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India Fellow Program 2015

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open31-Mar-2015

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AwardTraining, Mentoring and Stipend of Rs 15000 per month
EligibilityGraduate of Age 22 to 28 Yr
RegionNo Region
Scholarship provider contact details

Rahul Nainwal Founder iVolunteer & India Fellow, D-134, First Floor, East of Kailash, New Delhi – 110065. Email: Call: 01126217460 (Between 11 am to 5 pm) or Anupama Pain coFounder India Fellow, D-134, First Floor, East of Kailash, New Delhi – 110065. Email: Call: 9820382165

What is India Fellow Program 2015?

India Fellow is an experiential leadership program for young Indians that include working full time for a year with a field partner organization (FPO) on a specific project or issue together with training, mentoring and reflection. This experience will empower India Fellows to find their own leadership potential, shape their futures and make a difference.

Development of India is responsibility of everyone – NGOs, government, corporates, enterprises and most importantly of its citizens.

Our belief is that in each and every sector, India needs talented young leaders who have had deep exposure to India’s broader realities, who understand the challenges and opportunities presented in diverse environments, who have the empathy, skills and determination to create social good. Our future bankers, scientists, bureaucrats, teachers, entrepreneurs need this learning experience.

Young people have tremendous potential to bring about change in the country. We need to invest in these young leaders and provide them the opportunity to get exposed to India’s social development challenges, explore their role within it, approach the future with the passion and purpose they need to make an impact – on our nation and our world.

A lot many young people are making a conscious career choice to work in the development sector by choosing to go to social work institutions such as like IRMA, TISS, XISS etc. However there are many who have not considered their role in social development and therefore can tremendously benefit from an experiential learning program that can help them find their own path to contribute to social change irrespective of whether they choose a career in NGO, businesses or government.

Through the India Fellow program we want to capture the attention of young people from all walks of life, with diverse career interests, to dig in and get their hands dirty, to get to know the development challenges through internship, training and coaching. This we believe will help them in becoming committed and passionate leaders of tomorrow. And in the process contribute a lot to the development of India.

Vision: A future where leaders in all spheres of life are driven by compassion, commitment and understanding of the social challenges that India faces and have a deep desire to make a difference.

Mission: Our mission is to engage young Indians in nation building. We want young Indians to get exposed to the myriad social challenges that India is facing and find their leadership potential, shape their futures and make a difference.

Objective: Create a learning platform for young Indians who undergo a 13 month long journey of discovering their own leadership potential. It includes training, mentor-ship, reflections and hands-on work experience with a grassroots organization working on social issues.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

We are looking for potential leaders of tomorrow. We believe that these leaders should exhibit certain values which are at the heart of a leadership journey. The fellows, fellowship team, partners and all other associates would be expected to live by these values.

1. Authenticity: Be true to oneself and others without fear. Congruence between thought and actions.
2. Openness to Learning: Committed to learn and also help others learn.
3. Humility: Patience, a humble approach to service combined with good humour.
4. Flexibility and Adaptability: Ability to be flexible and adaptable when facing difficult situations.
5. Commitment to Social Change: Committed to explore ways your own personal role in bringing about social change in the society.
6. Perseverance: Persistence in doing something that you believe in despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

The India Fellow program design has 3 prime pieces that fit into each other over the duration of 13 months that the fellow spends into it.

1] Training and Coaching:

The fellowship has approximately 5 weeks spread over the duration of overall 13 months where the fellows meet at a common point for training. This is into 3 parts namely (i) orientation training at the start of the program (ii) mid point training at the end of 6 months into the program and (iii) end point training after completion of the work assignments with grassroots organizations towards the end of the program. In addition there is a travel workshop which the fellows fund raise for themselves and is conducted for learning hands on. The central theme across them are creative thinking, development work skills and personal leadership. The training is innovative and unique in the learning tools it uses. Some methodologies include:
– Interactions with experts from various sectors
– Workshops on design thinking, communication, development theories and leadership skills
– Sessions on crux of management topics and their practical applications like – operations, finance, developing new ideas, project and team management etc.
– Travel workshop and rural immersions for hands on understanding
– Peer learning through sharing

2] Work Assignment with Grassroots Organization:

The volume wise biggest chunk of the fellow life will be spent with a reputed, authentic and committed to its vision – grassroots organization working on various social issues. During this, the fellow will be living in their work areas, typically rural setups, and working on a specific role the fellowship and this host organization has discussed and agreed upon for. The immersion with the organization inculcates sensitivities, deeper understanding and consciousness and is a powerful experience for the fellows to look inwards as well as issues India faces at large. The fellow not only learns but also impacts the organization in myriad ways by bringing their skills and enthusiasm on board. The organization supports the fellow with a monthly stipend of Rs. 15,000 for living expenses.

3] Mentorship:

Every fellow from the third month onwards for a duration of a year will be assigned a mentor. A mentor is an expert with huge experience in their domain and will personally be a friend philosopher and guide to the fellow in his/her journey. They are not a part of the fellowship team or NGOs; but independent advisors. Their role will be more geared to the fellow’s development than the fellowship or work assignments.

How can you apply ?

Currently we run a single batch of the fellowship every year. The batch underway right now is the 2014 Cohort – June 2014 to July 2015. The next batch of India Fellow is slated to start from July 2015 for a duration of 13 months. Selection of candidates for the same will start 6 months prior to start of batch i.e. 1st December 2014. Watch this space for details!

The selection to the India Fellow program is a 3 step process.

1. Applicants fill a detailed online application form.
2. Shortlisted candidates will go through a telephonic interview with the India Fellow team.
3. Those who qualify after the telephonic interview will be invited for a day of assessment process and personal interview.

Final selections will be announced only after the personal interview.


  • You are between 20 to 28 years of age
  • You are already a graduate (in any discipline) or will be b

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