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Application Guidelines & FAQ

Application Fee:

INR 1000 (USD 15)

Application Deadline:

The 2019-2020 application for The Caux Scholars Program - Asia Plateau is open! Deadline for submission of all applications has now been extended to Monday, September 2, 2019. Fill out the online application form here.

Applicant Requirements include the following priorities:

• Open to persons between the ages of 21-35 from globally diverse geographies, backgrounds and experiences - applicants from all parts of the world are welcome. Age exceptions may be made for outstanding candidates.

• Fluency in written and spoken English

• A high level of academic achievement and relevant work experience

• Demonstrative leadership qualities and a passionate commitment to public or community service

• Exhibition of an interest in the ethical, equitable and just dimensions of world history and international relations

• A deep openness to connecting with others within a highly multicultural learning environment

Academic Credit

While CSP-AP is not affiliated with a university and does not offer credit, it is often possible for participants to secure credit through their own institution, in consultation with professor(s) and pursuant to their requirements. The program is willing to assist with the university credit process if notified within a timely manner.


Is there a lot of reading and writing as part of this course?

More reading than writing. We send a pre-reader to the Scholars before the course begins for preparation. A manual, a curated collection of articles, is given to scholars during the first days of the program to form an ongoing part of their toolkits. Often CSP faculty hand out additional readings that expand the learnings of their lectures. Mid-way through the program, Scholars are asked to turn in a journal or experience essay (6 pages) and a shorter reflection and evaluation is requested at the end of CSP.

I would like to acquire independent credit. How do I go about this?

Students should contact their own universities, or work with professor(s), to see if credit can be achieved through an independent study course at CSP. There are usually additional requirements for such a specialized study, such as heavier reading and detailed paper(s). The deliverables for this kind of course study must be shared with the CSP Program Director to ensure implementation between faculty and the participant Scholar.  

Does the Caux Scholars Program (CSP) - Asia Plateau offer scholarships?

Through fundraising efforts, CSP-AP offers merit-based and need-based scholarships that are given to scholars who have made important community contributions and who demonstrate leadership skills and a clear commitment to furthering the mission and values of CSP-AP and Initiatives of Change in their chosen professional field. Please submit one page essay to

We also encourage all accepted applicants to fundraise their participation. Some students have been able to get funding through their universities. Others have been sponsored by NGOs, faith based communities, and civic organizations such as the Rotary Club.

Does CSP-AP help with travel expenses?

We do not have money for Scholars’ travel expenses, but infrequently, we have been able to link up scholars with other members within our network who provide in-kind and financial resources for participation.

What is the age range of the CSP-AP cohort? How many Scholars are still in university?

The median age for Scholars is the mid-to-late twenties. About one third of the class is in their early twenties.

What is life like in Panchgani?

Busy! Scholars attend class in the mornings, sports and service opportunities in the afternoon. There are often too many great choices! Scholars have been known to spend time in quiet reflection under the stars, and trekking a hike at dawn or early evening.

How diverse will the class be?

Since diversity is of the utmost importance towards achieving global peace and social cohesion, we aim to be as inclusive of Scholars within similar and varying contexts within the global South and North, as possible. A class of twenty (20) participants often comprises 15 different country backgrounds. 


For more information about The Caux Scholars Program - Asia Plateau, contact the Program Director, Jitka Hromek-Vaitla, at