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Scholarships for Indian medical students for pursuing post-graduation abroad
Confused about how to finance your studies overseas? How to know which scholarship is better? Would a fellowship allow for those necessary field trips? Given below is a listing of top scholarships awards by institutions and trusts overseas as well as in this country, especially for-but not limited to- the students of medicine, dentistry, biology, and biotechnology.
Okay, so you are all starry-eyed about attending that (Enter the name of whichever country currently on 'cool' radar of youngsters) varsity. So you work hard and work ahead. You procure great marks. You get yourself quite a number of 'Letters of Recommendations'. You do your best in extra-curricular stuff. You prepare your interview skills to the perfection. And finally, you have your coveted admission letter in your hand- and somewhere in that yellow envelope- a paper in which the college would have specified how much you would be shelling out in coming years. Did I hear 8 lacs annually?
And it doesn't help that you are in medical field, as your options for financial aids decrease dramatically. It is because, for instance, in USA, most of the students in medical schools pay their bills with help of federal loans. These loans can't be granted to international students. Also, a lot of time and energy is spent on making one a doctor. Most of the governments would rather invest their resources on someone who will serve their country, instead on someone who will pack their bags up after completion of the course.
I have compiled a list of, what I think, are the best bets for an aspiring medical student. I have been googling about various grants and awards for over two years, and boy, is it tough! You have better chance of finding that gold pot at the end of the rainbow, then finding a scholarship scheme which suits your needs. Anyway, here are the handpicked funding programs.
The Rhodes International Graduate Scholarship Program
83 scholars elected from all over the world every year. Five scholarships available for Indian students.
For pursuing post-graduate studies in Oxford University, UK.
What does it cover?
Whole of college fees, a sufficient amount of stipend, a personal Health Insurance, an economy class airfare to the University at the beginning of the scholarship and a flight back home after completion of the course term.
Usually, the tenure is for two years, but can be extended for three, or even four years.
Criteria for selection
-Should be citizen of the given country.
-Age limit is 18 to 28 by the October of the year following selection.
-Completion of a bachelor's degree by the October of the given year. Very high academic standards required to secure admission in the University.
How to apply?
Notable Rhodes scholars
-Montek Singh Ahluwalia,a prominent economic policy-maker
-Girish Karnad, a contemporary writer
S.K. Patil Scholarships
For graduates of Engineering, Medicine, Technology and other professional courses of Indian nationality.
To pursue higher studies abroad.
By trustees of Shri Birhad Bhartiya Samaj.
-First class degree from a recognized Indian university
-Excellent academic record from 10th grade onwards
-Secured admission of a foreign university of a good reputation, with the course commencing no later than the February of the next year.
-Age of the applicant shouldn't be above 27.
How to apply?
Apply on a paper to Honorable Secretary, Shri Brihad Bharatiya Samaj, 178, N.K. Mehta International House, Behind LIC Yogakshema, Backbay Reclamation, Mumbai 400020.
13th of May.
Stanford-India Biodesign Fellowship (SIB)
A team of innovators- belonging to different disciplines of engineering, medicine, and business fields- work towards designing and distributing medical technology innovations depending on the clinical and social needs of the community.
Department of Biotechnology (Ministry of Science and Technology) and Stanford University, USA.
-Applicant should be a citizen of India
-Graduate degree is a must
-Inclination towards innovation and discovery for greater good of medical field.
For how long?
One year, full time. Starting from January following election.
Phase 1: At Stanford, applicant will take a Biodesign Innovation course.
Phase 2: In Delhi, applicant will use the processes learnt in phase 1.
What will it cover?
-A stipend. The amount will vary in Stanford and Delhi
-Expenses of health, travel and tuition
How to apply?
You will have to fill a series of application forms in one sitting. Visit http://biodesign.stanford.edu/india/
K.C. Mahindra Scholarships
Indian students aspiring to pursue post-graduate studies abroad in assorted fields.
Trustees of K.C. Mahindra Education Trust
Rs. 8 Lacs per annum for top 3 K.C. Mahindra Scholars.
Rs. 3 Lacs per year for the rest of the scholars.
A first class degree or an equivalent diploma of a high standard from a recognized Indian University
A secured admission in a reputable foreign university, with the course commencing no later than February of the following year
How to apply?
Applicant can obtain application forms from Irom K.C. Mahindra Education Trust, Cecil Court, 3rd Floor, Mahakavi Bhushan Marg, Mumbai.
Or download from www.nanhikali.org/aboutus/grant_scholarships.aspx
Hope you found this post helpful. As you must have guessed, getting into any of these programs is no way easy. You need to be truly superb just to get yourself noticed amongst thousands of other applicants.
One should view these scholarship awards more as an investment in an apprentice of an outstanding potential than a mere financial aid or a support for a specific course. You get this opportunity to meet amazing scholars and leaders from varied background, and exchange ideas about everything under the sun. It is truly a life changing experience to be in a same room as the world's next torchbearers.
Get your slice of the history-in-making.
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