Koan Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation supported by Koan Advisory, providing research grants to students in India as well as students at global academic institutions working on India-specific fields of study.

Research at academic institutions is often de-linked from the exigencies of the global marketplace. Thus, while students completing their higher studies are equipped with the analytical skills needed to engage on deep research in their respective fields, they often lack a practical understanding of how these skills can be applied to solve real-world problems.

Recognising the intellectual talent of young scholars, Koan Foundation funds research at both the collegiate and university levels, on discrete topics of relevance to industry, government, and civil society; with a view to sourcing solutions from young scholars on the multiplicity of public policy challenges that India faces.

While our grants are offered on a rolling basis, only applications through institutional referrals are entertained. For more details, please send an enquiry to