India Fellow 2019 Program engaging Youth in Nation Building

Deadline: 20 July 2019

India Fellow 2019 Program is now open for its next cohort starting 10th October 2019 with an objective to 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.

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  • This fellowship wants to give a chance to young people interested in exploring the development space, to be able to work in a way different from the life they have been leading until now, to discover who they are and what is their purpose, while they work at grassroots.
  • It hopes to create, in the end, socially conscious leaders who empathize and understand the diversity of challenges in the development space and in doing so, attempt to create holistic solutions.

Program Designs

The India Fellow program design has 4 prime pieces that fit into each other over the duration of 13 months.

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  1. Training & Workshops: The fellowship has approximately 8 weeks spread over the duration of overall 13 months where the fellows meet at a common point for training. This is divided into 3 parts:-
    • Induction (20 days) at the start
    • Midpoint (13 days) at the end of 6 months
    • Travel workshop (10 days) and Endpoint (4 days) at the end
  2. Work Assignment with Host Organization: The volume wise biggest chunk of the fellow life will be spent with a reputed, authentic and committed grassroots organization. This can be anywhere across the country on any thematic area.
    • The fellow will be living in their work area, a rural or an urban setup, and working closely with the organization’s team to understand the social framework and development approach. This powerful experience inculcates sensitivity, deeper understanding and consciousness for the fellow to look inward as well as towards issues India faces at large.
  3. Constant Engagement: While working intensively in the field areas, it becomes crucial to maintain a balance in action and reflection.
    • Throughout the year, fellows document their observations, experiences and insights in the form of monthly blogs and a detailed year-end essay. They engage in regular virtual learning modules, online courses and fundraising to build a holistic understanding of the sector and gaining crucial skill sets.
    • The fellows also stay in regular touch with the co-fellows and fellowship team over and above their host organization and the community, to peer learn from each other.
  4. Mentorship: Every fellow is exposed to a pool of mentors, both from the host organization as well as the fellowship. A mentor is an expert with huge experience in their domain, someone who will be a philosopher and a guide to the fellow in his/her journey.
    • Along with that, the fellowship ecosystem that consists of trainers, alumni, personnel from various host organizations and the program team are constantly available and interacting with the fellows to enrich the experience as friends and coaches. The mentorship piece helps the fellow build meaningful relationships and influential network for professional growth.


  • All costs and arrangements during the training (accommodation, food, resource persons, material costs etc.) is borne by the fellowship.
  • For the duration when the fellow works with the host organization, the organization pays them a stipend. To keep parity, this amount is as follows:-
    • If an organization provides for an accommodation (some organizations have their field offices and/or guest house where applicants can stay), the stipend is INR 13,000 per month.
    • If an organization does not provide for an accommodation, then the stipend is INR 16,000 per month.
    • For metropolitan areas of Mumbai and Delhi, the stipend is INR 13,000 and 20,000 respectively for with and without accommodation.

Note: The host organization supports the fellow with a monthly stipend of Rs. 16,000 INR for living expenses like accommodation, food and travel. The fellow in turn has to fund raise a total amount of 60,000 INR through the 13 months towards their training costs. This is done by the cohort as a collective action initiative with inputs and support from the fellowship team.

Eligibility Criteria

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To be eligible, applicants must ensure that they:

  • are between 21 to 28 years of age
  • are already a graduate (in any discipline) or will be by Oct 2019 before the fellowship begins
  • are an Indian citizen
  • are ready for a 13 month full time commitment to the fellowship
  • understand that this is not just a job and will expect they to be engaged 24X7 in the process with the community
  • understand that India Fellow program means they can be placed in any part of the country and in any thematic area

How to Apply

Applicants must fill an online application form via given website.

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Eligible Country: India

For more information, please visit this link.

  • Avatar NANMARAM NGO says:

    Is there any age relaxation for “Indian fellow 2019 program engaging Youth in nation building”.

    • Avatar Priyanka says:

      Dear Friend,

      To apply for this program, you must be between the age of 21 to 28 years.

      For more information on eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link given on the last line of the post.

      Good luck!

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