India is world's second most populous country, with more than 1.5 billion people. Almost half of this 1.5 billion are under the age of 26. Bearing this in mind, it is easy to understand the need to build promising young minds and create next-generation leaders, who can solve social problems around the globe!
For youngsters who are passionate about social work, there are many fellowship programmes offered by NGOs from all over India. Such fellowships offer experience and exposure to the core problems in domains like education, health, livelihood, and others.
Here we list the top 5 fellowship programs for Indian youngsters, that would equip them to be a part of social change and create social impact.
Teach for India (TFI) is a non-profit organization that invites the youth of India to participate in TFI fellowship program. This foundation is a part of Teach for All(TFA) global network. The vision of TFI is to end the educational inequality in India and provide an excellent education to all children.
The fellowship program offered by TFI is a two-year full-time fellowship program that aims to bring education equity. The selection procedure is a rigorous process where the selected candidates have to serve as full-time teachers to the underprivileged kids in the nation's most under-resourced schools. Such an environment propels growth outside comfort levels.
The Young India Fellowship (YIF) is a not-for-profit company launched in 2011 by the International Foundation for Research and Education (IFRE) in collaboration with University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Penn). Young Indians under the age of 29 with an undergraduate or postgraduate degree are eligible for the fellowship.
The programme aims to develop leaders for India in multi-disciplinary areas. YIF is also focused on improving the higher education system in India and strives to promote better expansive and engaging learning modules.
Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament (LAMP) fellowship is an opportunity in which the fellows are mentored by a Member of Parliament (MP) for 11-12 months. Here, the fellows need to support in extensive research work beginning from the Monsoon session to the end of the Budget session of Parliament.
The LAMP is a full-time fellowship and fellows will be based in Delhi during the fellowship period. After the post-fellowship, LAMP fellows have various opportunities to take admission in top universities and few of the best participants have a chance to receive an offer to continue with the assigned MP.
The William J. Clinton Fellowship for service in India is a 10-months volunteer service programme for young professionals. The fellows work with different development organizations focussing on scalable and sustainable development projects. They are exposed to many areas like education, livelihoods, technology and innovation, and public health.
Fellows serve on an annual basis from September to July with development organizations across India.
The Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellowship (PMRDF) is an initiative of the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) Government of India. The programme was launched in September 2011 with focus on improving lives of rural people and reducing poverty.
The candidates will be selected through All India Common Entrance Test (AICAT) followed by a written exam and personal interviews. These fellows would need to work two-years with the District Collectors of Integrated Action Plan (IAP) districts. After completion of the two-year programme - fellows are required to spend a year in the public sector as a paid full-time employee.