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A comprehensive list of 50 scholarships for LLM abroad (USA, UK, China, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia)

December 17, 2021
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This article has been written and published by Oishika Banerji.

Counting fingers falling short while calculating fees to be paid for your LLM abroad? Eyes popping out seeing 6 to 10-digit numbers in the fee structure of your dream college? Want to fly down to a foreign nation to study LLM but stopping yourself from thinking about it because of financial restraints? 

These thoughts are genuine and completely normal. We don’t want our parents to spend all of their savings on us and many of us don’t even get a job immediately after graduation to fund the LLM course.

A lot of us are unable to take a huge educational loan because we do not have a property of that much value to mortgage for our education loan (mandatory for any education loan about INR 5 lakhs in India). 

What is the possible way out then? Scholarships, of course. Here is a comprehensive list for you if you want to do an LLM abroad. 

Despite knowing the benefits of doing an LLM abroad, many are not able to afford it. This is one of the most common questions that we get at LawSikho which we are covering in our upcoming Bootcamp too. 

Before you know about the list of scholarships available for you, let us learn about the three categories in which scholarships are divided:

Each scholarship has a different application method, structure, and aid granted. Applying for an LLM is a time-consuming process, and applying for scholarships on top of that makes it much more difficult. This is sure to be a low period, time of saturation, and tiredness because the entire process is stretched out across four to six months (or even longer). 

But can we just sit and stare at the walls? Or should we choose to paint the wall with our potential and lay a table of choices for us? The latter sounds more exciting, doesn’t it? Let’s see what all scholarships await us to pursue LLM. 

Also, remember that almost every University has some full and partial scholarship programs. Partial scholarships are quite easy to get. For example, we at LawSikho are associated with a hybrid (online first course with the opportunity to attend some classes live) LLM program offered by Warsaw Management University, UNIES Business School in Germany, and Limburg Graduate School of Business in the Netherlands and we are often able to assist law graduates to get large scholarships that enable them to study their LLM program. We have assisted students to obtain such opportunities for in-campus LLM programs at School of Law, Texas A&M University as well. We have a network of US, UK, and Canadian universities where we may be able to assist you similarly as well, so always feel free to reach out to us if you are looking to do an LLM abroad. 

Just drop a mail to counselling@lawsikho.in if you want our help outlining how we can help you. All the best!

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National scholarships available for pursuing LLM

Why keep talking when we can directly get to the point? Let’s delve into the list of national scholarships that are available for Indian students willing to pursue LLM.

Scholarships which can be availed by every candidate in general

Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship

The Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation provides up to INR 2 million to an individual based on the courses. It is a loan award exclusive of interest, provided to brilliant Indian students. Every academic year, the Foundation invites all applications for the Narotam Sekhsaria post-graduate scholarships in the month of January. The application steps are provided hereunder: 

1. Step 1: Pre-register to remain informed about the application process. 

2. Step 2: After completing the registration procedure, the applicant must log in using the email address and password generated throughout the process.

3. Step 3: Applicants who have been selected for the next round of the selection process must upload the appropriate papers.

Step 4: Applicants who have been shortlisted will be required to attend an interview in May or June, 2022.

Step 5: By the end of June, the scholarship beneficiaries will be contacted. Applications that are not complete will be rejected, and the form must be filed by March 15, 2022.

Aga Khan Foundation

Each year, the Aga Khan Foundation awards a limited number of postgraduate scholarships to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of funding their studies, with the goal of developing effective scholars and leaders and preparing them for employment, primarily within the AKDN. Scholarships are provided on a 50/50 grant/loan basis once a year in June or July through a competitive application procedure.

KC.Mahindra Scholarship

KC Mahindra scholarship offers interest-free loans to students who wish to pursue postgraduate studies overseas. This Trust awards Rs. 10,000/- per annum to 550 students annually, for a maximum period of 3 years. Till date, 10,740 students have been awarded scholarship across India. Preference will be given to girl students, children from lower-income group families, differently-abled children, and children of armed forces personnel. The application form needs to be filled online and the documents requested should also be uploaded while submitting the application form.

