3 January 2014 by Roy Southil

The J.N. Tata Endowment offers loan scholarships only.

Value: The loan amount ranging between Rs. 60,000 and  Rs.4,00,000 are awarded to each scholar and is determined by the norms laid down for the purpose. The loan amounts do not cover the full cost of studies. All applicants do not necessarily qualify for the maximum amount. Selected scholars may also qualify for a gift scholarship from the Jamsetji Tata Trust and a Travel Grant from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, based on the sole discretion of the Trustees of the concerned Trusts. A gift scholarship can amount to a maximum of Rs.3,80,000.

Eligibility criteria: All Indian nationals irrespective of caste, creed, community, socioeconomic background, gender and geographical location are eligible for the scholarship. Applicants must be graduates from a recognised Indian University, with a consistently good academic record. Students in the final year of a degree course and those awaiting final-year results may apply.

Academicians and other mid-career professionals, up to the age of 45 years, with experience in their fields, who wish to go abroad for further specialised training may also apply. Scholars pursuing higher education in all areas and fields of study, with newly emerging fields of relevance to the country are eligible to apply. Scholars pursuing higher studies irrespective of the course duration and the selected course being either a short-term training programme, or a full-fledged Masters or Doctoral programme can also apply.

How to apply: The application should be made on a prescribed form available at the Endowment’s administrative office from December 9, 2013 to February 24, 2014. The prescribed form can be obtained either personally or on payment of an application fee of Rs.100 by cash, or by sending a request by a ‘Money Order’ or ‘Demand Draft’ drawn in favour of “The J. N. Tata Endowment”  clearly mentioning the applicant’s full name and postal address. Completed application forms, along with all the duly-certified credentials, should reach the Endowment’s office not later than March 4, 2014.

Selection process
Shortlisted candidates will be called for a personal interview conducted by relevant subject experts in Mumbai, between the months of March and June.

Additional information
The Endowment awards a one-time loan scholarship; applications for which application has to be made at the beginning of the course. Candidates applying for the scholarship should already have applied for admission to the university they plan to join. Students awaiting admission can also apply for the scholarship. However, the final award is subject to their securing admission and obtaining the relevant visa. If a separate selection round is held for the Spring semester, applications for the same are accepted in the month of October of the previous year.

The J.N. Tata Endowment, Administrative Office, Mulla House, 4th floor, 51, M.G. Road, Mumbai 400 001
Tel: (022) 66658282, 66657681, 66657198, 66657774
Email: ashlesha.lotankar@sdtatatrust.com; sbjadhav@sdtatatrust.com: swapnali.rane@sdtatatrust.com

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Inspire Fellowship for Doctoral Programme in Science and Technology

Inspire Fellowship for Doctoral Programme in Science and Technology

This is part of the Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC). This scheme is aimed at talented students to pursue doctoral degree.

Subject areas: Basic and applied sciences including engineering, medicine, agriculture, veterinary, pharmacy etc. after either masters’ degree in science or bachelor/ masters’ degree in engineering/ applied sciences.

Tenable at: Inspire Fellowship for Doctoral Programme in Science and Technology are tenable at any recognized university in india.


1. Applicants should be Indian Citizens.

2. Candidates should have acquired the required qualifications necessary for admission to the PhD program only during the last year or current year.

3. INSPIRE Scholars having secured minimum 65% marks in aggregate at M.Sc. or Integrated M.S./ M.Sc.

4. 1st Rank Holder in each Post-Graduate (PG) level examinations in Basic/ Applied Sciences including Engineering Sciences, Medical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Agricultural sciences and Veterinary Sciences at the University and academic Institutions. (Rank Holders of Colleges including Autonomous Colleges are not eligible to apply for the scheme).

5. 1st Rank Holders at the Graduate Level Examination in Engineering Sciences and other Professional courses conducted by a University or Institution in India.

6. The applicants should be eligible for admission to a research programme leading to Ph.D. in any Indian University/ National Institute/ National Laboratories in India.

Number of fellowships: 1000 INSPIRE Fellowships are awarded each year to eligible students.

Tenure: Inspire Fellowship is tenable for a maximum period of five years, subject to the completion of their PhD degree, whichever is earlier. Continuation of the Fellowship for once selected candidates is based on satisfactory performance certified by the institution as per as per rules governing the Fellowship.

Value: Value of the Fellowship is equivalent to NET/ GATE fellowship (Junior Research Fellowship / Senior Research Fellowship) and research grant to the candidate.

Selection procedure: Selection for INSPIRE Fellowship is purely on the basis of academic merit, choice of the Supervisor, Host Institutions and the Research Proposal. Eligible candidates must apply in the prescribed A4 size format along with documents as listed in the Annexure 1 to 4. Applications should be sent by Post only and shall be addressed to: Head, INSPIRE Program, Department of Science & Technology, Technology Bhavan, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi – 110 016.

Further information: Can be obtained from the INSPIRE website.