India Fellow is an 18-month leadership program for young professionals from various walks of life, willing to live and work alongside remote and marginalized communities. In the process, find their own leadership potential to bring change.
In the last 12 years, 221 fellows from varied academic and professional background, have led powerful social impact projects across the country. Fellows have been solving complex problems using frameworks in project management, organisational development, human centered design, systems practice, technology, strategic communication and policy action.
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Young people have tremendous potential to bring change. In order to channelize such passion, we need to invest in these young leaders and provide them with opportunities to get exposed to India’s social development challenges. We also give them the space to explore their role within it so that they can approach the future with the passion and purpose they need to make an impact on our world.
To be a socially conscious leader, a young person will also need to develop some life skills and imbibe some fundamental values that will help take their determination for social change forward. The various components of the fellowship experience are designed keeping this in purview.
India Fellow has the following four major aspects:
1] Working with Communities: India Fellows spend most of their time working at grassroots with leading social organizations committed to bring positive change. This can be anywhere across the country. The fellow is expected to live in their work area, typically a rural or a peri-urban setup, and understand the complexities at that level.
2] Training: India Fellow has 45 days of residential training, spread across the duration of 18 months. This is divided into 3 parts of 15 days each at the start, middle and end of the journey. The India Fellow pedagogy is unique; it engages a strong collective of various leaders, academicians, social scientists and practitioners. Trainings are in locations like Udaipur, Delhi, Kutch, Himalayan belt, Sundarbans etc.
3] Constant engagement: Throughout the duration, fellows document their observations, experiences and insights; engage in intense blended learning modules, group online courses for certification and fundraising to build a holistic understanding of development and gain crucial skill sets.
4] Mentor-ship: Every fellow is exposed to a pool of mentors, who are experts with deep experience in their domain. Along with that, the fellowship ecosystem consists of facilitators, alumni and experienced professionals who are available to interact with the fellows to enrich their experience.