Introduction to the Reliance Foundation Scholarships for 2021-2022

The Reliance Foundation Scholarships aim to enable and propel India's brightest youth, who are uniquely positioned to sit at the forefront of India’s technologically driven growth, to become the future leaders of tomorrow for the benefit of society.


In the course of the last few decades, human interaction with technology has witnessed remarkable change. Throughout 2020 and 2021, India worked online, studied online, shopped online, received healthcare online, socialised online. India thrived online. This underscores the phenomenal evolution of Digital Technology in India. From being a means of limited engagement and entertainment, it has evolved into a platform of unlimited enablement and empowerment.

As we step into the fourth industrial revolution, India has the opportunity not just to catch up with other world leaders, but to emerge as a global leader itself.

India has the unique advantage to harness enormous capital for technology driven development which is bottom up and inclusive, because of our twin strengths of demographics and democracy. Our youth and the entire nation is ready to embrace and utilise new technologies for a strong, sustainable and equitable new India.

Reliance Foundation will identify and support 100 of India’s brightest undergraduate and postgraduate students with a generous grant award and a strong development programme that will nurture their skills to innovate for social good. The Reliance Foundation Scholars will be poised to lead and be at the forefront of India’s technological growth.

First-year undergraduate and postgraduate students from institutes across India pursuing degree programmes in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Sciences, Mathematics and Computing, and Electrical and/or Electronics Engineering are eligible to apply. Reliance Foundation will also nurture and support these bright students with a holistic development programme, including expert interactions, industry exposure and volunteering opportunities creating a cohort of excellence, every year.

Scholarship features:

Nurturing India’s talented youth who have the potential to become future leaders of tomorrow for the benefit of society.

The Reliance Foundation Scholarships will identify and select the best and brightest students in India through a rigorous and competitive selection process.

We welcome applicants from all socio-economic backgrounds and scholarships will be granted on the basis of merit.

Up to 60 undergraduates and 40 postgraduate scholars will be selected.

At the undergraduate level, the total amount of scholarship available over the duration of the degree programme, will be up to Rs/INR 4 Lakhs.

At the postgraduate level, the total amount of scholarship available over the duration of the degree programme, will be up to Rs/INR 6 Lakhs.

80% of the funds will be granted in advance at the start of each academic year, to use for tuition and direct academic expenses. The remaining 20% of the funds will be granted upon request to support professional development, including indirect academic and personal development expenses, including conference related expenses.

Scholars will also benefit from additional engagement and development activities (including the chance to attend talks and workshops with leading global experts, opportunities to apply for mentoring/internships, volunteering opportunities, a strong alumni network and more), and will join a vibrant community of scholars that will be at the forefront of creating and building a new India.


The Reliance Foundation Scholarship is looking for scholars who embody the following values:

Scholars who are committed to excellence, in spirit and action, in everything they pursue, both academic and non-academic. Scholars who have a mindset of giving their best, seeking new and better ways to approach challenges and continually work to improve themselves.
Leadership Potential
Scholars who have the potential and ambition to become India’s and the World’s Leaders of Tomorrow.
Scholars who strive to be honest and forthright. They take accountability and responsibility for their actions, decisions, and behaviours.
Community Commitment
Scholars who show a moral force of character and instinct to lead in their communities for the advancement of society. Scholars who have a commitment to work for social good and give back to society.
Growth Mindset
Embodying Reliance’s spirit that “Growth is Life” we are looking for scholars that dream big and have an ever-evolving spirit. They possess a love of learning and continually striving to develop and improve themselves and support others to do the same.
Scholars who are resilient, patient, and tenacious. Students who embrace challenges with passion and conviction as opportunities to grow.

Eligibility Criteria

Reliance Foundation invites first year undergraduate and first year postgraduate students who are enrolled full-time in an eligible degree programme (in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Sciences, Mathematics and Computing, or Electrical and/or Electronics Engineering) to apply.

You must fulfil the following eligibility criteria in order to apply:

Be a resident
Indian citizen
Fulfil the academic criteria

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Currently enrolled full-time in an eligible degree programme in AI/CS/M&C/EEE
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Other conditions:

Students who are selected for the Undergraduate Scholarship can avail other partial scholarships.

At Postgraduate level, scholars will be required to provide details of any financial benefits from other sources. The Scholarship programme policy will permit stipends from other sources of up to a maximum of Rs 15,000 per month during the scholarship period.

Application and Selection process

Applications for the 2021-2022 scholarships closed on 16 th February 2022

Application components:

  • Personal, Academic and Extra-curricular details
  • Two Letters of Reference: One that attests to your academic capabilities and one that attests to your character and leadership traits
  • Two Essays: Personal Statement and Statement of Purpose

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a virtual interview

Selection of Scholars will be announced in June 2022

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions and Guidance to Applicants if you have any questions.

For any additional questions, please text “hi” on WhatsApp to 7977 100 100, or email us at



76 scholars were selected in the first cycle of Reliance Foundation Scholarships in 2020-2021. Here are some of their stories: