About Us

Founded in 2014, The Next Genius Foundation is a registered charitable trust in India that offers full and partial tuition scholarships to outstanding Indian high school students to pursue their undergraduate education in the United States.

We are the largest undergraduate abroad scholarship fund in India. In the last 3 years, we have awarded scholarships worth USD 10 million to 112 students from 82 high schools. In 2018-19, we hope to award over USD 8 million worth of scholarships to more than 100 students.

Our vision is to identify world changers, and connect them with outstanding educational and career opportunities. In working with these students – beginning in high school, through college and onto their careers – we hope to establish a community of future leaders who will leave a strong impact on society.


The Next Genius Scholarship Program was co-founded in 2014 by the dynamic father-son duo of Naveen & Neeraj Mandhana. They follow in the footsteps of the late Shree Bhawarlalji Mandhana, retired Judge, Rajasthan High Court and retired Law Secretary of Rajasthan.

Naveen Mandhana, Director of Videocon Industries Limited and an engineer by education is an alumni of BITS, Pilani. He actively overlooks the management of the program.

Neeraj Mandhana is a distinguished career counselor based in Mumbai and is an alumni of the University of Cambridge and UCLA. He overlooks the talent search process and manages all college and corporate partnerships.

The program is made possible by generous donations raised from individual citizens, Indian corporations and leading partner colleges abroad.


In 2018-19, we hope to award over USD 8 million worth of scholarships to more than 100 students. Our scholars are guaranteed both admission as well as funds towards their college tuition. This scholarship covers four years of education in a subject of their choice at one of the following colleges:

  1. Beloit College, Wisconsin
  2. Drew University, New Jersey
  3. Ithaca College, New York
  4. Juniata College, Pennsylvania
  5. Knox College, Illinois
  6. Lynn University, Florida
  7. Millsaps College, Mississippi
  8. Texas Christian University, Texas
  9. The University of the South, Tennessee
  10. Union College, New York
  11. University of Rochester, New York
  12. Washington College, Maryland
  13. Wheaton College, Massachusetts

Selection Process

What We Look For
High School Seniors

Currently in Grade 12 (or gap year)


Indian citizen
Indian citizens living abroad
OCI Card Holders
Foreign national living in India

Critical Thinking Ability

Strong creative problem solving skills, both in academic and non-academic settings

Soft Skills

Strong team playing and communication skills
Positive attitude, charisma & leadership skill

Personal Vision

Desire to be an active member of the Next Strong desire to study abroad at one of our partner colleges
Genius community and give back to society

Need Aware

Ability to pay for living costs at college for a duration of 4 years (upto INR 8 Lac per year towards housing, food, insurance, flights, books)

How We Identify Scholars

Step 1
Online Application (Deadline – October 10, 2018)

Create an account here before Oct 10, 2018.
Log-in, fill the profile information and attempt a practice test.

Step 2
Online Critical Thinking Test (October 12-14, 2018)

Log-in and solve a 2 hour critical thinking assessment here.
Top performers in the assessment are shortlisted for next level.

Step 3
Candidate Selection (October 29, 2018)

Shortlisted students are provided with detailed information about the various scholarships and are invited to identify college(s) of their preference.

Step 4
College Application (December 14, 2018)

Candidates submit a complete college application to a college of their choice.

Step 5
Interview & Awards in Mumbai (January 12 & 13, 2019)

Candidates are invited to Mumbai for a personal interview.
Scholarships are awarded in a public award ceremony.
Scholarship winners have till May 1, 2019 to confirm their acceptances.

To learn more, check here.

Next Genius Scholars

This program is highly selective and winning a Next Genius Scholarship is a matter of great pride. As a Next Genius Scholar, you’ll join a select community of distinguished individuals who receive continuous career mentoring, internship and job support from our foundation in future years.

At college, Next Genius scholars not only maintain high GPAs, but are also active members of their college community. Click here to learn more about our past scholars.

All Next Genius Scholars pledge to the following commitments.

  • To be an active member of the Next Genius community.

  • To engage with the foundation in mentoring the junior scholars.

  • To be an ambassador of program at their high school.

  • To pursue a paid internship with the foundation during their freshman or sophomore summer break.

Next Genius Research Program

This program engages the brightest high school students from across India in an intensive 12-week pre-defined research exploration under the mentorship of a University Professor from the United States.

Next Genius Research Program is academically intense and highly selective. Students who are hard working, curious and have a penchant for innovative thinking will find themselves to be a good fit. This program is ideal for students who wish to demonstrate college level research skills in admissions to highly selective colleges abroad. It is open to students between Grades 9-12.

Application Deadline: January 30, 2019
Apply here

Education Loans

Enhancing college access to students from families with diverse income backgrounds is a core belief of ours. In association with our banking partners, The Next Genius Foundation offers low-interest educational loans to scholarship winners in order to help them cover the cost of partial tuition, room and board, and other actual expenses. This financial aid package allows us to operate in a need-aware manner.
To apply for an education loan, kindly fill this form:
Parent Name
Parent Phone
Parent Email
Student Name
Loan amount


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