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The Jamsetjee Nusserwanjee Tata Endowment for The Higher Education Of Indians (Established in 1892)

More than 5,600 Indian students have been awarded the JN Tata Endowment’s loan scholarship since 1892, when it was established by Jamsetjee Nusserwanjee, the promoter of the Tata group. The Endowment supports only overseas studies – Masters, Ph.D. and Postdoctoral fellowships, in any educational stream. Based only on merit, it seeks to reward “the best and most gifted so as to make them of the greatest service to the country”. The loan, a maximum of Rs10 lakh, is repayable within seven years and is collected in five equal instalments from the end of the third year.

Many of the JN Tata scholars are not only carrying out path-breaking research and teaching at reputed institutions, but are also leading national and international banking, commercial and financial institutions, multinational corporations; providing quality health care and legal services; and entering sunrise industries such as IT, biotechnology, and computing, including areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics and so on. KR Narayanan, former President of India, the renowned astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar, and Xerxes Desai, the founder of Titan, were all JN Tata scholars.

JNTE has an enviable pedigree. The first awardee was a woman – Dr Freany K Cama, who went to Edinburgh and Dublin to study gynaecology and midwifery. Among the more outstanding individuals who have emerged from the ranks of JN Tata Scholars have been Dr Raghvendra Rao, distinguished physician; Sir Ardeshir Dalal, ICS, Member of the Viceroy’s Executive Council, Sir Nowrosji Wadia, Judge of the Bombay High Court; Dr MD Gilder, Health Minister of Bombay State; Dr Jivraj Mehta who became Chief Minister of Gujarat; Mr B Narsinga Rau ICS, of the International Court at the Hague; Dr VKRV Rao, former Union Minister of Education; Mr VT Dehejia, former Chairman, State Bank of India; Mr S Bhoothalingam, ICS, Secretary, Ministry of Steel; Mr V Vishwanathan, ICS, Governor of Kerala; and Mr KR Narayanan, President of India.

The next generation included Dr Raja Ramanna, Director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre; Dr Jayant V Narlikar, the astrophysicist of Hoyle-Narlikar fame; Dr A Sambasiva Rao, who led the Government of India’s development work in electronics; Dr Minoo N Dastur, the metallurgist and India’s leading consultant for the steel industry; Dr Dinanath Rangnekar, Editor, The Economic Times; Dr Bal D Tilak, Director, National Chemical Laboratory; Dr Jamshed J Irani, former Director, Tata Sons Limited; Dr Dinshaw Jehangir Patel of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York; Mr Srikant Madhav Datar, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Research of the Harvard Business School; Mr TR Doongaji, former Managing Director, Tata Services Limited; Dr Farok Contractor, Head, International School of Business, Rutgers University; renowned architect Mr Rahul Mehrotra; Dr GG Kalthod, former Principal of VJTI, Mumbai; Mr Yezdi H Malegam who headed S B Billimoria & Co; Lord Karan Bilimoria, Member of the British House of Lords; Dr Vikram Deshpande, professor, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Cambridge; Mr Rajeev Dubey, President, Member of the Group Management Board, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., and Mr Jairam Ramesh, former Minister for Rural Development, Government of India, among others.

Compete with the best! Give yourself the chance to be a part of the illustrious group of JNTE scholars. Visit www.jntataendowment.org for more information.

Means grant

Based on the students' needs, this scheme offers partial assistance to college (till graduation – except engineering stream) and school-going (STD VIII onwards) students towards their fees.

The last date to accept applications from candidates is March 30, 2024.

The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • The scheme is applicable for the current academic year only i.e., for the academic year 2023-24.
  • Only students studying in colleges/schools located within Mumbai/Mumbai suburban areas may apply.
  • Students must secure at least a pass percentage in their previous examination (ATKT students are not eligible to apply).
  • A maximum of two children from the same family may apply.
  • Students must have their original annual fee receipt in hand when applying.

Kindly note that the streams offered under the Trusts’ “Merit-Based Scholarship” programme are not eligible under this scheme. For details, please refer to the section on “Merit-Based Scholarship”.

