Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarship

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Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships are awards available to Indian students for doctoral study at St John's College at the University of Cambridge and for undergraduate studies at the university.[1][2][3] The Scholarships are named in honor of Manmohan Singh, a former Prime Minister of India. Singh graduated from St John's College with a First in Economics in 1957, went on to earn a PhD from the University of Oxford in 1962, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Cambridge in 2006.[4]

Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships for Doctoral Studies[5][edit]

The idea for this award was suggested by Ab Banerjee who is a former Johnian. Banerjee also worked on this plan and attended a few dinners with Manmohan Singh.

These are PhD standard scholarships for prospective Indian PhD students awarded by the College. The award was designed to benefit academically bright Indian students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and is administered by the College.

The scholarship programme has been funded by BP, Rolls-Royce, Hardeep Rai (a St John's College alumnus) and two anonymous sponsors.[6]

The awards are for study towards doctoral degrees in the following subjects:

PhD Award Eligibility Criteria[edit]

The applicant should be:

  • An Indian national with a valid Indian passport
  • Below 35 years of age before 31 January in year of application
  • Holding a Master’s (postgraduate) degree from a reputed/recognized Indian university/institution with a First Class award (UG and PG) in the relevant subject/field
  • Evidence of leadership qualities
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Able to fulfill any other admission criteria laid down by the university

PhD Award Value[edit]

The scholarships award value areas are:

  • Academic fees
  • International airfare
  • Monthly stipend to cover living expenses
  • UK Visa

PhD Award Winners[edit]

The first time awardees (October 2008) in this scholarship's history are:[7]

  • Niladri Banerjee
  • Manasa Patnam
  • Nitu Duggal

The second time awardees (October 2009) of scholarship are:[8]

  • Aquila Mukund Mavalankar
  • Shruti Badhwar

The third time awardees (October 2010) of scholarship are:

  • Mahak
  • Karthik Depuru
  • Aditi Borkar
  • Utham Kashyap Valekunja

The fourth time awardees (October 2011) of scholarship are[9]

  • Shashi Ratnaker Singh (a research fellow at TERI)
  • Avishek Ranjan (a Master's degree holder from IIT Chennai)
  • Arjun Datta (a fellow MTech from IIT Roorkee)
  • Sohini Vanjari (a Master's degree holder in zoology from Pune University)

The fifth time awardees (September 2012) of scholarship are[6]

  • Parama Ghoshal (assistant professor of chemical engineering at Jadavpur University, Kolkata)
  • Nishit Srivastava (MS in engineering from the Jawarharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore)
  • Sudhir Rama Murthy (research associate with the Centre for Sustainable Technologies at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore)

The sixth time awardees were declared in August 2013. [10][11]

  • Rishika Kundra, MSc, Biomedical Science from Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research with specialisation in psoriatic arthritis
  • Kedar Pandya, MTech, Aerospace Engineering from IIT Bombay, focusing on ballistic impact behaviour of carbon nanotube (CNT) and nanoparticle dispersed resins and composites.

The seventh time awardee was declared in May 2014.

  • Rohit Chikkaraddy (BS-MS Dual degree from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune)[12]

The eighth time awardee was declared in June 2015.

  • Arya Thampi (BS-MS Dual degree from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune)[13][14]

The ninth time awardee was declared in June 2016.

  • Swastika Issar (Research fellow at National Centre for Biological Sciences-Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore)

Manmohan Singh Undergraduate Scholarships[15][edit]

This scholarship is available to Indian undergraduate applicants in any subject.

Undergraduate Award Conditions[edit]

Applicants must be school-leavers from India, applying for the BA (not BAaff), and must require financial assistance in order to study at the University of Cambridge.

Undergraduate Award Value[edit]

The value of this scholarship will depend on the level of financial need of the applicant, and scholarship funds available.

Undergraduate Award Winners[edit]

The first time awardees (2010) in this scholarship's history are:[16]

The second time awardees (2011) of scholarship are:[17]

  • Rishabh Bhargava, Seth Anandram Jaipuria School, Kanpur
  • Neil Satra, Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai
  • Payoshaa Shah, Utpal Shanghvi School, Mumbai

The third time awardees (2012) of scholarship are:[18]

  • Devang Agrawal, Florets International School, Kanpur
  • Gaurav Kumar, DPS International, New Delhi
  • Mayukh Ketan Mukhopadhyay, Calcutta International School, Kolkata

The fourth time awardees (2013) of scholarship are:[19]

  • Siddhant Jayakumar, Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai
  • Nisarg Mehta, Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai

The fifth time awardees (2014) of scholarship are[20]

  • Ritu Muralidharan, Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai

See also[edit]


  1. ^ United Kingdom - 2008 Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships for Doctoral Studies for Indian at University of Cambridge » Get Scholarship - Beasiswa
  2. ^ Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships announced
  3. ^ "Cambridge made me: Manmohan Singh". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 28 November 2007. 
  4. ^ "Manmohan Singh Undergraduate Scholarships announced for 2010". University of Cambridge. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  5. ^ "Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships | St John's College, Cambridge". St John. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  6. ^ a b Manash Pratim Gohain, TNN 26 Sep 2012, 05.38PM IST (26 September 2012). "Cambridge University announces 2012 Dr Manmohan Singh PhD scholars - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  7. ^ "Cambridge announces Manmohan Singh Scholarship winners". Hindustan Times. 18 July 2008. Retrieved 2013-03-01. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Study in Cambridge on Dr. Manmohan Singh scholarships - Thaindian News". Thaindian.com. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  9. ^ Neha Sharma (27 September 2011). "Recipients of the Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarship Programme 2011 announced". Indiaprwire.com. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  10. ^ "Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships - 2013 awards". 
  11. ^ SIFY News. "Cambridge announces Manmohan Singh PhD scholarships 2013". 
  12. ^ "Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarship to IISER student". 
  13. ^ "First Keralite to win Manmohan Singh Scholarship". 
  14. ^ "Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships - 2015". 
  15. ^ "Manmohan Singh Undergraduate Scholarship | Scholarships | Cambridge Trusts". www.cambridgetrust.org. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  16. ^ "Manmohan Singh Undergraduate Scholarships announced for 2010". University of Cambridge. 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  17. ^ "2 city students win scholarships to Cambridge". http://www.hindustantimes.com/. Retrieved 2016-02-09.  External link in |website= (help)
  18. ^ "University of Cambridge Manmohan Singh Undergraduate Scholarships announced for 2012". www.indianmba.com. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  19. ^ "Two Mumbai students selected for Manmohan Singh undergraduate scholarships - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  20. ^ "Mumbai girl wins full Cambridge scholarship - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 

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