JN Tata Endowment



The JN Tata Endowment was set up in 1892 by Jamsetji Tata, Founder of the Tata group, to encourage young people to take up higher studies at some of the best universities in the world. It is the first Tata benefaction in the field of education, and possibly the first of its kind in the world.

For the past 120 years the endowment has been helping scholars of merit realise their dreams of getting a world-class education through its loan scholarship programme. Annually, the endowment selects around 120 scholars for higher studies abroad. Over the years several JN Tata scholars have distinguished themselves in various walks of life.

The endowment awards only loan scholarships. However, the selected scholars may also qualify for a gift award. The amount to be awarded to each scholar by way of loan and gift scholarship is determined on the basis of norms laid down for the purpose, and does not cover the full cost of studies. Scholarships are granted for higher studies in all disciplines and subjects.

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants should be Indian nationals and graduates of a recognised Indian university with a consistently good academic record.
  • Students in the final year of a degree course and those awaiting results can also apply.
  • Mid-career professionals up to the age of 45, planning to go abroad for further research, specialisation or training, are eligible to apply.
  • At the time of submitting the completed applications, candidates need not have the admission / offer letters from the universities to which they have applied for the relevant academic year.

Selection process
After the initial screening of applications, candidates are shortlisted for an interview in person by subject experts. The final selection is on the basis of interviews that are held in Mumbai, generally between March and June every year.

Procedure for applying
Prescribed application forms are available at the administrative office of the endowment.