If your request meets the above-mentioned criteria, you may apply to the Tata Trusts at igpedu@tatatrusts.org along with clear scanned copies of the following documents:

  • Formal, signed application (a specimen is attached for your ready reference, please CLICK HERE).
  • Marksheet for the academic year 2022-2023 (if a single year comprises two semesters, please submit marksheets for both semesters)
  • Original fee receipt for the academic year 2023-2024
  • Family income proof:
    • Complete set of Income Tax Return for the assessment year 2023-24 (in the absence of the same, kindly provide a declaration to that effect)
    • Complete set of Form 16 for the assessment year 2023-24 (in case the employer has not issued Form 16, please submit an employer letter on the company’s original letterhead stating the same)
    • In the absence of the Form 16, please submit employer letter on the company’s original letterhead stating the breakup of the annual gross income along with pay slips from the past year (from April 2022 to March 2023)
    • Valid Income Certificate
  • Identity proof of the student/applicant – Aadhaar Card/PAN Card

Merit-based scholarships

These are offered in various academic streams, as listed below:

  • M.Sc. in Speech Therapy – M.Sc. in Speech and Hearing, Masters in Audiology, and Speech Language Pathology, M.Sc. in Audio Speech therapy, M.Sc. in Speech Language Pathology, and M.Sc. in Audiology
  • B.Ed. and D.Ed. – Only for students pursuing studies in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-East.
  • Special Education – Students pursuing B.Ed. and M.Ed. in special education.
  • Medical and Healthcare Scholarships - For undergraduate and postgraduate students in Medical Sciences and Healthcare streams in India
  • M.Sc. in Neuroscience - Exclusively for women.
  • Aircraft maintenance engineering

The scholarship programme for the academic year 2023-2024 stands closed.

Lady Meherbai D Tata Education Trust Scholarship

This is a merit-based, overseas Masters scholarship programme for women graduates engaged in social work, social welfare including child welfare, education, and education for children with special needs, to mention a few. Established in 1933, the scholarship has been following a rigorous selection procedure, with the trustees taking keen interest in the selection process. Each year, up to 10 women benefit from this scholarship.

The programme stands closed for the year 2024-25.

Civil Aviation

This is a grant for candidates who are keen on pursuing the Commercial Pilot’s License course, or for those who would like to pursue type rating after obtaining their license to fly a certain type of aircraft. This grant is offered to students pursuing the course in India or overseas, and is subject to their performance during the interview.

Professional Enhancement Grant

This is a grant for working professionals who wish to enhance their professional skills through training, workshops (except presentations and conferences), and observership programmes abroad.

Interested candidates may forward their request to igpedu@tatatrusts.org, along with their resumes and the Invitation Letter from the organiser/s.

Spectrum Grants

This covers funding for sports, and caregivers of children with special needs. The supported sports are Athletics, Gymnastics, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Swimming, Badminton, Pistol, Rifle, Archery, Chess, and Para Sports.

Interested candidates may forward their request to igpedu@tatatrusts.org.

Lady Tata Memorial Trust

Established in 1932 by Sir Dorabji Tata in memory of his wife Lady Meherbai, this Trust spends four-fifths of its income on facilitating research in blood disorders and leukemic diseases, and the balance one-fifth on research into the alleviation of human suffering from diseases in India and internationally. The Lady Tata Memorial Trust also supports institutional scientific research, offers a ‘Young Researcher Award’ to budding scientists, and conducts a Teachers’ Training Programme.

In 2021-22, 15 students from different universities/institutes in India were awarded Junior Research Fellowships for their projects. Under Institutional Research Grants, the focus for the year 2021-22 was on leukaemia, and biology and the treatment of cancer. Six proposals were approved to receive the grant.

Scholarships aggregating to GBP185,000 (~INR 1.84 crore) were sanctioned during 2021-22, for 5 research projects under International Awards (research in leukaemia and diseases of the blood).

Two online teachers’ training programmes were conducted during 2021-22, on ‘Bioinformatics’ and the ‘Science and Technology of Emerging Materials for Healthcare’ under the Teachers’ Training Programme.

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