura||31 December 2018|
|16.||Post-Matric ST Scholarship Schemes||Tripura||31 December 2018|
|17.||Post-Matric Scholarship for SC Students||Tripura||31 December 2018|
|18.||Post-Matric Scholarship for OBC Students||Tripura||31 December 2018|
|19.||Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Post Matric Scholarship for Economically Backward Classes (EBC)||Tripura||12 December 2018|
|20.||NEC Merit Scholarship||Tripura||29 December 2018|
|21.||Centrally Sponsored Scheme for Pre-Matric (9 & 10) Scholarship for ST Students||Karnataka||Will open soon|
|22.||Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS) for ST Students||Karnataka||31 December 2018|
|23.||Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST Children – Pre-Matric Scholarship (Class 9 and 10) for ST Students||Meghalaya||31 January 2019|
|24.||Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST Children – Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS) for ST Students||Meghalaya||31 January 2019|
|25.||Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST Students-Pre-Matric Scholarship (Class IX & X) for ST Students||Arunachal Pradesh||31 December 2018|
|26.||Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST Children -Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) for ST Students||Arunachal Pradesh||31 December 2018|
|27.||Scheme for Award of Stipend to the Scheduled Tribe Students||Arunachal Pradesh||7 December 2018|
Here are some more state-level scholarships that have been added to the National Scholarship Portal recently.
National Scholarship Portal – List of More State Scholarships
|S.NO||Scholarship Name||State||Application Deadline|
|1.||Pre-Matric Scholarship to Children of those Engaged in Uncleaned Occupation, Assam||Assam||25 January 2019|
|2.||Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC Students (Class 9 & 10) – Assam||Assam||25 January 2019|
|3.||Post-Matric Scholarship for SC Students – Assam||Assam||25 January 2019|
|4.||Pre-Matric Scholarship to OBC Students – Assam||Assam||20 January 2019|
|5.||Pre-Matric Scholarship to ST Students – Assam||Assam||20 January 2019|
|6.||Pre-Matric Scholarship to ST Students (Class 9 & 10) – Assam||Assam||20 January 2019|
|7.||Post-Matric Scholarship to OBC Students – Assam||Assam||20 January 2019|
|8.||Post-Matric Scholarship to ST Students – Assam||Assam||20 January 2019|
|9.||Post-Matric Scholarship for SC Students – Chandigarh||Chandigarh||30 November 2018|
|10.||Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme for Transgender Students – Chandigarh||Chandigarh||31 December 2018|
|11.||Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme for OBC Students – Chandigarh||Chandigarh||31 December 2018|
|12.||Dr. Ambedkar Post-Matric Scholarship for EBC Students – Chandigarh||Chandigarh||31 December 2018|
|13.||Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme for SC Students of Class 9 and 10 – Chandigarh||Chandigarh||31 December 2018|