About the Program
On 1st September 2020, the National Law School of Indian University (NLSIU Bangalore) introduced the prestigious scholarship program called ‘The Dr N R Madhava Menon Doctoral Scholarship’. The University announced it over a virtual MoU signing ceremony. This scholarship program has taken inspiration from the University’s Founder-Director Dr N R Madhava Menon. His transformative work in the field of legal education in India will always be remembered and celebrated.
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This three-year Scholarship program will sponsor three meritorious students who are a part of NLSIU’s Ph.D. Program of 2020-2023. NLSIU has organized the scholarship program by partnering with GE Power India Limited. The total sponsorship value offers a sum of up to ₹75 lakh which would cover everything including the annual tuition fees, the monthly stipend, a laptop, and the travel costs for attending a conference, a wonderful opportunity to say the least.
The scholarship aimed to provide talented and deserving individuals with the required and necessary financial support for three years to make their academic experience smoother, more exciting, and a little less worrisome. It also intends to promote higher, better, qualitative, and comprehensive legal research work within the Indian continent. This will no doubt work as an amazing support system for the corresponding winners.
There are mainly three crucial pointers to assess eligibility for the scholarship:
- The candidates have to be full-time PhD scholars at the doctoral program at NLSIU.
- These three selected candidates would need to appear for an interview by the selection panel. They will be judged on the basis of their academic calibre and merit.
- These selected PhD students would need to maintain their scholastic brilliance throughout the term of their doctorate program. This is essential to keep availing of the advantages of the scholarship.
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Tips to apply for the Scholarship
Here is the step-by-step guidance for catching promising scholarships in a simpler and more organized way:
- Now to keep track of some useful scholarship programs, one needs to keep their senses alert and make a habit of regularly checking the websites of reputable universities, other websites catering to law students with news and opportunities (as there are some really good ones out there), and follow important people in social media and keep track of selective posts.
- Afterwards, it will be better to list down the intriguing, interesting, and important scholarship programs you come across while surfing. Keep a check on the important dates and never forget to put reminders so that it does not escape your mind in the midst of all the things that are happening.
- Be patient with the process and make sure that you have not missed out on any crucial details regarding the programs. Usually, different programs aims at separate student groups, have different objectives, or may not be as good as it appeared to be at first glance. So, it is important for you to be calm and present during the whole task.
Below are the following students who won the Dr N R Madhava Menon Doctoral Scholarship program:
- Raag Yadava – a graduate from the batch of NLS ‘LLB 2013, a post-graduate in legal philosophy at Oxford Uni as a Rhodes Scholar, he has acted as counsel for GOI in its international trade disputes, has advised on environmental and higher education reform, currently teaches at NLSIU, his doctoral thesis on the political psychology of Sri Aurobindo.
- Ms Varsha Aithala – She is a graduate of BA LLB from NALSAR. She did her Master’s degree in Corporate Law at Cambridge University. She currently works in the field of criminology and legal system reform. Her doctoral thesis is about examining the role of private capital in Indian legal system reform.
- Arvind Narrain – He is a graduate from the batch of NLS ‘LLB 1998, and did a Master’s Degree in Law at the University of Warwick. Notable human rights advocate whose interests lie in mass crimes, communal conflict, LGBT rights, human rights history). He is a founding member of the Alternative Law Forum in Bangalore. He participated in many fact-finding reports on sexual minorities in India. In addition to that, he has argued the constitutionality of Section 377 before the High Court and the Supreme Court in a litigation team. His doctoral thesis is about engaging with the legal and political thought of Dr B R Ambedkar.
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About the Author: Madhuja Chatterjee, a 1st year Student from the School of Law, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore. She has always been young at heart, curious and eager to explore the fascinating subject of Content Writing.