Following the announcement of the winners of the 2012 edition of the scholarship, Future Global Leaders programme, conducted by St John’s College at the Cambridge University is now accepting applications for the Dr Manmohan Singh PhD Scholarship 2013.

Initiated in the year 2007, the programme had been instituted in recognition of achievements of Dr Manmohan Singh, prime minister of India and an alumnus of the Cambridge University. The programme aims to nurture future global leadership talent in the areas of science, technology, economics and social sciences.

From finding sustainable solutions in product design to managing greenhouse gases to researching ways of tackling cancer, as was with the last batch of scholars, the programme invites applications from young scholars across various sectors. However, applications in aerospace engineering and energy studies will be considered with particular interest.

The scholarships are fully funded and provide for the candidates academic fees, international airfare, a monthly stipend to cover living expenses and the UK visa.

Application and selection

Applicants who secure an offer of admission at St John’s College will be eligible for the scholarship; so it is advisable for interested applicants to identify and apply for a suitable course for September/ October 2013 admissions.

The scholarship applications and selection in India has been facilitated by the British Council India. Candidates will be shortlisted from the applications received and will be invited for personal interviews, which will be held in New Delhi.

Past scholars

The scholars for the 2012-13 award were Parama Ghoshal, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Nishit Srivastava, MS in engineering from the Jawarharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bangalore and Sudhir Rama Murthy, research associate with the Centre for Sustainable Technologies at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Including these three scholars of 2012, the programme has so far supported 16 Indian students since its inception.

For more details on the application process, visit Last date for submission of applications is December 31.

Source: Education Times