Ministry of Culture, Government of India offers schemes for scholarships in different cultural fields. This scholarship scheme seeks to give assistance to young artistes of outstanding promise for advanced training within India. These Cultural Scholarships are awarded in the fields of Indian Classical Music, Indian Classical Dances, Light Classical Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and Folk, Traditional and Indigenous Arts. 400 Scholarships are awarded every year to young artistes who have already undergone a minimum of 5 years of training with their Guru/Institute.

The Cultural Scholarships will be awarded for the following fields of study:
Indian Classical Music
Classical Hindustani Music (Vocal and Instrumental) Classical Carnatic Music (Vocal & Instrumental etc.)
Indian Classical Dance/ Dance Music
Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Mohiniattam, Odissi Dance/ Music, Manipuri Dance/ Music, Thangta, Gaudiya Nritya, Chhau Dance/ Music, Sattriya dance.
Any specialized aspect of theatre art, including acting, direction, etc., but excluding playwriting and research; and Mime.
Visual Arts
Graphics, Sculpture, Painting, Creative Photography, Pottery & Ceramics, etc.
Folk, Traditional and Indigenous Arts
Puppetry, Folk Theatre, Folk dances, Folk Songs, Folk Music, etc.
Light Classical Music
– Thumri, Dadra, Tappa, Qawali, Ghazal
– Light Classical music based on Carnatic Style, etc.
– Rabindra Sangeet, Nazrul Geeti, Atulprasad.


Candidates should be Indian Nationals;
Candidates should have an adequate general education to pursue their training effectively;
Candidates must give evidence of their desire to make the pursuit of their training effectively;
As the scholarships are meant for advanced training and not for beginners, candidates must have already acquired a degree of proficiency in the chosen field;
The candidate should have undergone a minimum of 5 years training with their Guru/Institutes. The Certificate to this effect in Part II of the Proforma duly signed by the present Guru / Institute and former Guru/ Institute (if any) should be submitted along with the application;
Candidates should have an adequate knowledge in the connected arts/ disciplines.
The candidate’s age should not be less than 18 years and not more than 25 years as on 1st April of the year in which the application is being made. Age relaxation is not permissible.
Duration: The duration of scholarship will be 2 years.

Scholarship Value:

Each scholar will be paid Rs. 5000/- per month for a period of two years to cover his/ her living expenses on travelling, books, art material or other equipment and tuition or training charges, if any.

The Scholar will be required to undergo a rigorous training. Such training will include minimum of three hours a day for practice alone apart from the time spent for acquiring knowledge of the theory of the subject/field concerned and also an appreciation of the related disciplines.

The nature of training will be determined in each case after taking into consideration the previous training and background of the scholar. Normally, it will be in the nature of advance training under a Guru/ Master or in a recognized institution.


Eligible candidates can apply online for the cultural scholarships. An advertisement inviting applications will be issued by the Ministry of Culture every year during March-April.

Documents needed to be submitted along with the application:

1 attested copy of degrees, diplomas and certificates, etc. if any, in support of statement made regarding education qualifications, experiences, etc. in the application. In no case should the original documents be attached.
1 attested copy of the Matriculation or equivalent certificate, if any, or other satisfactory evidence of age (other than horoscope).
1 passport size recently taken photograph; the candidate applying for dance should send, in addition, three photographs in costume in full form in actual different dancing poses.
In the case of candidates applying for scholarships in the field of Painting, Sculpture and Applied Arts, they are required to send attested copies of photographs of the original works along with their application duly attested by the Supervisor/Head of the Institution and incase of Music one audio cassette of the applicant’s recording should be attached with the application tightly with a tag. The minimum qualification for Visual Arts is Bachelor of Fine Arts or equivalent.
Separate application should be submitted for each field, if the candidate wants to apply for more than one field.

As the scholarships are awarded for advanced training, the candidates should have undergone a minimum of 5 years training with their Guru/Institutes. The Certificate to this effect in Part II of the Proforma duly signed by the present Guru/ Institute and former Guru/Institute (if any) should be submitted along with the application.

Application duly completed should be forwarded to the
Section Officer,
S&F Section, Ministry of Culture,
NAI Building Annexe, Second Floor, Janpath, New Delhi – 110001

The selection will be made purely on merit.

Candidates recommended as a result of preliminary selection will be required to appear for an interview /performance before an Expert Committee. No enquiry will be entertained regarding the result of the selection of candidates for award of scholarships. However, candidates will be informed of the result after the final selection has been made. Results of the selection will be communicated to the selected candidates after the final selection.

Ministry of Culture
Section Officer,
S&F Section, Ministry of Culture,
NAI Building Annexe, Second Floor, Janpath, New Delhi – 110001
Phone : 011-23381539, 23386765, 23384173
Fax : 011- 23385115

For more details Please! Refer the Website: http://indiaculture.nic.in/indiaculture/scholarship-to-young-artist.html
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