final year student


There’s a reason why the word “money” is used more frequently than any other word in a rap song – money is important. Whether you agree with the likes of Eminem, Jay Z, and Tupac, or not, we can all agree that money can be a major deciding factor when you are choosing where to study abroad. With the falling rupee and the rising cost of tuition and living, scholarships are all the more crucial in your student life now.

Below is a diverse selection of international scholarships on offer that students in their final year of graduation can apply to:

1. Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarships:
These are scholarships for Indian students to study abroad in North America or Europe. Applicants must be under 30 and should reside in India at the time of application. For postgraduate study, this scholarship covers tuition fees, adequate living expenses, and one-way travel. These scholarships are of two types: university courses and specific programmes.

It is essential to have prior admission to any institution and course chosen in order to be eligible for the scholarship by the Foundation. The deadline for submitting the application is April 15, 2018

Link to the application form: http://inlaksfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Inlaks-Scholarship-Application-Form-2018.docx

2. His Majesty the King’s Scholarships and Her Majesty the Queen’s Scholarships:

These are scholarships by the Thai government for Indian citizens to study in Thailand at master’s level within the fields of engineering and technology, management, or environment and development. These scholarships are granted to candidates who have applied or have qualified to study at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. Each scholarship award covers tuition fees, accommodation, and a bursary for living expenses in AIT’s residential campus, for the entire period of the 22-month master’s degree program. Application Deadline is March 31, 2018.
Link to the application form: https://d2oc0ihd6a5bt.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/2404/2017/08/KQ-Scholarships-Nomination-form.docx

3. University of Queensland BEL India Scholarship:

These are fully funded international scholarships for Indian students who have applied or have already qualified to study a master’s degree within the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Queensland in Australia. Applications for the scholarships close on April 30, 2018.
Link to application form for postgraduate courses at UQ: https://future-students.uq.edu.au/apply

Link to application form for the scholarship: https://uq-gmytz.formstack.com/forms/uq_bel_scholarship_application_2018

4. Orange Tulip Scholarship:

This scholarship makes grants available for Indian students to study in the Netherlands at master’s level at 22 participating universities of the Netherlands. To qualify for the same, students needs to be admitted to a Dutch university or should be in the process of enrollment. Although there are Dutch universities that offer a 100% (full) study fee, other colleges may only offer 50% reduction in study fees. The deadline for submission of applications varies for different universities.

Link to participating universities: https://www.nesoindia.org/scholarships/orange-tulip-scholarship-programme/scheme-2018-2019/scheme-2018-2019

Link to application form: https://www.nesoindia.org/scholarships/orange-tulip-scholarship-programme/ots-form

5. University of Bournemouth Business School Dean’s Scholarships:

This scholarship offers a 50% reduction in tuition fees for students applying for a master’s degree within the Faculty of Management at Bournemouth University in the UK.  Application deadline for the scholarship is May 31, 2018

Link to application form: https://www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/bu-scholarship-application-form-2017-18


6. University of Warwick Graduate School GREAT India Scholarships:

These are a group of scholarships for Indian students who have applied to study an applicable Master’s degree starting from Autumn 2018 at the University of Warwick Graduate School.

The Scholarships are worth £9,000 (that contribute towards the tuition fee) each and are jointly funded by the GREAT Campaign and the University of Warwick. The deadline for submission of application forms is March 15, 2018
Link to the University website: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/gsp/scholarship/typesoffunding/greatindia/

7. The Next Gen Scholarship Fund

Worth US$1,000, students must be enrolled on a program at an accredited university within Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia to qualify for this scholarship. Applicants must further have at least a 3.0 GPA from an accredited institution to be eligible for the same.

Their online application for the scholarship for the academic year 2018-2019 will be available beginning from February 19, 2018.

Link to the application form: https://perkconsulting2.wufoo.com/forms/z10yv6qx0j57sis/

8. Rotary Peace Fellowships

Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 students from around the world to receive fellowships to study at one of their peace centers (such as at Duke University or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and field-study expenses. The Master’s degree programs last 15 to 24 months and require a practical internship of two to three months.

Applications for the academic session 2018-19 will begin in February.

Link to their website: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships


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Vaibhavi Sharma Pathak

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It is official that the even semester has begun with the countdown for your last semester tucked into your timetables. With this clock ticking away in our minds and amidst all the entrance examination pressure, feel the last moments of DU for one last semester as final year students.

