Q1. Who is eligible to apply for the Inlaks scholarship?
Ans. The scholarship is open to all Indian citizens who hold a first class degree or equivalent from an Indian university/institution and are continuously resident in India for the last six months at the time of making the application. Candidates who have completed their undergraduation from an institute abroad have to be resident in India for a two year period prior to making an application for the scholarship. Candidates applying for scholarships in art and design (fine/performing arts) will be judged primarily on the basis of their portfolio.
Q2. What is the age criteria to apply for the Inlaks scholarship?
Ans. Candidates must be a maximum of 30 years of age in the year the application is made.
Q3. Where does one apply for the scholarship?
Ans. The application has to be made online and can be accessed the website. Please read through the how to apply page before submitting the application. No physical copies of the application will be accepted.
Q4. When are the applications forms available and what is the last date of submission?
Ans. The online application portal opens on 16th January each year and the last date of submission is 31 March at 12 noon.
Q5. Which universities/institutions qualify for the Inlaks scholarships?
Ans. Programmes offered by top ranked American, European and UK institutions qualify for funding via the Inlaks scholarships.
Q6. What kind of degrees is the scholarship applicable for?
Ans. The scholarship is available to read for a full-time Masters, M.Phil or a Doctorate programme.
Q7. Is the scholarship available for Undergraduate courses also?
Ans. The Inlaks scholarships are not available for undergraduate programmes abroad. The applicants should have finished their first degree/under graduation from an Institution (B.A., B.Sc. etc) before applying for the scholarships.
Q8. What subjects are the scholarships offered in?
Ans.The scholarships are offered in most subjects except, Engineering, Computer Science, Business Studies and MBA, Medicine and related therapies, Dentistry, Public Health, Fashion Design, Music, Film and Film Animation. If an applicant has an offer from the Imperial College London, the Inlaks Foundation has an arrangement with Imperial to award scholarships in Engineering and Natural Sciences. Applications for scholarships in Indian Studies are given only with contemporary relevance. In the field of Music, scholarships are only given for Western Classical singing. For Film making, applications for Documentary Filmmaking are only considered.
Q9. How are the candidates that are shortlisted for the preliminary scholarship interviews informed?
Ans. The successful shortlisted candidates are informed by email about the preliminary scholarship interviews. If you do not receive an email from the Foundation by 15 May, you should assume that your application has not been shortlisted and you are not being considered for the scholarship.
Q10. Can the interviews be held by telephone or through video conference, in case the candidates are not in station?
Ans. Shortlisted candidates are required to attend face to face interviews. However, in exceptional cases, the preliminary interviews can be held via Skype or by teleconferencing. It will be mandatory however for the candidates to attend the final interviews in person, face to face.
Q11. Is there an upper limit to the scholarship fund for each candidate?
Ans. Yes, there is an upper limit for funds for each candidate which is USD 100,000. This includes tuition and living allowance for the entire duration of the course. Any candidate who requires additional funding must attach the proof of these finances at the time of making the online application and must carry a hard copy the same at the time of the preliminary interviews.
Q12. What documents are to be brought at the time of interview?
Ans. At the time of interview the below mentioned documents are required:
1. Photocopy of undergraduate qualification and any later degree completed
2. A copy of final unconditional offer or admission letter
3. A statement of fees
4. Any fee concession/waiver from any other source of funding that is applicable
5. Proof of financial ability in case any additional funding if applicable
Q13. Are the candidates given travel fare and accommodation for the scholarship interviews?
Ans. The candidates will not be given any travel allowances or accommodation to attend the interviews and will have to make their own arrangements.
Q14. How do candidates share letters of recommendation?
Ans. Two letters of recommendation are mandatory, one of those must be an academic reference. The letters have to be uploaded on the application portal at the time of submitting the scholarship application. However, should the referees wish to send the recommendation in confidence, they can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20 March 12 noon. The subject line must read: Reference Letter | Name of Applicant | Email Address of Applicant.
Confidential references must be sent in by the deadline above only after the successful uploading of the application on the portal.
In case the references are being sent directly by the referees then a word document should be uploaded in place of the reference letter stating your name, the referees name and the date by when the reference is expected. This step is mandatory for the form to be finally submitted.
Q15. Why have the scholarships for Management, Engineering, Computer Science and Master in Public Health been discontinued?
Ans. There are now many other funding opportunities available in the subject areas mentioned above. Besides bank loans are available as well. The Foundation has therefore decided to focus on those subjects/programmes where there is relatively less support available.
Q 16. Are the candidates whose courses have already begun before the interviews eligible to apply?
Ans. The Foundation does not entertain applicants who have already begun their study abroad.
Q17. What about those candidates who have not yet got firm letter of admission from Universities they have sought admission to by the scholarship deadline?
Ans. The Foundation needs clear evidence of admission before it can process the application. However, if the final letter of offer is not in hand at the time of applying for the scholarship, proof of acceptance on the course is mandatory.
Q18. What does the scholarship cover?
Ans. The scholarship covers full tuition fee, one way airfare allowance and maintenance allowance.
Q19. Are there any conditions applied for the scholarships?
Ans. No condition is applied for the scholarships.
Q20. What are the other opportunities offered overseas?
Ans. Inlaks Research and Travel Grants, Art Residencies and grants, Take-Off grants and fellowships.
Q21. What are the opportunities offered in India?
Ans. The primary opportunities offered by the Foundation in India are: Inlaks Fine Arts Award, Inlaks Classical Music Award, Inlaks Take-off Grant, Inlaks Theatre Award, Inlaks Awards at FTII, Grants for Dancers and Choreographers.
Q22. Are loans also available for studies/training in India?
Ans. No. The Foundation does not have any provision for loans.
Q23. Is there any specific format of applications for these other opportunities?
Ans. The website clearly indicates the application process along with the important dates for each of these opportunities.