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External Financial Aid – Part 3

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Here are some more financial aid sources. Most of these are private charity trusts that provide support for higher studies. The amount of money or any other type of support provided need not be substantial. But I guess every drop of water counts when you are student 🙂

Name of the Fund/ Organization/ Scholarship Location Type Remarks
Shri Brihad Baharatiya Samaj Mumbai, India  Loan  
Birla Education Trust Pilani, India  Gift / Grant  
G. B. Kimaye Scholarship Fund Pune, India  Gift / Grant  
G.D. Gokhale Charitable Trust Mumbai, India  Gift / Grant  
H.D. Mody and S.D. Mody Charitable Trust   Mumbai, India  Gift / Grant
  •  Only for Parsi Community Students
DEBESH- KAMAL SCHOLARSHIP  Kolkata, India  Loan
A.M.M. Arunachalam – Lakshmi Achi Overseas Loan Scholarship Chennai, India  Loan  
Lokmanya Memorial Trust Pune, India    
Anjuman-E-Islam Charitable Trust Mumbai, India    
Khudabadi Amil Panchayat Mumbai, India Loan
  •  Interest free loan for members of the panchayat.
  • Sindhi Community only.

 

If anyone has more information on these sourses of funds or want’t to contribute to the list, please post a comment here and I will update the list.

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October 22, 2010 at 10:18 pm

External Financial Aid – Part 2

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As promised in my previous post (External Financial Aid – Part 1), I am posting here the details of all the organizations that provide financial assistance for higher studies. Each of the organizations mentioned here provide financial assistance based on their own set of rules and criteria and its mostly impossible to make a guess of whether an applicant will actually receive any assistance after applying. Some of them are for all programs, some for only particular fields of study (like medical studies, art and culture, economics, etc) and some are country specific.

So do not bank to fund your studies based on these grants (except in 1 or 2 cases mentioned below). The dead lines for each scholarship/fund varies and the sooner you start the better it will be. I missed out on a few very good onces because I got in touch with the authorities after the deadline for collecting the application forms. Due the many details that I am posting for each scholarship, the posts will be very big in length and hence I will split the names of these scholarships/awards into multiple posts.

Name of the Fund/ Organization/ Scholarship Location Type Remarks
       
ITC (Indian Tobacco Company) Overseas Scholarships Kolkata Gift / Grant
  • Master’s in Business Management/Environment Engineering/ Environment Management degree in UK and USA – commencing in autumn of the years of the award
  • In UK: London School of Economics and Manchester Business School
  • In USA: Stanford, Harvard, Kellogg, Wharton, MIT Sloan, Haas (UC, Berkeley) and Ross (U Michigan)
  • Very good – in terms of amount and reputation.
  • Limited to only the above mentioned schools/courses
  • Contact ITC after getting an admit.
TOEFL India Scholar Programme Princeton, NJ, USA Gift / Grant
  • Requires essays on future goals, your extra-curricular involvement, family background, etc.
  • Two recommendations
  • Very good amount ($10,000)
AGA KHAN Foundation New Delhi, Mumbai and other offices across the globe. Loan + Gift / Grant
  • One of the best options – covers full tuition
  • 50% tuition is gift and rest is a loan at 5% interest.
  • Highly reputed.
  • For candidates from developing nations like India. Check the website for all country names.
  • Three recommendations and SoP required.
  • Highly competitive selection process – open to candidates from many countries.
JN TATA Endowment Fund Mumbai Loan
  • Another very good option.
  • Highly competitive.
  • Open for all courses in India and Abroad.
  • Interest free loan of up-to INR 800,000.00
  • Requires two recommendations, one guarantor, SoP and additional references.
  • Highly reputed in India.
American Alumni Association Mumbai Gift / Grant
  • Provides free passage.
  • Easy online application.
Sir Ratan Tata Trust Mumbai Gift / Grant
  • Provides INR 40,000.00 for travel.
  • Open to all candidates going abroad.
Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program New Delhi Gift / Grant
  • Open to candidates across the globe. Highly competitive.
  • Highly reputed. Grants are named.
  • In India, only candidates with permanent address in the following states are eligible to apply: Gujarat, Rajasthan, UP, Bihar, Delhi, Punjab, J&K, West Bengal and all north-eastern states.
  • The above rule is a little bit strange. But the rules are rules. Period.
British Chevening Gurukul Scholarship for Leadership and Excellence British Council in Mumbai, Delhi. Gift / Grant
  • One of the best options for study in UK.
  • Covers full program fees, return air fare, VISA application fees and living expenses.
  • Apply online at the council only.
  • Applicants SHOULD NOT apply directly to the UK programme Providers.
Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships  British Council in Mumbai, Delhi. Gift / Grant
  • For Doctoral Studies at St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Highly reputed.
  • Fully funds the program of study (Academic fees, air fare, VISA, monthly stipend, etc)
COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS British Council in Mumbai, Delhi. Gift / Grant
  • Provides academic fees, return travel, allowance for books, apparatus, approved study, travel, personal maintenance (plus allowances, where applicable, for spouse and children). Fixed Research Support Grant in case of research.
Charles Wallace India Trust British Council in Mumbai, Delhi. Gift / Grant
  • Fully Funded Awards in the arts and heritage conservation fields of study.
GOA EDUCATION TRUST (GET) AND DE SOUZA TRUST GOA SCHOLARSHIPS  British Council in Mumbai, Delhi. Gift / Grant
  • Covers VISA and Full or part tuition fees.
  • Only for residents of the state of Goa or born of Goan parents.
  • Applicant should not be more than 30 years old at the time of applying for the scholarship.
  • Must have confirmed admission for any academic course of study in the UK for up to one year.
Dawoodbhoy Fazalbhoy muslim educational trust Mumbai  
  • Open to all Muslim students from India for professional studies.

