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

The JN Tata Endowment invites applications from Indian citizens for loan scholarships for higher studies (Masters, PhD and Postdoctoral studies) abroad for the year 2020 – 2021.

For more information and to apply online, please visit our website www.jntataendowment.org

Should you have any difficulty, please mail us at jnte@tatatrusts.org


More than 5,400 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 lakhs, 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 manning and 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, Computing, including areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, robotics and so on. KR Narayana Pillai, the former President of India, the renowned astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar, Xerxes Desai who created 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.

Give yourself the chance to be part of such an illustrious gathering. Visit www.jntataendowment.org for more information.

Grant for Certificate Course in Holistic inclusion of Learners with Diversities (CHILD)

Tata Trusts, in association with Aatman Academy for Research and Training, invites applications for a Certificate Course in Holistic Inclusion of Learners with Diversities — a course on inclusive education specially designed for in-service educators (teachers) and individuals of the community supporting children’s educational needs. This course has been implemented by Aatman Academy for Research and Training under the guidance of the Institute on Community Integration of the University of Minnesota.

Click here for the CHILD course curriculum.

Click here to read through the pre-application instructions.

Click here for the application form.

Medical and Healthcare Scholarships

Tata Trusts invites applications from undergraduate and postgraduate students in Medical Sciences and Healthcare streams in India, for the current academic year 2019-2020. The application forms will be available online from 16th October, 2019 till 06th November, 2019.  For more information and to apply please click here The programme stands closed for the year 2019-2020.

Means grant

Based on needs, this scheme offers partial assistance to college and school-going students towards their fees. Applicants must submit proof that the fees have been paid. The last date for application submission is January 31, 2020.

Eligibility criteria

  • Students should apply for the current academic year ie, for the AY 2019-2020
  • Students studying in colleges / schools located within Mumbai / Mumbai suburban areas are eligible to apply (for school studies STD VIII till graduation, except engineering)
  • Student should have secured at least a pass class in their previous examination (ATKT students are not eligible to apply)
  • A maximum of two children from the same family can apply

Certificate Course in Shadow Teaching

Tata Trusts in association with the Department of Special Education, SNDT Women’s University, Juhu Campus and Leap Ahead Assessment and learning Centre invites applications for a Certificate Course in Shadow Teaching  —  Shadow Teaching is a professional service offered to support  the student with special needs in an inclusive classroom.
Click here for more information.

Lady Meherbai D Tata Education Trust scholarship

This is a merit-based, overseas masters scholarship programme for women graduates engaged in social work, social science, public health, and welfare of women and children. 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 Trust invites applications for the academic year 2020-2021. Click here to read more.

Lady Tata Memorial Trust

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

Individual Grants Programme

Means-Based Grant

Students who lack the means, especially from economically underprivileged background and those with special needs, who have passed the previous academic year and are studying in class VIII or above are eligible to apply, the eligibility depending on annual family income. This is a needs-based grant that supports underprivileged children in their education from grade VIII up to the graduation level.

The Trusts invite applications between April and December, and applications and supporting documents are accepted online. Support for children through duly chosen NGOs covers not just fees but also uniforms, books, travel expenses, etc.  For children with special needs, the Trusts provide for their education and therapy as well. The main cities being covered along with partner NGOs are Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nasik, Dhule and Aurangabad – all in Maharashtra. Over 600 students benefit from this grant each year.

Using technology, the Trusts plan on introducing a mentoring and counselling programme for students to help them stay motivated to complete their studies.


Tata Trusts invites applications for scholarships in the field of M.Sc. in neuroscience, masters in speech therapy and B.Ed / M.Ed in special education. Application forms will be available online from December 24, 2019, to January 14, 2020. For more information and to apply please click here. If you have any queries please email us at igpedu@tatatrusts.org.

  • M.Sc. in Neuroscience — This is a scholarship exclusively for women. For more information please click here.
  • Masters in Speech Therapy — This includes the Master in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology (MASLP) programme, and programmes covering speech and hearing, audiology and speech therapy. For more information please click here.
  • D.Ed/B.Ed — This scholarship is applicable only for those pursuing studies in Jammu and Kashmir and North-East India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura). Application forms will be available online from  January 14 to January 31, 2020. For more information please click here.
  • B.Ed/M.Ed in Special Education — This scholarship is applicable only for those pursuing B.Ed and M.Ed in Special Education (Autism Spectrum Disorders, Multiple Disabilities, Visual Impairment, Deafblind, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disability, Mental Retardation, Learning Disability). For more information please click here.
  • Medical and health care —The Trusts offer scholarships in 28 streams in medical and health care education.
  • Aircraft maintenance engineering — This scholarship is closed for AY 2019-20.

More than 3,000 students have benefited from these scholarships.

Professional Enhancement Grant

This is a grant for professionals who wish to enhance their professional skills through observership programmes (pertinent to the medical fraternity), training sessions or workshops — both domestic and overseas. The scheme covers expenses related to airfare, visa, registration charges and, in rare cases, accommodation. Eligible candidates are interviewed personally and around 50 of them benefit from this grant each year. Click here to fill the application form.

Research fellowship

Having begun with the support of research into autism, dyslexia, public health and pancreatic cancer, the Trust are now keen to focus on research into dyslexia and the teaching of mathematics at the primary school level. The Trusts will collaborate with the Maharashtra Dyslexia Association, and are looking for a suitable partner to anchor the research in the teaching of mathematics.

Spectrum Grants

Grants that don’t fall in any of the specific schemes are classified as Spectrum Grants, since they cover different activities such as those ranging from music, identified sports, theatre and uncommon research. The Trusts have been encouraging students of music to learn under the tutelage of a master, especially when it involves a rare or less popular instrument such as the harp or the Rudra Veena, or a genre such as Dhrupad. Students who qualify for this grant need to have profound interest in their chosen activity, and the ability to learn and complete their training. The Trusts have begun to support research into the making of the Rudra Veena under the guidance of Ustad Bahauddin Dagar.

As a new initiative and key focus area, the Trusts have launched a pilot programme to help teachers and mothers cope with children with learning disability. Click here to fill the application form

Civil Aviation

This is a grant for candidates who are keen on pursuing the Commercial Pilots 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 subject to their performance during the interview.

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