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About Saryu Doshi Post Graduate Fellowships in Liberal Arts & Sciences

The Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation is a non-profit charity trust that supports initiatives in the fields of Art & Culture,Education and Community. It seeks to embody the lifelong passions and values of Vinod and Saryu Doshi, who believed that the mind is enriched through education and the spirit through art and culture. They have spent a considerable part of their lives supporting these causes.

The Foundation provides scholarships to financially challenged young Indians enabling them to catapult themselves to a higher economic and social orbit. It fosters emerging talent in the visual and performing arts through Fellowships, performances, exhibitions and festivals. It is committed to improving the community by funding initiatives in environment protection and social upliftment.

The Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation has extended its support towards education by setting up a rigorous and challenging Post Graduate Fellowships in Liberal Arts & Sciences.

The Fellowships aim to support students of Indian nationality who have received acceptance at a University abroad to pursue post-graduation in the field of Liberal Arts (Masters, Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate or Doctorate). The Fellowships are applicable to the fields of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The main aim of the fellowship program is to enhance the higher education by giving an opportunity to academically bright students who have a drive to succeed but are unable to do so due to their financial challenges. This is a need-based merit Fellowship and abides by the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action policy. The maximum amount for the Fellowship will be upto Rs 3 lakhs per fellow, which will be payable as a onetime amount.



Meet the Saryu Doshi Post Graduate Fellows 2016:

Zulfiya Hamzaki, a Bangalore resident, will be pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in ‎documentary film making from Stanford University, USA. “My background in social sciences, interest in gender issues and love for filmmaking all converged into this field of making documentaries”.

Punit Kumar Jha, originally from Dewapur, a village in Bihar, joined the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA for a PhD in Physical Chemistry. “This Fellowship towards my PhD reaffirms that my dreams are possible and I am one step closer to my goal because of it.”

Parinita Shetty, from Mumbai, will pursue her Masters of Education in Children’s Literature and Literacies from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Parinita is a published author. Her two books ‘The Monster Hunters’ and ‘When Santa Went Missing’, were published by Duckbill Books and Penguin Books respectively.

Mahesh Admankar from Jaggasagar village in Hyderabad will join the Levy Economics Institute, Bard College, USA to pursue his Masters of Science in Economics Theory and Policy. He is the first person from his village to have received a college education.

Sanhita Joshi will receive her PhD in South Asian Studies (Sanskrit) from the University of Cambridge, UK. "A great penchant for languages since childhood propelled me towards pursuing Sanskrit, the most-lauded ancient Indian grammar". Sanhita lives in Mumbai.

Pritha Chatterjee will pursue her Masters degree in Public Health and Social Behaviour at Harvard University, USA. Pritha spent eight years with Indian Express as a journalist covering health policy, gender, minorities, and sanitation from the perspective of policy makers and beneficiaries on the ground.

Trustees

Maitreya Doshi

Maitreya Doshi

Managing Trustee

Mr. Maitreya V. Doshi is the Chairman and Managing Director of Premier Ltd. (previously called Premier Automobiles Ltd.) He is a Bachelor of Economics from Stanford University, USA and an MBA from IMD, Switzerland.

He has been associated with various Industry associations like Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Indian Merchants Chamber (IMC), Society of Indian Automobiles Manufacturers (SIAM), Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers Association (IMTMA) etc. in various Board and governance positions.

Mr. Doshi has served on the International board of Young Presidents Organization (YPO- WPO) and is currently a member of the Governing board, College of Engineering, Pune.


Dr. Saryu Doshi, PhD. is an eminent art historian in Indian classical and contemporary art. From 1996 - 2005 she was the Honorary Director of the National Gallery of Modern Art (Government of India), Bombay during which time she curated thirteen major exhibitions and art shows. She was pro-term Chairman of the Lalit Kala Academy from 1999 - 2006 and, from 1981 - 1986 the Editor of Marg Publications. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan and University of California, Berkeley, USA.

