Half of India’s population, or over 600 million Indians, are under the age of 25. Reliance Foundation is committed to strengthening young people’s access to higher education in India. The Reliance Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships aim to support up to 5,000 meritorious students based on a merit-cum-means criteria for their undergraduate college education, empowering them to continue their studies without financial burden. The Scholarships aim to enable students to become successful professionals and realize their dreams, unlocking their potential to lift themselves and their communities up and contributing towards India’s future socio-economic development.
Students with a household income of under Rs. 15 lakh who are enrolled in first year of their undergraduate studies pursuing any subject stream can apply. The programme will also aim to encourage applications by girls and specially-abled students.
Selected scholars will receive a scholarship of up to 2 lakhs over the duration of their degree programme. In addition to the scholarship grant, the Reliance Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships will provide scholars an opportunity to be part of a vibrant alumni network and an enabling support system that will create long-term impact on their lives and career trajectories.
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Be a resident Indian citizen
Passed Standard 12th with minimum 60%
Currently enrolled in 1st year regular full-time degree course in any stream
Students having House Hold income < Rs. 15 Lakhs (preference given to < Rs. 2.5 Lakhs)
Aptitude Test is mandatory
Students who are in the 2nd year or higher
Students pursuing their degree through online, remote, distance or any other non-regular modes
Students who have passed diploma after std. 10th
Students pursuing 2 year undergraduate degree courses
Students who do not answer the mandatory aptitude test or are found cheating during the test
Here are some of the stories of our previous scholars:
MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery)
B.Sc.(Hons)(Bachelor of Science)(Honours), Statistics
BA LLB (Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Legislative Law)
BCA (Bachelors in Computer Application)
B.Com. Hons (Bachelor of Commerce) (Honours)
Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)
Prajakta cleared the GATE with 99.19 percentile and pursued her M.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, for which she received a Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship. She now works as an Associate Professor with Chennai Mathematical Institute, one of the most reputed institutes of its kind in India. Prajakta said, “The scholarship helped me in various ways, and has played a big role in making me ‘what I am today
Undergraduate Scholarship : Students who have passed the JEE (Main) Paper-1 CRL*
Examination and have secured a rank of 1-35,000 (* Common Rank List)
Postgraduate Scholarship : Students who have passed the GATE Examination and have secured a score of 550-1000 OR Score in the Undergraduate CGPA (7.5 or above) or % normalised to CGPA.
Please use the conversion formula CGPA=% of marks/9.5
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Young Ananya has always been curious to study the human body and keen to help the needy. Caring for people who need medical help gives her a deep sense of satisfaction.
A first-year medical student of Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi, Ananya is a recipient of the Reliance Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship.
"I have been exhilarated since I got to know that I was selected for the Reliance Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship. This scholarship will help fund my education, I will use this to purchase supplies required for my medical degree. I am interested in research in the medical field and wish to pursue a career in neurosciences. I am grateful to Reliance Foundation for providing me this scholarship”, says Ananya.
Ananya's father is an ex-serviceman from the Indian Air Force, while her mother is a homemaker. Ananya’s older brother has completed his graduation from NIT, Kurukshetra. Ananya has a clear vision about her career path, she aims to enhance research capabilities in the field of neurosciences, particularly Parkinson’s disease. Her family has also been very excited about her achievement and supports her dream.
Ananya's message for other students who would like to apply for the Reliance Foundation Scholarships is that taking the first step towards applying is the most important and if one has courage, great things are in store!
Archisman Manna, who hails from Howrah in West Bengal, had always been a bright student but had a setback when he did not score as much as he expected in his Class 10 examinations. Determined to not let this small setback get in the way of his goals, he toiled day and night; and passed his Class 11 exams from Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Narendrapur in 2022 with flying colours ranking 7th in West Bengal.
Currently pursuing B.Sc. (Hons) in Statistics from St. Xavier's College (Autonomous), Kolkata, Archisman is a recipient of the prestigious Reliance Foundation's Undergraduate merit-cum-means Scholarship.
Archisman's father used to run his own business, but in 2019 suffered a heart attack after which the business suffered huge losses. His mother works in a small NGO and is the sole earning member. Archisman acknowledges the sacrifices that his parents are making so that he can continue his studies and live his dream.
He got to know about the Reliance Foundation's scholarship from social media, applied for it, and gave the qualifying exam conducted by the Reliance Foundation. He also encouraged his friends to apply for the scholarships. Elated when he was selected, when Archisman revealed this news to his parents they became very emotional. Although confident in his ability to get the scholarship, this was also an endorsement of his hard work and dedication.
Archisman says, "The Reliance Foundation Scholarships will help me a lot, as it is my dream to pursue Masters in statistics from Indian Statistical Institute. The scholarship money of Rs. 2 lakhs will not only support my college fees but also help me prepare for my higher education. I can be at peace mentally without thinking about finances and concentrate on my studies".
His message to all students is that, "There is no shortcut to success; the number of hours of study required, may vary from person to person, but study as much as your heart desires and as much as you can, it will result in success".
