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Ashoka India Fellowship 2016

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open31-Dec-2016
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AwardStipend for three years, high recognition and support
EligibilityOpen to All Social Entrepreneurs
RegionAll India
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Ashoka Office in India

54, 1st Cross, Domlur Layout
Bangalore 560071 
India
Tel: 080-4274-5777
Email: india@ashoka.org 

What is Ashoka India Fellowship 2016?

Ashoka India

Ashoka is the one of the largest networks of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with over 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countriescreating large-scale impact through new innovations. Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka is an international network that is driving the social sector and offering a platform for people dedicated to changing the world. Ashoka pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship and has built multi-level stakeholders across the world who increasingly look to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve social problems.

In India, Ashoka has a vibrant fellowship of over 350 fellows and elects a new cohort of Fellows every year. Going forward Ashoka India will also select and elect new Fellows from Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and play a unique role in integrating the emerging social sector in South Asia.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

Ashoka invests in people. Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to confront social problems. They demonstrate unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas and prove that compassion, creativity, and collaboration are tremendous forces of change. Through fresh perspective and analysis, an Ashoka fellow persists until he or she can drive large-scale change. Ashoka Fellows work in over 60 countries around the globe in every area of human need.

How can you apply ?

Application can be done online and by nomination

FAQs

What makes Ashoka different?

Ashoka introduces new ways to address the economic and social problems that our communities face. We passionately seek the world’s best social entrepreneurs. With over three decades of experience in the social sector, Ashoka stands in a unique position to drive systemic change across the world. 

Who is a social entrepreneur?

Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change. 

What makes Ashoka Fellows unique?

Ashoka Fellows are visionaries who develop innovative solutions that fundamentally change how society operates. They address problems by transforming systems, scaling their solutions, and pushing society to take a giant leap forward. Similar to top business entrepreneurs who redefine industries, social entrepreneurs persist to achieve their goal of systemic change no matter how long the transformation takes. Ashoka Fellows are creative yet pragmatic, constantly adjusting and changing, with a committed vision that endures until they have succeeded.

What does the Fellowship offer?

The Ashoka Fellowship is a dynamic global community of leading social entrepreneurs who deliver high-impact solutions to society’s most pressing problems. The rapidly growing Fellowship network allows Fellows to leverage their ideas, collaborate, and enhance their innovations, achieving far more together than individually. Ashoka accelerates Fellows’ progress as an individual, a leader of an organization, a participant in group collaborative initiatives, and a member of a global community of peers. 

Do you work with universities and youth?

Absolutely. In fact, we are devoted to accelerating new and effective approaches to high quality social entrepreneurship through teaching, research, and action in higher education.

I love Ashoka, how do I help support your work?

Ashoka would not exist without the support of people like you. Each donation to Ashoka is an investment in social change. Your contribution will help us to identify exceptional social entrepreneurs around the world, support them in their work, and expand our programs to truly create an Everyone A Changemaker world. 

Can someone from Ashoka speak at our upcoming event?

Please email india@ashoka.org with a brief description of the event, the audience you expect, the location and date of the event and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Does Ashoka provide grants or academic fellowships?

No. Ashoka is a 501(c)3 organization, not a foundation or grant-making organization. Ashoka does not fund research, special projects, staff positions, or scholarships. Financial support is available only to Fellows.

Is Ashoka an incubator for emerging social entrepreneurs?

No. However, we work closely with organizations that invest in social entrepreneurs at the initial “idea” stage. Ashoka looks for social entrepreneurs who have tested their ideas and are poised to move on to a new level of social impact.

Terms and Conditions

Who is an Ashoka Fellow?

Ashoka invests in people. Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to confront social problems. They demonstrate unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas and prove that compassion, creativity, and collaboration are tremendous forces of change. Through fresh perspective and analysis, an Ashoka fellow persists until he or she can drive large-scale change. Ashoka Fellows work in over 60 countries around the globe in every area of human need.

What is Ashoka's selection criteria?

Ashoka's selection process is anchored by our five criteria against which all Fellow candidates are evaluated:

The Knockout Test: A New Idea - Ashoka elects who are posessed by a new idea—a new solution or approach to a social problem—that will change the pattern in a field, be it human rights, the environment, or any other.

Creativity: Successful social entrepreneurs must be creative both as goal-setting visionaries and as problem solvers capable of engineering their visions into reality. Ashoka values creativity in work as a crucial 

Entrepreneurial Quality: Entrepreneurial quality is the defining characteristic of first class entrepreneurs. It defines leaders who see opportunities for change and innovation and devote themselves entirely to making that change happen. Ashoka insists that candidates commit themselves full-time to their ideas during the launch phase.

Social Impact of the Idea: Ashoka is only interested in ideas that it believes will change the field significantly and that will trigger nationwide impact or, for smaller countries, broader regional change. For example, Ashoka will not support the launch of a new school or clinic unless it is part of a broader strategy to reform the education or health system at the national level and beyond.

Ethical Fiber: Ashoka asks every participant in the selection process to evaluate candidates for these qualities rigorously. To do so often requires one to resort to instinct and gut feelings, not just rational analysis. The essential question is: "Do you trust this person absolutely?" If there is any doubt, a candidate will not pass.

What is the selection process like?

Upon receiving a nomination or application for the Fellowship, Ashoka puts candidates through an internal selection process that explores every area of the candidate's work.

The first stage of the process is a “First Opinion” interview where Ashoka’s Venture staff conduct thorough reference checks of the candidate’s field work and identify the impact of the candidate’s new idea. The second stage of the process is a “Second Opinion” interview where an external reviewer assesses the global perspective of the candidate’s work. The candidate then attends a “National level” interview in the third step of the process where he or she is interviewed by a panel of three social or business entrepreneurs. In this stage, crucial aspects of the candidates work such as on-ground impact, scope of scale and the relevance of their new idea. In the final stage of the process, the candidate is assessed by Ashoka’s board before a decision is made.

How can I nominate a fellow or apply for the Fellowship?

To nominate a potential candidate or apply for the Ashoka fellowship, do directly fill in the online form.

Does Ashoka offer a stipend for Fellows?

For Fellows in the launch phase, Ashoka provides a living stipend for an average of three years, allowing them to focus full-time on building their institutions and spreading their ideas. Ashoka also introduces all its Fellows to a global platform of social entrepreneurs that in turn opens doors for opportunities and collaboration. Once elected, Fellows benefit from this community for life.

Have more questions about the Ashoka Fellowship?

If you have more questions about the Ashoka Fellowship, do go through the Ashoka Fellowship FAQ section to browse through commonly asked questions. In case you would like to write to a team member to enquire about specific details, do write to Trina Talukdar at ttalukdar@ashoka.org.

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