She has a doctorate in ancient Indian history and culture from the University of Bombay and thereafter did her post doctoral research at the University of Chicago, USA. In 1999 she was awarded the Padmashri (a National award by the Government of India). In 2006 she was awarded the "Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity” by the Italian Government for her contribution towards promoting Italian culture in India and also a Life Time Contribution award by the Art Society of India. She has authored several books on art, history and culture and edited more than fifteen books on similar subjects. She is a frequent commentator in the press and media on art related issues.

She has also served as: member of the Indian Film Certification Board; member, Advisory Council, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation; member, Advisory Committee, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (Government of India); Trustee, Prince of Wales Museum; Board member, Indian National Trust of Art and Cultural Heritage. She has also served on the Boards of various Universities and Academic Institutions.


Rohita Doshi

Rohita Doshi

Trustee

Mrs. Rohita M. Doshi is a trustee of the Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation. She is also a Director of Premier Ltd. Mrs. Doshi has a BS and MS with high Honors in Computer Engineering from the Case Institute of Technology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA and has also completed her Ph.D. Research on distributed databases and systems in Computer Engineering. She was the recipient of various scholarships and research assistantships as well as the winner of the Jennings Award for Excellence in Computer Engineering.

She started her career as a Research and Development Engineer at Hewlett Packard, Cupertino, CA, USA. She has designed and implemented a state of the art compiler for RISC architecture machines and other HP computers. She also worked as a Systems Analyst/Research Associate for SOHIO (Standard Oil of Ohio), Cleveland, USA.

She co-founded Soulkurry.com (India) Pvt. Ltd. in 2000, which launched India's first women's internet portal/website with more than 50,000 registered members. She is currently the promoter of Art Point Pvt. Ltd. that consults and deals in contemporary Indian art, promoting artists, holding exhibitions and sales. She has also been a speaker at conferences such as TIE on IT, chaired the IT committee of IMC Ladies' Wing and has been the Chairperson of Continuing Education Committee IMC Ladies' Wing. She was featured as an entrepreneur in International Business Week magazine and Asia Week magazine and has appeared on TV shows such as Movers & Shakers. Mrs. Doshi is a Director of Art Point Pvt. Ltd., Doshi Holdings Pvt. Ltd. and DHPL Marine Pvt. Ltd.

Advisory Board

Alyque Padamsee

Alyque Padamsee

Brand Father of modern Indian advertising

Bittu Sahgal

Bittu Sahgal

Editor, Sanctuary Asia magazine

Girish Karnad

Girish Karnad

Film-maker and Actor

Dr. (Mrs.) Indu Shahani

Dr. (Mrs.) Indu Shahani

Principal - HR College Member UGC 2011 to 2014 Sheriff of Mumbai 2008 & 2009

PHEROZA J. GODREJ

PHEROZA J. GODREJ

Senior Member of The Art Fraternity

Mr. S. Padmanabhan

Mr. S. Padmanabhan

I.A.S. Officer

Shubha Mudgal

Shubha Mudgal

Musicians and Musicologists

SHYAM BENEGAL

SHYAM BENEGAL

Filmmaker

Dr. Vishakha Desai

Dr. Vishakha Desai

Senior Member of the Art Fraternity

Eligibility

  1. They must have a first class degree or equivalent from a recognized Indian university.
  2. They must have secured admission in a foreign university of repute, on their own merit for a course commencing from August OR September OR October, 2017.
  3. Should be an Indian citizen
  4. Candidates studying in the final year of the degree or equivalent may also apply, provided they are able to submit their final year certificates before May 07th, 2017.
  5. Here are some examples of the fields of study which may qualify for receiving the Fellowship award. Please note, this is not a comprehensive list. To better understand if your field of study qualifies, do write to us at vsdfoundation@gmail.com - Click here to view list
  6. If you satisfy all the above criteria except that you are going to an Indian University for Post Graduation in the same areas as the Fellowship email us at vsdfoundation@gmail.com

If you have any questions while filling out the application form, please email us at vsdfoundation@gmail.com.

Guidelines for Completing the Application

About VSDF

The Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation is a non-profit charity trust that supports initiatives in the fields of Art & Culture, Education and Community. It seeks to embody the lifelong passions and values of Vinod and Saryu Doshi, who believed that the mind is enriched through education and the spirit through art and culture. They have spent a considerable part of their lives supporting these causes.

