Feeling confused about what to do after your Bachelors? Do you feel like doing some volunteer work for a limited time? This post will cover some of the most prestigious short time fellowship programs. Read on.
Many of us feel a certain sense of unease during the final years of graduation. If you are from a technical background, then many of you may get enrolled in some internship programs or even get placements in the corporate sector.
But for students from a non-technical background, which are a big number, the last year of graduation is of confusion and unease. While most of them end up preparing for competitive exams like – Bank POs, SSC, Civils etc – there are some who do not want to be part of that line.
They want to do something different and still want to explore other avenues that exist beyond the mainstream career paths. This post caters to these people who want to work in the social sector.
In this post, we will talk about the various volunteer-fellowships programs in India that cater to social work. These are short term programs intended to instill a sense of leadership qualities among the youth of India.
These are some of the most prestigious fellowship programs out there and are highly competitive in nature. So, let’s get started!
Teach for India
Do you feel that there’s something wrong with the Indian education system? If yes, do you feel that you have some ideas to do things differently? Then this program is for you. Teach for India programme (TFI) is a 2-year program, which intends to give the brightest youth opportunities in the education sector.
In the program, you will serve as a teacher in some of the most under-resourced schools in India. And in the process of teaching in these classrooms, you will be working key stakeholders – principals, students, and the parents.
The fellows get to experience the ground realities of India’s education system and in the process cultivate skills and mindsets of leadership.
The program runs for 2 years and it has no age limit. There are 3 steps in the overall application process, which comprises of a test and an interview. There is a monthly stipend given to the fellows and it varies from city to city. The deadline for this year’s program is 24th March 2019.
Young India Fellowship
Next up, is a unique program which exclusively caters to those who want to become leaders and initiate social change. Young India Fellowship, funded by the Ashoka University, is a unique multi-disciplinary one-year Post-graduate diploma programme in liberal studies.
During the course of a year, the candidate is taught by some of the brightest minds in the world of academics. The fellowship brings around 300 young bright individuals, who have exceptional intellectual ability and leadership potential.
The course is fully funded and highly competitive. The age limit is 28 and a good academic record is desirable. The application process consists of tests for critical thinking, communication skills, and telephonic and personal interviews. The deadline for this year’s program is 30th March 2019
LAMP – Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament
If some of you want to experience the ground realities of how policy and lawmaking actually happens in India, then his fellowship program is for you. LAMP or Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament fellowship program is a unique chance for individuals to work along with MPs and experience the workings of the government at the ground level.
Successful individuals will be assigned to MPs for a duration of the given year. The program starts from the Monsoon session of Parliament till the end of the Budget Session. The main work of a LAMP fellow is to provide extensive research support to his/her MP for their parliamentary work.
So, if you are interested you will have to wait till the end of the year as this session’s deadline is gone. You will need to be a graduate degree and age limit is 25 years. It’s a funded program and you will get a monthly stipend.
Another fellowship program that aims to develop young leaders who are keen on bringing in a change in the society. Fellows facilitate the process of school change by working closely with the Principals engaged in the Principal Leadership Development Program (PLDP). They provide on-ground training and coach them in various aspects of pedagogy, institutional leadership, and administrative efficiency.
The fellowship is open to graduates and post-graduates across all disciplines. The age limit is 26 years old. The tenure of the fellowship varies but till 2 years maximum. This program also supports aspiring social entrepreneurs through special idea incubation, business mentorship, and start-up funding support up to Rs. 20 Lakh after fellowship. The last date for application for this year is 31st March 2019
Azim Premji Foundation
Another fellowship program that seeks to work in the education sector is by Azim Premji foundation which offers One-year full-time Fellowship programme. It provides opportunities to study issues in the education sector at the ground level.
Selected fellows will learn from through hands-on teaching experience, engaging in educational dialogues. They also learn by engaging in different activities which are designed to bring in change.
The age limit is 35 years. The candidates should either have a post-graduate degree (MBA, M.Sc., M.A.) or a professional degree (B.Tech., L.L.B.). He or she needs to be proficient in English and any of the local languages. The application cycle will open again by the month of September 2019.
Transforming India Initiative
As the name suggests, this fellowship program focuses on the challenges that India faces in today’s world. It is a two-year fellowship program that would help fellows establish enterprises that will tackle and solve the most pressing challenges faced by our country.
There is no age limit for this program. You will need to be a graduate in any stream. The application process will commence again at the end of this year around October end. So, those who are interested keep a lookout.
If your passion however lies on tackling the issues of poverty then this fellowship program might appeal you the most. Acumen Fellowship program aims to fight poverty and help improve millions of lives around the world.
This is a great opportunity for those who want to give back to society by helping the most who are in need. There are no specific academic requirements. Knowledge of English language is necessary. And there is also no age limit in this fellowship. Applications usually open in August, so those interested keep a lookout.
The William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India is an immersive, 10-month volunteer service program matching young professionals with development organizations. Fellows work on scalable and sustainable development projects in the fields of education, livelihoods, and public health.
The fellowship aims to shape the next generation of leaders committed to positive change and strengthening civil society associations both in US and India. Selected fellows serve on an annual basis from September 1st to July 2nd with various organizations across India.
The age limit is between 21-34 years. The candidates need to have a bachelors degree in any field. The next set of applications will commence in October 2019.
Another fellowship program that encourages social leadership among the youth is the India Fellow program. It is an experiential social leadership for young Indians, including full-time, for a year with a partner organization.
The host organizations are linked up to work on specific projects and fellows work along these projects. They learn together through peer learning and mentoring.
The age limit is 21-28 years of age. You need to be a graduate in any stream. The fellowship program is for 13 months’ time and each fellow will receive a monthly stipend.
So, here you are friends, some of the most prestigious fellowship programs running in India focusing on the social sector. These fellowship programs are excellent launchpads for your career and also help you realize your true calling.
So, what are you waiting for? Check these out and pursue what interests you. Till then cheers and keep exploring yourself with Brainpundits.