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SAARC Scholarships at South Asian University in India 2024

Opportunity Deadline

March 31, 2024
Master Degree, PhD Degree
All Nationalities
Male, Female, Both

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Opportunity Details

Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, India, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, and other eight SAARC countries founded South Asian institution (SAU), an international institution, in 2010. For students from SAARC nations as well as other nations, SAU provides a range of freeships and scholarships, such as the following ones:

  • SAU President Scholarship,
  • SAARC-India Silver Jubilee Scholarship,
  • SAU Merit Scholarship,
  • SAU PhD Scholarship,
  • SAU Freeship with Stipend, and
  • SAU Freeship.

All Master’s students must pay tuition costs at the time of enrollment; however, after the scholarship or freeship announcement is sent, these amounts will be reimbursed to the recipients of the awards. Recipients of scholarships and freeships are exempt from paying tuition in subsequent semesters as long as they continue to meet the requirements for renewal in their particular category. Doctorate students are not required to pay tuition during their academic program.

It’s crucial to remember that even while recipients of scholarships and freeships are not needed to pay tuition, they could still need to pay additional costs as indicated by the Admissions & Examinations department in order to finish their registration.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: 31 March 2024 (23:59 I.S.T.)

Entrance Test: 20 and 21  April 2024

Entrance Exam Fee: U.S. $10 (INR 830)

Exam Locations

  • Afghanistan: Kabul
  • Bangladesh:  Chittagong, Dhaka
  • Bhutan: Thimphu, Kanglung
  • Maldives: Male
  • Nepal: Biratnagar, Kathmandu, Pokhara
  • Pakistan: Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar
  • Sri Lanka: Colombo, Jaffna

PhD and Master’s Degrees

Following are the eligible master’s and Ph.D. programs that applicants can apply for:

  • Biotechnology
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Sociology

Scholarship and Facilities

The scholarship details for 2024 scholarships will be released soon, but you may review the 2023 details as follows:

South Asian University Scholarships

The SAU is reviewing the scholarship details for 2023-24 and will announce them later. However, to get an idea of how the scholarship of South Asian University is, applicants may read the details of scholarships from previous years.

President Scholarships

SAU (South Asian University) offers TWO President Scholarships for each Master’s program, one for an Indian student and one for a non-Indian student who secures the highest rank in the SAU Entrance Test in their respective category. The scholarship covers the following expenses:

  • Tuition
  •  hostel fees,
  • a monthly stipend of INR 7,000,
  • A start-up allowance of INR 5,000 for Indian students and INR 10,000 for non-Indian students, and
  • a pack-up allowance of INR 5,000 for Indian students and INR 10,000 for non-Indian students.

Note: The scholarship is transferable within the respective category and program, and it can be renewed for a second year if the awardees meet the minimum CGPA requirement.

SAARC India Silver Jubilee Scholarship (SJS)

SAARC India Silver Jubilee Scholarship (SJS) provides 75 scholarships for master students from SAARC  Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. 50% of the scholarships are reserved for female candidates, but if there aren’t enough, the remaining scholarships can be awarded to male candidates. The scholarship covers the following expenses:

  • tuition and
  • hostel fees,
  • a monthly stipend of INR 7,000,
  • a start-up allowance of INR 10,000, and
  • A pack-up allowance of INR 10,000.
  • The available scholarships are divided into two parts for male and female candidates, distributed proportionally among all eligible countries and then uniformly among the respective Master Programmes. The award of SJS is subject to the approval of the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India.

SAU Merit Scholarship:

There are TWO SAU Merit Scholarships for each Masters program. These scholarships are given to the Indian and non-Indian students who have secured the highest rank in the respective merit list of the SAU Entrance Test among the remaining students after awarding the SAU President scholarship and the SAARC-India Silver Jubilee Scholarship. Like the SAU President Scholarship, the SAU Merit Scholarship is also transferable within the respective category and program.

  • Tuition Fee waiver
  • Hostel Fee waiver
  • A monthly stipend of INR 5,000

This scholarship shall be renewed for the second year provided the awardees secure a minimum CGPA of 5.0 for the science streams (Biotechnology, Computer Science, and Mathematics) and 4.5 for the non-science streams (Economics, Sociology, International Relations, and Law) at the end of second Semester.