The Foundation provides scholarships to financially challenged young Indians enabling them to catapult themselves to a higher economic and social orbit. It fosters emerging talent in the visual and performing arts through Fellowships, performances, exhibitions and festivals. It is committed to improving the community by funding initiatives in environment protection and social upliftment.

The Fellowship Program

General terms and conditions : The Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation initiated these Fellowships to assist Indian nationals who have received acceptance in a University abroad to pursue their post-graduate studies (Masters, Postgraduate diploma/certificate or doctorate) in the field of Liberal Arts & Sciences. This includes the Humanities, Social Sciences, the Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The main aim of the fellowship program is to enhance the higher education by giving an opportunity to academically bright students who have a drive to succeed but are unable to do so due to their financial challenges. This is a need-based merit Fellowship and abides by the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action policy. The maximum amount for the Fellowship will be upto Rs 3 lakhs per fellow, which will be payable as a onetime amount.


Candidates applying for the Fellowship are required to satisfy the following criteria :

  • They must have a first class degree or equivalent from a recognized Indian university.
  • They must have secured admission in a foreign university of repute, on their own merit for a course commencing from August or September, 2017.
  • Should be an Indian citizen.
  • Candidates studying in the final year of the degree or equivalent may also apply, provided they are able to submit their final year certificates before May 07th, 2017.
  • Here are some examples of the fields of study which may qualify for receiving the Fellowship award. Please note, this is not a comprehensive list. To better understand if your field of study qualifies, do write to us at vsdfoundation@gmail.com - Click here to view list
  • If you satisfy all the above criteria except that you are going to an Indian University for Post Graduation in the same areas as the Fellowship email us at vsdfoundation@gmail.com
Timelines
  • January 2017: The Fellowship will be announced through various means including the newspaper, social media and informational posters at various Colleges and Universities in Mumbai and Pune. The application form is now available on our website www.vsdf.org.
  • Candidates are asked to complete an application form and courier it to the Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation at the following address : Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation Post Graduate Fellowship, c/o Premier Ltd. , 58 Nariman Bhavan, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021.
  • May 07th, 2017: DEADLINE TO RECEIVE COMPLETED APPLICATIONS. The application form should be duly filled and submitted with all the essential enclosures to the above mentioned address before May 07th 2017.
  • June 10th, 2017: The interview date will be intimated to the shortlisted candidates.
  • June 19th 2017 onwards: The final interview of the candidates will take place, post the final year results
  • End of July / beginning of August : Final selection announced
  • August 2017: Awards are presented annually. The winners will be invited to this event. Cheques will be presented at this time subject to the student having received a valid student visa from the country in question.

For any enquiries/ questions ONLY you may email us at vsdfoundation@gmail.com. DO NOT CALL the office for queries – questions will only be answered by email. Email applications will not be accepted.

An esteemed panel of experts will review all applications and short-list those who appropriately meet the criteria. The shortlisted candidates are then called for a personal interview. Students must appear in person for the panel interview if they are selected to do so. No stand-in will be accepted. If the student is unable to appear on his or her own behalf, eligibility is relinquished. In case you are not from Mumbai – a Skype call or telephone interview may be conducted with the selected candidate. This will be at the sole discretion of the selection committee.

Completing the Application

The application is the first means of introducing the candidate to the Foundation and to the selection committee. Care should be taken to be thorough and neat. All requested documentation must accompany the application..

Section - I
Personal Contact Details

This section requests personal information about the applicant and your family, as well as your passport size photographs. It is also to determine visa status – in case a applicant’s visa is rejected before the final award ceremony, the Fellowship award money will not be awarded to the applicant.

Section - II
Academic Qualifications

This section is to provide the applicant’s educational accomplishments.

Section 2a - All details for Standard 10, 12 and graduation are mandatory for a 10 + 2 + 3 year education format. In such cases please enter your 10th, 12th and graduation details depending on whether you attended a 3 or 4 year graduation course. In those educational formats, which are 10+5 years, please enter your first year graduation details in the 12th standard space and the remaining years in the graduation space provided. In case your final year results for your graduation are still awaited - please specify the same accordingly against the appropriate year. In case you already have a Master’s degree, please fill in the details as per your course in the space provided.

