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Top 10 postgraduate fellowships in Public Policy in India

Saikat Chakraborty
Saikat Chakraborty
Posted on 24 Oct 2021
16:10 PM

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Summary
These fellowships provide experiential learning and training to be changemakers
Most public policy fellowships offer a stipend

Want to make a difference at the grassroots level? Then getting some hands-on experience would be a great first step. Here are the top 10 postgraduate fellowships that offer the opportunity to work in fields like rural education, scientific research, planning and community work.

Gandhi Fellowship

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  • Run by: Piramal School of Leadership (PSL) and Kaivalya Education Foundation (KEF).
  • What the fellowship is about: Improving the overall standard of rural school education in India.
  • Duration: It’s a 2-year residential programme where fellows work closely with rural communities to usher in large-scale social changes.
  • Eligibility: You need to be under 26 years with a BA or BSc degree in any discipline. You may also be in the final year of your graduate programme.
  • Stipend: Rs 14,000 per month.

For more details, click here.

Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship

  • Run by: PRS Legislative Research, an independent institute for legislative, public policy and budget research support to MPs.
  • What the fellowship is about: Provides an opportunity to be a part of research work in law and public policy under the mentorship of an MP.
  • Duration: You’ll work for 11 months, from the beginning of the Monsoon session of Parliament to the end of the Budget session the following year.
  • Eligibility: You need to be 25 years old or below and hold a BA or BSc degree in any discipline.
  • Stipend: Rs 20,000 per month.

For more details, click here.

Young India Fellowship

  • Run by: Ashoka University.
  • What the fellowship is about: Promoting experiential learning through various real-world projects from diverse sectors.
  • Duration: It’s a 1-year residential PG diploma programme in liberal studies.
  • Eligibility: You need to be 28 years old or younger and must have a BA or BSc degree in any discipline.
  • Stipend: None. Since it is a PG diploma programme, you’ll need to bear your tuition and hostel fees.

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Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship

  • Run by: The Ministry of Education offers this fellowship through IITs, IISERs, IISc Bengaluru, and some central universities like BHU, NIT Tiruchirappalli and JNU.
  • What the fellowship is about: Improving the quality of scientific research in higher educational institutions across the country.
  • Duration: Four years for a student from integrated courses (BTech+MTech) and 5 years for a BTech student.
  • Eligibility: This is only for students of science. You need at least 8 CGPA to apply for this fellowship. If you have a lower score in degree programmes, you can apply through GATE.
  • Stipend: Rs 70,000 per month for the first 2 years, Rs. 75,000 per month in the third year, and Rs 80,000 per month in the fourth and fifth years. In addition, there will be a grant of Rs 2 lakh per year during your tenure for travel and research contingency expenses.

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Chief Minister’s Good Governance Associates Programme

  • Run by: The government of Haryana and Ashoka University, to improve governance in the state and make a mass impact on ground.
  • What the fellowship is about: Providing rigorous training to students in the fields of education, women’s safety, health and sanitation, higher education and e-governance.
  • Duration: 1 year.
  • Eligibility: You need one year’s work experience after graduation. Also, you can’t be more than 28 years old. Any Indian citizen can apply.
  • Stipend: Rs 50,000 per month.

For more details, click here.

District Development Fellowship

  • Run by: Ashoka University, in association with the Punjab government.
  • What the fellowship is about: Enabling young professionals to work on strategic planning, training, capacity-building and ground-level implementation of interventions. All these are activated through research work and documentation of the initiatives of the Punjab state government.
  • Duration: 1 year.
  • Eligibility: You need an MA or MSc degree and 2 years of work experience or at least 3 years of work experience after graduation. Also, you must not be more than 30 years old.
  • Stipend: Rs 8 lakh annually.

For more details, click here.

Teach for India Fellowship (TIF)

  • Run by: Teach for India, an NGO that aims to eliminate education inequality across the country.
  • What the fellowship is about: Providing quality education to underprivileged children. Teach for India is a very popular fellowship and many youngsters take a gap year after their graduation to teach children in under-resourced government schools across the country.
  • Duration: It’s a 2-year fellowship programme with extensive training sessions.
  • Eligibility: You need a BA or BSc degree. There is no age limit for applying.
  • Stipend: Rs 20,412 per month.

For more details, click here.

India Fellow Programme (IFP)

  • Run by: India Fellow, a non-profit platform of social entrepreneurs.
  • What the fellowship is about: Providing training to and mentoring of young Indians. This involves working full-time with a host organisation to create social awareness in rural areas.
  • Duration: 18 months.
  • Eligibility: You can’t be more than 28 years old. And you’ll need a BA or BSc degree.
  • Stipend: Rs 16,000 per month for work in rural areas and Rs 20,000 for metro cities.

For more details, click here.

Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship (APFF)

  • Run by: Azim Premji Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that works in the elementary education system in rural government schools.
  • What the fellowship is about: Providing free education to children from poor backgrounds to improve the standard of education at the block level.
  • Duration: 1 year.
  • Eligibility: You should not be more than 35 years old. You need 4–10 years of teaching experience and a postgraduate degree in any discipline.
  • Stipend: Rs 37,000 per month.

For more details, click here.

SBI Youth For India (SBI YFI)

  • Run by: State Bank of India.
  • What the fellowship is about: Closely interacting and engaging with grassroots communities. The fellows work with NGOs in rural developmental and educational projects.
  • Duration: 13 months.
  • Eligibility: You need to be between 21 and 32 years with a BA or BSc degree in any discipline.
  • Stipend: Rs 15,000 per month along with a readjustment allowance of Rs 50,000 if you successfully complete the fellowship programme.

For more details, click here.

Last updated on 24 Oct 2021
18:18 PM
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