Scholarship Opportunities

It is our endeavor at Berklee India Exchange (BIX) to provide access to higher education in the performing arts and provide opportunities for financial assistance to be granted to talented, deserving artists from India.

Since 2015, BIX has awarded over $2 million in scholarship funds, including five full-tuition Berklee scholarships for Indian students, 16 Thrive (continuing) scholarships for Berklee Indian Ensemble students (of any nationality), 10 scholarships for workshop attendees in India, and a BIX Zakir Hussain Scholarship, to be awarded in 2021.

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The 2016 Berklee A. R. Rahman Scholarship

The Berklee A. R. Rahman Scholarship was a special, one-time opportunity offered to entering Indian students for the fall 2016 semester. Three Indian students, one each from Assam, Uttarakhand, and New Delhi, were granted full-tuition scholarships to pursue a full-time degree at the college. 

World-renowned film composer A. R. Rahman received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in October 2014. At a sold-out concert at Boston's Symphony Hall celebrating his career, 109 students and faculty performed, paying tribute to his distinguished work, with Rahman performing alongside the group for select pieces. In addition to the concert, Rahman conducted a master class at the Berklee Performance Center. He also explored the college’s new, state-of-the-art film scoring studios, where he connected with students in their learning environment. In honor of Rahman’s new relationship with Berklee, the college offered the A. R. Rahman scholarship to help bring students from India to Berklee.