2023-2024 SAARC Scholarships at South Asian University in India

Scholarship in Applied Science , in Business and Law , in Computer Science , in Economics and Finance , in Engineering , in Law , in Mathematics , in Social Science
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  • Apply Before : April 17, 2023
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Opportunity Details

  • Degree MasterPH.D
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Fields of study Various Fields
  • Opportunity Type : Self Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Opportunity ID 1353
  • Application Fee Required Yes
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Opportunity Description

South Asian University (SAU) is an international university established in 2010 by eight members of SAARC, such as Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, India, Maldives, Bangladesh, and Nepal. SAU offers various scholarships and freeships for students from SAARC and other Countries, including the following scholarships:

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

Upon admission, all Master’s students are required to pay tuition fees, but these fees will be refunded to scholarship and freeship awardees after the issuance of the scholarship/freeship notification. Scholarship and freeship awardees are not required to pay tuition fees in successive semesters as long as they meet the renewal criteria for their respective category of scholarship/freeship. Ph.D. students are exempt from paying tuition fees throughout their studies.

It’s important to note that while scholarship and freeship awardees do not have to pay tuition fees, they may still be required to pay other applicable fees as notified by the Admissions & Examinations section to complete their registration.


Important Dates

Application Deadline: 31 March 2023 (23:59 I.S.T.) Extended: 17 April 2023

Entrance Test: 29 and 30 April 2023 (8.30 am – 10.30 am AFT)

Entrance Exam Fee: U.S. $10 (INR 800)

Exam Locations

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

Fields of Study in Master’s Degree

Ph.D. Fields

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

Scholarship and Facilities

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 Masters students from SAARC  Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. 50% of the scholarships are reserved for women 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 programme. These scholarships are given to the Indian and non-Indian students who have secured the highest rank in the respective merit-list of 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 programme.

  • 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 Masters 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 not available. Students will be notified to apply for the freeship with stipend on a prescribed form after joining the University and must provide a family income certificate issued by the competent authority of their respective SAARC countries. The freeship includes:

  • a tuition fee waiver,
  • 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 per the University doctor’s prescription.

Eligibility Criteria

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

For Master’s Degree Applicants of South Asian University

  • A minimum of 15 years of education, including 12 years of schooling plus a 3-year degree; alternatively, a 4-year degree after with a minimum of 50% marks for admission to M.A. courses; and 55% marks for admission to M.Sc. courses.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in less than 15 years of education is not eligible for admission.
  • Applicants with a two-year Bachelor’s degree plus one year of M.A. or MSc can apply for admission to a Master’s course subject to meeting other prescribed eligibility conditions.
  • Those who have not yet graduated with a Bachelor’s degree may apply for admission but pass the Entrance Test. Degrees obtained from government-recognized Universities/Institutions will only be eligible.
  • Degrees obtained based on work experience will not be eligible for admission at SAU
  • Students offered admission will be required to produce original certificates of their final results at admission, including mark sheets/grade sheets of their qualifying degree examination.
  • Master’s students in all programs at SAU shall be full-time students and not be permitted to take up any full or part-time jobs during their studies.
  • Students whose qualifying examination results are not yet announced at the registration time should prove their results then register with a deadline of 14 August 2023.

For Ph.D. Applicants of South Asian Univeristy

  • Applicants should have passed 12 years of regular Schooling, a minimum 3-year Bachelor’s Degree plus post-graduate education in MA, Sc., M.C.A, MS, MTech., L.L.M. with minimum 50% marks for admission to Social Sciences and Law; and minimum 55% marks for admission to science subjects.
  • Candidates with integrated Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees may be eligible for admission provided they have a minimum of 5 years of University education towards a Master’s degree after completing 12 years of schooling.
  • Only degrees obtained from government-recognized Universities or Institutions are
  • Degrees gained based on work experience are not acceptable for admission.
  • Candidates who have not completed the Master’s degree yet and studied last year or semester exam may apply for admission.
  • Students with admission offers should produce original certificates of their final results at admission, including mark sheets or grade sheets of their qualifying degree examination.


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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For more information about the South Asian Univeristy’s scholarship and admission, please visit SAU’s official website or read the F.A.Q.s.

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