Getting a fellowship is not an easy task. There are many rounds which one needs to clear such as interview/selection so as to be granted a fellowship. In India, there are many organisations which offer fellowships to students.
Fellowship and Eligibility:
- 1. Young India Fellowship
- Aim: This fellowship main aim is to groom and produce future leaders of tomorrow. Eligibility: Candidates from arts, commerce or science background can apply for this programme. Normally there is no requirement of any education background.
- 2. Teach for India Fellowship
- Aim: To provide help to graduates and other professionals work as full-time teachers at low income schools as well as educational institutes which do not have enough resources.
- Duration: The Teach for India Fellowship is a two-year, full-time paid programme.
- Applications for the Teach for India Fellowship open in July for the programme starting the next year.
- Eligibility: Students and professionals with a Bachelor’s degree from recognized university can apply. Applicants need to be either of Indian citizenship or of Indian origin. There is no age limit to apply for students.
- 3. Asoka Fellowship
- Aim: For social entrepreneurs who want some financial aid to formulate and devise innovative solutions to social problems, and thereafter, bring change in the society. At present more than 350 fellows are working in diverse fields under this fellowship.
- Selection criteria: Candidates are selected and evaluated on the following basis-
- New idea
- Social impact
- Entrepreneurial quality
- Ethics and motivation
- Selection process: Candidates go through a four step :
- Interview is conducted wherein candidates are interviewed extensively.
- Second opinion Interview is conducted by a reviewer from outside India.
- National Panel consisting of three leading social /business entrepreneurs acts as a peer-to-peer review process.
- To write the candidate’s profile Executive Board Review round is conducted where Ashoka Venture Staff and Second Opinion Interviewer collaborate.
- 4. The New India Fellowship
- The duration of the fellowships is twelve months.
- Candidates are informed about the New India Fellowship through advertisements released in leading journals.
- Only shortlisted candidates are called for an interview.
- Only Indian nationals can apply for this fellowship.
- Fellowship holders have to write original books.
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) offers various fellowships to students/professionals which are as follows:
UGC Junior Research Fellowship
- Junior Research Fellowship can get through the National Eligibility Test conducted by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
- The value of the fellowship is Rs 8,000 per month for the first two years and for the next two years it is Rs 9,000 per month.
- A contingency grant of Rs 10,000 per annum for the first two years and Rs 20,500 per annum for the next two years is also available.
Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowships
- This fellowship is for reserve categories to get admitted in M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes. Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship awarded by the UGC.
- The Fellowship offers Rs 8,000 for the initial two years and Rs 9,000 for the remaining three years.
School of Rural Development Fellowship
The School of Rural Development provides three M.Phil and two Ph.D. fellowships amounting up to Rs. 5,000 per month.