Top Scholarships in Computer Science Engineering for Indian Students

Studying abroad can be financially challenging for many meritorious students who often opt out due to the expensive course fee, visa charges, accommodation, and food expenses. Therefore, scholarships help many to pursue their dreams. EducatioCenter ‘Scholarship Guide’ brings the best and most prestigious grants for Indian students to study abroad, with most of them covering flight tickets, accommodation, and course fees, and some also providing a stipend.

The Appeal of Computer Science Courses

Computer science is one of the most sought-after courses for students in India as well as abroad. No wonder, India is starting their off-shore campuses abroad with a special focus on Artificial Intelligence and computer science courses.

“Scholarships are highly competitive and require careful preparation. It’s important to ensure you stand out from the crowd as a strong candidate. Each scholarship application will need to be tailored against the requirements set out by the scholarship provider,” said Joel Frisch, Vice-President, Global Acquisition.

Frisch suggests students start early, build a checklist for documents, craft a strong personal statement, and aim to submit everything within the deadline.

Top Scholarships in Computer Science Engineering (CSE)

Scholarship Name Eligibility Selection Procedure Application Link
Albert Einstein International Scholarship Test Applicant must be between 10 and 24 years of age. Different age groups have different application forms and exams. Candidates will have to clear the MCQ-based exam. The exam also has negative marks for wrong answers. After clearing the exam, students will be called for an interview. Apply Here
Microsoft Scholarship Programme Students pursuing computer science or STEM-related courses in US or Canada-based colleges and with a GPA of 4 out of 5 or 3 out of 4 or equivalent can apply. This is a merit-based scholarship. Students will have to submit academic and financial documents; after the profile review, the scholarship will be granted. Apply Here
Royal Holloway Computer Science Scholarship Students who wish to pursue a master’s course in computer science or allied fields including applied data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence can apply. Students who meet other admission criteria and apply for admission are automatically considered for the scholarship. Apply Here
Generation Google Scholarship Students with strong academic skills and willing to study computer science or computer engineering and hailing from the APAC region can apply. Students must have obtained a full-time bachelor’s degree. Candidates will have to submit an essay to answer a question. They also need to submit academic records. Students’ profiles including resume and background verification will be done. Apply Here
Paul Thistlewaite Memorial Honours Year Scholarship Both domestic and international students willing to study computing, advanced computing, or BE in software engineering can apply. Preference is given to female candidates to support gender equity within the field. Candidates will be shortlisted based on academic merit. Preference will be given to students undertaking Honours in the area of Advanced Information Systems or Human Centered Computing including Big Data and Machine Learning. Apply Here
Centre of Computer Science and Engineering Junior Research Fellowship Candidate should have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant field. Candidates should not be over 28 years of age. If the applicant does not have a master’s degree, they will have to clear either GATE or NET exam. Candidates with prior experience in analogue integrated circuit design/radio frequency, integrated circuit design will get preference. Each IIT can have a different selection criterion, candidates will have to check the official websites. Apply Here

Exploring Other Funding Options

For students who do not want to opt for the scholarship route, considering high competition, there are still many other options open. Joel Frisch suggests students to “always start with the schools they are applying to as they may offer merit or need-based scholarships”. Further options they can consider are “through government, banks, and independent loan providers”.

“When reviewing funding options, it’s important for a student to consider a number of factors, such as loan repayment terms, the monthly cost of the loan, and any fee associated with the loan. In addition, students should understand their own affordability post-programme in order to cover the monthly repayment costs. Each lender may use different calculations so be sure to use a uniform calculation like APR (Annual Percentage Rate) to understand the true annual cost of borrowing money,” suggests Frisch.

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