Girls with dreams to
women with vision

Need for the KARM Fellowship

The KARM Fellowship is an expression of the founders’ commitment to higher education for women. It came about from the knowledge that women from underserved backgrounds are unable to study beyond primary school for its perceived lack of importance in homes and societies with scarce resources. According to data from UNESCO, while there appears to be some progress in reducing gender gap at primary level schooling, the gap at secondary, high school and college level continues to be distressingly high.
The KARM Fellowship answers this crying need by supporting the higher educational aspirations of capable young women through financial support, mentoring and life skills development, in order to make education valuable, accessible and empowering under the Fellowship.

Vision of the KARM Fellowship

Our experience has taught us the value of Education, Mentoring, Life Skills and Community Service. Basing our Fellowship on these key pillars, we aim to enable the professional aspirations of future women leaders in their areas of choice.
The KARM Fellowship aspires to foster a community of financially independent, compassionate, driven women who are committed to becoming enablers and change leaders in communities of their choice.

More than a scholarship

While financial aid is critical to helping young women in India pursue their higher education, our program goes beyond providing mere scholarships. The KARM Fellowship is a holistic program that combines financial support with a robust capacity building program based on our key pillars:

1. Education -  Through a college degree to be earned by pursuing and observing all stipulations of a three-year full-time bachelors’ course from Delhi University/Jamia Millia. This is enabled by providing all Fellows with financial aid that covers Delhi University course and exam fees, conveyance and books allowance, laptops, dongles. For outstation Fellows a rental allowance is also provided.

2.  Mentoring-  Each Fellow to be paired with a mentor to observe and learn from. This will allow for the young Fellow to not only learn from this association by proximity, but also to receive counselling and direction related to individual career planning, skill acquisition, and experiential challenges.

3.  Life Skills-  To fulfil aspirational employability related skill gaps and enable motivation and work ethic through KARM Talks, KARM Learning, KARM English and KARM Connect.

4.  Community Service-  To help shape a compassionate, grounded and empathetic personality, the KARM Fellowship has woven community service into its very fabric, by mandating 50 hours of work in the community, through the duration of the Fellowship.

About the Fellowship

Empowering women school graduates to pursue a college education of choice is the one permanent way to allow each family and thereby, the larger community to achieve an aspirational quality of life. This larger thought motivates us to establish a cohort of Fellows each year who will assist one another in the pursuit of their goals, enabling a meaningful ripple in their communities.



The KARM Fellowship will provide Fellows with financial aid/scholarship funds towards their under-graduate studies and connect each Fellow to mentors, career counsellors and experts, to ensure a wholesome learning experience, thereby enabling brighter professional futures.

Our Fellowship will include:

  1. Financial support/scholarship that covers rent for out stationed girls; college and exam fees, laptop, dongle, conveyance and books & stationery allowance for all Fellows
  2. Mentorship to each Fellow through personalised sessions and guidance through the duration of the Fellowship.
  3. Life Skill trainings to enable skill building and positive attitudes
  4. Internships to ensure an informed view of the World of Work
  5. Fifty hours of Community Service for the duration of the Fellowship
  6. A comprehensive English curriculum that runs through the three years focussed on writing and speaking better
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Who is a KARM Fellow?

She is an eighteen-year-old girl from a low-income/EWS background looking for scholarships to support her higher education at Delhi University/Jamia. Driven and determined, she knows that she can impact her circumstances positively by working hard. She may or may not have an accessible role model but has a clear idea of who she does not wish to be, with a vague idea of who she might aspire to be. Her desire to improve the lot of her community is fierce. As she grows in stature through the four pillars, so does KARM; through her, with her and along-side her. Her responsibility is to live the ideals of the Fellowship, both in her personal and professional life. Her commitment to integrity is non-negotiable as is empathy and sensitivity. She is passionate about her vision and seeks it with courage and determination, embracing diversity in all its forms.

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Eligibility Criteria
The KARM Fellowship is open to girls currently studying in grade twelve whose combined family income is below 5 Lakhs per annum. Applicants must have basic proficiency in English and the use of technology. Necessary documents to ensure eligibility is mandatory. All documentation will be verified through Home Visits and submission of original income certificates.

Selection Process
KARM will nurture and financially support young girls from Government and aided schools who exhibit drive, ambition and willingness to work hard to achieve their professional aspirations. Selection is based on academic excellence, all-round extra-curricular activities, conviction, awareness and leadership capability. KARM seeks tangible evidence of drive for such candidates through subjective essays and personal interviews. Acceptance to the Fellowship is conditional on securing admission in Delhi University/ Jamia Millia University. Continuance through the Fellowship is conditional on the maintenance of 60% in each semester examination during college.

The KARM Trust has no religious or political compulsions/ affiliations.

The KARM Trust is in no way connected with the administration and admission process of Delhi University colleges, including SRCC and LSR.

Indicative Timeline: KARM Fellowship selection

September 15th, 2022 Stage 1 Activation of online forms for current grade 12 girl students

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December 15th, 2022 Last day for form submission.

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30th December 2022

Shortlist 1
Announcement of the list of shortlisted applicants for interviews

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January 2023

Stage 2
Interview of shortlisted applicants

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March 2023

Shortlist 2
Declaration of 35 selected applicants

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July - 2023

Stage 3
Declaration of the final list of 25 (post the class 12 board results and Delhi University admission)

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