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iLEAD 100% Tuition Fee Waiver Scholarship

We at Strate School of Design, Bengaluru, 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:

5 Year Integrated Master Courses – Applicable for first 3 years only

Undergraduate Courses – Entire duration of the program (3 years)

Masters Courses – Entire duration of the program (2 Years)


  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


We are proud to announce this year's scholarship winners.

Meet the stars who have won the iLEAD scholarships for the year 2022.

Congratulations to iLEAD Scholarship winners!

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.

Glimpse of the project by iLEAD Winner, 2022

strate ilead values

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 (collective or individual), and empowering themselves to be a change-maker.

selection process & criteria

We are on the look for 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.

What do you need to do?

Applicants are expected to create a project, explaining how they will embody the values of the iLEAD scholarship in the project and how will they plan to influence in shaping the new future.


The New Future
Our world today is full of news regarding multiple issues including pandemic, climate change, gender discrimination, healthcare access, pollution, water scarcity, microplastic waste, extinction of animal life and more, all or any of these can surely overwhelm us.

Which issues need to be addresses first and how can one individual bring in the change? Strate ethos are grounded in making design simple, fair and beautiful. While we empower each student with practical learning tools to make an impact, we also believe our scholarship applicants can sure be the future influencers of change.

What we are looking in your application is how you use your unique approach, your problem-solving skills and your design ideas into actionable points.

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

Strate 2023 Scholarship Dates

  • Last date of project submission – 1st May 2023
  • Shortlist for Final Jury – 10th May 2023
  • Final Presentation – 15th May 2023
  • Results – 20th May 2023


Participation guidelines

Themes to choose from:

design for


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 as


The world is turning digital, people are doing everything on 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.

Think and design on what should come next for us in the coming 5 years.



The new generation is 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 and design a sharing system in the domain 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


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 with the social distancing constraints.

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

Other topics:

If you find that there is another important challenge(s) that needs to be addressed to help mankind and/or our planet, please do not hesitate to be bold to present us a solution that would be: simple, just, and beautiful.

ilead scholarship process

step one
pre selection


The first round of selection will be based on two criteria’s;

a. Quality & Content analysis of the project

We are looking out for originality of concept, relevance of the problem tacked, creativity and degree of “unseen before”, feasibility and visual quality of the delivery

b. Documents showing achievements in the Design domain

Only Shortlisted students at the end of Step 01 will move ahead in the selection process towards step two.

step two


Selected applicants will be called to make their presentation online.

step three
final selection


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

Other Scholarships



girl student

Scholarship on tuition fees for girls taking admission in any of the Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes for 2023 Intake.

*T&C applied

‘All scholarship decisions are subject to management’s discretion’


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