May 05, 2021
Domestic Scholarships (India) for LL.M within India and outside India
Pursuing a Masters Degree after Bachelor’s can be quite heavy on the pockets. However, the financial aspect can be taken care of, by Scholarships. There are many scholarships available in India for lawyers who want to pursue their LL.M from India or abroad. We have curated a list of scholarships along with their eligibility, that can help one pursue higher studies without being bogged down by the financial aspect of education.
SCHOLARSHIP FOR MASTERS WITHIN INDIA
Each college has its eligibility criteria for the selection of candidates. For instance, Lovely Professional University Phagwara, one of the top private universities in India grants scholarships for LL.M based on their marks obtained in Qualifying Exam, Scholarship Based on LPUNEST, Scholarship Based on LSAT India, Scholarship Based on Performance in Sports, Special Scholarships and Fee Concessions. There are research grant scholarships in one of the top universities in Gurgaon, Ansal University for LL.M candidates up to 30,000 INR for one research publication.
1. Aditya Birla Group Scholarship
Students pursuing Engineering, Management and Law courses from any of the following institutions can apply for the scholarship –
IIMs in Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Indore, Kolkata, Shillong, Kozhikode and Indore
XLRI in Jamshedpur
IITs in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Guwahati and Roorkee
BITS Pilani campuses
NALSAR University of Law in Hyderabad
National Law School of India University in Bangalore
National Law University
The WB National University of Juridical Sciences
Gujarat National Law University
Note: The applications are invited only from the top 20 students as per their ranking in the Indian entrance examination.
Obtain the scholarship application form from the official website of Aditya Birla Group, one of the world's most admired companies and submit the completed application form to the Dean of your respective college/institutions.
Rewards/ Expenses Covered
For students studying at IIMs/XLRI – INR 1,75,000 per annum
For students studying at IIT/BITS (Pilani) – INR 1,00,000 per annum
For students studying at top Law schools – INR 1,80,000 per annum or actual fees (whichever is lower)
2. GEV Memorial Merit Scholarship for Law Students
Applicants must be
be an Indian citizen
be already enrolled in any year of an LLB/LLM degree course at a recognized law institute in India, or have applied for CLAT, LSAT-India, AILET, or any other top law entrance exams in 2021
have scored a minimum of 60% in Class X and XII board exams
have an annual family income not more than INR 10,00,000 (10 lakh) from all sources
be willing to sign-up for the scholarship fund’s annual mentorship programs to assist and nurture the next batches of GEV Merit Scholars.
The application for the scholarship has to be made online. Through this portal: https://www.buddy4study.com/page/gev-memorial-merit-scholarship-for-law-students
Financial assistance worth INR 50000 to INR 200000 per scholar per year towards payment of tuition fees and other academic expenses.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MASTERS OUTSIDE INDIA
3. Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarship
Available for the highest-ranking universities in America, Europe and UK, the Inlaks scholarship is provided to students with exceptional talents to improve upon their skills so they can be future vehicles of change.
Subject: Archeology, Architecture, Business administration, Dance, Environmental science, Film direction, Humanities, Journalism, Law, Medicine, Music, Technology. Theatre and Visual arts.
The applicant must be a citizen of India and must hold a first-class undergraduate degree. Candidates less than 30 years of age who have secured admission to a top-ranking University are eligible to apply.
The application for the scholarship has to be made online. Two reference letters are mandatory, out of which, one must be an academic reference. The shortlisted candidates are invited for a preliminary interview, followed by a final interview.
The scholarship covers full tuition fees, living allowance, one-way travel allowance and a health allowance. The maximum funding given to each candidate is USD 100,000.
4. Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowship
This scholarship is awarded to motivated Indian students who demonstrate leadership skills to study in US colleges.
To be eligible for the Fulbright scholarship, the applicant must have an equivalent US’ bachelor’s degree with at least 55% marks, three years of work experience and must have experience in leadership and community service.
Applicants are required to submit transcripts, English language test scores, three-letter of recommendations, personal statement, study objectives, and a writing sample.
