Quora pixel

Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowships for Indian students

Reliance Industries Limited generously created the Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship Program to support Indian nationals living in India who need financial assistance in obtaining an MBA at Stanford.

The Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship Program provides future Indian leaders with the educational foundation to effect positive change in India. Fellows return to India to lead organizations that are at the forefront of growth and development in the rapidly emerging Indian economy.


  • Must be a citizen of India
  • Up to 50 Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows finalists will be selected based on:
    ii.Commitment to developing India
  • Stanford may select up to five Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows each year from among the finalists based on their primary admission criteria:
    i.Intellectual vitality
    ii.Demonstrated leadership potential
    iii.Personal qualities and contributions


1. Apply for the Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship Program
2. Apply to the Stanford MBA Program
3. Attend Stanford MBA Program
4. Return to work in India for at least two years

How to apply:
Requirements to apply to this Fellowship differ from the requirements for the MBA Program application. Fellowship application materials includli>

  • Educational history and scores: 10th board exams, 12th board exams, Joint Entrance Exam (JEE), and/or Common Admission Test (CAT). You may also submit the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and/or Graduate Record Examination (GRE), if available. These are optional at the fellowship application stage. If you’re selected as a finalist, you’ll be required to take one of these exams as part of your application to the MBA Program. If you went to an undergraduate college or university where the language of instruction was not English, you may also be required to take an English-language exam. Official transcripts are not considered at this stage. Finalists will be required to submit an unofficial copy of your transcripts in the MBA Application and will submit official copies upon admission to the MBA Program.
  • Awards and honors (academic or social)
  • Employment history: Letters of recommendation are not considered at this stage. Finalists will be required to submit two Letters of Recommendation in the MBA Application.
  • One-page resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • 250-word essay
  • Individual financial information


Scholarship / Grant:
Total expenses (approximately $150,000 total).