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Scholarships for USA, Japan and Turkey

Funding is available for courses in law, local governance, business administration, biotechnology and environmental engineering etc

education Updated: May 20, 2011 15:19 IST
HT Horizons Correspondent

Study in Japan
The Japanese government is offering scholarships in seven categories for Indian students. These are for the undergraduate level leading to bachelors’ degrees, associate degrees (diploma) and certificates; masters’ degrees; and research/doctorates. The term varies from one to five years.

The scholarships offered at the undergraduate level are spread across various fields of study such as social science and humanities, natural science, engineering, Japanese language and culture, education, technology, fashion and home economics. At the Master’s level, the fields of study are public administration, local governance, law and business administration. For research students, specialisation in the following areas is available: information technology, optical fibre communication, quality and reliability engineering, electronics and communication, robotics, laser technology, biotechnology, Japanese language and literature, fisheries, Japanese studies, earthquake engineering, environmental science, architecture, aerospace engineering, material science/engineering.

Requirements: High school graduates are eligible for the undergraduate scholarships. Government officials or graduates with four years of work experience can apply for the Master’s scholarships. To be eligible for a research scholarship, the applicant must be a graduate or postgraduate in the concerned field.

To apply: The application guidelines and the forms can be accessed from the website of the Embassy of Japan ( ). For further information, contact the Japan Information Centre at the embassy, 50-G, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi - 110021.

Submission: To get the specific dates, go to

Turkish awards
The Turkish government is inviting applications from Indian students for four scientific research scholarships. The fields of specialisation are agriculture, biotechnology and environmental engineering. The government will meet the tuition fees, housing cost and medical treatment expenditure for scholars (except long-term illness, serious surgical operations, prosthesis, jaw orthopaedics, orthodontics and teeth prosthesis). The students will need to pay for their travel to and from Turkey.

Requirements: The applicants must be below 40 years as on May 27, 2011. They must have completed graduate programmes (master’s/PhD) lasting at least four years with a minimum of 60% marks in the relevant subject, and have fluent communication skills in at least one of the following: Turkish, English or French.

To apply: The proforma for application can be accessed at Applications must be accompanied by attested copies of certificates regarding date of birth, diplomas, degrees, mark sheets in respect of all the examinations passed, with experience certificate of employment and a copy of a recently-taken passport size photograph with signature. Send the application with supporting documents and research proposal to the Section Officer, ES-4 Section, Department of Higher Education, West Block-1, 2nd Floor, Wing 6, RK Puram, New Delhi 110066. Online applications might be accepted provided a hard copy of the application along with enclosures (attested copies of certificates, marksheets etc) reach the ministry within five days after the last date.

Submission: By May 27.

Reliance fellowship
Reliance Industries Limited is offering the Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship to Indian nationals aspiring for an MBA degree from Stanford.

Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows will receive full financial support, including tuition, course-related fees, living stipend, and travel allowance. Funding is automatically renewed for the second year if the student maintains good academic standing and community citizenship at Stanford Business School. After graduation from the MBA programme, the fellows are bound to return to India for at least two years of employment in the private or public sector.

Requirements: Applicants must have completed their master’s degrees. In the two-stage application process, Reliance first selects finalists on the basis of merit, commitment to developing India, and financial need based on a review of each individual’s personal resources. In the second stage, the finalists will go through the standard application process for the Stanford MBA programme where they are assessed on the primary admission criteria of intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential, and
personal qualities and contributions.

To apply: Apply by logging on to Besides educational history and scores of the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) or the Common Admission Test (CAT), aspirants need to furnish a 250-word essay question and individual financial information.

Submission: By June 1, 2011.