Stanford Seeks Reliance Dhirubhai MBA Fellowship Applicants in India

Applications accepted through June 13, 2014.

April 09, 2014

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Stanford GSB is seeking candidates for the Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai MBA Fellowship. | Shutterstock

Stanford GSB is seeking MBA candidates, who are citizens of India and interested in contributing to the country’s human and socioeconomic progress, to apply for the Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai MBA Fellowship. Fellows must commit to return to India within two years, and for at least two years, in order to leverage their new skills to make an impact in the country. Applications now accepted through June 13, 2014.

Initially launched in April 2008, thanks to a gift from Reliance Industries Limited, the program defrays the costs of application and attendance for promising Indian students with financial need in obtaining an MBA at Stanford. Up to five selected fellows will join the Class of 2017 in September 2015.

“The inclusion of promising young leaders who will make a difference in India’s future is essential for the global perspective we aspire to create in our program,” said Garth Saloner, dean of Stanford Graduate School of Business. “This fellowship program allows the Stanford MBA Program to extend its outreach within India to attract the best and most diverse MBA candidates possible, regardless of their financial situation.”

Prospective Fellows can find details on the two-stage application process online. In the first stage, applicants complete the Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai MBA Fellowship Program application between now and June 13, 2014. Up to 50 finalists will be selected by mid-July based on merit, commitment to developing India, and financial need, as assessed through a review of each individual’s personal resources.

In the second stage, finalists will complete the standard application for the Stanford MBA Program in October 2, 2014. Stanford may select up to 5 Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows from among the 50 finalists, based on the primary admission criteria of intellectual vitality, demonstrated leadership potential, and personal qualities and contributions.

 

Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows will receive tuition support and associated fees — an estimated USD$145,000 total value per Fellow for the two-year program. (View additional details online about on the cost of attendance.) Funding is automatically renewed for the second year if the student maintains good academic standing and community citizenship at Stanford GSB. After graduation from the MBA Program, each Fellow must return to India for a minimum of two years of employment in the private or public sector.

Stanford GSB is committed to educating leaders around the world. This month, the school convenes Stanford Ignite-Bangalore, the part-time in-country certificate program for innovators to develop their ideas. The inaugural program, launched in August 2013, was the first outside Stanford’s campus, and leveraged educational technology.

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