 

More names and details will come soon. Keep checking this space.

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July 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm

15k mark corssed

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I just realised that the number of visitors to this blog has crossed 15,000 now. It feels nice to see many repeat visits from the same locations. Seems like I have been posting some relevant information so far.

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May 10, 2010 at 3:27 pm

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Thinking about you

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When the sun sets on the ocean, I think about you.
When I listen to the music, I think about you.
 
I sit beside the phone waiting for your call,
The night comes calling and I begin to fall.
 
Lonely I feel alone when I walk,
Lonely I feel when you don’t have time to talk.
 
I can make it through the day, I can fake it all the day.
 But lonely is the night, Not so warm is the night.
 
I’m lonely tonight and I am thinking about you.
 

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January 16, 2010 at 1:36 pm

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Help for Haiti victims

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Here are some of the legitimate organizations that are helping the Haiti victims. You can donate to these organizations and they will make sure that your donation reaches the needy:

Also, before making any donation to any charity please make sure to verify the reputability of the charity and check for phony charities. Read the following press release by FBI: FBI Press Release

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January 14, 2010 at 12:05 pm

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Top performing CEOs

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I just came across this latest ranking of top performing CEOs via the ClearAdmit blog. Created by the INSEAD professors, the ranking compares the performance of the CEOs across the globe and ranks them based on the shareholder return and change in market capitalisation. Top 200 CEOs can be found on http://knowledge.insead.edu/home.cfm site and a slide show can be found on HBR’s website.

An interesting aspect that I observed is this:

Among the  Top10 CEOs in the list: 5 (50%) hold an MBA degree.

Among the  Top25 CEOs in the list: 9 (36%) hold an MBA degree.

Among the  Top40 CEOs in the list: 11 (27.5%) hold an MBA degree.

Among the  Top50 CEOs in the list: 14 (28%) hold an MBA degree.

And, many of the CEOs were insiders.

This yet again proves a very important about the MBA degree. You can (and most likely will) become the CEO of your company if you work through the ranks even when you do not have an MBA. But, the MBA degree will act as a tool to perform well and deliver value to the shareholders or take the company to the next level. As we move up the ranking charts, we see more MBA holders. The MBA perhaps facilitates the leader in driving the company results or making decisions or defining the strategy.

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December 30, 2009 at 8:55 am

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

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December 24, 2009 at 7:35 pm

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