South Asian University Scholarships 2016-2017

Deadline: March 30, 2016

South Asian University (SAU) is an international university established by the governments of the eight member nations of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) viz. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The University, established with the aim of evolving a South Asian consciousness, offers Master’s and MPhil/PhD level programmes in Development Economics, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Applied Mathematics, Sociology, International Relations and Legal Studies.

Master’s Level Programmes:

  • For admission to the Master’s level programmes, a minimum of 15 years of education under the 10+2+3 pattern (i.e., 12 years of schooling + a 3 year Bachelor’s degree) is essential. Applicants who have earned a 4 year degree after 10+2 (12 years of schooling) are also eligible, though the Master’s level programme will still be of two years duration for them. Applicants who have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in less than 15 years (e.g., under the 10+2+2 pattern) are not eligible for admission. However, students who have completed a two year Bachelor’s degree and thereafter have also completed one year of MA/MSc, can apply for admission to a Master’s level course subject to their fulfilling other prescribed eligibility conditions including percentage of marks (which will be the average of marks obtained at the Bachelor’s level and the first year of the MA/MSc course).
  • Applicants who have not yet completed the Bachelor’s degree course and are yet to appear for their last year/semester exam, may also apply for admission and appear in the entrance examination. However, their admission will be confirmed only if they fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria of aggregate percentage of marks at the Bachelor’s level and the first year of MA/MSc course besides clearing the admission test. Please note that such candidates will not have any claim to admission if their results are not declared and their marks sheets are not available latest by 14 August 2016 which is the last date for admissions.
  • Students who are offered admission will be required to produce original copies of their final results at the time of admission, including mark sheets/grade sheets of their qualifying degree examination.
  • Master’s level students in all programmes at SAU shall be full-time students and shall not be permitted to take up full or part-time jobs during the course of their study.

The admission procedure consists of an entrance test followed by an interview. Students are required to score at least 50% marks in both, the entrance test and the interview separately, to be eligible for admission.

MPhil/PhD Programme

  • The pre-MPhil/PhD course work is compulsory and is spread over the first two semesters and carries 16 credits as follows: course work (14 credits), seminar (1 credit) and term paper (1 credit). Distribution of credits between the first two semesters is decided by individual Departments / Faculties. Some Faculties and Departments may have a slightly higher credit requirement depending on their specific needs. Candidates are advised to carefully read Faculty and Department-specific requirements online.
  • At the end of the first year, students with Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) less than 5.0 will be deemed to have failed and shall leave the university. There is no provision for a repeat test for improvement of grades in any pre-MPhil/PhD course.
  • Students with a CGPA of 6.5 and above will be considered for direct confirmation to the PhD programme as per SAU regulations. Candidates with CGPA above 5.0 but less than 6.5 can opt for the MPhil programme and complete their thesis work within a year (8 Credits). If a student has obtained a CGPA of 6.5 or above in his/her course work, but wishes to pursue the MPhil programme rather than the PhD programme, s/he will be permitted to do so. Students with a CGPA of 6.5 or more in MPhil are also allowed to register for the PhD programme. Students with a CGPA less than 6.5 will leave the university with an MPhil degree.
  • The MPhil is a two year programme. The first year consists of course work (16 credits) and the second year of thesis work (8 credits).
  • Minimum residency requirement for PhD is two years after admission.

Travel Subsidy for Candidates Invited for Interview
Candidates invited for the interview will be given a travel subsidy (upper limit INR 5,000) towards actual travel cost by the shortest route as per instructions which will be communicated those called for interview. If candidates from outside India are unable to travel to New Delhi for the interview, they can seek permission for an interview through Skype.

Visit the official page to read about the fields and their eligibility.


  • President’s Scholarships (For MA/MSc and LLM students only)
  • SAARC India Silver Jubilee Scholarships for Master’s and MPhil/PhD Programmes
  • SAU Merit Scholarships (For MA/MSc and LLM students only)
  • SAU Freeships (For MA/MSc and LLM students only): As per SAU mandate, no student will be denied admission to the University because s/he cannot pay the fees. Therefore SAU will provide free education to such students by waiving the tuition and hostel fee (if applicable). No additional support for living expenses will be provided. The Scholarship Award Committee will accept applications from such students up to 22 August 2016, which must be supported by the following documents:
    □ Authenticated Original Annual income certificate of parents issued by Government authorities or by a Revenue Officer (in case of parents being in business) in English language or accompanied by an authenticated English translation.
    □ A recent, original salary slip/salary statement of Father/Mother in English or an authenticated English translation (in case of parents being in government/private service).
    □ Income tax returns of Father/Mother in case income comes under tax bracket. The continuation of freeships for the subsequent year is subject to good conduct and obtaining a CGPA of 5 or above at the end of the 2nd semester.
    e) SAU Tuition Fee Waiver for MPhil/PhD Students: All MPhil/PhD students will receive tuition fee waiver.
    f) Financial Support from SAU for MPhil/PhD Programmes: Financial support for MPhil/PhD students of INR 10,000 per month is awarded to SAU Information on Scholarships/Freeships Page 2 of 3 students not receiving any kind of scholarship/sponsorship or JRF support from agencies like UGC/CSIR/DBT/ICMR etc. or similar agencies in other SAARC countries.

To find out more about the Scholarships please visit the scholarships page.

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