Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship for Doctoral Studies (India and other Asian Countries) is maintained by the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund and was initially known as ‘Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowships for Post-graduate Studies in India and abroad’ proposed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in 1987. It was launched in 1994 with a collective fund of Rs 7 crores. The Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund was launched by a committee containing 110 members headed by Dr. D. Radhakrishnan on August 17, 1964, in salutation to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Data shows that 688 Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarships for Doctoral Studies have been awarded till 2017. Around 23 candidates are awarded the scholarship fund for the year 2019-2020 so far.
Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship for Doctoral Studies is available for students of India and other Asian countries to pursue Ph.D. studies in India in the following disciplines of education:
- Indian History and Civilization
- Comparative Studies in Religion & Culture
- Ecology & Environment
In 1968, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund established Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowships to pay respect to Jawaharlal Nehru's vision of extending the frontiers of knowledge. A total of 155 fellowships have been provided so far since then. It is devoted to the encouragement, support, and sponsorship for higher learning and of free intellectual inquiry. It allows scholars to pursue projects of highly technical and sophisticated subjects.
The fellowships are available only for Indian Nationals. The scholarships and fellowships are provided for a span of two years.