What is the first thing that comes in your mind when you hear the word “Fellowship”? Generally people associate this with a kind of work dedicated in the service of society. But over a period of time the term has taken various forms because the way “fellowship” programs are being offered. Generally the term fellowship is defined as a group of people or an organization with the same purpose.
This article is an attempt to enable aspiring people to be a part of such fellowship programs which not only helps in developing our society but also enable and equips future change agents to interact with likeminded people. The experience at fellowship is completely dependent on the quality of individual who are part of the fellowship as most of the essential learning comes primarily from peer learning. However, the motive for joining a fellowship might vary from person to person but primarily it depends upon the innate core value of an individual. For example, if a fellow who is interested in working in education sector in rural area, they might go for Gandhi Fellowship or Teach for India Fellowship while if someone is confused about what particular sector he/she wants to enter, they might opt for Young India Fellowship to decide upon a particular sector as it introduces you to plethora of fields.
Here is the list of some exciting fellowship and unique programs offered and if you are a fresh graduate, you should not be missing this. This will surely change the way you think and interpret anything that happens in your surroundings. You won’t be criticizing the policies and government for their ineffectiveness but you will be finding innovative and frugal ways to tackle the problem.
|LAMP fellowship||http://lamp.prsindia.org/thefellowship||11 months||Candidate must be below 25 years of age, i.e. born on or after January 1, 1992.||Policy research and assisting Memebr of Parliament. It provides an unique opportunity to fellows to work closely with MPs in not only in framing innovative new policies but also helps MPs with new ideas|
|Candidate must have at least a Bachelor’s degree in any academic discipline.|
|Only Indian citizens are eligible for the LAMP Fellowship.|
|Teach For India||http://www.teachforindia.org/||24 months||Candidate must have at least a Bachelor’s degree in any academic discipline.||Education/ Fellows works full time in a school and works as a teachers in under-resourced and low-income schools|
|Young India Fellowship||https://www.ashoka.edu.in/YIF||12 months||1. A recognised undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline||Post Graduate Diploma in Liberal Studies|
|2. Maximum of 28 years of age on 31st May, 2018||A year long residential learning Program focusing on liberal studies|
|3. Decent academic record and extra-curricular engagement|
|4. Decent written and verbal communication skills|
|William J Clinton Fellowship||http://aif.org/clinton-fellowship/||10 months||Candidate must have at least a Bachelor’s degree in any academic discipline.||Fellows work closely with leading NGOs and social enterprise to accelarate the impact|
|Gandhi Fellowship||http://gandhifellowship.org/||24 months||Candidate must have at least a Bachelor’s degree in any academic discipline.||Fellows assist teachers and identify when and where Headmasters (Principals) need extra support. Fellows interact and work with teachers, community members and education officials towards the goal of creating model schools.|
|ISDM||http://www.isdm.org.in/||12 months||Candidate must have at least a Bachelor’s degree in any academic discipline.||PGP-DL (Post graduate programme in development leadership, One of the best programs available for developing future leaders of tomorrow|
|Vedica Scholars Programme for Women||http://www.vedicascholars.com/||18 Months||Candidate must have at least a Bachelor’s degree in any academic discipline.||18 months full residential course delivered in 13-1 4 tearm and designed especially for women to turn them into a leader|
|Anant Fellowship||http://fellowship.anu.edu.in/||12 months||Open to students and working professionals from all fields, with preference to those with a background in Architecture, Design, Planning, Environmental Science and Engineering, Civil and Construction Engineering||A unique full-time post-graduate program designed as a year-long pluri-disciplinary, experiential immersion to introduce young, socially-committed practitioners and students to new knowledge and skills to question, evaluate, invent, and redefine our Built Environment|
|Candidates should have successfully completed their undergraduate degrees from recognised institutions with a sound academic and extra-curricular record|
|Open to both Indian and International Students.|
|Candidates should have successfully completed their undergraduate degrees from recognised institutions with a sound academic and extra-curricular record.|
This list is just a beginning of numerous impactful things that can be undertaken right after your graduation. It is just about being at the right place at right time and with right people. Please feel free to get in touch with any of the fellows from fellowship as they would be able to give genuine feedback about the experience that they had. It would help you in making an informed decision.
All the best!
The list is based upon the inputs from respective websites of the fellowship and readers are requested to see the exact eligibility requirement from respective website.