Time is round, and it rolls quickly. This Nikos Kazantzakis reference is apt for all the third year students out there. It feels like only yesterday when we were slogging through day and night to make it into the esteemed University of Delhi. It’s a classic déjà vu now we are in the same mental space in which we had been during our class 12th board exam preparations and at the same time, leaving our friends, our school, and family behind. This sixth semester fits well into that same mind frame, with the only difference being that we are older and wiser (well, maybe). Many of us will have our own set of grudges, disappointments, musings, fun, and frolic in our respective colleges with our mates, peers, and teachers while blaming our rent-seeking-hostel owners, wardens, horrifying internal assessments, Snapchat and Instagram buddies, meme-partners, crushes, societies, and college lawns and corridors for that matter. Some of us may wish to pack up our bags quickly and leave the campus premises as soon as possible to venture out into a new university abroad or take that gap year to prepare well for civil services or MBA or to gain work experience into our newly achieved placement opportunities. Others are too nostalgic for their own good, capturing all those last moments spent in classrooms and the canteen onto their phones. A few may act as hard nuts who couldn’t care less that one more chapter is coming to an end. Almost all of us, however, are trying to balance the ping-pong of emotions that we feel with the wrapping up of our penultimate semester now that we have to gear up for our future with all sorts of entrances nearing and getting our grade-point average one notch higher.

I am writing this to ask all the graduates-to-be to stroll through all those Hudson Lane cafes and Lajpat Nagar and Kamla Nagar markets for one last time, to sip chai at the nearest tea stall for another time musing and chatting with our peers, to walk to the nearest metro station one more time (and please do click pictures if you are one of those hard nuts), and to try attending those 8:30 a.m. lectures again for the last days  because trust me, these days of struggle, stress, and serenity will never come back. Somewhere along the line, you will look back with nostalgia and longing (or maybe even loathing). As much as you would like to believe otherwise, Delhi University will stay imprinted in your memory, while the new thongs of freshers will continue to occupy the space in the corridors and classrooms that were once yours. Delhi University may forget you, but you won’t forget Delhi University.


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Oorja Tapan
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The much dreaded moment is finally here. It’s the third year. Since the beginning of my college life I have always been afraid of the third year. It is the last year, just like Class 12th was the last grade. I’ll speak for myself and won’t generalize, that I’m always afraid of thresholds, the point of the horizon beyond which your sight can’t travel.

Like a medieval age person, I have begun to think that where the sea ends, is a deep waterfall that engulfs you and you fall if you sail further. But I’d like to be the renaissance woman and believe that the horizon is but another milestone in a never ending journey we like to romantically call ‘life’.

So, a quick overview of the things this article will not tell you to do –

  •    How to prepare for GRE/TOEFL/IELTS/GMAT/SAT.
  • Publish a research paper.
  •  How to obtain good letters of recommendation.
  • How to write a good statement of purpose.
  • How to be more “focused” towards academics and placements.

I’m not saying that the above mentioned things are not important for a student, but they are not important in the context of my writing, simply put. People, newspapers, V channels and counselors will tell you to buck up, be more focused towards your future and start planning. No harm. Nothing wrong. Wait, did I say nothing wrong?

I recently watched a TED talk (the midnight before I was supposed to submit the article) and had I not seen that talk, the article would have pretty much been about the list mentioned above. It was by this person Carl (I’m aversive to caste, I can’t remember last names. Strangely enough, even of foreigners) who’d written a book about the need to detach from the blind rush of life and slow down. Be slow, be a good slow. Savor life.

We’re always conditioned to create a timeline for our lives. Graduate by 21, job by 23, settled by 25, married by 28, kids by 30. Even if there is no direct pressure, most of us pretty much go that way, for the sheer convenience and logic we see in how our life has been laid out in front of us. We’re so consumed by the idea of finishing things “in time” that we have unconsciously created a timeline for ourselves already, to ‘finish off’ and ‘settle down‘ in ‘good time’.

Time then becomes a finite resource which is depleting by the second and we need to tap it. Not knowing that time also replenishes itself, time also stops in the breathlessness of a sunset, in the vastness of the sky, in the swinging of a boat in water and in the rediscovering of a life not bound by time, yet beautifully strung around it.

Therefore a personal suggestion from this writer would be, to fall in love. No, not like Kajol and SRK did in DDLJ after finishing college (although if you want, go ahead by all means. I’m not judging), but with yourself, with your subject, with your environment.

Read more books, travel a little, write a little into catharsis, take a deep breath, and relax. There is no hurry.

Exist in a timeless space that allows you to discover your subject in an entirely new light, and you’ll suddenly find yourself automatically studying without your mother’s slippers on your head. You’ll automatically find yourself writing better assignments, being more productive, having better attention levels and initiating conversations with teachers outside classrooms, and trust me those are priceless.

But, even if all this doesn’t happen, it’s okay. It will sooner or later. We’re humans, we take time.  But of all the things we could ever learn from life, we learn that time and tide wait for none. So don’t let this one year fly by ordinarily, feel every moment instead, savor the taste of it all. Do new things, meet new people, for as I said, horizon is but another milestone in a never ending journey we like to romantically call life.