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Top 5 fellowships for students in India

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:33 IST

We often complain about the social issues ailing our country but how many times do we try to do something about it? Other than criticising the administrative flaws in our government, you can actually contribute towards making a difference in the society.

There are a number of fellowships available in the country which provide you an opportunity to be that 'active change maker' and work under challenging situations. Here are the top seven most rigorous yet sought after fellowships in the country which you need to apply for right now.

Young India Fellowship
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The Young India Fellowship (YIF) is a one-year multidisciplinary postgraduate diploma programme in Liberal Studies.

The Fellowship brings together a group of 225 young men and women who show exceptional intellectual ability and leadership potential from across the country, and trains them to become socially committed agents of change.

Students from all disciplines: engineers, designers, commerce graduates or literature enthusiasts can apply for the fellowship. Click here for more details.

Teach for India Fellowship
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Teach For India is a part of 'Teach for All' global network. The Teach For India Fellowship program is a two-year full-time paid commitment in which the most promising graduates and professionals are placed as full-time teachers in under-resourced and low-income schools.

The Fellowship program is rigorous, challenging and provides fellows an opportunity to transform the lives of the children under their care. Students and professionals with a bachelor's degree at the time of joining the fellowship are eligible to apply.

Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship

The LAMP fellowship allows you to have a high-impact engagement with the policy-making process at a national level by placing one legislative assistant to work with one Member of Parliament.

The LAMP fellows are engaged full-time for eleven months to work with the assigned MP from the beginning of the Monsoon Session to the end of the Budget Session of Parliament. Throughout the eleven months, the fellow works closely with the MP, providing extensive research support for his/her parliamentary work.

So if you really want to make a difference at the grass root level, you can apply here.

Gandhi Fellowship

If you want to slug it out in rural areas, Gandhi Fellowship might be your best option.

The Fellowship is an intensive two-year rural residential program that helps young people develop their leadership skills.

The Fellowship challenges these young people to support primary school headmasters to transform their schools. During the two years of the Fellowship, the fellows are assigned five schools each and he/she have to bring about a significant transformation in these schools. Here is how you can apply.

Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship Program
Azim Premji Fellowship

During the two-year full-time program, a fellow gets to understand and experience the realities of rural government schools. The fellowship involves a five-week classroom module to strengthen conceptual understanding of education and development issues, 22 months of intense field engagement at the grass roots level in the district institutes of the foundation and working on a live project that has a significant purpose of improving quality at practice level.

Click here for application.

First published: 1 February 2016, 10:52 IST