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Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan 2015 for UK

Last date of receipt of applications: For those applying by post, applications on plain paper (as per format given below) alongwith the required documents (attested copies of all certificates/degrees/diplomas have to be attached) should reach Under Secretary (ES), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, External Scholarship Division, ES.4 Section, West Block-1, Wing-6, 2nd Floor, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066 by 10th October 2014, Tele-26172491 and 26172492

This announcement is also available on the website www.mhrd.gov.in application form can be downloaded from the site or can also be submitted online Last date of receipt of applications: 10th October 2014 Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan UK No. F. 22-1/2013-ES.4 Govt of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Dept of Higher Education, Website: www.mhrd.gov.in
Applications are invited from Indian nationals either on line through www.mhrd.gov.in or on plain paper in the given format for nominations from India for the award of Commonwealth Scholarships anf Fellowship Plan in United Kingdom tenable from September / October 2015 for higher studies / research / specialized training in the subjects mentioned below in the United Kingdom Up to Sixty five (65) nominations are to be sent to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission for final selection to be made by them Out of these not more than twenty six (26) are for doctoral studies Study:

Scholarships are provided in the field of Engineering and Technology Science (Pure and Applied) Agriculture and Humanities and Social Sciences at UK Universities

Eligibility: The candidate should not be more than 40 years of age as on 10th October 2014 and fulfill the minimum qualifications as per Para (IV) below Level of Course:

These scholarships will be awarded for studies leading to either:

6 months clinical training/research/specialisation (for MBBS, BDS, MS, MD degree holders only) include: Cancer research, Cardiology (including cardiac surgery), Gynaecology Medicine, Dentistry, Orthopaedics, Neurology and Ear, Nose and Throat

i) 1 Year Taught Master’s Courses or Equivalent Degree

ii) Doctoral Degree of upto 3-years duration

Engineering & Technology: Electronics/Electrical, Environmental Studies, Remote Sensing Technology, Com. Engg, Biotechnology or Biochemical Engg, Robotics, Computer Applications/Computer Science 8. Aerospace Engg./Aeronautics, Civil Engg, Material Science, Mining Engg and Marine Engineering

Science (Pure & Applied): Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Physics and Chemistry (including Pharmaceutical/Medicinal Chemistry) ‘

Agriculture: Agronomy & Forestry

Humanities & Social Sciences: History, Sociology, Management Studies, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, Law, English (Literature/Linguistics) and Political Science with International Relations Minimum Qualifications: The candidates must have completed tertiary education in English Medium;

For Master’s Degree One should hold or able to produce the certificate of Bachelor’s Degree by October, 2015 in the subject field concerned (indicated above) securing 60% or above marks in Humanities and Social Science group and 65% or above marks in Medical, Engg and Technology, Science and Agriculture Group Candidate should give one page academic justification for pursuing the course in U.K. *Candidates who wish to undertake postgraduate study in Business/ Management Studies should have taken the Graduate Management Admission Test (Princeton Test) before applying for the Commonwealth Scholarship. Details about GMAT may be obtained from GMAT

For Ph.D. Degree One should hold or able to produce the certificate of Master’s Degree by October 2015 in the concerned subject fields (indicated above) securing 60% or above marks in Humanities and Social Science group and 65% or above marks in the relevant subjects in Medical, Engineering and Technology, Science and Agriculture Group **Candidates who wish to undertake postgraduate study in Business and/or Management should before applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship, have taken the Graduate Management Admission Test (Princeton Test) Candidates for awards in Economics and related subjects should be aware that a number of departments may require them, before admission, to pass the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) of which details may be obtained from Graduate Record Examination, Educational Testing Service, Box 955, Princeton, NJ08541, USA Service, Box-966, Princeton, NJ 08541, USA Nominated candidates will be required to take the IELTS, for which they may contact local British Council Office

An IELTS test will only be considered valid if taken after 01st October 2014 and before 06th March 2015 Value of Award Student concessionary or other approved airfare to the United Kingdom and return on expiry of the Scholarship (the cost of journey made before final award confirmation will not normally be reimbursed nor can fares be paid for a scholar’s dependents) Student concessionary or other approved airfare to the United Kingdom and return on expiry of the Scholarship (the cost of journey made before final award confirmation will not normally be reimbursed nor can fares be paid for a scholar’s dependents) Approved tuition and examination fees: A personal maintenance allowance at the rate of £977 per month (£1,208 per month for those studying at institutions in the London Metropolitan area) An initial arrival allowance, incorporating in initial clothing grant for scholars from tropical countries

A grant for expenses for approved travel within the United Kingdom or overseas; a grant towards fieldwork costs for those Scholars undertaking doctoral studies for whom a case has been made for fieldwork outside the United Kingdom This shall not normally exceed one economy class return airfare to the fieldwork location A paid mid-term fare to their home country for Scholars on three years doctoral awards Scholars for whom fieldwork fares are provided to their home country shall not be entitled to a mid-term fare home, nor Scholars who have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse or child allowances for more than 12 months during their award For Scholars selected by the Commission for awards exceeding 18 months, a spouse allowance of £220 per month is payable provided that the Scholar and spouse are residing together at the same address in the United Kingdom In case no communication is received by an applicant by 15th November 2014 General Instructions A candidate may apply for only one subject of his/her choice As a condition of award, the Commission or a host institution in Britain may also require a candidate to take particular English Tests/ training in English

The final selection of the nominated candidates rests with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in U.K The applications would be scrutinized and only shortlisted candidates would be called for interview Applicants who have already been registered for Ph.D or completed/ about to complete Ph.D will not be considered Candidates who have already been abroad for studies/training/specialization either on scholarships or on their own, for a period exceeding six months are eligible to apply if they have been in India for at least two consecutive years after returning from abroad as on 10th October 2014

Applications of candidates who are already abroad will not be considered Candidates must furnish a clear and precise programme of study/research (minimum 100 words and 500 words for PG and PhD respectively) Candidates are advised to describe their plan for study/research proposals carefully as these will be a primary condition in selection both PG/Ph.D course

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