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The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India Scholarships are part-cost awards for undergraduate, second undergraduate, graduate study and research in any subject available at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, UK.
The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India (OCSI) is a not-for-profit alumni organisation based in New Delhi, India. The scholarships offered by OCSI are Equal Opportunity, i.e. the decisions made in awarding these scholarships are not based on race, colour, religion, disability, age (except for maximum age criterion), sex or ancestry. Close family members of the Executive Committee of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of India are not eligible for consideration for these scholarships.
These scholarships were instituted by the Society over fifty years ago. Originally established as a purely social network of the Oxford and Cambridge alumni in Delhi, the Society transitioned into a more academic and educational support network in the 1960s, while continuing with its major role as an alumni body. Initially, the scholarships were a peripheral activity, but these soon became the most important aspect of the working of the society, which itself moved from a Delhi-base to an all-India role through the scholarships.
The universities of Oxford and Cambridge have been favoured destinations for Indian students for many years. However, in recent years, the increasing cost of a British university education and the greater competition for the few scholarships available has meant that fewer and fewer Indian students are able to take up places at Oxford and Cambridge. The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India has been offering scholarships every year, but these are dependent on the annual generosity of a few donors.
• Must be a citizen of India
• Must be ordinarily resident in India
• Must be not more than 30 years of age on 1 September of the year of application for the award
• Must be a graduate of an Indian university if applying to a second undergraduate or for a post graduate course (applicants who are expected to graduate in the year of the award are also eligible to apply for the awards), or be from a school in India if applying for an undergraduate course.
• Must have applied for and secured admission to study a full-time course at the University of Cambridge or the University of Oxford. Candidates are required to present proof of admission before grant of the scholarship, and proof of having taking up residence at Cambridge or Oxford before the scholarships funds would be released.
• Must intend to pursue a course of study that is one of the following:
o Research leading to the PhD degree
o One-year post-graduate courses (e.g. MPhil, LLM, Diploma, CASM or Part III Maths, MBA, PGCE etc.)
o Taught and research based Masters programmes of various durations (including M.Sc., engineering, medicine)
o Second Bachelors degree as an Affiliated Student/Senior Status
o Bachelors degree programme
• Must be admitted to the University of Cambridge or the University of Oxford through the University’s normal academic procedures. OCSI cannot admit students or assist in this process.
Application can be sent by email.
The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India is offering scholarships for admission to Oxbridge in the academic year 2016-17.
All applicants will automatically be considered for these scholarships as well as for any other grants that may become available from time to time.
Please return a scanned copy of the completed form by email to the Chair of the Scholarships Committee, The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India at the email ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
Courses/Field of study Generally available for any subject/course/field of study available at the two universities (some scholarships may be limited to specific courses or fields of study) The levels of study would include the following:
• Research leading to the PhD degree
• One-year post-graduate courses (e.g. MPhil, LLM, BCL, Diploma, CASM or Part III Maths, MBA, PGCE etc.)
• Taught and research based Masters programmes of various durations (including M. Sc., engineering, medicine)
• Second Bachelors degree as an Affiliated Student/Senior Status
• Bachelors degree programme Number of awards OCSI seeks to elect at least one OCSI Scholar annually (although the exact number of awards and the value of the awards may change from year to year).
OCSI scholarships for 2016 The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India is offering scholarships for admission to the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge in the academic year 2016-17, as below:
• OCSI scholarship(s) worth INR 400,000 (Rupees Four Lacs only) tenable at either the University of Cambridge or the University of Oxford
• One scholarship worth INR 100,000 (Rupees One Lac only) tenable only at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge
• One scholarship worth INR 100,000 (Rupees One Lac only) tenable only at St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford Applicants will automatically be considered for the above scholarships and also for additional grants that may become available from time to time. What can an OCSI scholar expect to receive
• Financial award of scholarship (as given above and will vary from year to year)
• Letter of support from OCSI for other scholarship awarding bodies
• Assistance with obtaining a fast-tracked education loan from an Indian financial institution, based on OCSI scholarship letter, with automatic loan qualificationstatus from a leading financial institution.
• Complimentary life membership of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of India
• Mentoring, whereby a member of OCSI shall play the role of a mentor and will support the OCSI scholar during his/her stay at Oxford/Cambridge by giving appropriate guidance to the awardee. It shall be the endeavour of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of India to identify a mentor who shares some interests with the OCSI scholar.
• Assistance from OCSI in returning to India and reintegrating in the professional environment of India.