Venture and Fellowship

For more than 35 years, Ashoka has built and nurtured the largest network of leading social entrepreneurs in the world. After a rigorous selection process, they are introduced to a life-long fellowship, where every member is committed to championing new patterns of social good. We encourage Ashoka Fellows to take ownership of the network and we partner with them to co-create Ashoka’s vision of an Everyone a Changemaker world.

The process of selection is a transformative and enlightening experience. Candidates articulate their innovations, and how they have the potential to change sector-wide systems. They scrutinize their strategies and methods and reflect on how they engage as individuals and leaders in today’s world. The selection process is not simply a means to an end, but rather generates robust discussion, sharpens ideas, and gives room for a journey of self-discovery and growth.

The Law for All Initiative Network

The overwhelming majority of Indians do not have access to justice. Government mechanisms and entitlements reach a tiny percentage of citizens. While social innovation has made some progress and reached hundreds of thousands, we still have a very long way to go to address the needs of 1.3 billion people.

Ashoka‘s Law for All Initiative is aimed at developing precisely such an ecosystem by establishing its three building blocks:

  • A Collective of Leading Social Entrepreneurs,
  • Critical Sector Catalysts and Influencers, and
  • A Growing Movement of Young Justice Changemakers.

This ecosystem, equipped with powerful ideas such as the collaborative resolution of disputes, open access to law and justice data, well-being in systems of criminal justice, and community justice solutions, can achieve widespread and irreversible impact.

When I was researching prisons in Patna, I could see instant reformative action when I flagged an inmate not receiving legal aid or when I provided evidence of torture by the police. Once this report was published, the SC mandated all states to have Bihar-like prison inspection.

Smita Chakraburtty
Founder, Prison Aid & Action Research (PAAR)
Smita Chakraburtty

Internet shutdowns in Jammu and Kashmir with no 4G internet, especially at the time of COVID where people have to do remote work or access telemedicine, affect lives. Through strategic litigation, we argue that the internet is a fundamental right. In principle, the government finds it incredibly...

Apar Gupta
Co-Founder, Internet Freedom Foundation
Apar Gupta