Sewa Fellowship is a strategic investment in human capacity, and grassroots organizations to build solutions for India's complex socio-economic-cultural matrix. We believe in the power and potential of youth to drive ideas, run movements, nurture organizations, and seek truth and justice to together build a better Bharat.
As a 100-week program, the fellowship equips young, bright minds with knowledge, skills and a mindset to serve. With extensive mentor support, the program bridges the needs of grassroots development with a vision for the future.
100 weeks of serving Bharat
Community of 'One'
Knowledge: ज्ञान शक्ति
Case Studies of Social Impact, Philosophical Foundations of Development Research, Knowing Itihasa and Bharat, National Faultlines, Development Ecosystem, etc.
Skills: क्रिया शक्ति
Storytelling, Fundraising, Networking, Communication, Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, etc.
Will Power: इच्छा शक्ति
Social Emotional Learning, Human Centred Design, Personal Value System, Active Listening, Sensemaking, etc.
Indicative Age: 21-30 years
Must have some volunteer experience with the community,with a minimum 1 year of equivalent work experience
Language constraints based on project locations
Build awareness of communicable diseases amongst rural women in the Himalayan region.
Develop and implement a sustainable community tourism plan in the northeastern region of India.
Train tribal youth in Microenterprise development in Jharkhand.
Set up agricultural seed labs for increasing productivity among farmers in rural Karnataka.
Improve the learning outcomes in an all-girl tribal school.
Est. supply chains and marketing channels for bamboo products by tribal youth in Central Madhya Pradesh.
Run Democracy classes in rural Maharashtra.
Manage Satellite medical centres for primary community health in rural Maharashtra.
Mobilise rural communities for ground rainwater harvesting structure and river rejuvenation.
Promote volunteer-based learning activities for urban slums.
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:
Will fellows get paid during the fellowship?
Yes. Around 30,000 per month during the entire period of grassroots work. This will be in the form of direct stipend, dedicated fixed deposits, house rent allowance, and other allowances. Apart from this, there would be an additional investment of around ₹15,000 per month per fellow, on the trainings. This would be 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:
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 second round of applications is 25th June, 2022.
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 21-day residential training towards the end 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:
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 August 2024) 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 10th June for their first round. Please keep your eyes on the webpage for more details and announcements. https://www.sewainternational.org/Fellowship.
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:
We are looking for young, bright minds who would want to live a life dedicated to nation building.
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.