Funding for tuition, living allowance, J-1 visa support, and accident and sickness coverage is provided for by this scholarship.
5. J.N. Tata Endowment
Open to all disciplines, this is a one-time loan scholarship to Indian students so that they can pursue postgraduate studies at reputed universities abroad.
Candidates who are citizens of India and have secured a minimum of 60% from top recognized universities are eligible to apply.
Besides academic records, this scholarship gives emphasis to the applicant’s statement of purpose, extra-curricular activities, and English test scores. The initial screening process of applications is followed by a Thinking Skills Assessment and a personal interview.
The amount of loan scholarship ranges between INR 1,00,000 to INR 10,00,000. A gift scholarship to students with excellent academic performance abroad may also be awarded INR 7,50,000.
6. K. C. Mahindra Education Trust Scholarship
Also popular amongst Indian law students is the interest-free loan scholarship provided by K.C. Mahindra Education Trust to pursue post-graduate studies abroad.
Applicant must be a citizen of India and should have attained a first-class degree from a recognized University.
Candidates are required to submit an admission letter from the University, a Letter of Recommendation, a personal statement, transcripts, and a CV.
The Scholarship selects a pool of the 50 most deserving students. Out of these, the top 3 are awarded a grant of INR 8,00,000 and the remaining candidates are awarded INR 4,00,000
7. Aga Khan Foundation Scholarship
Aga Khan Foundation Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant and 50% loan. Students can opt to pursue any PG level program in Canada, the US, and other eligible countries.
The Aga Khan Foundation Scholarships are open for the students who are residents of the country where the AK Foundation, AK Education Service, AK Education Board has their local office.
Citizenship: India, Pakistan, Kenya, Syria, Afghanistan, Egypt, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mozambique, Uganda, and Madagascar.
Students of these nations are only eligible to apply.
Age Limit: Under 30 years of age (preferred)
Students who originally come from one of the formerly mentioned developing countries and are involved in development-related studies and have no other means to fund their education can send an application for a scholarship to study in the UK, France, Portugal, USA, and Canada.
The application process for Aga Khan Foundation’s International Scholarship Program is decentralized.
Applications forms must be obtained from the AKF office/ Aga Khan Education Services/Boards, January 1 onwards.
Completed AKF’s International Scholarship Program application should be returned to the agency.
The Foundation provides tuition fees and living expenses to the recipients of the Aga Khan Foundation Scholarships.
The foundation may give preference to those candidates who have already acquired some part of financial assistance from other sources and the minimum amount of help is requested.
Half the borrowing has deemed a loan to be reimbursed with a 5% annual service charge.
The loan agreement has to be co-signed by a guarantor.
The payback period is five years, beginning six months after the period of study.
8. Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship
The Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation under its Scholarship Programme awards interest-free loan scholarships to Indian students with a consistently good academic record. The scholarships are awarded to students who wish to pursue their postgraduate studies in the fields of Pure Sciences, Applied Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, Law, Architecture and Management at prestigious Indian and international universities.
Citizenship: Indian citizens who are residing in India at the time of applying are eligible for this scholarship.
Age: Needs to be below 30 years on January 31 of the year of applying.
Educational Qualifications: Graduates and final-year students of any authorized Indian university.
Admission Details: The scholarship’s objective is to provide funds to the students aiming to pursue postgraduate studies at top universities of the UK, Australia, USA and other countries along with India from the season of the same year.
The application for the scholarship has to be made online. The applicant needs to pay the application fee of INR 500. The payment modes available are Net Banking and Demand Draft addressing the Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship Foundation.
Reward/ Expenses Covered
The scholarship amount (up to a maximum of Rs. 20 lakhs) is decided as per the assessment of the Foundation.
9. SILF- MILAT Best Law Students Award
One of the top emerging law schools in India, Lloyd Law College technically supports the selection process of SILF-MILAT Best Law Student Awards (Male & Female).
The competition is open to all registered final year law students of the country.
Full scholarship for the Awardees to pursue their masters from Penn State Law.
