Reliance Stanford Fellowship Application Submitted 20


Well, whats up guys? One thing that amuses me is even though I get a very good amount of traffic to my blog, I, hardly, see any comments and feedback. Not a good habit, I tell you. Your comments and feedback are my enthusiasm and inspiration. I hope you guys are going to comment more often and interact more. Additionally, this could one of the best platforms for interaction and share thoughts and interests much before we join our classes. You never know some of us might meet in the schools and may share the same room next year. Isn’t it so? So, lets be friends from now only.

Okay, this post is going to be Reliance Fellowship application specific. I know the deadline was on June 1st. Though I planned to write this post, I could not. I am writing this post up above the sky at 32K ft, flying back home for 2 weeks. Past one week has been crazy at office. Before I begin, there is an interesting observation. I have seen my friends, particularly, Sidin – author of the book Dork and Marquis – no need of mention of this name, mentioning about their writings on the flight. I am not sure about them but I kind of feeling a bit awkward but at the same time happy being the center of attraction. Not sure how people perceive it abroad, we, Indians, are kind of bound by society. I find ourselves always looking to someone for inspiration. We are hesitant to take a lonely and deserted road. We love to be in a herd. Hence, when a laptop is open on a flight, peeps from behind, sidewise is a very nice scene. Personally, I am enjoying the attention. When some does not like to be the cynosure, I am kind of a quite opposite personality. I will not talk about the office and will jump to the application and its essay directly.

First, there was no drastic change in the application formats. It is the very same that we had last year. I know this because I am a re-applicant to this fellowship application. The essay is same with the same 250 words limit and preferably one page resume.

Coming to the most important part, you might like to look into my post for my perspectives that I posted earlier. What I did different this time? Nothing much but tried to ask myself at each line – what is the relevance of “this” sentence at this place. Does it add some value or it is just another sentence which if I strike out, the effect is still intact. Analyzing each and every sentence in this manner gave a fresh new look to the essay. This time, I decided to connect the essay with my career aspiration, which in turn could reshape India. Kind of dedicated the first three paragraphs to my career and aspiration and how could it help in shape the future of India. Lest one last paragraph to tell how an MBA from Stanford could prepare me to run on that track I mentioned earlier. I sent the essay to some of my friends and the feedbacks were amazing especially with the feeling. I guess I understood the importance of being “personal”. The learning that I take forward is that even though we might have similar career aspirations but it is our experience and feelings that will make that common goal an unexceptional experience for the reader. So, my suggestion Is to go blank and pour your feelings as they come while writing any essay. Another important outcome of this essay is I came very close to my career goal essay and with little modification; I should be ready with the carer goal essay.

Do also read through my perceptions about writing the essay that I wrote last year while writing the same say. The post got special mention in the blog of Accepted that time discussing the introspection.


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20 thoughts on “Reliance Stanford Fellowship Application Submitted

  • Orlando

    Wow. 250 words is pretty tough; definitely forces you to consider the added value of every single sentence/word. I hope things go well with it.

    • deepakpanigrahy

      Yeah, 250 words was definitely a challenge. I hope that I made justice to my essay. The good thing is I am now crystal clear of my career goal.
      Anyways,keeping fingers crossed for the Reliance Application.

  • Mukaam

    Great post! I submitted the fellowship application as well. Approached in little similar way. Describing initially the impact because of which I dived into some work, I build into how I want to contribute more in that area to scale that up and how my background and future career plans will help me in scaling that up.

    All the best for results. Good going!

  • Gaurav Sharma

    Hey did you get through?Got a mail today from Stanford and I am through with the first round into the 50 finalists. Plz. share any info on GMAT and its preparation if you have done some research on it.
    And ya goodluck!! 🙂

  • Jay

    Hi Deepak,
    Great Blog !! I was searching for guidance on the Reliance Scholarship and Got lucky finding your post.

    It would be a great help if you can give your perspective on the decision criteria for the scholarship. Does the Financial need part play a big role? What if you are from a well to do middle class family ( does not mean can afford a sky high priced MBA)? I am a student , since I have no income is my family income matter. the application form says not to include family income?

    Also how strong do u think my profile looks
    – Final Year IITB with good CPI + minor in energy science focus PV tech
    – intern with FMCG major in rural project and with Atomic research Centre
    – 1 international award and NTSC award
    -exchange Sem in US univ
    – will be attending jagriti yatra this time
    (- possibility of intern to Japan and Everest base camp trek)
    -wide reading with focus on India and passion for technology led entrepreneurship
    Any help is greatly appreciated.
    Keep on the good work! hope to hear from you soon

  • deepakpanigrahy

    Hi Jay, Thanks for checking out my blog. I apologize for the delay in replying.
    The question to your first question whether Financial need pay a major part: I would say both yes and no. Yes, because we need not be too rich but having said, that belonging to a middle class family should do. No, because we represent a demographic population where you never know what others are upto and where they belong to.

    Your profile looks good but one thing that I would like you to stress is please concentrate on “Quality” than “Quantity”. Concentrate on your impacts rather than just some MNC name or so.

    I hope I am helpful. Please let me know if I could help you in other aspect and I would be happy to do so.

  • Anjali T

    Hi Guys
    I’m so happy to see so many posts about the GSB Reliance scholarship. I’m gonna try for it this year. It would’ve been a stretch school for me but the scholarship is worth at least one good shot.
    I wanted to ask those of you who made it through to the top 50 – were your essays realistic or idealistic. Also, did you answer the question or try to be creative. I’m never sure if one should be straightforward or try to be different while answering these questions.