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Your 2010 scholarship calendar

Here’s a primer on the scholarships that can fund your studies abroad Vimal Joshi reports

education Updated: Jan 06, 2010 10:33 IST
Vimal Joshi

Name of scholarship: Charles Wallace Scholarship (short research or professional visits)

What’s it about? Every year, the trust gives 10 to 15 grants towards the costs of short visits to the UK by academic research scholars and professionals. The grants are intended as contributions towards costs of a visit of three weeks to a month. Applicants planning to stay longer are advised to supplement this grant from other sources. These do not cover international fares.

Eligibility: Candidates should be Indian citizens and aged between 25 and 45. They should have good knowledge of English, have completed their studies and have had four or more years of research or professional experience. Preference is given to post-doctoral applicants.

How to apply: Visit or email to for further details

Name of scholarship: Inlaks Scholarship

What’s it about? Ten scholarships are offered to Indian students for study of up to two years at top institutions in — America, or Europe in all kinds of subjects, except engineering, computer science, urban planning, business studies, medicine, public health, Indian studies and history.

Candidates must have got admission to their proposed course of studies before applying. The scholarship covers the tuition fees, living expenses and one-way travel.

Eligibility: Candidates must hold a good degree from a recognised university and must be residents in India at the time of applying. The institutions concerned must be top notch. Applicants must be below 30 years of age on July 1 of the year of application. Preference will be given to candidates who have not yet studied abroad.

How to apply: Visit for further details
Get the form from Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, C/o Inlaks India Foundation, 86/87 Atlanta, Nariman Point Mumbai 400021

Name of scholarship: Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Trust Scholarship

What’s it about? The scholarships are meant for PhD and post-doctoral studies in microelectronics, computer science, biotechnology, economics, mass communication and management at a UK university. The trust will bear travel costs.

Eligibility: Candidates must have a Master’s degree with two years of research/training experience or a PhD degree and be aged 30 or below.

How to apply: Contact the Secretary, Department of Education, External Scholarship Division, A-1/W.3, Curzon Road, Barracks, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001.

Last date is March 15

Name of scholarship: Commonwealth Scholarship/Fellowships, UK

What’s it about? This scholarship is open for students from different disciplines like medicine, engineering and technology, science, agriculture and allied fields and humanities and social sciences. For students with a medicine background, scholarships are assigned for project-oriented training in higher techniques and methodology and are not for generalised training/ studies leading to a degree or diploma. In other disciplines, it’s for one year in the case of Master’s or three years for PhD.

Eligibility: For Master’s degree, one must have a Bachelor’s degree with 55 per cent or above marks in humanities and social sciences and 60 per cent or above marks in others. Candidates should give a one-page academic justification for pursuing a Master’s degree in the UK.

For PhD, candidates must have completed their Master’s programme in the related fields, securing 55 per cent marks in humanities and social science and 60 per cent or above marks in other areas.

How to apply: Visit

Name of scholarship: Fulbright Nehru’s Master’s fellowship for leadership development

What’s it about? Fulbright scholarships are offered to professionals in the areas of business administration, communication studies, economics, environment and public administration. The application deadline last year was July 15 and the announcement for 2011-12 is expected in February or March.

Eligibility: Candidates must have completed the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree from a recognised Indian university with at least 55 per cent marks (four-year Bachelor’s degree or completed a Master’s degree, if the first degree is of less than four years’ duration), must have at least three years’ full time (paid or voluntary) professional or work experience relevant to their proposed field of study; demonstrate experience in leadership and community service and preferably be in the age group of 25-30 years.

How to apply: Visit for further details

Name of scholarship: Agatha Harrison Memorial Fellowship (St. Antony’s College, Oxford)

What’s it about? Scholarships are offered for advanced research in modern Indian studies in history, economics and political science at the Oxford University. Scholars would be given a stipend of 24536 pounds in the first year, which is extendable for another year.

Eligibility: Candidates must be Indian nationals in the age group of 30-40 years.
They should have a brilliant academic record with 60 per cent marks at the Master’s level and a PhD degree in the subject or published works of equivalent merit. They must have at least three years’ teaching experience at the graduate or post-graduate level.

How to apply: Visit for more details

Name of scholarship: Mexican Scholarship

What’s it about? Six scholarships are offered for Master’s or PhD programmes in any of the subjects including agriculture, architecture, biotechnology, environment science, Latin American studies, Spanish literature, history, economics, psychology and geography. The air travel (New Delhi-Mexico-New Delhi) must be covered by the candidate unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility: Applicants should be below 26 years for Master’s and below 30 years for PhD.

They should have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum of 65 per cent marks in the relevant subject for the PG degree and at least 65 per cent marks in the relevant subject for PhD.

How to apply: Visit for the details

Name of scholarship: German Scholarships

What’s it about? These scholarships are offered for PG programmes with special relevance to developing countries, in select German universities. Scholars are entitled to receive a stipend of 750 euros, return air fare, tuition fee, research subsidy and health insurance.

