In the memory of Smitu Kothari, a distinguished environmentalist and scholar-activist, in 2018, Centre for Financial Accountability established the Smitu Kothari Fellowship to encourage young writers to critically look at the world of development finance beyond the lending and ‘development’.

The Fellowship is open to the Indian citizens. In 2019, to encourage participation from the young writers working on languages other than English, four fellowships are reserved.

“The opportunity this Fellowship offered was critical to upcoming researchers, like me, who wanted to investigate more on newly emerging, ‘under’ researched and yet deeply troubling concerns of our times. The support offered by the fellowship team with new ideas and critical feedback throughout the fellowship duration has nuanced my understanding of the issues and reflected in my work during the fellowship period.” Aravind Unni, public policy and developmental activist, Smitu Kothari Fellow-2018


“The Smitu Kothari fellowship allowed me to kick start my work on the impact of large power projects on the the the environment in fragile ecosystems.” Divya Rajagopal, Senior Assistant Editor, The Economic Times, Smitu Kothari Fellow-2018


“I got a chance to cover climate change and the financial irregularities as a Smitu Kothari Fellow-2018. During my fellowship, I saw how the international funds for climate change or green funds released by organisations like the UN, World Bank, US Aid and others do not reach the projects directly. This is affecting some of the key climate projects, being executed at grass root levels.” Kushagra Dixit, Senior Correspondent, IANS, Smitu Kothari Fellow-2018

More information about the fellows, themes, writings, can be found below.