The Government of India is implementing two schemes namely “Scholarships to Young Artistes in Different Cultural Fields” to grant scholarship/financial assistance to artists in the field of performing arts in order to promote them in their respective fields and “Scheme for Award of Fellowship to Outstanding Persons in the Field of Culture” for research oriented projects in various fields of Art and Culture.
Under the scholarship scheme, up-to 400 scholarships to be given every year to young artistes in the age group of 18-25 year for advance training in the field of Indian classical music, dance, theatre, visual art, folk and traditional and indigenous art etc. Under the fellowship scheme, up-to 400 (200 junior in the age group of 25-40 years and 200 senior in the age group of above 40 years) Fellowship are given every year to outstanding persons in the fields of art and culture.
For both the Schemes, meritorious candidates are selected on the basis of their performance/interview by the Expert Committees constituted by the Ministry of Culture. Under the Scheme of Scholarship each selected artist is to be given scholarship of Rs 5000 per month for a period of two year. Under the Scheme of Fellowship each selected Junior Fellow is given fellowship of Rs 10,000 per month and Senior Fellow Rs 20,000 per month for a period of two years. There is no art and state-wise quota in both the Schemes.