Is there any domain from which you are looking for applications?
We welcome applicants from diverse fields. Social Development requires a multi-displinary approach for impact, and we are looking forward to building a diverse cohort of fellows for peer learning.
What are the academic qualifications needed for the fellowship? Is there a eligibility criteria?
The criteria of eligibility to apply for the Sewa Fellowship are:
- Indicative Age: 21-30 years
- Must have some volunteer experience with community
- Minimum 1 year of equivalent work experience
There is no specific academic qualification requirement
for the fellowship.
Will fellows get paid during the fellowship?
Yes. Yes. The support for the fellowship would be three forms. One, ₹20,000 per month during the entire period of grassroots work as stipend. Two, Around ₹1.75 Lakhs as a grant amount on the successful completion of the fellowship. Three, the accommodation and food would be taken care by their respective host organizations during the fellowship. Apart from this, there would be an additional investment on the trainings in the form of courses, reflective activities, immersive programs, and hands-on workshops.
Is there an age limit for fellowship application?
Yes. the fellows must be between the age group of 21-30 years. However, exceptional candidates are welcomed.
What is the total time commitment required for the fellowship?
The fellows will be serving for 100 weeks, i.e. around 2 years with partner
organisations. We are looking for candidates who are looking for a long-term commitment to social development, with a temperament to serve the nation.
What is the curriculum like?
The curriculum will deeply rooted in a doer’s perspective of social development in the grassroots. The entire structure is based on three pillars i.e. knowledge, skill, and will-power of the individual. The fellows would undergo 300 hours of curriculum in each year, from residential bootcamps, retreat camps, and online lectures. This is over an beyond the learning experiences that would happen while working on the ground.
The curriculum is an outcome of a deep reflection on India’s current and future needs, and the preparedness needed to fulfill the same. The curriculum is built with extensive consultations with grassroots leaders, domain experts, and senior academicians. Elaborated curriculum is also available on the fellowship homepage.
What’s the selection process?
There are two formats to apply:
- Direct sign-up by the applicant.
- Nomination by his/her senior. This can be a reporting manager, professor, teacher, guru, colleague or a mentor.
This would be followed by a application form, and a statement of purpose.
The next stage of the selection involves some activities that the fellow would need to undertake in his/her own location/geography, followed by a telephonic conversation.
The next stage involves an in-person interaction with some group activities.
The activities in both stages are designed to fulfill three purposes: fun-filled learnings, understand the on-ground nature of the fellows, and provide an immersive perspective of the fellowship and the aspiring fellow.
What are the application deadlines?
The applications are being accepted and processed on a rolling basis. So, the earlier you apply, greater are the chances to get selected. However, the deadline for first round of applications is 16th April, 2023.
What’s after the Sewa Fellowship?
The entire fellowship program is designed in a way to empower the fellows to take up complex challenges, and build solutions for them in their journey of serving our nation.
In the fellowship journey, the fellows would getting trained for hundreds of hours, would interact with 80+ senior leaders from 30+ organizations, and gain meaningful hands-on skills. With the extensive curriculum, enriching grassroots experiences, and expert mentorship, the fellows will be ready to join organisations for social change or this journey would empower them enough to take initiative on their own.
With the fellowship, we aim to build a community of young, bright minds who share a common vision for the nation and the world. The commitment to support the fellows goes much beyond the 2 years, and expands to the entire impact journey of the fellows. We understand this is a lifetime of togetherness in the mission of nation building, beginning with 2 years of the fellowship.
When will the fellowship program begin?
The first cohort will begin it’s journey with a 2-week residential training in the beginning of August.
Is there a calendar for the entire fellowship period?
Yes. The entire fellowship program is structured to maximize learning for the fellows. Here are some key elements:
- Social BootCamp: We begin the program with a 2-week residential bootcamp to provide a landscape view of the social sector, train them on key skills needed, and build perspective on development and grassroots change.
- Grassroots Work: Each fellow would have a dedicated project to serve a community. This can be in any domain of development, like education, health, livelihoods etc, based on the available projects and interests of the fellow.
- Immersive Programs: Every 3-4 months, the fellows would join an immersive program with a senior social leader to deepen their understanding of society, nation and the world.
- Digital Sessions: Every month, the fellows would have 5-6 sessions in the form of courses, peer activities, mentor sessions, and reflective exercises.
I am preparing for some competitive exams. Can I join the fellowship, and continue my preparations in the evening.
The fellowship isn’t about the physical time commitment to the program, but being mentally available to go through a transformative journey of building self-awareness, exploring purposiveness and deepening passion towards serving our nation.
It would be ideal to apply for the fellowship, if you are 100% available for the transformative journey called Sewa Fellowship.
A certificate be awarded at the end of the fellowship?
Yes, a certificate will be awarded (around July 2025 for the current applications) at the successful completion of the 2 years of the fellowship.
When results for the application for Phase-1 will be announced?
The results of Phase-I applications would be declared by 30th April for their first round. Please keep your eyes on the webpage for more details and announcements.
Why are the essays important?
The essays are your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your interest in Sewa Fellowship. As they are extended answers with an upper word limit of 600 words and 300 words, you will be able to use them as an opportunity to demonstrate to us in detail your journey, and why you are a strong candidate for the Fellowship. Therefore, spend time developing your understanding of fellowship.
Inspite of registration/submission, why have I not received an acknowledgement email yet?
We are sure our system is completely compatible with email services such as Gmail and Yahoo. However, there are certain email services which are highly restrictive. Hence, it could be the case that the email we sent did not get delivered to you.
Also, please check your Spam/Junk folder to ensure the email has not gotten delivered there. If you have still not received the email, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you within 48 hours.
Who is an ideal fellow for the Sewa Fellowship?
An ideal fellow persona would include three elements:
- Passion to serve: The fellow aspirant should have a deep inner desire to go beyond the self in the pursuit of service. The fellow aspirant should be passionate towards social development.
- Purposiveness: The fellow aspirant should have a deep belief in the havingof a reason for their lives. An ideal fellow would be an optimist/realist who realizes that life has a purpose, and he/she must live their lives in order to find/fulfill it.
- Self Awareness: An ideal fellow would have a reflective mind for delving deeper into one’s own mind and heart.
We are looking for young, bright minds who would want to live a life dedicated to
What kind of projects will the fellows undertake in the two years of journey?
Each fellow would be assigned a community, and a project to work for the first year of the fellowship. These projects would be part of the partner organizations work in the area, and would vary from health, education, livelihoods, social businesses, tribal development etc. A tentative list of projects is mentioned on the fellowship homepage.
Which organizations would the fellows be working with?
We are working with some of the leading non-profits of India, to build the fellowship, and to act as the host organization for the fellows. This is a wide list of 30+ organizations, from 18+ states of India, who have served for years and decades on the ground.
The selection of the host organizations has been based on four factors: service mindset in the organizational culture, appetite for social impact, availability of mentor, depth of ground work, and geographic/project diversity. We would be able to share the list of organizations in the second round of the fellowship.