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Teach For India Fellowship 2017

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open07-Feb-2017
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AwardA monthly stipend of Rs 17,500 and housing allowance ranging from Rs 5,500 to Rs 10,000
EligibilityGraduates, Professionals
RegionDelhi
Scholarship provider contact details

REGD. OFFICE
Teach For India
c/o The Akanksha Foundation
Voltas House ‘C’,
T. B. Kadam Marg,
Chinchpokli,
Mumbai - 400033
Tel: +91 22 65182238

What is Teach For India Fellowship 2017?

The Teach For India Fellowship program 2017, is an opportunity for India’s brightest and most promising youth, from the nation’s best universities and workplaces, to serve as full-time teachers to children from low-income communities in some of the nation’s most under-resourced schools. Through this experience of teaching in classrooms and working with key education stakeholders like students, principals, and parents, our Fellows get exposed to the grassroot realities of India’s education system and begin to cultivate the knowledge, skills, and mindsets necessary to attain positions of leadership in education and identify their role in building a wider movement for educational equity in the country.

Teach For India places Fellows for a period of two years in full-time teaching positions in low-income schools. We strive to place Fellows within high-need schools - where poverty and other environmental factors may limit our students’ choices in the future. Within their classrooms, Fellows are responsible for ensuring that their students reach ambitious academic and personal goals that are deeply grounded in their context and developed in partnership with key people in our children’s lives - parents, other teachers, and community members.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

  1. Minimum Qualification: You must have completed all coursework required for your undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree equivalent) from an accredited college or university by the last week of May 2017. Your degree transcripts (graduate/postgraduate certificates) will be reviewed before an admission decision can be taken. Applicants must also pass any coursework indicated in their transcripts at the time of the interview.
  2. Nationality: You should be either (i) an Indian citizen or (ii) a foreign national of Indian origin. Foreign citizens who are not of Indian origin are not eligible to apply. Note to Foreign nationals of Indian origin: For more information on the OCI card, please go to the Ministry of Home Affairs. To apply for the OCI card, please go to the Online OCI Registration Form. We recommend applying for the OCI card as soon as you have made the decision to join the Fellowship, as it takes approximately 1-3 months to receive the card.
  3. Commitment & Location: The Fellowship is a full-time, paid commitment to teaching and living in one of our placement cities (Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru) starting May/June 2017. Fellows will be full-time staff members of the schools in which they are placed and will work stipulated school hours six days a week as well as attending training and support sessions as per city requirements.
  4. English Fluency: You should be fluent in the English language as Teach For India Fellows will be placed in English-medium schools and will be expected to teach in and attend training sessions conducted in English.
  5. Age Limit: There is no age limit to apply for Teach For India Fellowship.

How can you apply ?

Application can be done online only.

FAQs

WHY SHOULD I JOIN TEACH FOR INDIA?

Teach For India offers you the chance to make a real difference in tackling one of India’s most pressing challenges — educational inequity. By presenting you with one of the most difficult challenges of your life, the Fellowship will help you develop leadership skills that are critical in today’s dynamic global work environment. The Fellowship Program gives you an opportunity to become a part of the solution and a change agent in the society.

WHAT DOES THE TEACH FOR INDIA FELLOWSHIP ENTAIL?

The two-year commitment is necessary to make the impact we wish to have on student achievement. In the first year, Fellows will refine their teaching skills and will start to establish respect and trust among various stakeholders within the school community and the students. This will allow Fellows to achieve significant academic gains for students and to implement their community/school project in the second year. Furthermore, Teach For India is looking for leaders who are willing to commit to long-term change and have the perseverance to work hard in challenging situations. In this context, the two-year commitment is but a small step towards long-term reform.

HOW MANY FELLOWS DOES TEACH FOR INDIA CURRENTLY HAVE?

