Programs Proposed by the Candidate
what should you be concerned about?
and Selection Procedure
of the Scholarship
Inlaks Scholarships provide the opportunity to young people with exceptional talent
in any field to broaden their vision abroad and improve their skills to operate
in society, thus making them a future vehicle of change in their environment. The
scholarships are of two types: university courses and specific programs.
Scholarships are granted at top American, European and UK institutions, for funding
requirements including tuition fees.
Candidates are strongly advised to obtain guaranteed external funding for scholarships
requirements above $85,000 or equivalent. The candidates should be able to demonstrate
this guaranteed funding for the balance of cost, at the time of interviews (usually
in May or June).
The Foundation has joint scholarship schemes with Imperial College (London), Royal
College of Art (London), School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)(London),and
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). In the case of candidates for
these collaborating institutions, the Foundation is able to accept applications
without this requirement.
The Foundation does not give scholarships in the following subjects: Engineering,
Computer Science, Business Studies, Medicine, Public Health, Fashion Design, Music
and Film Animation. However in the case of Imperial College, London, scholarships
will be given for Engineering and Computer Science. Further we will consider Indian
Studies, only if they have contemporary relevance. In the field of Music, only applications
for Western Classical singing degrees will be considered.
Scholarships for research, training or professional improvement to be carried out
abroad either independently, or attached to a leading institution, and not leading
to a degree. Candidates are expected to provide full details of their proposed programs,
including time and travelling plans, a full breakdown of costs, and evidence of
agreement with such institutions, if required.
Scholarships are open to all Indian citizens who are resident in India at the time
of application. Candidates are normally expected to hold a good first degree from
a recognized university in India. Indian citizens who hold a good undergraduate
degree from a recognized university outside India, must have resided continuously
and been employed or been studying in India, for at least two years, after their
under graduation. People having a postgraduate degree (e.g. Masters or PhD) from
a university outside India are not eligible; those who have started but not completed
a postgraduate degree outside India are also ineligible.
It is essential to have prior admission to the institution and course chosen. The
Foundation will not consider candidates without admission or pending admission.
The institutions concerned must only be top rank.
Candidates must be below 30 years of age on the first of July in the year of application.
Candidates who are already studying or have started their program abroad are not
The award of other grants, teaching assistantships and support from other sources
for the proposed program will be regarded by the Foundation as a positive factor.
The Foundation also encourages applications from young people currently employed.
The Foundation has been awarding scholarships to deserving young Indian since 1976.
Few other foundations have, during this period, given as many scholarships in as
many and such varied fields.
The key to Inlaks is flexibility. We look for the unusual, we search out a special
talent and we spot people with flair. And once we are convinced that we have found
it, we will do everything possible to accommodate a worthy candidate.
- It is perhaps for this reason that a list of Inlaks alumni reads like a ‘Who’s Who’
of young India.
- Your achievements, academic and otherwise. We will need proof that you are an achiever.
- Your potential. We pride ourselves on judging potential as much as performance.
It isn’t just what you have already achieved; it’s what we can help you achieve
in the future.
- The suitability of your course, project or program. You must persuade us that the
course/ program is right for you and that you are right for it.
Application forms are available from the 10th of January to the 15th of April from
the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, C/o Inlaks India Foundation, 86/87 Atlanta, Nariman
Point Mumbai 400021. They must be completed by the Candidate and submitted at the
same address by 15th of April. They must include:
- Evidence of admission to a university or a course, and a full detail of the institute’s
- Candidates in architecture, fine and applied arts, and related subjects must submit
a maximum of 10 samples of their work on a CD / DVD only, giving the size of the
original, the material used and the date of completion. This material will not be
returned. The images must only be in jpeg format, not tiff format. Candidates for
Film, Dance, Acting, and Music (Western classical singing) must also submit a CD
/ DVD. Three sets of CDs/ DVDs must be submitted. A portfolio may be submitted also
if it is not too bulky.
- Evidence of any outstanding achievements in extra-curricular activities in any field.
- It is not compulsory to submit recommendation letters. However, in the event that
you wish to do so, these letters (maximum 3 references) must be submitted together
with the application, in sealed envelopes. Recommendation letters will not be accepted
at a later date. In case your referee wishes to send the reference letters by email
directly to the Foundation, they may do so by the 15th of April. No recommendation
letters will be accepted either by post or email after this date.
- Do not send copies of academic certificates with the completed form. These will
be needed only at the time of the final interviews.
- An independent Inlaks Selection Committee carries out the selection.
Applications received are analyzed and evaluated, and the committee subsequently
calls the most interesting candidates for interviews. All applicants must be available
for interviews in India. They usually take place in Mumbai or Delhi in May or in
June, in two stages: preliminaries, and for those who make it, finals. Candidates
short-listed for the interviews will have to arrange for their own travel and accommodation.
Candidates who do not receive any communication by 1st of June must assume that
their applications have not been successful.
The scholarship covers, for the period granted, tuition fees, adequate living expenses
and one-way travel. In the case of scholarship requirement of above $85,000 (or
equivalent), candidates are strongly advised that they should be able to demonstrate
guaranteed funding, for the balance of costs, at the time of interviews in May or
June. In the case of specific programs, the financial coverage will be discussed
directly with the candidate.
Acceptance of other scholarships, teaching assistantships and part-time jobs are
welcome after approval from the Foundation.
Scholarship will not be awarded to candidates whose proposed course of study or
specific project requires field trips back to India during tenure.
Scholarships are awarded in May/ June generally for commencement in subsequent September
and October. Any scholarship not commenced within 9 months will be forfeited
This form is to be filled in for all applications for Inlaks Scholarships Abroad.
The form can be downloaded, filled in and sent to following address:
Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation,
C/o Inlaks India Foundation
86/87 Atlanta, Nariman Point,
Download Application Form (.xls format)
RAVI SANKARAN Inlaks
Fellowship Program for Field Biology, Ecology and Conservation.
The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation invites applications to this program, which provides
funds for three activities:
• Study in a Master’s degree at an institution abroad
• An internship with an institution abroad
• A short research or implementation project within India
Only activities that have an explicit focus on biodiversity conservation will be
considered for this Fellowship Program. For details please view www.ravisankaran.org
Inlaks - Imperial College Collaboration
The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation and the Imperial College, London now offer joint
scholarships for PhD programmes (up to 4 years) and Masters courses. These will
be available for all courses in the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Natural
Sciences at Imperial. Full tuition fees and a stipend for living expenses will be
covered by the scholarship, which is available for courses commencing October 2014.
All candidates will need to apply to the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation following
normal procedure laid out in the ‘Scholarships Abroad-Inlaks Scholarships’ section
on the website.
All candidates must have a firm offer of admission to the Imperial College at the
time of making the application to the Foundation.
The last date for applications is 15 April.