The J.N. Tata Endowment for the higher education of Indians, was established in 1892 by the founder, Jamsetji Tata. It is the first Tata benefaction in the field of education, and is perhaps the first of its kind in the whole of Asia. Annually the Endowment awards about 125 loan scholarships to Indian nationals who have graduated from an Indian university for postgraduate, Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies abroad in all fields, and irrespective of caste, creed or community.
In the 1880s when the country was under the administration of the Indian Civil Service manned entirely by Britishers, Jamsetji Tata being a staunch nationalist was perturbed that Indians were excluded from senior positions. Realising that it was necessary to make available the finest possible university education to talented young Indians, he started sending out from his own resources two graduates with outstanding academic records for higher studies in England. This was the genesis of the Endowment.
Applications for the loan scholarships are invited by the Endowment once a year, through advertisements in leading Indian newspapers on the first Saturday of December, for the following academic year. The application is to be made on a prescribed form which can be obtained from the Endowment administrative office from the first week of December to January 31. The application form is issued on payment of an application fee of Rs. 100. The amount should be sent by ‘money order’ only or be paid locally in cash. Complected applications should reach the Endowment’s office by February 15 of the year for which the scholarship is sought. The selec- tion process involves a personal interview in Mumbai by subject experts.
J.N. Tata Endowment’s administrative office
Mulla House, 4th floor, 51 M.G. Road, Fort, Mumbai 400 001