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Funding for leaders

education Updated: Mar 23, 2011 09:35 IST
HT Horizons Correspondent
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The United Kingdom is inviting applications for the Chevening Gurukul Scholarships for Leadership till April 11, 2011.

What’s it about? Especially for India, this premium scholarship programme features a fully-paid, 12-week course at the London School of Economics.

Up to 16 Indian leaders can win scholarships for the course which combines closely supervised project work, academic courses, field visits, seminars, debates and interactions with some top public figures from industry and government. The course runs from late September to mid December 2011.

According to the British high commissioner to India, Richard Stagg, “The unique programme at the London School of Economics is tailored to equip high-flying Indian professionals in mid-career with new skills and perspectives so that they can spot, seize and shape opportunities in the complex and inter-connected world in which we all live.”

What you need: To be eligible, you should be a mid-career professional with at least five years of work experience, proven academic ability and leadership skills. You must be hold an Indian passport.

More details this as well as other Chevening scholarships and fellowships is on www.ukinindia.fco.gov.uk/CheveningScholarshipsInIndia/

This is the Chevening suite’s flagship programme in India, started in 1997 to mark 50 years of post-Independence cooperation between the two countries.

There is also a Chevening Rolls-Royce Science & Innovation Leadership Programme, launched by British Prime Minister David Cameron during his July 2010 visit to India.

Each Chevening Rolls-Royce scholarship covers full programme fees, living expenses for up to 12 weeks, return airfare, and student visa. Run at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, this is a customised 15-week programme for mid-career Indian professionals working in science, innovation, and related public administration fields. The first ever contingent of scholars is flying out to the UK for the course starting on March 31.

The application process starts around July.

Scholarspeak
One objective in taking up this programme is to learn how to weave innovation, science and technology for social well-being. We need to see that innovations in India are equitable and targeted towards social needs

Nidhi Nagabhatla
Chevening Rolls-Royce Science & Innovation Leadership scholar 2011 Heads a regional water initiative at the International Union of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), India

The programme is unique because it is interdisciplinary, aimed at giving exposure to global issues on politics, environment and economics

Sreetama Gupta Bhaya
Chevening Gurukul scholar for leadership and excellence, ’09 Member of Kalpvriksh Environment Action Group in Delhi

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