Tagore scholarships from Scottish University

A Scottish University has announced two scholarships for postgraduate students from India or Bangladesh.

The Rabindranath Tagore Postgraduate Scholarships, worth £5,000 each, have been announced by Edinburgh Napier University in celebration of the opening of The Scottish Centre for Tagore Studies.

Known as ScoTs, the centre, which is the first of its kind in the UK, was launched by Edinburgh Napier’s Institute for Creative Industries earlier this year, in order to promote Indian culture, philosophy, art and literature by highlighting Tagore’s legacy.

For PG studies

The scholarships are open to students looking to start postgraduate studies within the School of Arts & Creative Industries in September 2013.

Applicants must have an unconditional offer of study on any one of the School’s programmes which range from MSc Creative Advertising to MA Journalism and MA Sound Production.

Professor Dame Joan Stringer, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University: “Edinburgh Napier has strong links with India which have been developed over almost a decade and we hope ScoTs will not only recognise Rabindranath Tagore’s global impact, but will further strengthen the educational and cultural ties between our two countries.

“These new scholarships will not only provide essential financial backing, but will help two exceptional students reach their full potential.”

Candidates should have already achieved a Bachelor’s degree (Honours or 4 year) with 60 per cent or above and an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5.

Students will also be asked to submit a portfolio of work which will be judged by a university panel. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2013.

Tagore, who is remembered as one of India’s most remarkable poets and thinkers, had strong links to Scotland, mainly through his firm friendship with Sir Patrick Geddes, who designed Tagore’s International University, Visva-Bharati at Santiniketan.

Tagore’s grandfather, entrepreneur Prince Dwarkanath, was also honoured with the Freedom of the City award by Edinburgh in 1845.

Candidates interested in applying for the scholarships can find out more by contacting Edinburgh Napier’s India office in Hyderabad by e-mailing: india@napier.ac.uk or by visiting www.napier.ac.uk/india

Full details of the courses run by the School of Arts & Creative Industries are available at www.courses.napier.ac.uk

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