Those aspiring to study abroad tend to get bogged down by the exorbitant fees charged by the top American, European or UK institutions.
While some might get a partial fee waiver, for 100% funding, one can look at being sponsored by foundations such as the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation.
The scholarship is on offer until April 15 (on since January 10). Only 10 to 12 students out of hundreds of applicants across India are expected to make the cut. Scholarships will be given for up to two years at top American, European and UK institutions, for degrees in various subjects, except engineering, computer science, urban planning, business studies, medicine, public health, Indian studies and Indian history. In the case of Phd programmes, funding may be extended upto four years.
Scholarships are open to all Indians, under the age of 30 as on July 1, who have obtained their first degree in India. It is essential to have already gained admission to an internationally renowned institution.
Who can make it?
. You need to demonstrate that you are an achiever. Importantly, your potential also holds utmost significance. It isn’t just what you have already achieved; it’s
what Inlaks can help you achieve.
. At the same time, you must be able to persuade the foundation that the programme is right for you and that you are right for it.
How to apply
You can send your application by April 15 to the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, C/o Inlaks India Foundation, 86/87 Atlanta, Nariman Point Mumbai - 400021, along with evidence of admission to a university or a course, and full details of the institute’s financial requirements, one self-addressed stamped, (R10) envelope (4”x9”). You should also send an evidence of any outstanding achievements in extra-curricular activities in any field.
Do not send copies of academic certificates with the completed form. These will be needed only at the time of the final interview.
All applicants must be available for interviews in India. They take place in Mumbai or Delhi at the end of May or early June, in two stages: preliminaries, and for those who make it, finals.
Scholarships are awarded in June generally for commencement in subsequent September and October. Any scholarship not commenced within nine months will be forfeited. Visit www.inlaksfoundation.org for further details.
Rejected Oxford to study theatre at leeds
Sanyukta Saha, 24, MA in theatre and development from the University of Leeds, Currently employed at Aga Khan Development Network as an arts education consultant
As an English honours student in Hansraj College, Sanyukta Saha joined amateur theatre group — The Pandies’ Theatre. It was extra curricular participation that hooked her for all three years of graduation. After her graduation, she chose the ‘stage’ as her workplace, zeroing in on an MA programme in theatre and development from the University of Leeds, a programme that fitted the bill. “Thankfully, I made it to Inlaks in 2008. Had this not happened, I would have never gone to Leeds,” Saha reminisces.
‘You need to justify going abroad to study’
Anirban Sarma, MA in media and development from London School of Economics, Currently employed with Weber Shandwick as supervisor (planning)
After spending around three years in book publishing (Pantheon and Random House), when Anirban Sarma wanted to make a shift to public relations company Weber Shandwick, it wasn’t easy convincing the interviewers. But when the interviewing panel realised that Sarma was a graduate from the London School of Economics and had studied on an Inlaks scholarship, they offered him the job rightaway.
“Every time, I tell anyone that I am an alumnus of LSE, I get an overwhelming response,” says Sarma.
After studying English literature at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Jadavpur University, he wished to study abroad to give a fillip to his career.
Though he studied literature, he chose a professional degree in media and communication at LSE.
Like most international students, he too worried about funding. Coming from a middle-class family, he couldn’t afford to pay the £25,000 programme fee. His challenge was to convince the Inlaks panel about his area of interest — outsourcing in book publishing.
To emphasise his focused approach, Sarma drafted and finalised the proposal for his research project (to be submitted as a student in a UK university), which was ‘outsourcing of book publishing services from UK to India’. To prepare for the interview, he browsed through a range of books on book publishing, outsourcing and other financial factors that had a bearing on the Indian publishing industry.
‘It was either a scholarship or no LLM at all’
Pinky Anand, senior advocate, LLM from Harvard University, Currently a senior advocate, Supreme Court of India
When Pinki Anand applied for an LLM in the late 70s, she had made up her mind that she would not put any financial strain on her businessman father. Taking an education loan wasn’t an option in those days.
Though she was hopeful, she wasn’t dead certain. Inlaks was make-or-break thing for her because it could pave the way for higher studies at her dream institution. Harvard University.
“At Harvard, they not only focus on academics but on overall education. They also expose you to open book system during the exams. This exposure to a variety of situations makes you ready for any contingency. You develop a power to analyse, to question, to generate ideas and to discuss them,” says Anand.
After this eye-opener education, she felt empowered. No wonder that after returning to India in 1982, she had developed the courage to abandon her assistanceship with a senior advocate in just six months. That time, she didn’t have a sound clientele to fall back upon, nor did she have a legal mentor in the family. At the outset, she had to face some dry patches but, thanks to her fortitude, never felt a vacuum. Having spent three decades in the legal arena, she has now emerged as a name to reckon with.
Though she is too modest to call herself successful even now, but feels delighted when she narrates a “life-changing” court case wherein she, as a young lawyer, appeared against LM Singhvi — a senior advocate of considerable repute and eventually won.