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Villgro Fellowship 2015

Deadline: 20-Apr-2015

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AwardStipend, Accommodation, Travel, Learning Opportunity
Eligibility3 to 7 years Experience Young Professioanls
Scholarship provider contact details

Head Office:

3rd Floor, IIT Madras Research Park, Kanagam Road, Taramani,
(Behind Tidel Park, on Old Mahabalipuram Road),
Chennai - 600113.
+91-44- 66630400

Bangalore: 638, 7th Cross, 11th Main, Indirananagar, Bangalore - 560008


Do you want to be a catalyst for change? Do you want to use your skills to help others? Do you want to build businesses for the poor?

The Villgro Fellowship gives you a unique opportunity to get started. We are looking for skilled professionals to work closely with social entrepreneurs who are building businesses for the poor. The Fellowship allows you to immerse yourself in a social enterprise and go through a leadership training program that exposes you to thought leaders, entrepreneurs and academics in the field to support your professional and personal growth.

How does a Fellow contribute to a social enterprise?

Social entrepreneurs use the power of innovative ideas - such as bee-keeping that increases farm yield or cost-effective anaemia testing machines that prevent maternal mortality - to change the world for the better. These social enterprises often face a shortage of talent in important areas like business development, product design, operations, finance, marketing among others.

After a month of training and induction, the Villgro Fellow will join one of Villgro's portfolio companies as a team member. You will work directly with the entrepreneur, get immersed in the day-to-day activities of building the business and gain first-hand exposure on addressing the needs of the poor.


Through our application and interview process, we assess our applicants' attributes and qualities.

Here is what we look for in our Fellows:

  • Work experience of at least three years in one or more of these functional areas: business development, sales, operations, finance, product design, marketing.
  • Passion and commitment to apply skills and knowledge to create social impact.
  • Curiosity to explore and understand social enterprise.
  • Experience with leadership and management functions.

How to apply?

The selection process for the Villgro Fellowship is highly competitive. Our Fellows come from diverse backgrounds but share a passion to apply their expertise to create social change.

Applicants progress through three application stages with eliminations after each phase. By the end of the selection process, we aim to select 10 Fellows. The 2015 Villgro Fellows will begin their Fellowship in July 2015 and continue until June 2016.

Step 1: Submit the application online

You can apply to the Villgro Fellowship through our online application. Our application form asks you to provide your personal information and a short background summary, and three references. To understand you better, we ask you to provide answers to some essay questions that will help you showcase your strengths, passion and commitment to the programme as well as your weaknesses.

At this stage, we ask you to indicate your interests in different sectors that Villgro's entrepreneurs work in. We also ask you to specify your work experience and functional expertise.

Please note that you will be able to log in and save your application at every stage. We do not accept offline applications.

Step 2: Telephone Interview

After reviewing your applications carefully, we will create our first shortlist. Roughly a quarter of applicants make it through to this stage.

All those shortlisted will be invited to a telephonic interview. This interview will help us understand you better and help us match you to a role that will suit your skills, interest and passion.

Step 3: Personal Interview

At this final stage, we will now shortlist applicants for specific roles and invite you to interview with us in person or via Skype. This interview will focus on the specific role you are being considered for. We will help you understand the role and the social enterprise and in turn assess your skills and abilities to fit into the role.

Step 4: References

We will have conversations with your referees to better understand your previous achievements and experience. Please make sure you list referees who know you well and whose contact details have been verified. We require both email addresses and telephone/mobile contact details of your references.

Step 5: Final Selection and Offer letters

Based on the above assessment, we will select the Fellowship cohort 2015.

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What the Fellowship offers you

  • An opportunity to work closely with a social entrepreneur and learn how to build a business to address the needs of the poor.
  • A year round leadership development program where you engage with leading experts and thought leaders
  • A stipend of Rs. 25000
  • A Mentor from within Villgro’s network to support your professional growth
  • Access to some of the premier social enterprise conferences in India
  • A community of like-minded Fellows and social entrepreneurs, including the Villgro Fellows network of 43 alumni working all over the world

Important Dates:

  • March 4, 2015: Applications open
  • April 12, 2015: Applications close
  • April 16, 2015: First shortlist announced
  • May 5th, 2015: Second shortlist announced
  • May 14th, 2015: Final offers made
  • June 22, 2015: Villgro Fellows 2015-16 begin Induction



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