The generation we live in, is the 'out of the box' generation. Right from the gadgets and career options to unique thinking and new ideas, today's youth dares to go beyond the orthodox. Owing to this change in the society, a number of fellowship programs have come into vogue off late. Every year, lakhs of aspirants apply to be a part of such programs. Apart from adding an entirely unique angle to your CV, such programs also give you a never before experience and help you understand a different aspect of the society.
If you are looking for one such program, here is a list that would help your search "“
Prime Minister Rural Development Fellowship (PMRDF)
One of the best known fellowship programs in the country, this fellowship attracts the best minds in the country year after year. The selected candidates are sent to 80-odd backward districts (majorly in the North East & Naxal hit areas) where they would have to assist the district collector with all the ongoing projects and their implementation. During the course of the fellowship, the fellows would also be enrolled in the distance learning M.Phil / M.Sc program by TISS. The fellows also get a hefty stipend during this two year fellowship.
Legislative Assistant to Member of Parliament (LAMP)
If you always had an interest in the Indian political system and wondered how it looks from the inside, this is just the perfect opportunity for you. As a part of the LAMP fellowship, you would act as a legislative assistant to a member of parliament for a period of 11 months. More than 40 fellows are inducted in this program every year. The work of the fellow includes researching the topics and information which the MP is seeking. Throughout this 11 month period, the fellows need to come up with researched information for the MP to debate in the parliament.
Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship
This two year fellowship program requires the fellows to be placed in under developed districts across the country and look after the different development projects initiated in the district. Offering a monthly stipend of Rs 27,000, this fellowship places the fellows in Karnataka (North East Karnataka & Mandya), Rajasthan (Barmer, Sirohi, Tonk & Rajsamand), Chhatisgarh (Dhamtari), Uttrakhand (Uttarkashi, Udham Singh Nagar & Almora) and Puducherry.
Teach for India fellowship
If you are looking to work with an NGO which is related to education, then Teach For India fellowship is a great option for you. This two year fellowship program places the fellows as full time teachers in low income schools (Government & private) in 6 metros across the country. The fellows can choose their city among the 6 available options, viz. Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. Before going into the classroom you would be given an adequate training and the required resources. The fellows are also offered a fixed monthly stipend along with housing rent allowance.