Gin-nerds! Get An MSc In Brewing & Distilling With The Scholarship Of Your Dreams

by Mallika Khurana
Gin-nerds! Get An MSc In Brewing & Distilling With The Scholarship Of Your Dreams

The Jay Dhawan Scholarship is a complete scholarship offered annually by Nao Spirits in partnership with the Gin Guild to a student from the Indian food and beverage industry who wishes to attend Heriot-Watt University in the U.K. to seek an MSc in Brewing and Distilling.

The Jay Dhawan Scholarship For Brewing & Distilling


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India’s premier Craft Gin Distillers, Nao Spirits and Beverages, announced the Jay Dhawan Scholarship in memory of their late distiller. They made this official in collaboration with the Gin Guild. It is the first company from India to join the Gin Guild, an organisation that represents gin producers worldwide. This start-up is continually innovating with its offerings to help create a craft culture and community from the ground up. It has a cutting-edge distillery in Goa that makes the first London Dry Gin and Himalayan Dry Gin in India, respectively.

A student from India will be sponsored each year to study for an MSc in Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt University in England. Applicants from the food and beverage sector will be given priority.

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The Perfect Scholarship For Aspiring Distillers

In the brewing and distilling industries, Heriot-Watt is among the most prominent and well-respected institutions. In India’s growing craft spirits market as well as globally, Nao Spirits anticipates that this will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for participants in the F&B business to enrol in a specialised course.

The intent of this scholarship is to honour the late distiller of Nao Spirit, Jay Dhawan. He was interested in taking an unconventional path in life. So obviously, he seized the chance to join Nao Spirits when the opportunity came up. He learnt as a distiller under Bombay Sapphire’s famous distiller, Dr Anne Brock.

The Indian F&B industry will be given preference, however, all applicants from India are eligible to apply for this award. Applications are already being accepted for the class, which starts in September 2023. The Heriot-Watt website,, has information on how to apply.

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