Scholarships for Sri Lankans to study in India

The Government of India offers scholarships and fellowships to students from Sri Lanka enabling them to pursue Undergraduate, Masters and Research in diverse range of subjects. Scholarships are also available for research work and non-formal courses (e.g., training courses in classical music and dance).

Offer of scholarships are sent to the Ministry of Higher Education, Sri Lanka through High Commission of India (HCI), Colombo. Nominations are received from the Ministry to the HCI. The information on such scholarships and schemes is widely publicized via newspaper, radio, TV and internet in the month of December and January every year. - See more at:

Other Important Information

Scholarships other than India's Colombo Plan offers are administered through the Ministry of Higher Education in Sri Lanka which places advertisements that include texts of proforma, eligibility criteria and other details in Sri Lankan newspapers. Short listed applicants are interviewed to gauge their knowledge levels in their subjects as well as their proficiency in English. Those selected after the interviews are required to fill in prescribed forms for Scholarships for Foreign Nationals available with the High Commission. They are advised to consult the Universities Handbook published by:

The Association of Indian Universities,
AIU House, 16 Kotla Marg, New Delhi-110 002,
Email :

The Handbook can be consulted at the High Commission of India or at the Indian Cultural Centre, No.16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo-07. The ICCR's Information on Scholarship Schemes for International Students, available at the High Commission, at the Indian Cultural Centre, or at which also provides useful information.

Forms of selected candidates are forwarded to the ICCR, New Delhi for final selection and placement. The ICCR does not entertain direct applications from candidates for scholarships. Final selection is conditional upon a candidate being admitted to the University of choice and location.

For further information, please contact:

High Commission of India,
Education Wing, 36-38,
Galle Road, Colombo-3
Tel : +94 11 2421605 Extn: 605

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Ministry of Higher Education on Indian Scholarships

High Commission of India selects meritorious young Sri Lankan nationals for these scholarships, in consultation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, of the Government of Sri Lanka, for pursuing various undergraduate courses in different universities.

All scholarships cover full tuition fees for the entire duration of the course and students are also paid a monthly sustenance allowance. The scholarship also covers accommodation allowance and an annual grant for books and stationery.

Besides, all ICCR scholars in India are provided full healthcare facilities, first class train fare and an annual grant for educational tours to various parts of the country, apart from several other benefits.

Candidates interested in applying for the above scholarships may please contact the High Commission of India, Education Wing, Colombo – 3 or Ministry of Education and Higher Education, 18 Ward Place, Colombo – 7

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University Senior Lecturer at University of Sri Jayewardenepra, Sri Lanka

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