Scholarships for India's next visionary leaders

6 February 2019
Prestigious new scholarships for students from India

For the first time in the University of Sydney's history, a country-specific scholarship scheme will be established to help discover India's next leaders.

During a visit to the Lancers International School in India, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney, Dr Michael Spence, announced the scholarship scheme worth $500,000 a year.

“India has produced leaders whose vision has changed the world; people such as Mahatma Gandhi, Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam and Indira Nooyi have all made lasting impacts on society, business and engineering,” Dr Spence said.

“The University of Sydney has been producing leaders for more than 160 years and with this new prestigious scholarship scheme we are looking to help find the next leaders of India whose vision will shape its future.

“We are proud of our graduate outcomes and are ranked first in Australia and fifth in the world for graduate employability.”

As part of the scholarship application process students will be asked to share their “one idea that will bring change to India”.

India has produced leaders whose vision has changed the world.
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Dr Michael Spence

Three types of scholarships will be awarded to students from India to study at the University of Sydney:

  • 3 x $50,000 scholarships for undergraduate students paid over the duration of any undergraduate degree up to four years;
  • 10 x $20,000 first-year scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate students;
  • 15 x $10,000 first-year scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The scholarships are open to applicants who are:

  • Indian citizens currently residing in India;
  • Applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree at the University of Sydney.

A ceremony will be held at the University of Sydney campus to celebrate the achievements of the successful scholarship winners.

“We have an ever-strengthening relationship with India. Currently, there are more than 60 of our academics conducting research in or about India,” Dr Spence said.

“Our research collaborations with Indian partners are growing and we hope to accelerate that growth over the coming years. We have much to learn from our partners in India and have signed the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, IIT Bombay and Indian Institute of Technology Madras as strategic partners,” Dr Spence said.

The University of Sydney is ranked in the top 100 globally in all the leading world university rankings, including the QS World University Rankings, Times Higher Education World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. International students from more than 130 countries study at several campuses across New South Wales, including the largest campus in Camperdown/Darlington in the inner city of Sydney.

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