iLEAD 100% Tuition Fee Waiver Scholarship

We at Strate School of Design are proud to present our 100% tuition fee waiver scholarship for the young bright minds out there!

We firmly believe that every deserving student should have an opportunity to learn and pursue their dream career on a global scale.

Applicable for:

  • Undergraduate Courses – Entire duration of the program (3 years)
  • Masters Courses – Entire duration of the program (2 Years)
  • 5 Year Integrated Master Courses – Applicable for first 3 years only


  1. Scholarships are awarded based on established eligibility criteria. You must meet the eligibility requirements to receive your scholarship.
  2. A limited number of scholarships available under the mentioned categories.
  3. Awarding of the scholarship will be at the sole discretion of the management.
  4. Once the scholarship is awarded, a student needs to pay only a nominal fee towards University registration

Total scholarships offered are worth more than 1 Crore*!

We are proud to announce this year's scholarship winners

 Congratulations to all iLEAD Scholarship winners who have proved their mettle.

Only a few deserving gets the best.
These bright young minds have got a 100% tuition fee waiver through stringent selection by academic and jury experts.
They have proved to be the best in knowledge, skills of presentation, and creativity.
Meet the stars who have won the iLEAD scholarships for the year 2022.
  • Rushil Vasudeva
  • Zytle Ann DSouza

Glimpse of the Project by iLEAD Winner, 2022

The New Normal

With the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic, the world has significantly changed, and we are in the dawn of a new era. In this new normal, schools and colleges have been closed, but learning never stops as most institutions embraced online education. Offices have been closed, yet employees continue to be productive by embracing digital and technological innovations, governments had to radically change their style of governance, they had to act, be proactive and increase their focus on the health and well-being of their citizens. Travel almost came to a standstill, yet we are more connected with everyone than before. This new normal has redefined the way we think, work, interact and engage with our peers, family, and society. The pandemic has created new challenges and opportunities, while some of our old problems still exist.

Despite all the hardship we have endured during this pandemic, we as a community have learned & relearnt some key lessons of compassion, value, and inclusivity. The new normal has made us focus on health both physical and mental, bought the sustainability conversations back into our living rooms and we have been inspired by the human spirit and resilience in combating tough conditions.

The New future will be shaped by individuals through innovation, human resilience, our ability to adapt and respond positively to difficult circumstances.

Selection Process & Criteria

We at Strate School of Design would like to support and encourage young talented students who challenge the status quo, think out of the box, encourage intellectual curiosity, and empower themselves to become active citizens and positive change-makers who will contribute to the new future.

Students are expected to create a project, explaining how to embody the values of the ILEAD scholarship and how will you plan to influence in shaping the new future.

With COVID-19 disrupting the lives of people across the globe, thereby creating a plethora of new problems, challenges, and opportunities for various communities, ethnicities, and geographies. The purpose of the iLEAD Scholarship is to encourage youth to define, conceptualize and articulate problems and recommend Innovative, adaptive, and disruptive solutions through exploration, learning, and empowering themselves to be a change-maker.


I – Innovate

L – Learn

E – Empower

A – Adapt

D – Disrupt

The Future

The news is full of reports and updates about various problems that include -worldwide pandemic, climate change, gender discrimination, access to healthcare, pollution, water scarcity, animal life extinction,  at times making us feel overwhelmed by these.

Where does one even begin?

Which problems need to be addressed first?Can one individual bring about change, let alone solve a problem?

Well, we at Strate School of Design believe you can!

You could be an Influencer of the future making an impact through your unique approach to problem-solving once you decide to focus on them.

  • Choose an area or topic that you are passionate about and would like to make a difference. This area could be a problem, opportunity, or challenge faced by society, world, community, ethnic groups, gender, environment,…Etc
  • Articulate and analyze the problem that you would like to contribute to. We would encourage you to create a problem statement
  • Let us know your proposal on how you would like to contribute, influence, or solve this problem, opportunity or challenge.

iLEAD Scholarship Participation Guidelines

Themes to choose from :

Design for sustainability:

We are consuming products every day. Most of them have a big impact on resources, and the environment. How can we think of making them more sustainable by enhancing their resource consumption, durability, recyclability, logistic, packaging, or upgradability? Design a product for tomorrow keeping all this in mind.