10. Debesh-Kamal Scholarship
To be eligible for this scholarship, an applicant must:
Be an Indian national
Have a uniformly good academic record with first class marks at the Honours or postgraduate level
Not be more than 30 years of age
Note: Exceptions in terms of age may be made for short-term postgraduate or post-doctoral researchers.
The candidates will have to submit evidence of their having been admitted to a course of study/research at a major university or comparable academic institution abroad.
Research students/scholars will have to submit along with their applications an outline of their research project as may have been approved by the university/institution concerned.
All candidates must submit (through post) application in the prescribed form, with a passport size photograph, along with relevant papers as well as attested photocopies of certificates, mark sheets, etc.
Candidates short-listed from an evaluation of their applications will have to appear before a Selection Committee at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture Kolkata, one of the top colleges in West Bengal. They will have to bear their own travelling expenses. But the candidates who will appear for the interview from distance beyond 100 km may be paid II class Rly. fare. The decision of the Selection Committee about the eligibility of a candidate and his/ her selection shall be final.
Reward/ Expenses Covered
The selected candidates will receive a scholarship of INR 1 lakh for one year.
[The scholarship will be tenable for one year only and it won't be adequate for studies abroad. Thus, the candidates will have to produce acceptable evidence of other resources or committed financial support.]
11. RD Sethna Scholarship
To be eligible, an applicant must:
Have cleared Secondary School Certificate examination or any equivalent examination
Have scored at least 50% marks in the last examination
Be a citizen of India
Online Application is available on https://rdsethnascholarships.org
Printed Application Forms can also be obtained from the Trust office at Esplanade House, 29, Hazarimal Somani Marg, Fort, Mumbai-400 001. Tel: 22077044 on payment of Rs.50/- either in cash or by Postal Order. Candidates requesting Forms by post must send a self-addressed Rs.10/- stamped envelope of size: 23 cm x 10 cm.
Reward/ Expenses Covered
A loan scholarship of INR 10,000 or more will be granted to the recipients to complete their studies in India or overseas.
12. Vishwa Konkani Scholarship Programme
A student should be Konkani and use Konkani as their mother tongue.
Students who are seeking admission to the first year of the selected programme and its respective course are eligible to apply.
Minimum 70% aggregate required for both the programmes.
The family income of the student should not exceed Rs. 4.5 lakh per year.
The Study Abroad Scholarship Programme does not have any specific requirements for a student to be eligible for the same.
Online Application is available on https://konkanischolarship.com/login.php
There are three steps involved in the application procedure:
A Scholarship Common Application Platform (SCAP) profile needs to be created.
After signing up to SCAP, 8 sections need to be filled in the profile before proceeding to apply for the desired scholarship programme.
After completing this section the student can search for the desired scholarship and apply if the requirements are met.
13. National Overseas Scholarship
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.
SC, ST, and OBC candidates applying for the National Overseas Scholarship must fulfil the requirements given below:
For Masters: Minimum 55% or it's equivalent at the undergraduate level.
For Doctorate: Minimum 55% or it's equivalent at the master’s level
Applicants must note that preference will be given to candidates with relevant experience.
Maximum Age Limit: Applicants must be below 35 years as of April 1, 2020.
Maximum Permissible Income Limit: Total family income should not exceed 6,00,000 INR.
Children Criteria: Only two children from the same parent can get the benefit of the National Overseas Scholarship.
The application form for the National Overseas Scholarship will be made available from the first week of April on the official website of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
Reward/ Expenses Covered
The National Overseas Scholarship covers the following expenses which might be incurred by a student during their period of studying in a foreign country. The expenses covered under the scholarship are mentioned below:
Incidental Journey and Equipment Allowance
Medical Insurance Premium
14. Lloyd Scholarship
One of the best law schools in the United States, Penn State Law School in association with Lloyd Law College has an exclusive scholarship for Lloyd student's admission in LL.M. programs at Penn State Law School-USA.
Every Year one full tuition fee waiver of US $48000 for one student
Every Year one tuition fee waiver of US $40000 for one student
Every Year two tuition fee waiver of US $35000 each to two students
Every Year one full tuition fee waiver of US $48000 for one faculty member.