Having grown up in the remote district of Darrang in Assam, young Ashibullah Ahmed Bin Hussain dreams of becoming a cardiologist.
Currently, a first-year MBBS student of the Gauhati Medical College, Guwahati, Assam, this Reliance Foundation UG Scholar is gearing up to realise this dream.
Ashibullah comes from a humble family background. Their livelihood was mostly from agriculture. Although his father worked in a venture school (a school established by the people of the locality). While he imparted education to children from Class 6 to 8 from 1989 till 2020, he did now draw any salary. Since 2021, he started getting paid Rs 10,000/- per month under a new Government act for venture schools in Assam.
His mother is a homemaker. He also has a younger brother studying in the 12th grade and an elder sister, who is now married. Ashibullah is aware of the efforts his father has put in to give him a good education.
"Medical field is all about helping people. A doctor's life is always dedicated to patients and they are always there to make people healthy and prevent disease, a doctor is always connected with people for their well-being, which I like most. I feel quite happy after being selected for the scholarship. It will help me a lot as my family financial condition is not sound. My dream is to become a cardiologist", says Ashibullah.
Ashibullah is very excited about being awarded the Reliance Foundation UG Scholarship.
He says, "I think the scholarship will provide me proper guidance to help me in building a good career and being a good doctor. Also, the financial assistance will be the most helpful, it will help me purchase study material, buy required instruments for my course, rent and other expenditures to sustain in an expensive city like Guwahati."
Upon completing his degree, Ashibullah plans to form an organisation with other medical professionals to provide healthcare facilities to the needy. Ashibullah is grateful for the scholarship he has received from Reliance Foundation and realises the importance of timely financial aid in the life of a student. He is hopeful to grow to a position where he will one day be able to help students like him.
Bhumika Chauhan, a first-year student of the National Law Institute University, Bhopal is overjoyed to be selected for the Reliance Foundation Scholarship 2022-23 Programme. Bhumika is amongst the 5,000 students selected for this prestigious scholarship programme. Nearly 40,000 students applied for the scholarships.
Originally from Haridwar, a small town in Uttarakhand, Bhumika is confident that she has the skillset required to be a successful lawyer. Her confidence and perseverance along with the zeal to become a lawyer to help those living in marginalised communities to get justice are qualities that have shaped Bhumika.
On being selected for the Reliance Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship 2022-23 Programme, she says, “The Reliance Foundation Scholarship has given wings to my little dreams. I would like to use this amount for my further education and I wish to create a positive impact on society. I wish to make not just my parents, but the entire country proud!”, says Bhumika on being awarded the Reliance Foundation Scholarship 2022-23.
Bhumika is grateful to her family for their consistent support towards her education. She believes this support has helped her get the scholarship. An avid reader since a very young age, Bhumika always wanted to be in a profession that involved interacting with a lot of people.
She has been eager to help people from marginalised communities, which has been her motivation to be a lawyer. At this young age, Bhumika is aware that people are likely to be exploited by lawyers in many ways. Therefore, her endeavour is to start a free-of-cost practice for those clients who belong to the financially weaker section in society.
Deepanshu Sharma from Munimpur village of Jhajjar, Haryana, wants to be a role model to young people, just the way he was inspired and guided by a cousin working for a large multinational technology corporation. The 19-year-old, whose age belies the challenges life has recently thrown at him, believes that his selection for a Reliance Foundation Scholarship is the first step towards his goals.
"I got my first computer when I was in Class 9. Since then, I have wanted to only work with computers. A cousin instilled in me the desire to pursue data science. With the Reliance Foundation Scholarship, I do not have to worry about the cost of my education and can now see the road ahead clearly," he said.
Deepanshu is studying Bachelors of Computer Applications at Government Post Graduate Nehru College in Jhajjar and plans to pursue Master’s in data science.
Deepanshu had to tutor school-going children to contribute to his family’s income when COVID-19 affected his father’s employment. He took up teaching with zest and found in himself a passion for teaching and guiding youngsters. Though those challenges are not there before him now, Deepanshu has not forgotten the fulfilment he found in teaching and mentoring. So, besides funding his education, he is looking at using the scholarship grant to acquire skills that he hopes will enable him to inspire other youngsters.
"I will be investing in acquiring skills and learning beyond what my educational curriculum provides. If I get the opportunity, I will prove myself through leadership by guiding young people," he said.
Recalling the moment when he learnt that he was selected for the Reliance Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship, Deepanshu says, "It was a very joyful moment and unbelievable. My family is really happy for me. The Reliance Foundation Scholarship will be my gateway to a successful career," he said.
Natasha Deb, from Shillong, Meghalaya a proud recipient of Reliance Foundation Undergraduate scholarships 2022-'23 is currently pursuing B.com from St. Anthony’s College in Shillong. Natasha harnesses the dream to be a well-known chartered accountant.
