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UCL launches 100 new India Excellence Scholarships for Master’s courses

UCL launches 100 new India Excellence Scholarships for Master’s courses

University College London (UCL), one of the UK’s leading educational institutions, has launched a new scholarship scheme targeted at 100 of India’s brightest students to study in the UK.

The UCL India Excellence Scholarships will support Indian students with an outstanding academic record to pursue full-time Master's degree studies at UCL. For the 2024-25 academic year, applications now open, 33 scholarships will be awarded to exceptional students who have, or are on track to achieve, a first-class degree. A further 67 scholarships will be awarded during the following two years.  As part of the India Excellence Scholarships, UCL’s most extensive Indian scheme to date, prospective Master’s students in any discipline can receive £5,000 towards their studies.

UCL President and Provost Dr Michael Spence, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer these new and diverse opportunities that both illustrate our ongoing commitment to Indian students and strengthen our connection with India.

“Indian students are vital members of UCL’s global community and we are dedicated to providing more resources and support to help the very best of them share their knowledge and expertise with us in the UK.” 

UCL announced the new opportunities at a reception at the British High Commission residence in New Delhi this week. 

The university has also revealed plans for its first ever Summer School in India, based at the state-of-the-art campus of the British School in New Delhi, to give pre-university Indian students a taste of what it’s like to study at a world-leading UK university.

British Deputy High Commissioner to India Christina Scott shared: “I’m delighted that many of India’s brightest young people recognise the value of studying at a world class institution such as UCL.

“The relationships they’ll build will deepen the links between India and the UK to everyone’s benefit.” 

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The inaugural UCL India Summer School will take place from 10-14 June 2024 and will feature five leading UCL professors delivering modules to 50 students in years 10 and 11, working in small groups.  With an interdisciplinary curriculum on offer, students will learn more about UCL’s forward-thinking approach to research, teaching and future employment. This builds on UCL’s “Grand Challenges” model of academic inquiry, a groundbreaking cross-disciplinary initiative designed to develop solutions to global problems. UCL Vice-President (External Engagement) Kirsty Walker and Vanita Uppal OBE, Director, The British School New Delhi, have signed an agreement to officially launch the initiative. The academic programme for the Summer School is being organised by Dr Michael Collins, an Associate Professor of History at UCL’s London campus.

Dr Collins said: “We’re so looking forward to sharing with Indian students a taste of how UCL’s academic excellence and interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research creates real-world impact.” 

The Summer School will enable participants to learn more about what it’s like to study at UCL and provide insight into the UK higher education system. The British School New Delhi has long-established links with UK higher education institutions and was awarded Best British International School in the world in 2018. With students from 66 nationalities, it provides a student-centred education in a safe, stimulating, and multicultural environment. 

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Vanita Uppal added: “The British School New Delhi is delighted to partner with UCL to host its first ever summer school in India.

“As two like-minded, value driven institutions we see this as an amazing opportunity to provide access to cutting edge UCL pedagogy and learning skills to students in India, helping to prepare future ready global citizens of the world.” 

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