Scholarship and Student Support Division

The undergraduate scholarship programme is an integral part of the Royal Government’s long term human resource development programme to address the shortage of human resources in the critical need areas. The programme provides opportunities for high achieving students to undertake ex-country full time undergraduate study in the priority human resource and development needs of the country. As such, based on the national HR requirement and in accordance with the plan target, about two hundred undergraduate scholarship slots are implemented annually in various professional and generic fields under the RGOB and GOI funding.

Initially, the programme was implemented by the Royal Civil Service Commission, which is the nodal agency for all HR development, through its scholarship unit housed within RCSC secretariat. However in 2003 as per the recommendation of the Good Governance Exercise of 1999 and in accordance with the directive of the Commission issued during its 171st meeting, the scholarship unit was transferred to the Ministry of Education from the Royal Civil Service Commission.

Since then, the Department of Adult and Higher Education, Ministry of Education has been implementing and administering the entire undergraduate scholarship programmes. While the total scholarship slots and the budget outlay are approved on a five year basis, its implementation is carried out annually thereafter based on the requisitions received from the two nodal agencies; the Royal Civil Service Commission and the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources as per their national human resource requirement.

Mandates of Scholarship Division

  • Plan, implement and oversee the long-term human resource development of the country through UG scholarships for pre-service candidates.
  • Provide Support Services to Bhutanese students abroad.