Thank you for your curiosity in the Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship
in collaboration with the Stanford Graduate School of Business. This
application is the foremost phase of a two-stage application
process. Once you are chosen as a Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship
finalist, the second step is the submission of the Stanford MBA
In a competitive procedure, approximately 50 Reliance Dhirubhai
Fellowship finalists will be selected. Every applicant will be
principally evaluated on three criteria:
1) merit, including academic performance and professional promise;
2) commitment to developing India; and
3) a demonstration of financial need, based on an analysis of your
personal resources. The application must be completed and submitted
by 1 June.
Those who are chosen as a finalist, receive a one-time Stanford MBA
application fee waiver. In addition, you are sent a GMAT® fee
voucher which allows you to register online for an exam date of your
choice. After the fellowship decisions post, the information on your
application will be joined to a new Stanford MBA application which
will be reachable using your same PIN and password.
Do I need to be a citizen of India to apply?
Yes, you must be a citizen of India. If you wish to apply for the
Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows program, you must be either studying or
working in India. Moreover, all Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows are
requires to return to India within two years of graduation to work
for a period of at least two years.
What are you looking for in Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows?
While choosing about 50 Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows finalists, the
academic and professional merit, commitment to developing India, and
financial need based on a review of individuals personal
resources will be considered by Reliance Industries.
What are you looking for in Stanford MBA applicants?
The Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows finalists will follow the similar
admission standards alike all other Stanford MBA applicants. The
Stanford MBA applicants are evaluated on intellectual vitality,
demonstrated leadership skills, personal traits and contributions.
If you are keen on knowing more about the Stanford MBA admission
criteria and process, please visit
How many Reliance Dhirubhai Fellow applicants, finalists, and
awards to you expect?
This year being the inaugural year of the Reliance Dhirubhai
Fellows program, we not have a fir idea of how many Reliance
Dhirubhai Fellows applications we may receive. Out of all the
applicants for the Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows, Reliance Industries
aims to select up to 50 finalists who will not be charged a single
penny for applying to the Stanford MBA Program. Thereafter, the
Stanford eventually will select up to five Reliance Dhirubhai
Fellows and up to five alternates from a total of approximately 50
What if I am not selected as a Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows
finalist? Can I still apply through the regular Stanford MBA
Even if you are not selected as a finalist for the Reliance
Dhirubhai Fellows program, you may still apply to the Stanford MBA
Program. However, in that case you will have to bear all costs of
the admissions process including application fees, exam fees, and
financial aid verification fees. (University/college seniors
currently receiving financial aid may apply for an application fee
waiver if you provide documentation from your schools
Financial Aid Office. Although we understand the financial burden
but we are not able to waive the application fee in other cases.)
Regardless of the citizenship, all Stanford MBA students are
qualified for financial assistance which comprises both fellowships
and educational loans. While the Reliance Dhirubhai offers full
financial support in the form of a fellowship.
Which exams are required for admission?
10th board, 12th board, and GMAT and/or CAT scores (if available)
are required at the time of the screening of the Reliance Dhirubhai
Fellows applications. All finalists for the Reliance Dhirubhai
Fellows program will also be required to appear for the Graduate
Management Admission Test (GMAT) as part of the Stanford MBA
admission process. If you have done so already, you need not appear
again. The fees associated with the GMAT will be waived for the
What are the educational requirements for admission for students
educated outside of the United States?
It is expected that you will have finished the equivalent of a U.S.
bachelors degree (at least 16 years of education, including
primary and secondary schooling.) One is allowed to apply with a
three-year degree. Several of our applicants who have earned a
three-year baccalaureate degree from an international university,
have also earned a masters degree, but this is not mandatory.
Can current university students apply to the Stanford MBA
Program? Is work experience required?
Work experience is not essential. Just choose the best time to
attend a business school. We accept outstanding students, mostly
those who apply directly after an undergraduate or graduate program
without full time work experience. Candidates who apply directly
from the university generally have an extensive record of
extracurricular leadership followed by excellent academic
credentials. They are not only self-confident but can also
effectively articulate the reasons why they wish to pursue an MBA
Can I apply if I already have an MBA?
If you already have an MBA or an equivalent degree in management
studies, you are can apply to the Stanford MBA Program. However, we
would not encourage you to do so without a compelling reason. You
may review our course offerings first. Then, if you decide to apply,
make a compelling case in both your Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows
application and your Stanford MBA Program application to clarify why
you want to attend an MBA education again.
What about the visa process?
Once you are admitted to the Stanford MBA Program, you will be
assisted in the visa process by the Stanford University. First
determine which visa is right for you. Most students study under the
F-1 visa and a few study under the J-1 visa. Upon your admission to
the Stanford Graduate School of Business, comprehensive information
will be sent across to you.
FINANCIAL AID QUESTIONS
What are the costs associated with applying for the Reliance
For prospective Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows, the entire procedure
will be free of cost. All fees associated with applications, exams,
and financial assistance verifications will be waived for the
What are the costs of attending?
The Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows program will take in hand all
financial costs covering tuition, accommodation, books and travel
for the entire duration of the two years of study. For viewing the
cost of attendance for 2008-2009, visit our website at
How do you determine an applicants financial need?
Financial need is determined as the Cost of Attendance for one year
excluding your contribution based on the analysis of your individual
resources (annual household income, cash savings, investments
including retirement, and home equity).
How will applicants demonstrate financial need? (e.g., what
documentation will you require?)
In due course, students will be required to bring to an end the
Financial Aid Applications and submit copies of the tax returns and
other certification. For more information about the process on the
GSB Financial Aid, view the website at
What if I qualify for partial financial aid (e.g., I come from a
middle class family that can afford some but not all of the costs of
attendance)? Is the Fellowship an all-or-nothing program?
The Fellowship is a full fellowship to encompass tuition, fees and
all living expenses for complete two years. Partial Reliance
Dhirubhai Fellowship awards are not available. In case you fail get
selected as a Reliance Dhirubhai Fellow but are chosen to the
Stanford MBA Program, we would highly encourage you to complete the
standard financial aid process as the School offers several other
financial resources to assist and help the students.
What happens if I change my mind about returning to India for
two years after my MBA? Would I need to repay my Fellowship?
Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows will be required to pay off all
Fellowship funding if they choose not to return to India within the
required timeframe i.e. two years.
What happens if, after my MBA, it takes me longer than two years
to return to India? Would I need to repay my Fellowship?
Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows are required to return to India within
two years of graduation from the Stanford MBA Program. Else, the
applicant will have to pay back the Fellowship funding he has
Are Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows obligated to work for Reliance?
Am I at an advantage if I would like to work for Reliance?
The Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows do not necessarily have to work for
Reliance Industries Limited at any point in the procedure or during
the career. However, those who willingly express an interest in
career opportunities with Reliance Industries are welcome to proceed
if they fulfill the requirements.
What kind of company do I have to work for upon completion of my
The interest varies from person to person, so Stanford MBA students
may pursue many different types of career opportunities. You can
work for a major corporation, lead a nonprofit, head an educational
institution, , run a factory, develop a life sciences company, serve
in government or succeed in organizations of every size and
description. Reliance Dhirubhai Fellows shall benefit if they apply
the management and leadership skills learned at Stanford to
developing the Indian economy.