Four scholarships with 100% fee waiver are being offered to Indian students for research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); sports; creative arts; undergraduate and postgraduate studies by Australia’s Deakin University in partnership with Indian companies.

The awards, based on themes that are futuristic and aimed at helping solve global challenges, are for the following:

  1. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), in association with Indian biopharmaceutical company Biocon
  2. Sports scholarship in collaboration with Rajasthan Royals, an IPL team
  3. Creative arts in collaboration with a leading media group
  4. Deakin’s undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship.

This scholarship entitles PhD scholars for a full tuition fee waiver of up to AUD 100, 000 (about Rs 49 lakh). Both the partners provide joint supervision to the candidate. An in- country stipend is paid to the student by the Indian partner. Deakin supplies a travel fund of up to AUD 10,000 (4.9lakh) for the student to travel and study in Australia one time for up to six months and an additional AUD 1000 (Rs 49,000) to support the student to present their research at an international conference.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairperson and managing director, Biocon Limited, said the scholarship aimed to deliver integrative education in STEM, that will encourage the student to be a future innovator.

A part of Deakin’s Vice Chancellor’s Meritorious Scholarship, the awards were introduced for Indian students in 2014. Under this, scholars are inducted into the Vice Chancellor’s Professional Excellence Programme (VCPEP) which they are expected to complete alongside their course. Deakin will ensure they get all the support they need to go beyond their brief.

“The collaboration with Indian organisations for the Vice Chancellor’s Meritorious Scholarships is an important bridge to enabling more and more students to study abroad and gain from international experience. We have established over the past 25 years a deep engagement between the University and organisations in India across areas of mutual synergy. In the coming years, these very themes will be extremely crucial as the requirements for skills and knowledge undergo rapid transformation. My best wishes to all the potential applicants for their endeavours as they embark on their journey towards futuristic learning,” Professor Jane den Hollander AO, vice-chancellor and president, Deakin University, has said.

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