From a middle-class family, Natasha’s father works in a shop, her mother is a homemaker and her elder sister has recently taken up a job. Her humble background has never deterred her from dreaming big. Her father has been instrumental in encouraging her to pursue her studies and follow her dreams. She is the apple of her father’s eye and his joy knew no bounds when she informed him that she was selected as a Reliance Foundation scholar and will be awarded the scholarship.
Now she aspires to be a chartered accountant guided in this decision by her father’s assessment that she had the spark to do exceptionally well in this field. She feels that this Reliance Foundation scholarship will support her in not only completing her degree course in commerce but also help her financially in her higher studies of Chartered Accountancy.
Natasha says, “It is my ambition to be successful and work towards enriching the lives of orphans and elderly people. I feel that the way Reliance Foundation is supporting students like me to achieve our goals, it is my duty to also contribute to society in whatever small way that I can when I am capable enough to do so”.
She has been associated with Vivekanand youth forum, a RamaKrishna Mission Shillong initiative that aims to empower young children. She was also associated with an NGO called Hamari Pahchan, which provides various opportunities to underprivileged people so that they can create their own identities.
"My message to the other students is to have consistency in routine, have patience and keep faith in your dreams", says Natasha.
Nineteen-year-old Nuzha Zubari is currently pursuing her Honours degree in Sociology from Delhi University. With only limited options for graduation in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands where she hails from, students like Nuzha often move to other parts of India for higher education.
When asked about her aim and ambitions, she says she wants to crack the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examinations and serve India. According to her, people residing in the islands are disadvantaged compared to their mainland counterparts and she wants to work to bridge this gap. "People on my island are a little backward compared to the mainland," she says. "I want them to come forward and grow. I want my island to come forward in everything."
Speaking about her reaction after securing the scholarships, Nuzha said, "I feel good and overwhelmed. After my father passed away last year, this scholarship comes as a great support to my education."
While Nuzha was fortunate enough to have a supportive family to access education, she faced a dilemma over continuing her studies after her father's death. That's when her family stepped in and encouraged her to continue her academic journey.
"My family was so happy to learn that I have been selected for the Reliance Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships," Nuzha said. "It was my uncle who told me about the scholarships and he was proud to know that I have successfully secured the scholarship”.
Aryan is an undergraduate/postgraduate student who intends to spread awareness about the importance of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Aryan also aims to use the knowledge he will gain through this scholarship to motivate and support his juniors to pursue the field. His dream is to use AI and learn the importance of developing an innovative mindset, which would eventually lead to the growth of progressive India.
Qualifying for the Reliance Foundation Scholarship encouraged me to learn new topics and develop various skills. I am sure it will bring out the best in me. I aspire to work on providing unique solutions towards the development of India and humankind.
The Reliance Foundation Scholarship will enhance my development and prospects within Mathematics & Computing. My dream is to one day make and design a robot. I would strongly motivate and inspire my peers and juniors to work in the field of machine learning and deep learning and apply for the Reliance Foundation Scholarships.
The Reliance Foundation Scholarship has been life-changing for me. I am learning new things every day at my institution and I hope to become the best version of myself in academics and develop strong practical skills. Coming from a small village, it is an honour for my whole community that I am amongst the top 76 students.
I want to make AI usable for lower middle class families who are not yet utilizing the potential of technology. I want to raise awareness about the importance of AI in my hometown as well as among my friends. I wish to motivate my juniors to invest time and intellect into AI and learn the importance of an innovative mindset which can eventually lead to the growth of progressive India.
I wish to graduate as a better leader, better learner and an overall more mature and confident person than I was when I joined college. I want to be proficient in Computer Science and in the field of Artificial Intelligence. I want to have as many varied experiences and lessons as possible. My advice to future applicants is don’t shy from talking about any extracurricular activities or achievements in the past since they are also part of your achievements and experiences.
This Reliance Foundation scholarship is more than a scholarship—it is an investment in you and your future. I am very grateful to the Reliance Foundation for this scholarship. It motivates me to work harder, and inspires me to give back to society. The scholarship will enable me to continue improving my skills to address important challenges in the field of Artificial Intelligence.
I am the only aspirant in my family who qualified for the Computer Science and Engineering branch at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. I aspire to bring technological, innovative and social change to rural areas. My advice to future applicants would be that scholarships like these have many perks to offer. These scholarships provide great opportunities to improve one's learning experience and overall development.
What is the Undergraduate Scholarship academic criteria?
Students who secured a rank of 1-35000 in the JEE (Main) Paper-I CRL* Examination (*Common Rank List)
What is the Postgraduate Scholarship academic criteria? Students who have secured a score of 550-1000 in the GATE Examination or Score in the Undergraduate CGPA (7.5 or above) or % normalised to CGPA.
(Please use the conversion formula: CGPA = % of marks / 9.5)
If UG CGPA is selected, students need to tick a declaration pop-up that confirms they have not taken the GATE: "Only students who have not taken the GATE examination can apply using their UG CGPA. Please tick the box to confirm you have not taken the GATE examination.
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