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Kanthari Scholarship for Social Change

Kanthari Scholarship for Social Change

Kanthari Scholarship for Social Change

About Kanthari Scholarship for Social Change
Scholarship for Change Makers – the kanthari campus is located in Kerala, India, and the course starts in April.


Apply to the 2024 Kanthari  Course Today


Kanthari offers a twelve-month program that will help participants develop all the necessary skills and tools to succeed as social change-makers so they can start and run their own CSOs/NGOs, Social enterprises, or social ventures.



Types of Kantharis



Green Kantharis:  Kanthari initiators want to create ethical social change by starting grass-root projects with alternative/new approaches. Schools for marginalized, training centers for the blind, environmental projects – these are only some of the many examples of initiatives that positively impact society.


Yellow Kantharis: Yellow Kantharis are inventors who create new products, strategies or concepts for social change. They can be active in the areas of environment, computer technology, accessibility for people with disabilities, agriculture, education and many more. The goal of their invention is to improve the living conditions of marginalized groups or protection of the environment.


Orange Kantharis: Orange Kanthari entrepreneurs use business as a tool for sustainable social change. The main goal is to create a positive social impact and not to focus only on profit, but to use business ventures to find ways to create structures that benefit those who are usually left out.


Red Kantharis: Red Kantharis are advocates/activists who stand up for a world free from discrimination, negative attitudes or harmful norms. Their goal is to provoke a mindset change in their communities through advocacy.


Purple Kantharis: Kanthari artists use their creativity and art as a tool for making a difference. Musicians, painters, authors, filmmakers and many more, provoke a positive mind set change through their work.


What kanthari offers:



• Selected participants will qualify for a scholarship provided by their donors to cover the training fee and accommodation.


• Graduates of the program will have access to a network of change-makers from 50+ countries worldwide.




• Kanthari offers a 12 month lasting course.


• The course is split into an online and an on-campus part.


• Every year the course starts online in April (2 months, which named Act 0)


• Then the in campus part will start at the end of May (7 months, Act 1 to 4), Usually this part ends around mid-December and you will return home.


• After the on-campus part is over, Act 5 will be done in the place where you start your organisation. (3 months, Act 5)


• Only if all acts are successfully completed, you will graduate from the course.


Location: The next kanthari course starts in April 2024 ONLINE and in May 2024 on campus in Kerala.






* Kanthari welcomes applicants over 22 years of age (we don’t have an upper age limit) who have overcome significant life challenges ranging from vision impairment, disability, poverty, war, discrimination, and/or exploitation.


* Or, they could also be witnesses to social situations they wish to change so others do not suffer.


* They all have a plan to start an organisation and/or initiative that addresses a social and/or environmental problem. “


• Applicants must speak and understand basic English and have basic computer skills.






If you meet all the criteria and you are selected, a scholarship will be provided for you.


• The scholarship covers the following:


o a round trip ticket for Flight, or train or bus ticket to TRV airport, TRV railway or TRV bus station

o Transportation within India for project/course related purpose.

o Full board, including shared accommodation and meals (while staying at Kanthari campus).

o Exposure visits to organisations who do similar work to gather subject matter expertise and best practice.

o Course-related costs, including faculty, equipment, and materials;



• PLEASE NOTE: the scholarship does NOT COVER the following; these parts will need to be covered by you:



o A safety caution deposit of US$ 750. (This will be returned in instalments during and after the course, unless the criteria laid out in the question “What is the purpose of the caution deposit?” are not met.)
o Passport & visa. (Except for Indian and Nepalese participants, as they do not need passports and visas)
o Health check and health certificate
o Health Insurance
o Personal expenses approximately US$ 350 to US$ 450 for leisure time activities during the time that you are in India.
o Any expenses that are related to your personal venture / organisation, for example cost for a web-domain & hosting of your organisation’s website.


• Since participants come from around the world, costs for passports, visa, health insurance etc vary.


• Do inform yourself in advance of costs that you will need to cover so you are able to raise the same in time.


• If selected, you agree to commit to participate for the full duration of the 12 months program.


• During that time, the kanthari course will be your highest priority.



Deadline to apply: 31-01-2024



For more information and to apply, visit  https://www.kanthari.org/admissions/



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