Imperial College London and the Imperial College India Foundation have come together to offer assistance for PhD.

Imperial College London and its Indian supporters association, the Imperial College India Foundation, have launched a new scholarship programme for academically outstanding Indian students to study for a PhD at Imperial in London. Two full PhD studentships, each lasting three years, are available for Indian nationals who also reside in India, provided by the alumni and supporters of the foundation.

The aim of the Imperial College India Foundation PhD Scholarships is to attract the most talented Indian students to the college, with a focus on supporting those in financial need. Students will be given access to world class academic training and support throughout their PhD, which can help them contribute to society, industry and academia upon their return to India.

Imperial College London’s President & Rector, Sir Keith O’Nions said, “Imperial College London is proud to have an association with India and Indian higher education institutions which goes back many decades. The generosity of our Indian alumni, in supporting gifted postgraduates through these new scholarships, helps us build on this for the future.”

Giving back

Imperial alumnus Cyrus Mistry, Chairman, Tata Sons, who also sits on the board of the Imperial College India Foundation, said, “Talented leaders in science, technology and business will have an essential role to play in India’s future.

As Imperial College alumni, we are delighted we can support some of these future leaders by giving them the opportunity to study at our alma mater and benefit from the same educational experience and opportunities we enjoyed.”

The launch of the scholarships coincides with an eight day trip by Imperial College London’s President and Rector Sir Keith O’Nions to India this month. During the trip to Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore the President & Rector will host a number of alumni receptions, address a British Council/UNESCO event and meet with representatives from government, industry, and higher education institutions.

Applicants for the Imperial College India Foundation PhD Scholarships for 2013 will be assessed on both academic merit and financial need, with priority to students who have not already completed a degree at a higher education institution outside India, according to British Council staff.

For entry in 2013, the College invites applications for study in the following departments: Aeronautics, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computing, Earth Science and Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Materials, Mechanical Engineering and Imperial College Business School. A committee comprising Foundation members and College academic staff will select candidates.

Application deadline for 2013 entry is 29 March 2013. Details at www.imperial.ac.uk/international /prospective/newscholarships /icifscholarships.

For more details, J.P Jones, Imperial College London Press Office. Email: john-paul.jones@imperial.ac.uk