Applications are invited for 2-Year Gandhi Fellowship 2022-24. Online applications are open on the official website.
About Gandhi Fellowship
Gandhi Fellowship is an intensive, experiential, 2-year residential professional program in Transformational Leadership that helps talented young people learn all the necessary soft skills to sustain in the 21st century.
Founded in 2008, Gandhi Fellowship started with 11 fellows in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. The aim was to create young change leaders across the country to drive positive transformation at all levels by reforming the system of public education.
The fellowship aims to measure the holistic development and growth of each fellow. The fellowship curriculum works towards the building and strengthening of every fellow’s leadership.
The fellowship is built around the following processes:
- Leadership Curriculum
- Monthly Workshops
- Boot Camps
- Kaun Banega The New Millionaire (K.B.T.N.M)
- Learning Journey
- Field Support
- Community Immersion
- Classroom Immersion
- Government System Immersion
The curriculum is also subject to modification based on the varying needs of the community we engage with and the fellows.
- Age group 18-26 years
- Achiever in Academics and Extracurricular activities (Sports, NCC, NSS, voluntary work, performing arts, debate, literature etc)
- Sensitive towards the pressing problems of the nation
- Graduate and Post Graduate from any of the diverse streams: Engineering, Applied and Pure Science, Commerce, Management, Humanities and Liberal Arts, Social Work, Psychology and Behavioural Science, Mathematics, Journalism and Mass Communication, Education, Law etc.
Interested candidates can apply online via this page.
A unique grant system encapsulates the philosophy of encouraging and supporting the youth to take risks and build entrepreneurial skills. Gandhi Fellowship provides a stipend of Rs 14,000 (taxable), a fixed monthly phone allowance of Rs 600 (taxable) and rent-free accommodation, transport and other allowances as applicable based on the need to support the fruition of ideas of the fellows post-fellowship. The basic grant of Rs 14,000 is divided into:
- Basic monthly sustenance of Rs 7000 (pre-tax) and
- Interest-free reserve amount of Rs 1,61,000 cumulated from the remaining Rs 7000
The cumulative reserve amount will be paid at the end of the term and the successful completion of the fellowship after a period of 23 months. This cumulative grant supports the Gandhi Fellowship graduates to kickstart their choices of a social enterprise individually or collaboratively with other fellows, international learning exposure or specialized higher studies in line with their aspirations.
Gandhi Fellowship operates across 14 states in India: Delhi, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Uttarakhand.
Their major role is to get a first-hand experience of the classroom to understand the various aspects of teaching and learn about our ultimate stakeholder: the child.
Over the 2 years of the fellowship, a fellow will consult the headmasters, teachers and other government officials to build their capacity as a leader, overcome school-related challenges- organizing an ideal morning assembly, increasing student enrolment, improving the mid-day meal system, the kitchen garden, library, organizing School Management Committee (SMC), mobilizing community participation and improving the quality of student learning.
Fellows also work with district officials to transform schools by developing people, processes and data management system, and work with state-level officials to impact systems that equip sustainable changes.
By working on a social change problem, the fellows build themselves while building the nation. In doing so, they will understand change leadership at a deep level, and a system design thinking process that they can apply to any social problem they want to solve. The fellowship is designed to help the fellows develop leadership competencies.
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