Rajiv Gandhi Cambridge Scholarship

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Rajiv Gandhi Cambridge Scholarship

Our association with Cambridge Commonwealth Trust began in 1994-95 with the Rajiv Gandhi Travelling Scholarships. From 1994 to 2012, we supported Rajiv Gandhi Travelling Scholars from different nationalities. This included 60 annual bursaries awarded to Indian students to pursue a second B.A. (honours) degree at Cambridge University and 139 travelling scholarships for students studying in UK universities to visit India as part of their undergraduate and graduate studies.

In 2014-15, we initiated providing Rajiv Gandhi Cambridge Scholarships to Indian students keen to study in the Cambridge University. The scholarships were provided to the outstanding Indian students who aspire to pursue their post-graduation in Cambridge University. Our selection panel selected the applicants each year, based on the shortlist provided by the University.

The scholarship covered the University tuition fee, an annual stipend sufficient which shall be no less than the minimum level for postgraduate students prescribed by the University of Cambridge. The total cost had been shared by RGF and Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust (CCEIT) in equal proportion
In 2014 and 2015, full scholarships were awarded to Ms Meghna Nag Chowdhury and Ms Prita Kalyanasundaram to study M.Phil in Education.

During the year 2016-17, Ms. Garima Sahai and Ms. Mrinalini Venkateshwaran were awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Cambridge Scholarships for PhDs in Sociology and History respectively.

The following year in 2017-18, we selected two scholars, Ms Shuvatri Dasgupta and Mr Rishi Rajpopat who pursued PhD in History and Asian Studies, respectively.

The last batch of scholars under our scholarships program was selected in 2018-19. The three selected scholars were Ms Shraddha Chaudhary for LLM, Mr Devarchan Banerjee and Mr Akankshita Dey for MPhil in Development Studies.

 

 

Stories that inspire us

My experiences while working with low income communities in India through the medium of education reinforced my belief that education is indeed one of the strongest foundations for development. I was inspired to take on greater challenges and impact a larger population of low income families across the country by gaining a rich theoretical knowledge and a global perspective. This desire propelled me towards pursuing an MPhil in Education Leadership and School Improvement at the University of Cambridge. The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation Scholarship made it possible for me to realise this dream and offered me the opportunity of a lifetime to be inducted me into the Cambridge Trust community.

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Preeta Kalyansundram

 

My experiences while working with low income communities in India through the medium of education reinforced my belief that education is indeed one of the strongest foundations for development. I was inspired to take on greater challenges and impact a larger population of low income families across the country by gaining a rich theoretical knowledge and a global perspective. This desire propelled me towards pursuing an MPhil in Education Leadership and School Improvement at the University of Cambridge. The Rajiv Gandhi Foundation Scholarship made it possible for me to realise this dream and offered me the opportunity of a lifetime to be inducted me into the Cambridge Trust community. As a Cambridge Scholar, I was able to interact with a range of students involved in diverse research fields.  These experiences transformed me both as an individual and as a professional, helping me understand diverse human predicaments, perspectives and approaches. It exposed me to peers from across the world and learn about the diverse education systems that existed. It also connected me to strong researchers, education practitioners and policy makers dedicated to providing equitable and quality education. The year at Cambridge was a wonderful melting pot of cultures and systems, forging friendships beyond borders, and a process of unlearning old ways and learning new and more enlightened ways that will go a long way to apply my learnings back in India. The MPhil course empowered me to acknowledge the need for school improvement and strategies to enable it. I am currently working on improving school systems in India by engaging with School Leaders in government and low fee private schools. As so eloquently said by Mary Anne Radmacher, “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” My heartfelt gratitude to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation for giving me this opportunity!

Preeta Kalyansundram