Teach for India currently has approximately 1250 Fellows, teaching across 7 cities and 1500 Alumni. In 2015, Bengaluru became a part of Teach for India’s placement cities adding to our existing presence in the cities of Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. Teach For India Fellow are teaching approximately 45,000 children in these cities.

WHAT ARE THE PROFILES OF TEACH FOR INDIA FELLOWS?

Teach For India Fellows are a diverse group of people, brought together by their past achievements and their passion to eliminate educational inequity. They come from diverse backgrounds of colleges such as IITs, IIMs, St.Stephen’s College, St. Xavier’s College, Christ University, Presidency College etc and companies such as Accenture, McKinsey, Mahindra & Mahindra, IBM, Ernst & Young, Schlumberger etc. By joining the Fellowship, you will get an opportunity to work with some of the brightest and most enterprising minds of the country.

HOW DOES TEACH FOR INDIA’S APPROACH TO TEACHING DIFFER FROM TRADITIONAL APPROACHES?

At Teach for India, we believe that Teaching is Leadership. For our Fellows and Students to be leaders, we focus on building skills and mindsets through our Leadership Development Journey. The LDJ takes Fellows through 8 milestones in which they explore where their classroom is on the Student Vision Scale, where they are on the Fellow Commitments Scale, what Competencies they need to work on and which Opportunities they can avail of to work on those. This is a cycle to build reflective practice throughout the journey. The Student Vision Scale defines the kind of Academic Achievement, Values and Mindsets and Exposure and Access our students need to have path-changing learning and make them student leaders. The Fellow Commitments Scale defines the three commitments, to Personal Transformation, to Collective Action and to Education Equity that all of us in the movement need to be leaders who will go on to eliminate educational inequity in the country.

WHICH STANDARD WILL I BE TEACHING AND WHAT WILL BE THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION?

Teach For India Fellows are placed in 2nd to 10th standard classrooms where they teach all major subjects — including English, Mathematics, Social studies and Science with the exception of regional languages. Although the mother tongue is helpful in interacting within our communities, it is not a necessary prerequisite as our schools are English medium.

WHERE WILL I BE TEACHING?

Teach For India Fellows will be placed in low-income schools in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru. All Fellows will be required to reside in one of these cities during the period of the Fellowship. If you are unable to do so, please note that we will expand into more cities in the upcoming years, and hope to be in 10 cities and their surrounding rural areas within the next 5 years.

Terms and Conditions

SELECTION PROCESS

The Teach For India Fellowship is a highly selective and coveted program, with an average selectivity rate of 7% over the past 7 years. Through the 3 staged process detailed below, we select the highest potential candidates into the program.

STAGE I: THE APPLICATION FORM AND ONLINE TEST

Applications for the 2017-2019 Fellowship are now open. If you have any questions about the Fellowship or the application process, please email apply@teachforindia.org and our recruitment team will be in touch to support you through the process.

The application form is an opportunity for us to get to know you. It can be as detailed as you want it to be. Through the application we will understand why you want to join Teach For India and why you would be a strong fit for the Fellowship.

Once you submit your application you will receive a link to a 1.5 hour online test (AMCAT) which focuses on logical reasoning and English language ability. This must be completed within 4 days from the date you submit your application form. Your application will not be complete until you complete the test.
 
STAGE II: THE PHONE INTERVIEW

After we have reviewed your application form and completed AMCAT test, we may have some additional questions for you. If so, you will be invited to attend a 30-minute phone interview with one of our team members. Here we will ask follow-up questions to gain further information that will be helpful in our evaluation.
 
STAGE III: THE ASSESSMENT CENTRE

If successful in your application, you will be invited to the final stage of our selection process - an in-person Assessment Centre. Here, you will teach a 5-minute lesson, take part in a group discussion and complete a short problem-solving activity. You will also have an hour-long personal interview with one of our staff members. If you are based abroad and cannot attend one of our in-person Assessment Centres, we will conduct your interview and relevant activities over Skype.

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