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15 February 2023

Inlaks–King's partnership to offer up to two PhD scholarships to Indian citizens

The scholarship enables Indian citizens to pursue research on a range of subjects within the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social Science & Public Policy.


King’s College London and the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation have entered a new partnership that will offer Indian citizens the opportunity to pursue their PhD study at King’s in London.

Under the agreement, up to two PhD students per year can be selected as ‘Inlaks scholars’ to undertake a PhD programme in the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social Science & Public Policy. The scholarship provides three years of full stipend, tuition fees, one-way airfare and government-stipulated healthcare costs.

This agreement opens up new opportunities for Indian students to embark on PhD research in a range of subjects at King’s. We are delighted to be deepening our partnership with Inlaks to support the next generation of exceptional researchers who will go on to make an impact in India and beyond.

Professor Louise Tillin, Director of King’s India Institute

The Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation is an Indian philanthropic organisation that provides scholarships, grants and awards in various fields to outstanding Indian students.

Applications for the 2023-24 academic year opened on 15 February and will close on 30 March. Details of eligibility and subjects covered by the agreement are available on the King’s website. More information about the scholarship programme can be found on the Inlaks website.

Inlaks-Kings India Institute Studentship

King’s also has a partnership with Inlaks to offer the Inlaks-Kings India Institute Studentship that enables PhD students in Indian universities to undertake a short-term research visit to the King’s India Institute.

In 2022, the studentship was awarded to Rouf Ahmad Dar, from the University of Kashmir, whose PhD thesis explores Kashmir’s constitutional studies. Speaking about his experience, Rouf said: ‘King’s India Institute is one of the many exclusive centres at King’s that recognises the Global South as an equally important category worth study and research.’

Coming from a marginal institution in the Global South, the three months of learning at King’s were a giant leap for my research career, the results of which will feed into my research as I incorporate the intellectual learnings into my spoken and written work. I cherish the time I spent there.

Rouf Ahmed Dar, 2022 Inlaks-King’s India Institute Studentship awardee