Grants and Scholarships for Medical Students

There are many Grants & Scholarships for medical students, we will cover most of them in here.

A ubiquitous and much anticipated question of us medical students, interns and medical aspirants (also Para-medical streams) remains to be enquiring about the possible grants and scholarships that we can avail/access being in this particular profession.

We being in this thankless profession and/or wanting to be a part of it according to human nature are always very keen to search for or at least know about some fair chances through which even we can be benefitted.

Moreover, this noble profession costs not only our life or our time (which are acceptable to be sacrificed) but also money, it almost drills a hole in your pocket to pursue such a career, not only am I talking about fee structures of them deemed colleges but even for us, just studying in any medical college is worth a pretty penny (starting from books, gears, equipment, etc.).

Now most of us who have acquired a place in this highly competitive stream are quite confident on our academic abilities and thus are eager to access several scholarship tests and avail grants.

In fact, there are few of us who have everything required to excel but are not fortunate enough to be financially affluent, and through these scholarships, they can make this profession much more affordable through their own merit to become successful and make our nation proud itself.

From the very first day, those of us in this profession must be intensely focused on certain things, including this particular area of knowing, availing and accessing these grants and scholarship. No opportunity should be lost.

Thus I have decided to make an article jotting down almost every grants and scholarship schemes available in our country along with their feasibility, eligibility and proceedings so that you don’t regret later for not knowing any of these at the right time.

Let us start by stating each of them respectively, along with all their necessary associated details.

NATIONWIDE EDUCATION AND SCHOLARSHIP TEST (NEST) –

This shouldn’t be confused with the other NEST exam that is taken for entrance in NISER.

    • There are 3 variants of this exam with different eligibility criteria accordingly.
    • It is conducted by the SEMCI India and Student’s Unity Foundation of India.
    • The Eligibility criteria-
  • NEST Junior- Students of standard 11 and 12 or std. 12 pass outs aspiring for any profession course (Science stream is mandatory).
  • NEST senior 1- 1st and 2nd year students of MBBS/BAMS/BHMS/BDS/Engineering or any other courses.
  • NEST senior- 3rd year student6s and above of the above mentioned courses.

Only bonafide degree students registered at colleges/universities and appearing in the final exams of the current academic year can apply.

  • The perks-
  • Tuition fee with the maximum of INR 50000 will be awarded along with other accolades, certificates, medals, etc.
  • Can be given every year.
  • Admission process- Online application by accessing the Page of NEST. Generally available on September every year (exact date varies annually)

BHARATI SCHEME for EDUCATION (BSE), Andhra Pradesh

  • Held by the Andhra Pradesh Brahmin Welfare Corporation.
  • Eligibility criteria-
  • The aspirant and their parents must belong to the Brahmin community and should be having an annual income above INR 300000/annum.
  • Students from standard 1 to PG can avail this test, thus making it eligible for UG and PG medical students as well.
  • The applicant also must not be availing any other scholarship benefit, except the benefits from Archaka Welfare Trust.
  • Perks- Cash prizes of up to INR 20000.
  • Application Process- Online application via the application page of Andhra Pradesh Brahmin Welfare Corporation. Generally occurs in September too.

Vijayalakshmi R.L. Jallapa Scholarship-

  • Held by Smt. Vijayalakshmi R.L. Jallapa Education Foundation.
  • Eligibility-
  • The applicant must be from Arya community and be one of the resident of Bangalore Urban, Rural, Ramnagara, Kolar, Chikkaballapura, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Hassan, Chitradurga, Davanagore or Bellary districts.
  • Must be pursuing PUC, MBBS, ITI, BDS, ANY GENERAL DEGREE, ETC.
  • Must score 60% or above cut-off marks.
  • All the family members must behold a BPL card.
  • The candidate must be a regular student.
  • Perks- Financial assistance to the student as and when required. There is no fixed or exact specified amount.
  • Admission Procedure- Online. Occurs during September as well.

ALL INDIA YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP ENTRANCE EXAMINATION (AIYSEE)-

  • They are held by the AIYSEE.
  • Eligibility-
  • Class 12 passed and/or appearing students are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates appearing for medical or engineering entrance exam can apply.
  • Perks- Financial assistance as and when required.
  • Admission process- Online. Occurs generally during February.