Sections 2b, 2c, 2d and 2e - Kindly follow the instructions indicated on the form

Section - III
Details of Internships or Full Time Work Experience, if any

This section provides the applicant an opportunity to provide information about your professional experience.

Section - IV
Details Of The Program For Which You Have Attained Admission Abroad

This section tells us about which Universities you have applied to and secured admission along with relevant financial details.

You may enter details of all Universities to which you applied, but clearly enter your preferred University in the first row.

All financial data should be entered in INR and per annum by referring to the instructions provided on the form.

Section - V
Sources Of Funds For Your Education Abroad

This section provides information about your sources of funds for the cost of your education.

Please fill in both sections i.e. ‘Applied’ and ‘Received’ clearly and transparently so that we have an understanding of your current financial position and your plan to bridge the gap between your financial requirements and funds received.

Section - VI
Please Type Answers To The Following Essay Questions

This section provides the applicant an opportunity to articulate in writing some of the elements regarding the selected degree program.

Please fill in your answers online and DO NOT use separate pieces of paper for each answer – be conscious of paper wastage! Please type your answers.

Section - VII
References

This section requires details of 2 references who are familiar with either your academic achievements and/or work experience. A sealed letter of recommendation should accompany each of your references (i.e. total 2 letters of recommendation). The seventh section asks you to identify two references who can affirm with personal knowledge your work and/or educational experiences.

Section - VIII
Income Tax Summary Form

This section provides us with income tax information summarized and substantiated with relevant documents.

The completed and printed Income Tax Summary Form needs to be attested by a Chartered Accountant.

  • If parents are retired, attach a separate sheet with Income Tax details of their last taxable income during employment, along with the IncomeTax details as required.
  • If either you, your parents, or spouse is not working, or below the tax bracket, then enter ‘ 0’ in the fields and specify separately their current situation and provide / substantiate with necessary documents.
Section - IX
Checklist of Documents To Be Attached

This section is a checklist of documents without which your applicant will be ineligible. Please check these carefully and attach all relevant documents as required by the form.

Section - X
Certification

The final section is a certification by the applicant that the information on the form is true and accurate. The applicant also thereby confirms that s/he understands and agrees that the decision of the Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation in granting the Fellowship is final and binding and the Fellowship is awarded based on their ability to get a visa for their studies abroad.

  • Applicants parents(and applicant additionally, if you are employed)) should fill out the Income Tax summary form and attach relevant Income Tax documents to support Income Tax summary form duly attested by your Chartered accountant. In case of absence of parents, guardians can follow the process.
  • Degree certificate and/or individual mark-sheets for each year of your degree(s) (attested copies)
  • Proof of 1st class in degree.
  • School leaving certificates, a copy of SSC / ICSE & HSC marksheets (attested copies)
  • Academic awards received for your degree (if any)
  • Copy of Test scores (e.g. GMAT/GRE) as applicable
  • A copy of the university admission letter for which you are applying (attested copy)
  • Copy of Visa page of your passport (if granted)
  • A signed testimonial (letter of recommendations) from any one of the two referees mentioned above. This letter should be on their institute/company letterhead.
  • Proof of Indian citizenship (passport/PAN card)
  • Evidence of age
Personal Interviews

All applicants that have been selected for interviews will be notified by phone or email of their selection. If you do not hear from the Foundation via email or phone with regards to an interview (or selection for the grant) please consider that for this year we are unable to support you. We receive a very high volume of applications so it is not possible for us to inform every candidate individually.

Please be neatly dressed and presentable. Carry hard copies of all original certificates that we may require for verification. In case there is any additional information left out during the written application, the personal interviews are a good time to present this information to the panel. Please come prepared to answer why you deserve this award over other qualified candidates and to answer relevant questions asked by the panelists.

Remember that this is an opportunity to make a final impression and your answers matter!

Courier Application Form by 7th May, 2017

Courier Application Form by 7th May, 2017 at
Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation, Saryu Doshi Post Graduate Fellowships in Liberal Arts & Sciences
c/o Premier Ltd. 58 Nariman Bhavan, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021