Billion Sparks Scholarship

Billion sparks was formulated with a vision that progress can be exponentially propelled with sharing of knowledge, ideas and culture globally. As an initiative by Billion Smiles NGO, Billion Sparks is dedicated to empowering those Indian students who are looking for a global exposure of higher education, research, professional careers and entrepreneurship. Billion Sparks is strongly committed to fostering a community of change-makers who are driven, ambitious, and committed to delivering a positive impact to the world. The fellowship expects each and every fellow to inspire, empower and mentor the next cohort of change makers. The Billion Sparks Scholarship is not just a financial aid program; it's a platform for individuals to share ideas and insights that are not just mere experiences but a vision for a more enlightened, equitable and inclusive future.

Billion Smiles envisions a world where education, research, knowledge and subsequent progress knows no boundaries, where preserving and inspiring study abroad aspirants can pursue their dreams without financial constraints. The Billion Sparks Scholarship is a testament to our commitment to creating opportunities for those who aspire to excel on the global stage. We believe in diversity, inclusivity, and meritocracy, and we invite you to join our community of scholars who are destined to make a difference.

There is no 'typical' Billion Sparks Scholar. However, successful applicants often share qualities such as ambition, leadership, and a passion for positive change in the world. We encourage you to apply; your gender, sexual orientation, religion, marriage or parenthood status, caste, class, or other attributes do not matter to us. What matters is your ability to showcase your potential, dedication, and a clear vision for your future. Let your spark ignite a brighter tomorrow.

Who Can Apply?

The Billion Sparks Scholarship is open to all students who are Indian nationals. It extends its reach to both master's and bachelor's programs at reputed institutions across the US, Canada,UK, Europe, Australia, and other reputed international universities offering reputable higher education programs.

Eligibility criteria:
  • Candidate should be a citizen of India
  • Candidate should have obtained a minimum qualifying marks of 60% in their PU/Plus two examination
  • Candidate should be below 30 years of age
  • Candidate must have applied or planning to apply in a reputable higher education program abroad
  • Candidate must demonstrate passion and commitment to their chosen field of study

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Program Eligibility Criteria:
Courses cannot be:
  • Part-time
  • Distance learning
  • Less than nine months in duration
  • PhD or DPhil programs
  • Semester abroad or Exchange programs


The Billion Sparks Scholarship offers individual grants of up to $15,000 USD. This financial support is designed to cover various aspects of your international education journey, including:

  • Living expenses
  • Study materials
  • Conference participation
  • Travel fares

We understand that pursuing higher education comes with its own set of challenges, and our aim is to alleviate some of these financial burdens, allowing you to focus on your academic and personal growth.


  • Updated CV - (Not more than 2 pages)
  • Letter of motivation- explaining the following
    • Your motivation to apply
    • How would you use this opportunity to make an impact personally, socially or professionally?
  • Latest degree marksheet and transcripts
  • Work experience letter (if any)

Application Timeline

We accept applications on a rolling basis.

  • Step 1: Complete the application
  • Step 2: Attach the required documents
  • Step 3: Attach a Letter or motivation
  • Step 4: Receive an email with the updates about the next steps


  • Grounds of disqualification:
    • Information Mismatch : Ensure that the details you provide in the form align perfectly with the information on your documents. Any discrepancies may lead to disqualification.
    • Missed Deadlines : Once you initiate the application process, adhering to all specified deadlines is crucial. Failure to meet these timelines may result in disqualification.
  • All universities to which you are applying should be listed within the scholarship application. It should be noted that eligibility for the scholarship is contingent upon receiving and accepting an admission offer from one of these universities.
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