The Indian Development Fellowship

The Indian Development Fellowship is a month long engagement designed to build a holistic understanding of the social landscape of India and an acute understanding of the Indian Development Sector, so as to equip the candidates with the necessary skills to kickstart their journey in policymaking.

Curated by The Collective Consciousness, The Indian Development Fellowship provides the fellows with a unique opportunity to interact with the leading minds in the policy landscape and build the necessary critical thinking to design their own solutions to various development sector problems. 

Our Pillars

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Awareness & Advocacy 

Developing a multi-sectoral understanding of key issues helps formulate a holistic understanding of the problem at hand. The fellows will leverage their learnings during the fellowship and curate an advocacy campaign by reaching out to key stakeholders and interacting with leaders in the space.



Community-Led Development

Leveraging the target community and involving them in decision making ensures the success of an intervention at scale. By providing access to various stakeholders, The Fellowship will ensure complete synergy between the young change makers and their target stakeholders.



Research Based Policy Formulation

Policymaking, which is grounded in multi-sectoral research, is an important aspect of modern governance. The fellows will learn how to analySe a problem from various perspectives and develop holistic solutions through well researched and documented policy briefs.

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Cohort-Based Support Structure

The IDF aims to develop an ever-growing network of change-makers who are learning, exploring and helping one another in their pursuit of change. Every year, fellows who graduate from the fellowship, will be enrolled into this exclusive network which will function as a safe ecosystem for fellows to ideate and leverage one another’s talents and networks to develop lasting solutions and grow in their respective careers.

Structure of the Fellowship

Can you apply?

The Fellowship is open to students aged between 15-19, and currently
enrolled in any school in India. To apply, you must be in grades 8th-12th
during the duration of the fellowship.

If you have already completed schooling, and you are enrolled
in a college/university, you are not ineligible to apply.

Time Commitment

The Fellowship is designed to ensure minimal interference with the school commitments of the participating Fellow and hence, all the sessions
will be scheduled accordingly.

On average, the Fellow is expected to spend about 14-16 hours per week
on the fellowship.

Important Dates

  • August 20, 2021

    Launch of Applications

  • September 20, 2021

    Scholarship Deadline

  • September 23, 2021

    Application Deadline

  • September 25-27, 2021

    Telephonic Interviews

  • September 30, 2021

    Announcement of Results

  • October 2, 2021

    Commencement of The Indian Development Fellowship

Fees & Scholarship

  Upon selection, the student’s candidature is confirmed upon the payment of  INR 20,000([email protected]%).

We recognise that not all deserving candidates have the means to fund their participation in the program. The Indian Development Fellowship offers multiple scholarships(Need & Merit based) to deserving candidates. To qualify, the candidates must submit their application before the Scholarship Deadline, and justify their requirement by submitting the essay justifying their need for the scholarship.

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