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The Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships aim to support students from India to pursue doctoral studies at St John’s College, Cambridge. Under this initiative, a number of scholarships will be made available for September/October 2018.

It is expected that the students will go on to become leading achievers and opinion-formers within Indian Society, and applicants should be able to demonstrate leadership potential accordingly. All candidates must first apply for doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge, selecting St John’s College as their first choice.


Applicants should be able to meet the following criteria:

  • An Indian national with a valid Indian passport, currently based in India
  • Below 35 years of age on 31 December, 2017
  • No previous significant exposure to a UK education, or receipt of UK government funding
  • Hold a Master’s (postgraduate) degree from a reputed Indian university/institution with a First Class award in the relevant subject or field by October 2018
  • Intend to pursue a full-time Doctoral research degree from the University of Cambridge, commencing by September/October 2018, which they have already identified
  • Able to display evidence of leadership qualities – for example, from extracurricular activities, contribution to the country or society in their chosen field
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Able to fulfil any other admission criteria laid down by the University

Value of Award :

The scholarships cover:

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


Applicants must apply for their chosen Doctoral programme at the University of Cambridge, to commence by September/October 2018. Candidates should consult the full application guidelines below, and apply for the scholarship via the online application form below by 15 January 2018.

Application process

It is the responsibility of the applicants to identify a suitable Doctoral programme
and supervisor at the University of Cambridge, apply for a place for September/October 2018 and secure admission.

1. Identify a suitable doctoral programme and supervisor at the University of

2. Applicants to visit the University of Cambridge Graduate Admissons Office web
site: www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk and make formal application to the

3. Applicants to select St John’s College as their first choice College on their application form.

4. Applicants to indicate on their Graduate Application Form via the Applicant Portal that they are applying for the Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships if asked (this is not mandatory), but also to complete the section applying for funding from the University.

5. Applicants to complete the online College Application form for the Dr. Manmohan Singh Scholarships Competition via the College website to notify St John’s that they have applied to the University and wish to be considered for the
Scholarship. This form must be returned to St John’s by 15 January 2018.


• Only those applicants who get an offer of admission at St John’s College will be
eligible for the award of the Scholarship.
• Candidates should NOT approach St John’s College directly at this stage.


Online Application Form


Candidates for these scholarships are selected through a process of short listing from the applications received, followed by personal interviews, which will be conducted by Skype.

Subsequent to the interviews the selection committee identifies the required number of
candidates for the awards. The decision of the selection committee will be final.
Selection results will be communicated within a month following the interview.

Post selection

Pre-departure briefings, UK visa and travel arrangements for the selected candidates will
be co-ordinated by St John’s College.

General Notes 

  • St John’s College will acknowledge receipt of applications through the emails provided on the College application form. For this purpose, applicants are requested to provide their latest email ids. However, the College will not be responsible for failure of on-line delivery.
  • • St John’s College will further contact only applicants who have reached the later
    stages of the University’s selection procedure. These candidates will be asked to
    provide further information to support their application. This information and that
    provided on the Graduate Application Form will be used to draw up the short-list.
  • St John’s will contact the short-listed candidates inviting them for interviews.
    Applicants are requested not to contact St John’s College directly.
  • Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by Skype during April or May 2018.
    Candidates will be expected to make their own travel and accommodation
    arrangements, if necessary.

Further Information

For further information and clarification please contact: drmanmohansinghscholarships@joh.cam.ac.uk

The deadline for submission is 15 January 2018.

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