A fellowship is generally a merit-based scholarship or financial aid for research and work in a particular field. Fellowships are getting more popular as there is a growing trend among youngsters to challenge the status quo in the country and work towards development in various sectors.
Can you commit to Fellowships in India?
It comes at a crucial time when there is immense support from corporates who fund these fellowships as a part of their CSR activities. You should definitely opt for a fellowship if –
- You are passionate about developmental challenges and issues faced by communities across the country
- You are willing to work at basic financial and monetary support for a year or two in view of the larger goal
- You are willing to work at grassroots level including travel across the country
Why should you opt for Fellowships in India:
The fellowships involve a lot of personal and career challenges however the benefits are also immense.
Several fellows go on to –
- Work in the developmental sector, on these issues directly
- Work in the corporate sector in allied roles
- Study in higher educational institutions, focusing on research
Here are a few fellowships in India that you must consider –
The Urban Fellows Programme:
Where: Indian Institute For Human Settlements, Bangalore
Focus on: Urban Development
The Indian Institute for Human Settlements is a Bangalore Based national educational institute for the sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements. It has been designated a National Resource Centre (NRC) by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.
The Fellowship focuses on urban development issues, it aims at developing skills to analyse the various issues plaguing the urban areas. It brings together learning from esteemed faculty, in the stream of architecture, developmental planning and other interdisciplinary fields, with ongoing best practices. It will also enable networking on a global level and equip fellows with knowledge and practice to enter the developmental field.
Duration of Fellowship: Nine Months, (The fellowship for 2017–18 is from August 16, 2017 – May 5, 2018
Eligibility: Ideal candidates will have Bachelor’s degree in any stream and not exceed 30 years
Ideal candidates will have Bachelor’s degree in any stream and not exceed 30 years of age. However, even those without formal education after 10+2 are welcome to apply, provided they have basic proficiency in English.
Fees & Stipend – It is a fully funded fellowship, however, no additional stipend will be provided.
Admission Procedure – Fill up the online form consisting of personal information, educational information, Statement of Purpose and Essays, Previous work & internship experience, work portfolio
Important Dates – Last Date for application is May 1, 2017
SBI Youth for India Fellowship
Where: Rural locations across India, generally home state is not offered in order to promote cultural exploration
Focus on: Rural Development
The fellowship is initiated, funded and managed by SBI as a CSR activity in partnership with NGOs. It is an opportunity for youth to understand and experience firsthand the issues of rural India and work towards finding solutions. It is a symbiotic project involving young Indians, NGOs and the rural communities. Fellows continue to work in the development field after the fellowship as well.
Duration of Fellowship: 13 months, fellowship starts in two cohorts – August 7, 2017 and October 2, 2017
Eligibility: Graduates between the ages 21 – 32
Fees & Stipend – Rs 15,000 per month for living expenses, Rs. 1,000 for transport expenses, readjustment allowance of Rs.30,000 on completion of program and coverage of travel expenses during training and mediclaim policy
Admission Procedure – Fill up the online application form after which shortlisted candidates are called for interview
Important Dates – Last date for admission is 31 st May 2017, however the earlier the better as candidates are shortlisted on an ongoing basis.
India Fellow Program
Where: Rural locations Across India
Focus on: Rural Development
The India Fellow Program is a social leadership program which works with partner organisations on projects across Rural India. The 13-month long fellowship will involve working on site with the organisation and undergo training and peer learning while solving issues. The fellows are expected to find their leadership potential and work in the developmental sector in the future.
Duration of Fellowship: 13 months starting July each year
Eligibility – Graduates between the ages 21 – 28
Fees & Stipend – Rs.15,000 per month for living expenses
Admission Procedure – Apply via online application form post which shortlisted candidates go through a telephonic interview. A short field cum writing assignment is given after which a personal interview is conducted.
Important Dates: Admissions are accepted between December – March every year
Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship
Where: Delhi, Based on understanding with the MP as needs arises fellows may travel to MP’s constituency
Focus on: Parliamentary Affairs
One of the most prestigious fellowships in India is the LAMP fellowship where young Indians are mentored by Members of Parliament. The 11-month membership begins in Monsoon session till the budget session where the fellow works full time with the MP and provides extensive research support.
Fellows get extensive exposure to policy makers and experts, many chose to pursue higher education in Ivy leagues and many others work in the development sector and also with the MPs they have worked with.
Duration of Fellowship: About 11 months from June to following May each year based on the Parliamentary calendar
Eligibility – Graduates of any discipline less than 25 years of age
Fees & Stipend – Rs.17,000 per month for living expenses, additional Rs.3,000 for official expenses
Admission Procedure – Apply through online application form along with Statement of Purpose and essay on policy or legislative issue. Shortlisted candidates are invited for personal interview
Important Dates – Admissions close by February each year
Teach For India Fellowship
Where: Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru
Focus on: Education
The Teach for India Fellowship is a two-year fellowship program dedicated to addressing the issue of educational inequality. During the course of the fellowship, fellows are assigned to low-income schools for a period of two years and committed to bringing real change in the students. TFI Fellows understand and contribute towards educational issues and move on to working in the development field after the fellowship or higher education.
Duration of Fellowship: Two years
Eligibility: Graduates in any discipline
Fees & Stipend – Rs. 17,500 per month plus Rs. 5,500 to Rs.10,000 for housing allowance if relocated from their home city
Admission Procedure – Apply via online application form post which candidates have to take the AMCAT (online aptitude test). Shortlisted candidates are taken through a telephonic interview after which they are invited for a personal interview at the assessment centre.
Important Dates – Admissions are in rolling format and deadlines are in August, October, December, February and March each year
Gandhi Fellowship – Kaivalya Foundation & Piramal Foundation
Where: Surat, Rajasthan, Mumbai
Focus on: Education
The Gandhi Fellowship is a residential fellowship where young people work with government schools to create positive change, this is enabled by working directly with the Head Masters of the schools. The fellowship has been running from 2008 and has donor partners – Piramal Foundation, UNICEF, USAID, Dell Foundation and Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.
The fellowship is inspired by the Gandhian philosophy ‘be the change you wish to see’ and rightly after the program fellows realise their potential and work towards the betterment of society.
Duration of Fellowship: Two years
Eligibility – Graduates in any discipline less than 26 years of age, with focus on extracurricular achievements
Fees & Stipend – Rs.14,000 per month plus rent-free accommodation.
Admission Procedure – Apply via online application form after which shortlisted candidates are taken through a telephonic round. After which selected candidates are invited for personal interview and evaluation
Important Dates – Admissions process starts in October each year
Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship Program
Where: Interior locations of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Telangana
Focus on – Education
The Azim Premji Foundation fellowship is a comprehensive program to give hands-on enriching experience about the Indian educational system. During the first-year fellows participate in teaching in the government schools and in the second year they specialise in teaching and participate in roles towards capacity building in the education field. This programme is meant for those passionate towards creating a change in the educational system and need mentoring from experts in the field.
Duration of Fellowship – Two Years
Eligibility – Post Graduate in any discipline with 3 to 10 years of work experience with proficiency in local language
Fees & Stipend – Rs. 28,800 per month
Admission Procedure – Apply via online application form after which an online test is administered to the candidates. Shortlisted candidates are then taken through two different rounds of interviews.
Important Dates – Applications close in December each year
If long fellowships are not your cup of tea, then check out social & developmental sector internships here.