J.N. Tata Endowment

It is a merit-based one-time loan fellowship available to Indian students who wish to pursue higher education (postgraduate, PhD, post-doctoral) in a foreign country. It is applicable to a wide range of courses. This scholarship is one of the most renowned and oldest (it was established in 1892).

Aditya Birla Scholarships

For legal students, the Aditya Birla Scholarships cover a considerable portion of both academic and dormitory tuition. The legal scholarship is for Rs. 1,80,000 per year or real tuition, whichever is lower. Only the Indian students from the institutes listed below are eligible to apply for this scholarship:

  1. Bangalore’s National Law School of India University;
  2. Hyderabad’s NALSAR University of Law;
  3. National Law University of Jodhpur’
  4. WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata;
  5. Gujarat National Law University.

 Debesh-Kamal Scholarship

The Debesh Kamal Scholarship is open to all colleges in the world, including those in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. A scholarship of INR 1 lakh is given to each recipient. The Debesh Kamal Scholarship is available to Indian students in various disciplines of study. The scholarship award must be utilized solely for tuition payments. Other costs (accommodation, travel, and insurance) are solely the responsibility of the recipient.

TOEFL® Scholarship Program

Every year, 14 scholarships and awards in the form of TOEFL Scholarships are made available to candidates. TOEFL scholarships are jointly offered by ETS and TOEFL Board Sponsors to students working in the fields of foreign or second-language research, teaching, or assessment, as well as international higher education.

Education Grants offered by Tata Trusts

The Tata scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for deserving students who want financial assistance to further their studies. Tata scholarship advantages are available to students at various levels of education.

Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students

National Law School of India Bangalore LL.M. Scholarship Award

The Kapila & Nirmal Hingorani Postgraduate Scholarships

R.D. Sethna Loan Scholarships

The R.D. Sethna Scholarships are investments in young people allowing them to pursue their academic and career goals. The loan scholarships are awarded on the basis of excellent achievement and are intended to assist with the payment of tuition fees, academic materials, and other connected expenditures in order to improve the educational experience. 

The eligibility criteria have been provided below: 

Scholarships that can be availed only if you are fulfilling the eligibility criteria provided by it 

Vishwa Konkani Study Abroad Scholarship

VKSSF gives scholarships to students wishing to pursue higher education outside of India with a scholarship amount of INR 1 lakh per student every year. This scholarship is available to students who speak Konkani as their first language and wish to enroll in a foreign university.

National Overseas Scholarship for SCs

The National Overseas Scholarship Scheme in the Central Sector aims to help low-income students from Scheduled Castes, Denotified Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes, Landless Agricultural Labourers, and Traditional Artisans who wish to pursue higher education, such as a Master’s degree or a Ph.D.

Merit-Cum-Means based Scholarship for Professional and Technical Courses for Minority students

Government of Andhra Pradesh’s NTR Videshi Vidyadharana for BC & SC/ST Students

INR 15 lakh aid is provided under the Government of Andhra Pradesh’s NTR Videshi Vidyadharana for BC & SC/ST Students for pursuing higher education in foreign universities. 

Interest Subsidy on Educational Loan for Overseas Studies for OBCs

The Ambedkar Scheme of Interest Subsidy on Educational Loans for Overseas Studies for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and Economically Backward Classes (EBCs) is a scheme aimed at encouraging students from OBCs and EBCs to study abroad in the following programs.

International scholarships available for pursuing LLM

When someone tells you that pursuing LLM abroad is three times costlier than pursuing LLM in India we wonder if that is really true. Well, sadly it is. But you have nothing to worry about because we have got you covered. Here are some international scholarships available to you:

United Kingdom 

The Rhodes Scholarship

Want to go to the prestigious Oxford University to study LLM? The Rhodes Scholarship is your ticket. Each year, there are 5 scholarships available for Indians, out of which usually 1 or 2 are awarded to law students.

Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarship

Oxford and Cambridge Society of India Scholarships

Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme

This scholarship is available in Hungary for Indian students who wish to study there. Students are drawn to Eastern Europe for the inexpensive living prices, a safe and pleasant living environment, and easy access to public transit, which are recognized across Europe and beyond. The program also seeks to foster and develop international graduates’ personal and professional ties to Hungary, as well as contribute to the promotion of Hungarian culture and language abroad.

Commonwealth Scholarship

Chevening

University of Southampton LLM International Scholarships

The Felix Scholarship

Available to students of developing countries, including India, willing to study in London. The Felix Scholarship enables outstanding students from India to pursue graduate studies in any subject (including law) at the University of Oxford, the University of Reading, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS). This scholarship will cover 100% of the course fees, a grant for living costs (around £15,840), and one return flight from India to the UK. Awards are made for the full duration of your fee for the agreed course.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship

Harding International Legal Scholarship

  1. £5,000 financial scholarship as a fee waiver.
  2. An introductory meeting with Birmingham Law School Staff.
  3. Professional profile on the Birmingham Law School webpages.
  4. Membership of the Birmingham Law Society
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/calgs/scholarships/cal-masters-scholarships-howtoapply.aspx.

Holland Scholarship Erasmus University

Executive LLM scholarship from King’s College London

LLM scholarships of the University of Vienna

International Excellence Scholarships

College of Arts and Law Masters Scholarships

Supperstone Law Scholarship

United States of America 

Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowship

New York University (NYU) Scholarships

Columbia Law School (CLS) scholarships

UCLA Law Distinguished Scholars Program

UCLA Law announces three full-scholarship programmes for J.D. (Joint Degree) students. 

Hauser Global Scholars Program

China 

The Schwarzman Scholarship

Great Wall Program

The Government of the People’s Republic of China has made available to UNESCO, 75 fellowships for advanced studies in China at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including law. To be eligible for this prize, students must apply to the National Commission for UNESCO in their home countries.

  1. Registration, tuition, internship, and basic textbooks fees waived; free on-campus dormitory housing; 
  2. Monthly living allowance; 
  3. One-time settlement subsidy; 
  4. Outpatient medical service and Comprehensive Medical Insurance; 
  5. Protection Scheme for International Students in China; one-time inter-city travel reimbursement. 

Chinese Government Scholarship – Chinese University Program” of Zhejiang University

Belt and Road Scholarship

Hong Kong Maritime Law Scholarship

Refer: http://www6.cityu.edu.hk/slw/HKCML/hkmls18.html

Singapore 

The Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) Scholarship

New Zealand 

Auckland Law School Postgraduate Awards

Research Masters Scholarships

Faculty of Law International Students LLM Fee Scholarship

https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/scholarships/how-to-apply

Australia 

Law Scholarships for International Students – Postgraduate at University of Queensland

India Global Leaders Scholarship

Loch Law Scholarship Program

Does this all sound exciting to you? I definitely can’t wait for you all to start applying already.
Now you won’t have to give up your dreams and ambitions.

But how to apply, which LLM to go for, how to get the most out of it, how to prepare for jobs after LLM, there are still a ton of questions you would need help with. 

Wait up! We are not done yet. 

We invite you to our 3-day FREE online Bootcamp to answer your questions around Should I do an LLM abroad? How can it help my career? from 18-20 December, 6-9 pm Indian Standard Time.

The Bootcamp will be hosted by Ramanuj Mukherjee, CEO & Co-Founder of LawSikho, and Abhyuday Agarwal, COO & Co-Founder of LawSikho.

They will teach you how to pursue an LLM abroad thereby erasing the confusion created in the minds of several LLM aspirants.

If you have already registered, don’t forget to invite your friends, colleagues, or classmates to this Bootcamp.

Registration Link: https://lawsikho.com/llmbootcamp.


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