Nook Fellowship Programme 2021 by Dhun, Jaipur and Project Defy [18 Months; Stipend Rs 20k]: Apply by Dec 5: Expired

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Dhun Nook is inviting applications from eligible candidates for its Nook Fellowship Programme.


The ‘modern’ education system is outdated. Schools and colleges don’t enable their students to create their own meaningful lives according to individual needs and interests, dreams and aspirations.

They don’t help us to think out of the box, to develop creative and innovative skills, or to come up with new solutions for the many existing and ever newly emerging challenges and issues we are facing on the local, national and global levels.

Join a global team as Nook Fellow Dhun Life, Chak Gulabpura, 30 km from Jaipur, Rajasthan.

About Dhun

Dhun aspires to create a 500-acre neighbourhood in suburban Jaipur, that comprises living, working, learning and recreational spaces. It is a new foundation to fully realise what is possible in the realm of living development practices.

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It aims to reimagine and redesign systems related to education, workplace, commerce, and recreation in order to build a living environment that provides people with the freedom, inspiration, and resources to discover and develop their own potential.

About the Nook Fellowship

Nooks are ‘schools without teachers’ in marginalized communities that provide everyone with free access to technology, tools, resources, and information to design and pursue their own education.

Dhun, Jaipur, an ecologically driven community is actively looking for their ‘Nook fellow‘ to run their maker space in collaboration with Project defy.

To apply and work with Dhun as a Nook fellow, the candidate must be a self-driven young adult with a tinkering mindset and a zeal to explore projects with kids. A good understanding of tools, materials, and a sustainable vision shall put you ahead in the line.

The selected candidate will have an opportunity to live in a 530-acre massive land bank amidst trees, grasses, water bodies, and birds.  Food and stay shall be sponsored with a monthly salary as per industry standards.

Responsibilities of the Fellows

  • Coordinate the set-up of the Nook in cooperation with the hopper (where applicable)
  • Keep the Nook open in the set hours
  • Ensure the Nook is clean and safe
  • Maintain equipment and keep inventory
  • Ensure every learner gets equal and ample access to the Nook
  • Co-create a safe, inclusive, and open learning space together with the learners
  • Facilitate activities and sessions to help building a community of learners in the Nook (games, field trips and excursions, sports events, movie nights, team-building activities, …)
  • Create a monthly budget for equipment, materials and other monetary requirements, and send to the DEFY Ops team
  • Receive funds and make purchase according the monthly budget
  • Conduct the induction program at the nook every three months
  • Conduct goal-setting sessions and monitor and assist with progress of learners in achieving their individual learning goals throughout
  • Conduct outreach to engage more new learners from the community
  • Conduct periodic workshops and community events, including internal and external review sessions after each goal cycle
  • Organise internal events such as workshops, skill sessions, or new experiences relevant to the Nook and its learners by inviting outside guests and creating a network of outside facilitators
  • Fill Data sheet and Goal sheet and assist with conducting surveys and other forms of research for impact assessment
  • Assist Project DEFY team in any operations, communications and impact-related work
  • Create social media and blog posts from nook
  • Collect profile and other information about the learners
  • Participate in the Nook Forum
  • Receive guests and any stakeholders who come to visit the Nook and tell them about it
  • Successfully complete the training programme
  • Write and share reports on external training visits
  • Recruit and train a local, community-based Nook Fellow to take over once the Nook Fellow leaves after 18 months


  • Be curious, open and willing to learn about it and excited to practice it together with the local community.
  • Self-confident, expressive and communicative individuals between 21 and 30 years old who have the commitment to live and grow with a local community.
  • Rather than a mere job, you see the fellowship as a community experience and a way to solve a community problem as
    well as work towards substantial change in the education landscape.
  • You should be interested in project-based and self-designed learning and have a hands-on attitude to learn with the Nook Community and support Learners in their various projects.
  • MS Office skills and basic computer skills are a must, and some experience with self-designed learning projects or any forms of alternative education are an added advantage (but no must!).

Fellowship Allowance

Fellowship allowance of Rs 20,000/month (With accommodation, food and energy bills covered)


Dhun Life, Chak Gulabpura, 30 kms from Jaipur, Rajasthan

How to Apply?

  • Interested applicants can apply for the fellowship through this link.
  • Only those candidates who have been shortlisted for the first round will be written back to, if you do not get an email by December 10, it means you have not made it through.
  • The shortlisted candidates will go through 3 rounds of selection process:
    • First round of interview with DEFY team
    • Maker Task
    • Final round of interview with DEFY and Dhun team

Application Deadline

Dec 5, 2021

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