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Yale SOM Announces New Global Leaders from India MBA Scholarship Program

The Global Leaders from India program will provide up to five merit scholarships, covering a minimum of half of tuition, for students from the country who are seeking to elevate their leadership abilities.

The Yale School of Management has launched the Global Leaders from India program, which will dedicate up to five merit scholarships in its full-time MBA program in the coming year to students from India. The scholarships each will cover a minimum of half of tuition, valued at approximately $75,000 to $150,000 over two years. The scholarships will be awarded to the strongest candidates based on academic and professional accomplishments, as well as leadership potential.

All citizens of India who apply to the Yale School of Management MBA program will be considered for the Global Leaders from India scholarship; no additional step is required. Ambitious students with work experience in any sector who are interested in developing their leadership abilities are encouraged to apply. The application is available online and is currently open.

“Each fall we welcome some of the most talented future leaders from all over the world to Yale,” said Anjani Jain, deputy dean for academic programs overseeing the MBA program. “Students from India have been a vital part of our community for many years, and I am filled with pride when I see the difference our graduates make in their companies and communities—including the many alumni back home in India. These successes add to my conviction that there’s no better place than Yale to develop the skills and the connections to accomplish great things as a leader.”

The new scholarships build on the school’s deep connections to India. In recent years, a substantial portion of each MBA class has been composed  of students from India. A strong community of Yale SOM alumni live and work in India, and thousands of graduates from other parts of Yale University reside there. The school collaborates closely with IIM Bangalore, a member school in the Global Network for Advanced Management, and student groups have regularly visited India for academic study and hands-on practicum courses. On campus, the South Asia Club organizes speaker events, movie nights, and field trips to build awareness of business, political, cultural, and social issues related to the region. The China India Insights Program is a focal point for faculty research in and about India.

Students from India join a strong academic and professional community at Yale. The Yale School of Management’s MBA program features an integrated curriculum that teaches students to see the bigger picture by approaching problems from many perspectives. By leveraging connections across Yale University and across the 30-school Global Network for Advanced Management, students explore their professional and intellectual interests and enhance their ability to thrive in diverse global organizations. The program prepares students to make a positive impact as leaders across regions and sectors.

Prominent Yale SOM alumni with ties to India include Indra Nooyi ’80, chairman and former CEO of PepsiCo; Ramesh Ramanathan ’91, banker turned social entrepreneur and co-founder of Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy; Aisha de Sequeira ’95, co-country head and head of investment banking in India for Morgan Stanley; and Rajeev Dubey ’82, group president for human resources and corporate services and CEO of the after-market sector at Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

Student Profiles

Rakesh Saha ’19

Hometown: Bengaluru, India
Undergraduate Institution: Visvesvaraya Technological University

Rakesh Saha ’19

I hope to effect change on a large scale. An MBA was a terrific option, and Yale SOM was a good fit, because its mission is so clear. The school identifies up front how important leadership is in both business and society. SOM attracts people who ask, ‘What kind of impact am I going to leave in the world?’

Aiswarya Ravi ’19

Hometown: Hyderabad, India
Undergraduate Institution: Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati

Aiswarya Ravi ’19

 I wanted to get a formal business degree to strengthen the skill set that I had already developed as an engineer. I was looking to pivot from the energy industry to another sector, and my internship was in business analytics and consulting, which I’d never done before. The first-year core courses gave me the well-rounded information and the perspectives that I needed to step into such a new role.

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