Have you ever wished to do something different than the traditional careers? Are you looking for an opportunity to test out a field you’ve always wanted to explore but never got a chance to? A fellowship might be the answer to your queries. They offer you a space wherein you could learn and work at the same time.
Fellowship programmes can be a fantastic opportunity to understand some ground realities and to start a professional journey without making any hasty long term commitments. They also bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application.
Some of the best fellowship programmes available in India are:
1. Vedica Scholars
The Vedica Scholars Programme for Women is a unique alternative to the traditional MBA programme. The Programme’s mission is to prepare women with potential to achieve fulfilling careers and create a cadre of successful women professionals for the 21st century.
It is an 18-month full-time, residential programme with a re-imagined multi-disciplinary curriculum that has been carefully crafted to the expectations of employers today.
The programme is a combination of classroom learning, hands-on work experience, and mentoring and coaching by some of the most inspiring academics and professionals of our times.
A professional certificate in Management Practice and Leadership is awarded on the successful completion of the programme.
2. Young India Fellowship
The Young India Fellowship (YIF) is a one-year multidisciplinary postgraduate diploma programme in Liberal Studies.
The fellowship brings together a group of 300 bright young individuals who show exceptional intellectual ability and leadership potential from across the country, and trains them to become socially committed agents of change.
YIF exposes them to a diverse set of subjects and perspectives, delivered by some of the finest teachers and practitioners from India and around the world.
The aim is to help the fellows become well-rounded individuals who are able to think critically from multiple perspectives, communicate effectively and become leaders with a commitment to public service.
3. India Fellow Leadership Programme
The India Fellow Leadership Program seeks to train and empower the next generation of leaders in India.
The fellowship is for 13 months and includes training, working and mentoring components. The fellow will participate in several workshops that build leadership and problem solving skills.
Fellows work with a grassroots organization brainstorming ideas and helping the organization grow.
The fellowship programme includes 4 prime pieces, training, mentorship, reflections and hands-on work experience with a grassroots organization working on social issues.
4. Naropa Fellowship
Naropa Fellowship is a one-year, fully residential, post-graduate, academic programme founded by His Eminence Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche and Dr Pramath Raj Sinha, the founding dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.
The fellowship focuses on creating and nurturing agents of change who will work towards building a sustainable socio-economic environment in Ladakh and the greater Himalayas. It seeks to foster entrepreneurship, retain local talent while preserving the cultural heritage of the region.
The fellowship is designed to address the rising challenges of unemployment, lack of training and professional skills, and gradual cultural erosion in Ladakhi and the Himalayan societies.
The Naropa campus is located at Hemis, a beautiful village in Leh.
5. Gandhi Fellowship Programme
The Gandhi Fellowship is an intensive rural residential program that is helping young people for the last 11 years to develop the leadership skills necessary for bringing a change in the society.
They help the school staff to make changes and improve the condition of the school and education, they also help them in converting their ideas into reality.
During the fellowship, every fellow is assigned five schools each.
6. Legislative Assistant to members of parliament (LAMP)
The 11-month LAMP fellowship programme is one of the most prestigious fellowships in India, where young people are mentored by the members of parliament.
In the past nine years, the fellowship begins in the Monsoon Session till the budget session, which helps the fellows to get exposed to various parliamentary affairs and provide the members with extensive research support.