All India Pre-Medical Scholarship Test-

  • Brainstorm Technical Excellence Pvt. Ltd.
  • Eligibility criteria-
  • The applicant must have passed their class 12 exams with 60% or above.
  • Mustn’t be more than 26 years of age while applying for the test.
  • Perks- Up to full tuition fee waiver.
  • Admission proceedings- Online via AIPMST Page. Generally occurs during March.

Nirankari Rajmata Scholarship Scheme- 

  • Held by Nirankari Charitable Foundation.
  • Eligibility criteria-
  • The annual family income less than 3.5 lacs.
  • The applicant must have scored a minimum of 90% marks (can be excluding the options subject(s) in class 12.
  • The candidate must be from a government recognized college and/or university.
  • Must have appeared for a competitive exam to get admitted to any college.
  • Fields including MBBS (MCI recognized)/ MBA/ CA-CPT/ LLB, etc.
  • Perks- Tuition fee up to INR 50000 r the actual fee (whichever is less)
  • Admission Process- Offline form fill up after downloading the form from the official website. Generally occurs during September.

Swami Vivekananda Merit cum Means test-

  • Held by the Government of West Bengal.
  • Eligibility criteria-
  • Domicile of West Bengal and must be studying in West Bengal compulsory.
  • The applicant must score at least 75% marks in class 12 (including 2 languages).
  • The annual family must not exceed INR 2.5 lacs.
  • Perks- Up to 8000/- per month.
  • Application Process- Online via West Bengal Minorities Development and Finance Corporation.

Bigyani Kanya Medha Britti Scholarship (JBNSTS)-

  • They are held by the West Bengal government.
  • Eligibility criteria-
  • Only female candidates are eligible.
  • Applicants must have passed class 12 must be pursuing UG programme like MEDICAL/ ENGINEERING/BSc. Hons (first year).
  • The applicants’ institute should be registered in West Bengal.
  • Perks-
  • INR 3000 per month
  • DST-INSPIRE scholarship worth INR 80000 per annum.
  • Annual book grant of INR 2000.
  • Application Process- Online via (JBNSTS), Kolkata or via offline mode after downloading the same.

COMBINED COUNSELLING BOARD SCHOLARSHIP TEST

  • Held by Combined Counselling Board (CCB), Delhi.
  • Eligibility criteria-
  • Applicant must hold the required degree of his/her required course.
  • Applicant must have at least passing marks.
  • Perks- Up to INR 4 lakhs of prize money.
  • Application Process- Online. Generally occurs during July.

HDFC Educational Crisis Scholarship- 

  • Held by the HDFC Bank.
  • Eligibility criteria-
  • Applicant studying in std. 6 to 12.
  • Applicant studying under an AITCE/UGC/GOV. Recognized institution.
  • The candidate whose family has gone through severe crisis/disaster or mishaps in the past 2 years or less.
  • Perks- INR 10000 and/or INR 25000.
  • Application Process- Online via the app page of HDFC ECSS Scholarship.

These were some of the most recognized and easily accessible scholarships tests, but there are even more of them that are held, e.g. L’oreal Girls Scholarship, other programmes for girls only and also other generalized national scholarship schemes and tests.

Many new schemes are being planned to be held so do keep a lookout them.

As you have seen that other that as far as the academic qualification is concerned all of the eligibility criteria are very basic and accessible, so it is advised to avail for them according to your state, financial condition that fits and complies for each.

I think this would be of great help to all of us medical students and aspirants including Para-Medical streams and even engineering and other courses thus it is recommended to share these articles to your keens and/or known ones pursuing any of the above mentioned schemes as they could be of great help for them.

Nowadays, scoring 90% above marks in our final std. 12 exams is relatively easy, and I am pretty sure most of us have scored above it, but along with this incipiency of marks inflation there is massive inflation of money too and subsequent increase in the prices and fees. Money, caste and remoteness of your domicile shouldn’t stop you from reaching your goals. Thus, these programs may help one of you to reach up to your true potential.

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