Founded by Sustainable Education Foundation, ScholarX is a 6-month program for Sri-Lankan undergraduates who would like to get free premium mentoring during their study period.

Successful undergraduates will gain access to mentoring from some of the foremost experts and outstanding talent from around the world in both Industry and Academia. The ScholarX program also helps connect Sri Lankans across the globe and creates a platform that allows those living abroad to contribute directly to students and the Sri Lankan education system. The aim is to create a sustainable flow of knowledge back into Sri Lanka and help fill some of the void left by the country's brain drain.

Program Timeline

  • Mentor applications open 20 November,2020 - 14 February,2021
  • Mentors announced 14 February, 2021
  • Student application period open 15 February, 2021
  • Student applications close 14 March, 2021
  • Publish selected students 14 April, 2021 - 30 April, 2021
  • Community bonding 1 May, 2021 - 9 May, 2021
  • Official start date of ScholarX 14 May, 2021
  • Mid-Evaluation 14 August, 2021
  • End Evaluation 14 November, 2021
  • Graduation 21 November, 2021


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FAQ for Mentors

We look for industry experts and academics who have excelled in their careers ideally with recognition from industry bodies/international agencies for their work or have demonstrated exceptional performance in their industry where they represent a minority group (e.g.: women in STEM industry, entrepreneurs of niche industries). While we have been very fortunate to host a high calibre of Sri Lankan mentors in our past program offerings, we are always on the lookout for exceptional mentors regardless of nationality.
If you have received an email with details of the mentor recruitment for ScholarX 2021, then please fill the google form attached to the email. Otherwise, you may also submit your CV, a headshot, and expression of interest to
No, this is a volunteer-run program to help make a positive impact on the lives of the younger generation of Sri Lanka.
No. We do not encourage a dual hat approach as this will deteriorate the quality of the offering. Please choose whether participation as a mentor or a mentee will achieve your career objectives the best and apply for the most suitable role.
No, Anyone can become a mentor. Please do reach out to us. More the merrier.
No, Anyone can become a mentor. Please do reach out to us. We are more than happy to get foreign mentors.

FAQ for Mentees

Our priority is given to applicants of Sri Lankan origin. However, if we have an excess of mentors, will look at expanding the offering to foreign students as well.

  • You must be at least 18 years of age when you register
  • You must currently be a full time or part-time student undertaking an undergraduate or postgraduate course.
  • You have not already been accepted as a mentee in ScholarX more than once
The application form consists of a series of questions regarding your field of study, extracurricular experience and interest in the program, designed to allow for the best possible match between mentors and mentees. The application process is competitive so we encourage students to be as thorough as possible in answering the short answer section of the application form.

We require all applicants to demonstrate a high standard of English proficiency and a genuine curiosity to learn and innovate. In their responses, applicants must also show ambition to achieve their career goals and articulately express how the mentoring program will assist with achieving their overall academic and/or professional objectives.

Once selections and assignments are made, mentees will be contacted with further information on how to proceed.
Mentor information and areas of expertise are published on the SEF website and social media. Students will be asked to pick their top three choices in mentors and will be assigned to selected mentors based on these choices as well as the relative strength of their application.
Applications for this year’s instalment of the ScholarX program open on 4th March 2020 and will close 14th April 2020. Keep an eye on the ScholarX page on our website for the application link.