Fellowship Program FAQs

THF has been supporting several Fellowship and Scholarship programs such as Ashoka, AIF, Kaivalya Gandhi Fellowship, Foundation for Excellence, Katalyst since its inception in 2009. It has been most rewarding to witness both, professional and personal growth of individuals that have benefitted from such program. We realize the significance of such initiatives, and the need for diversification and expansion of such programs. Even the best academic institutions that arm an individual with the entire world of knowledge, sometimes fall short on preparing them for the challenges of the practical on-ground realities. THF believes that in the current changing landscape of the development sector, there is a need for program that act as a bridge between the academic and the professional spaces. After deeply considering all of the factors, THF has taken the initiative to introduce ‘The Hans Foundation Fellowship Program’.

‘The Hans Foundation Fellowship Program’ was designed with the objective to create a cadre of visionary leaders. These leaders would be groomed to undertake catalytic and collaborative roles in facilitating social development processes for inclusive and equitable society. The fellowship would:

  • Provide young professionals with an opportunity to work with Partner NGOs, create positive change and give a potential start to a career in the development sector.
  • Provide Partner organizations with young talents who can support the organizations with their skill sets.

The Fellows will, in the first two weeks of the Fellowship, receive orientation and training. During the training period, the Fellows will also make visits to project sites to be exposed to the kind of projects the organization supports. The Fellows are expected to actively participate in all components of the training.

The Fellows will then be placed with different host organizations for eleven months. During these eleven months, THF will also organize one mid-term and one end-term review workshop/ cross-learning sessions. It is mandatory for all Fellows to attend these sessions.

  • Age between 21 and 28 years at the time of application.
  • Post-graduate (in any discipline) -preference would be given to candidates with a qualification/ experience in social sciences, rural development, community health, education and other aligned thematic areas
  • Indian citizen, and residing in India for the past one year.
  • Prepared to be placed in any part of the country for fellowship

There isn’t any such requirement. However, the candidate having a good understanding of the developmental scenario in the country would be preferred.

Yes, on submission the applicants will receive a system generated message confirming their application.

Only the shortlisted candidates from the online application will be contacted for a telephonic discussion. This will be followed by a final round of interview by a selection committee of highly qualified and experienced experts at the THF  in New Delhi. The shortlisted candidates should be available to travel to New Delhi for the final interview call. Their 3AC train/ equivalent bus fare would be reimbursed by THF.

No, the Fellow cannot continue working alongside. The program requires a full-time participation and immersion on field from the Fellow.

  • Develop understanding on evolving interventions to address underlying causes of social and economic inequities through actual field exposure
  • Gain practical knowledge on program management, program development and stakeholders’ engagement for replicable and sustainable models
  • Opportunity to learn from Mentors on practical issues around leadership, decision making, monitoring and evaluation, resource management and team management.
  • Acquire knowledge on managing donors and resource mobilisation
  • A stipend of ₹ 35,000 pm, including TA to meet your official travel requirements.
  • Cost of 3AC fare to travel
  • Medical insurance would be provided for all the Fellows
  • Support from the Partner organization in finding suitable accommodation on payment by the fellows.

Boarding and lodging is provided during the orientation and training in New Delhi, however no accommodation would be provided at the placement site. Though the placement NGO may extend all the required support in finding a suitable accommodation.

This is a full-time Fellowship program, and fellows will be working 6 days a week or according to the work calendar of the host-organization they are placed with. The Fellows are entitled to a maximum of 8 sick leaves and 8 days of casual leaves on pro-rata basis during the program period.

With any of THF Partner organizations throughout the country. To be communicated after selection.

Once the Fellow moves to the placement location, they will be allocated a mentor who will guide and support them through the Program.

It would depend on the skill-set of the Fellow and the requirement of the Partner organization. Fellows may indicate their preferences. However, decision of THF will be final.

The Fellowship will be concluded by a convocation ceremony and a certificate of completion will be awarded. The Fellowship may not be related to employment in The Hans Foundation. Candidates should not apply for fellowship with the expectation of employment within the THF after the fellowship program.

The Fellows are expected to continue working in the development sector in the area of research, policy making, planning, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, project management, grant writing, and so on. They could also choose to go for higher studies and are encouraged to take up field researches with the host organization, depending on their respective interest areas.

While formal proficiency is not required, the candidate is expected to be have a basic know-how of the English language. The training and orientation, as well as reporting throughout the program period would be conducted in English language.

No, THF encourages its Fellows to complete the entire duration of the one year program without a break.


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