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Inlaks Scholarships provide the opportunity to young people with exceptional talent in most fields to broaden their vision abroad and improve their skills to operate in society, thus making them a future vehicle of change in their environment.

Applications to open in February 2024

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Since 1976, Inlaks Shivdasani Scholarships have been granted to Indian students to read at top-rated American, UK, and European institutions in a full-time Masters, MPhil, or Doctoral programme.

We award up to USD 100,000 to cover programme tuition as well as scholars’ living expenses, healthcare, and one-way airfare. The Foundation has joint-scholarship arrangements with Imperial College, London, the Royal College of Art (RCA), London, the University of Cambridge (Cambridge Trust), Sciences Po, Paris and King’s College London (for PhD. Students*) and Hertie School, Berlin.

The Foundation gives scholarships in a variety of subjects but DOES NOT fund the following courses:

  • Business and Finance
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering**
  • Fashion Design
  • Film and Film Animation***
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Indian Studies without Contemporary Relevance
  • Management Studies (i.e. MBA)
  • Medicine, Dentistry, and related therapies
  • Music****
  • Public Health

*Faculties of Social Science & Public Policy and Arts & Humanities only.

**We consider applications to pursue study in Engineering and Natural Sciences at Imperial College, London.
***We consider applications to pursue Documentary filmmaking.
****We consider applications to pursue study in Western Classical singing.



The maximum funding given by the Foundation is USD 100,000. If the total funding required to complete the proposed course of study exceeds this amount, at the time of application candidates must show evidence that they can cover the additional costs on their own.

Applications made to Imperial College, London, the Royal College of Art (RCA), London, the University of Cambridge (Cambridge Trust), Sciences Po, Paris and King’s College London will benefit from additional funding through the Foundation’s joint scholarships with these institutions and can exceed the USD 100,000 limit while making an application.

Acceptance of other awards, teaching assistantships, and part-time jobs are welcome even if your application to the Foundation is successful; applicants are required to report additional funding sources to the Foundation when they are received.

A candidate’s proposed course of study cannot require fieldtrips to India during the study tenure. Applications made under the King’s College London collaboration are exempted from this condition.

If the scholarship does not commence within nine months of award, it will be forfeited.



  • Inlaks Shivdasani Scholarships are open to all Indian passport holders who are resident in India at the time of application. Candidates are normally expected to hold a good first from previous degrees from a recognised university in India.
  • Indian passport holders who hold a good undergraduate degree from a recognised university abroad must have resided continuously, been employed, or have been studying in India for at least two years after their under graduation.
  • Candidates having a postgraduate qualification (e.g. Master’s or PhD) from an institution abroad are not eligible to apply.
  • Candidates who are already studying or have started their postgraduate education at an institution abroad are not eligible to apply.
  • It is essential to have prior admission to the institution and course chosen at the time of the application. The Foundation will not consider candidates without evidence of admission.
  • Candidates who have an English language certification as a conditional part of their offer letter need to attain that certification before applying for the scholarship.
  • Candidates who have received a deferred offer of admission must have a valid offer for the academic year 2024-25 to be eligible for the 2024 scholarships.
  •  Those born on or after 1stJanuary 1994 are eligible to apply for the 2024 scholarships.
  • For Social Sciences, Humanities, Law, Fine Arts, Architecture and related subjects, candidates must have a minimum academic grade of 65%, CGPA 6.8, or GPA 2.6 from a recognized university/institution.
  • For Mathematics, Sciences, Environment and related subjects, candidates must have a minimum academic grade of 70%, CGPA 7.2, or GPA 2.8 from a recognized university/institution.



    • Application for the scholarship must be made online.
    • A candidate must have a valid passport to apply.
    • Only one submission per candidate will be accepted.
    • The online portal will not accept applications that do not meet the academic and financial eligibility criteria as given above.
    • Two letters of reference are mandatory and one must be from an academic referee; candidates must provide official email addresses for both referees. For applications made on 22 March 2024, the referee link will be valid for seven days post submission till 29th March 2024.





An independent, Inlaks Selection Committee is appointed to select successful applications for scholarships.

Applicants are judged on not only their past and present achievements but also on their future potential. Candidates applying for scholarships in art and design (fine/performing arts) will be judged primarily on the basis of their portfolios.

The selection process consists in three stages: (1) review of eligible applications, (2) preliminary interviews with candidates chosen from this review and, (3) a final interview with those who succeed in the preliminary round.

Candidates who do not receive any communication from the Foundation by 6th May must assume that their applications have not been successful.