Eligibility: Candidates must have a first class Bachelor’s degree, and must be working under a public authority or a state or private company in a developing country and engaged in the planning and execution of directives and projects with emphasis on development policies having a bearing on technological, economic or social areas. There should not be a gap of more than three years between the award of their last degree and the application deadline. A candidate should not be older than 36 years. Last year the deadline was October 1.

How to apply: Visit, call 2461 5148 / 5009 or email to

Name of scholarship: Rhodes Scholarships for Master’s at Oxford University

What’s it about? Five scholarships are given for Master’s programmes at the Oxford University. Rhodes scholars are encouraged to stay for at least two years at Oxford. Those doing a one year’s Master’s degree are allowed to take up two such courses, if they like. It covers full tuition (college and university), air travel to Oxford and a generous maintenance stipend. Up to 20 candidates are shortlisted for the final interviews, usually held in October in Delhi, for five finalists.

Eligibility: Candidates must be between the age of 19-25 on October 1 of the year when the session applied for, is expected to start. They must have at least a first class degree in humanities, science, law, engineering, agriculture or medicine from an Indian university. Candidates who are in the final year of a degree course and have an exceptionally bright academic record may also apply.

How to apply: Visit Email to or call 011-26741260 for further details

Name of scholarship: Charles Wallace Scholarships

What’s it about? There are a host of awards under the Charles Wallace scholarships at difference institutions — writer fellowship at the University of Kent (for three months); writer fellowship at Centre of Commonwealth Studies, University of Stirling (for three months); translator fellowships at British Centre for Literary Translation, University of East Anglia (for two months); and Iqbal Sarin visiting fellowship in journalism at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (for three months).

Eligibility: Candidates should be Indian citizens, domiciled and resident, aged between 25 and 45 (except for translator fellowships for which there is no upper age limit). They should have completed their PG studies in the area of their specialisation and/or have between five to seven years professional experience.

How to apply: Visit for further details or email to

Name of scholarship: Skoll Scholarships at Said Business School, Oxford

What’s it about? The Skoll Scholarship is meant for incoming MBA students who pursue entrepreneurial solutions for urgent social and environmental challenges. It provides funding and exclusive opportunities to meet world-renowned entrepreneurs, thought leaders and investors. The deadline for applying this scholarship is generally the first week of January but you must first send your application for the MBA at Said Business School by September or October.

Eligibility: Candidates must have started or worked in a social venture for 12 months or longer. They must demonstrate evidence of personal qualities, strongly resonating with social entrepreneurship leadership and must establish the need for a management degree to further contribute to the social task they have taken up.

How to apply: For details visit

Name of scholarship: The Gates Cambridge Scholarships

What’s it about: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation offers scholarships for PG or research studies at Cambridge University. Every year, the foundation selects around 90 scholars from around the world. You must first apply to the university for an admission. All applications are first evaluated by the respective academic department at Cambridge. Of these, the department then recommends the very best applicants to the trust. So, aspirants must apply to both — for admission to the course and the scholarship at the same time.

Eligibility: Candidates must have a first class or high second class honours degree or equivalent from a recognised university and must secure admission to the Cambridge University on their own. They may apply to study any subject available at the university, in any full-time residential course leading to a PhD degree, one-year PG qualification, two year MSc degree, second Bachelor’s degree as an affiliated student or MBBChir clinical studies

How to apply: Visit for further details

Name of scholarship: Vanier Canada Scholarships

What’s it about? The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) programme is designed to attract and retain doctoral students who demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in doctoral studies, at one of its 92 universities. It offers a significant financial award (Canadian $50,000 per year for three years) to assist successful candidates during their studies. Last year, the last date for application was November 6.

Eligibility: Candidates must have brilliant academic results (demonstrated by transcripts, awards and distinctions); a programme of study and demonstrated potential of leadership skills and relevant professional and academic experience, including research training and potential leadership ability.

How to apply: Visit for further details

Name of scholarship: Czech Republic Scholarships

What’s it about?Four scholarships are offered for Master’s and PhD (two each for both) in agriculture and electrical/ electronics/ mechanical engineering. In agriculture, only doctoral fellowships would be offered. Scholars would be entitled to receive 7000 CZK (Czech crown) per month for Master’s and 7,500 CZK per month in PhD. Travel costs (both sides) are to be borne by the candidate.

Eligibility: Candidates must have a good academic record with at least 60 per cent marks in the relevant subject at the Bachelor’s level for a Master’s programme and at least 60 per cent marks at the Master’s level in the field of study or equivalent qualification in the subject selected. A summary of the study proposal should be furnished. Applicants who graduated from Czech universities enjoy priority over other candidates.

How to apply: Visit for further details

Name of scholarship: Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships

What’s it about? Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships enable academically outstanding Indian students to go to St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, to study for doctoral degrees in areas like science and technology, economics and social sciences. Applications in aerospace engineering and energy studies will be of particular interest to the selectors.

Eligibility: Applicants must be below 35 years of age and hold a Master’s degree — with first class (UG and PG) — from a reputable/recognised Indian university/ institution in the relevant subject/field

How to apply: Visit

Note: The above information is based on 2009 compiled by Vimal Joshi