Deakin University, in partnership with Indian organisations, recently announced four 100% tuition fee waiver scholarships to be offered in 2019. These scholarships will be awarded to high achieving Indian students across study areas including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Sport and Creative Arts.

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Deakin’s partners include the Indian Premier League Cricket team Rajasthan Royals, offering a scholarship in the field of Sport, and India’s largest biopharmaceutical company Biocon, offering a scholarship within STEM-related courses. The Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon, Ms Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, said that the scholarship aims to deliver integrative education in STEM that will encourage the students to be future innovators.

With Deakin’s commitment to changing lives through education, the Deakin University’s Vice Chancellor’s Meritorious Scholarship program was introduced for Indian aspirants in 2014. Deakin has infused $2 million into this scholarship program so far, with the intention to invest a further $1 million in the next three years. In addition to receiving financial assistance, recipients are inducted into the Vice Chancellor’s Professional Excellence Program (VCPEP). Scholars complete the VCPEP alongside their course and are supported to achieve beyond their expectations, be ready for the careers of the future, and make significant contributions to our community.

Professor Jane den Hollander AO, Vice-Chancellor and President of Deakin University, stated, “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 the international experience. We have established over the past 25 years a deep engagement between the University and organizations 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.”

Ms Ravneet Pawha, Deputy Vice President (Global Engagement) and CEO (South Asia), Deakin University added, “Deakin’s Meritorious Scholarships in India are an integral part of our efforts to provide an opportunity to the talented youth of the country. Deakin University has also invested $11 million in research collaborations in India over the past five years, we also plan to infuse $9 million over the next three years for research scholarships in the country.”

Through the Deakin India Research Initiative (DIRI), 30 Research Scholarships will be provided in 2019 for students to pursue in-country PhD programs. Research projects are identified with an Indian partner and PhD candidates are enrolled with Deakin University. The program is hosted in the labs of the partner company or institute.

A Research Scholarship entitles PhD scholars a 100% tuition fee waiver of up to $100, 000. Both parties 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 $10,000 for the student to travel and study in Australia one time for up to six months. An additional $1000 is also provided to support the student to present their research at an international conference.

Covering areas ranging from sports to biotechnology to healthcare, Deakin University has become a key part of the Australia-India relationship, linking Australian academic expertise with leading Indian research institutions and industry. The university currently boasts 45 strategic partnerships among its more than 100 collaborations across India. At present, it is home to more than 5,000 Indian students and researchers, with Indians constituting the largest cohort of international students at Deakin.

About The Scholarship

Launched in 2015, the Deakin Vice Chancellor’s Meritorious Scholarship offers four scholarships with 100% tuition fee waiver to student for pursuing studies at Deakin University, Australia. Each year, 4 full scholarships are offered to shortlisted meritorious students who can pursue their choice of course either at Undergraduate or Postgraduate level in any of the Deakin campuses in Australia.

Since then, 19 students have received the scholarship and are pursuing their studies at Deakin University in Australia. In 2018, over 1000 relevant applicants from across India applied for the scholarships programme.

2019 Deakin Vice Chancellor’s Meritorious Scholarship will be in association with Times Network. The scholarship selection and process will be aired on Times Now. The final 8 students would be invited for an in-studio round with esteemed panellist.

Also, three of these scholarships have been announced in partnership with key Indian organisations for thematic areas – STEM, Sports and Creative Arts.

The full scholarship for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is being instituted in association with Biocon, India’s largest biopharmaceutical industry. The Sports Scholarship is being offered in collaboration with IPL team Rajasthan Royals. A Creative Arts Scholarship will be awarded in collaboration with the Times Network. The forth one will be for any of the subjects across undergraduate and postgraduate disciplines available at Deakin.



For further information about the Deakin Vice-Chancellor’s Meritorious Scholarship in association with Times Network, visit the Scholarships page.