Four freeships with stipends are available for each master’s program, two for Indian students and two for non-Indian students whose annual family income is below a certain amount. The freeship is transferrable across faculties/departments/countries if eligible candidates are unavailable. After joining the University, students will be notified to apply for the freeship with a stipend on a prescribed form. They must provide a family income certificate issued by the competent authority of their respective SAARC countries. The freeship includes:

  • A tuition fee waiver,
  • a hostel fee waiver, and
  • a monthly stipend of INR 5,000.

Hostel Facilities at South Asian University

South Asian University provides on-campus housing for master’s and doctoral students. Students can benefit from study rooms, standard rooms, and multipurpose rooms.

The hostel fee for the SAARC region students is U.S. $60 per academic semester plus mess charges ranging between US$ 50 to 75 per month.

Medical Facilities at South Asian University

All students applying to South Asian Univeristy will benefit from the Medical Group Insurance Scheme of about INR 1,50,000. The University will pay the entire premium. Additionally, the University has a Health Center with limited O.P.D. facilities.

Medicine costs are reimbursable per SAU rules and the university doctor’s prescription.

Eligibility Criteria

Students who meet the following requirements can apply to South Asian University:

For B.Tech. (CSE) & Dual Degree B.Tech.+ M.Tech. (CSE)

  • I passed Class 12 or Higher Secondary or equivalent in the Science stream.
  • Mandatory subjects: Mathematics and Physics/Chemistry.
  • Minimum 75% marks in Mathematics required.

For M.Tech. (CS)

  • 4-year B.Tech./B.E./BSc. (Engg.)/BS degree in Computer Science and Engineering or relevant area.
  • Institution recognition by the government of any SAARC country.
  • Minimum 55% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade required.
    • OR
  • Master’s degree in Computer Science/Computer Applications/Mathematics/Operational Research/Statistics/Electronics/Information Technology/Physics.
  • Institution recognition by the government of any SAARC country.
  • Minimum 55% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade level required.

For Integrated M.Sc.+M.Tech. (CS)

  • Three or 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or relevant area.
  • Mathematics is a subject either at the Bachelor’s level or at the 10+2 (12th class) level.
  • Institution recognition by the government of any SAARC country.
  • Minimum 55% marks in aggregate or equivalent grade required.
  • Candidates with a 2-year Bachelor’s degree who cleared the first year of the Master’s program are eligible.

For Masters Programme

  • Minimum 15 years of education under 10+2+3 pattern or a 4-year degree after 10+2.
  • Minimum 50% marks for M.A. courses; 55% for M.Sc. courses.
  • Master’s program duration: 2 years.

For Ph.D. Program

  • Twelve years of regular Schooling is necessary
  • At least 3-years Bachelor’s Degree plus post-graduate education leading to MA/M.Sc../M.C.A/MS/M.Tech./L.L.M. degree.
  • Minimum 50% marks for Social Sciences and Law; minimum 55% for Science subjects.
  • Integrated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree holders need at least five years of College/University education after completing 12 years of schooling.

Applicable to all Programmes

  • Full-time students only; no full or part-time jobs permitted during study.
  • Degrees from government-recognized universities/institutions are accepted.
  • Original certificates of final results are required at the time of admission.
  • Candidates awaiting final results may apply but must fulfill minimum eligibility criteria and clear Entrance Test.
  • Last date for admission: 29 July 2024 (can be extended up to 14 August 2024 with late fee and prior approval).

Required Documents for South Asian University Application

The following documents are mandatory during the application process at South Asian University:

SAARC Nationals of Master Programs Applicants

  • Passport size photo
  • Scanned Signatures
  • ID with photo

SAARC Nationals of Ph.D. Programs Through Entrance Test

  • Passport size photo
  • Scanned Signatures
  • ID with photo

SAARC Nationals of Ph.D. Applicants Through Direct Mode

  • Passport size photo
  • Scanned Signatures
  • ID with photo
  • Degrees, Certificates, or Mark-Sheets of Educational Qualifications
  • Short CV (Optional)
  • One of the following, whichever is applicable:
  • National Fellowship Offer Letter
  • Proof of Funds by any Government agency for pursuing a Ph.D.
  • O.C. from the employer (Format of N.O.C.)

Non-SAARC Nationals Applicants for Master and Ph.D.

  • Passport size photo
  • Scanned Signatures
  • ID with photo
  • Degrees, Certificates, or Mark-Sheets of Educational Qualifications
  • Short CV (Optional)

Note: Each document’s maximum size should be 100 KB. Photo and Scanned Signatures must be PNG or JPG, and other documents should be PDF.

How to Apply to South Asian Univeristy?

Applicants who wish to apply to the South Asian University should submit their admission application online by entering the link below:


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