Design a digital experience: 

The world is turning digital, everybody starts to do everything with their mobile devices.

Design a system, an app, or an interface that helps humankind to use technology and enhance the experience of users.

Design the new mobility: 

You have noticed that moving in cities is evolving, shared bicycles and scooters, Yulu and bounce, Ola and Uber, electric autonomous cars, more and more common transportation, …. all this is the beginning of a very interesting evolution in urban mobility. Please think about what should come next for us in the coming 5 years.


The new generations are less interested in “owning things”, they are more interested in using things when they need them. Rental, and pay and use systems are blooming in all domains: cars, bikes, scooters, even insurances and houses, power tools, and house equipment

This will help in decreasing the number of products built, transported and sold, and then used less than 40% of the time and stored somewhere, wasting valuable space inside or outside households.

Invent a sharing system in the domain that you want that helps people to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done without the need of owning an under-used object.

Space and furniture design for social distancing:

Social distancing is the new normal, but it is evolving the way we use spaces at home, in workshops, common transports, or in offices.

Design a solution (space management, furniture product, or system) that helps to live more easily the social distancing constraints.

Keep in mind human relationships, space efficiency (cost and limitation), and most personal well-being.

Other topics:

If you find that there are more important challenges that need to be solved to help mankind and the full planet, please do not hesitate to be bold and present us a solution that would be: simple, just, and beautiful.

Here are the other scholarships offered by us.

Deadline :- Last date to apply for scholarship is 10th June 2023.

Planning :


Step 01- pre-selection:

  • Submission should be done in the form of a complete presentation of the design process, that should be either scanned or digitally made

  • You have to identify a problem of common people that you think deserve to be solved. 

  • Then study it in order to be sure to understand it fully. Try to find the root problem of the situation.

  • Then, be creative and find a relevant solution taking in account the reality of the industry, the business side of it and obviously the final user and his user experience.

  • The presentation should not exceed 10 A4 Slides, and should either be in PDF or PPT format.

  • The first round of selection will be based on two criterias;

                   a. Quality & Content analysis of the project ( relevance of the problem tacked, creativity and degree of “unseen before”, feasibility, Visual quality  of  the delivery)
              b. Documents showing achievements in the Design domain

  • Only Shortlisted students at the end of Step 01 will compete in the step 02.

Step 02 – SEMI FINAL :

  • The presentation should be made online.
  • Students will be allotted 15 minutes for their presentation, followed by a 15-minute Q/A session.
  • Applicants should present the exact same file that was submitted by them to us for step 01. Any other doc or addition will not be entertained. 

Step 03 – FINAL : 

A jury of both academic and industry experts will attend the presentations, and would assign the scholarship according to the following criteria :

  • Understanding the actual world and its challenges.
  • Formulate the right design question and brief.
  • Exhaustivity of the creation phase
  • Relevance of the final choice
  • Relevance of the concepts, shape, and technical solutions
  • Oral quality of the presentation
  • The visual quality of the presentation.
  • The “ wow “ effect of the presented concept.

We also grant other scholarships :

Merit Scholarship

  • The scholarship will be offered to students securing an aggregate of 80% marks in class X & XII in CBSE/ ICSE / State Examination Board.
  • Alternatively, extraordinary performance in sports, performing arts, and other extra-curricular activities will also be considered for this scholarship.
  • Scholarships will be allotted for the first semester in merit order to eligible candidates.
  • Scholarships will be awarded based on Merit only.

In-State Scholarships

  • Scholarships under this category will be offered to Karnataka domicile students.
  • Students should have and be able to present a permanent residence certificate or any other valid proof of domicile.
  • Scholarships will be allotted for the first semester to eligible candidates.
  • The number of scholarships is limited and will be awarded on a first-come basis.

Girl Student Scholarship

  • Scholarship on tuition fees for girls taking admission in any of the Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs for 2021 Intake.
  • Scholarships will be allotted for the first semester to eligible candidates.
  • The number of scholarships is limited and will be awarded on a first-come basis.

*T&C applied