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In our country…there are many aspiring students who wish to build a career in sports and deserve getting enrolled in the top institutes. But, being financially weak turns out to be a barrier for them. Not everyone finds the fee structure affordable. This is where “sports scholarship” comes in the picture to support. It is something that provides an opportunity to the students to earn education. In this blog, we’ll mentor you on the scholarship opportunities available in India for the sports students. This will also cover their types, benefits and the process.

The rising university cost has built a considerable gap between the students and their access to some of the best universities. Consequently, for monetarily affected students, sports/athletic scholarship is the best way to get access to the same. Scholarship schemes make admission to such prestigious schools possible for deserving but financially week students. But, as we say, nothing comes easy. Getting this scholarship is also not easy but it requires total commitment. Hence, students must maintain credible grades, train hard and compete against rival  team on a regular basis.


Benefits of sports scholarships


The “sports scholarship” is attractive indeed. In addition to financial benefits, it provides a lot of other benefits. They are as mentioned below:

  • Benefit from the support system 
  • Free medical care
  • Opportunities to travel and compete on home and abroad basis
  • No burden of educational debts 
  • Not bonded to work for the government or any other entity for any time period


Who all offers Sports Scholarship?


Sports sponsorship offered by SAI, Khelo India and others. The list of the same is as stated below:


1. Sports Authority of India (SAI) scholarship

Sports Authority of India is a department of sports. It is set up with the objective of promotion of sports and games. The headquarters of the same is in Delhi.  SAI provides scholarship to the aspiring sports students in India. Two SAI Academic institution are present in Punjab and Kerala. Further, it has got 14 SRCs and 11 COEs. The details of the scholarship offered are as follows:

  • Scholarship field:                                              

    Disciplines covered by the SAI scholarship     
  • Disciplines:       

  • Tennis, Volleyball, Weight-lifting, wrestling, etc.

  • Scholarship sponsor:  

    Sports Authority of India

  • Eligibility:                         

    Firstly, performers should be  recognized in the competitions of pervious calendar year. Secondly,  candidates should not be having a full-time job. Lastly, the applicant should only apply in one discipline.

  • Selection process:         

    Selection is on the basis of performance and merit. The decision of the committee will be final and there will be no correspondence in this regard.

  • How to apply:                  

    Application for SAI scholarship is to be made as per the given proforma of the SAI. Write to: The Executive Director Sports Authority of India Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports Patiala-147001 (India) 

  • Website:                             



Types of Sports Authority of India Scholarship


SAI offers various scholarship programs. This is to recognise achievements of young sportsperson and their brilliant performance.The scholarship offered is divided into the following types:

State Level Sports Scholarship

State level scholarships are 150 per state and 100 per union territory. Value of scholarship= Rs.6600/- per year

  • National Level Scholarship

Sportsperson playing at national level are considered for this reward. Value of scholarship = Rs.8400/- per year

  • Scholarship for college

Sports students of a recognized college or university are eligible for scholarship. Value of scholarship= Rs.10200/- per year

  • Special scholarship for women

Women national champions, Phd in Physical Education, NIS diploma in sports coaching are eligible. Value of scholarship is Rs.18000, Rs.10000 and Rs.7500 per year respectively.


2. Khelo India Scholarship

Khelo India was launched to boost sports culture in India. The scheme is implemented by Ministry of Youth Affairs Sports. It is aimed to make India a great sporting nation. The games conducted were previously known as Play India Youth Games. However,  now it is Khelo India games. Khelo India scholarship is also funded by SAI. Every year, 1000 kids are given scholarships of Rs.5 lakhs. The details of the scholarship offered are as follows:

  • Disciplines:        

Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, etc. 

  • Eligibility:       

Candidates below the age of 17 years and 21 years are eligible. They can compete in under-17 category and in under-21 category respectively. Further,  Applicant from all parts of the country, playing a particular sport are 

  • The process:         

Conducts national level multi-disciplinary grassroot games under two categories – under-17-years school students and under-21-years college students. Best 1000 kids are given an annual scholarship of Rs.5 lakh for 8 years.

  • How to register

Registration can be done in both online and offline mode. Therefore, players can register themselves by visiting the official website of Khelo India.

  • Headquarter

New Delhi                                                                                       

  • Website:   


3.Indian Oil Sports Scholarship Schemes

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd aims to provide great opportunities to outstandingly good sportsperson. More details about the scholarship are as follows: 

  • Objective:

    To award this scholarship to promising young players in order to encourage talent. To nominate sports apointees for corporation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Disciplines: 

    Athletics, Badminton, Chess, Cricket, etc.           


  • How to apply:      

    The sportsperson should send their resume as per the format given in the website. He/she should attach passport size photograph, family details, photo copies of the press cuttings and the certificate, duly authenticated by their respective State Association or the Principal of school/college.    
    The duly completed and signed application should be sent at the following  address:

Shri D.V.Prasad

Dy. Manager

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.,

G-9 Ali Yavar Jung Marginal,

Bandra east,


To learn more, visit the website www.iocl.com.                           

Other than the above organisations, well-known colleges also offers sports scholarships

  1. Sri Venketeshwara College, New Delhi
  2. Laxmibai National College of Physical Education, Thiruvananthapuram
  3. Amity University, Noida
  4. Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports
  5. TNEA and Anna University, Tamil Nadu
  6. SRM university, Tamil Nadu

Learn about top 11 sports colleges in India.


Types of sports Scholarships

The types of SAI sports scholarships have already been discussed above. So, now it’s time to discuss the types of sports scholarships in general. So, here you go! Sports scholarship is classified as full-ride school and partial scholarship.

 A full-ride offer covers the major costs of attending college. This includes tuition, room and board, books, course fees etc. On the other hand, a partial offer covers only the significant portion of college cost or very little.

Note: Full-ride scholarship offer is available only for the six college sports. 


To sum it up, these are the opportunities before you. If you truly desire to excel in sports with an academic degree, start right away! Start your preparation for these scholarship programs. It would help you provide the financial assistance. Learn more about sports career options. 

So, tighten your belt and get ready for this amazing sports journey!  Grab these scholarship offers, it’s not that easy…okay? But, it’s not even impossible. In other words, it’s easy if you put in right efforts. Therefore, start your preparation right away with TOTAL commitment. 

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Good luck guys!