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Fellowship Programme 2015

Fellowship

The Fellowship Programme of Azim Premji Foundation aims to give an educational and social sector experience to a diverse range people from a variety of backgrounds.

This rigorous 2-year programme comprises:

  • Year 1 would be distributed between – teaching in government schools, immersion in education to develop/ build their perspective along with participation in the activities of the Foundation’s District Institute (DI) where they are placed, to understand the various roles in the DI.
  • Year 2 would be focused upon capacity building of the Fellows based upon the role they could possibly contribute in the DI after the Fellowship.

During this period the focus would be to provide opportunities to the Fellows to build an understanding in the area of education through teaching and capacity building in various roles in the DI. They will be actively mentored and will benefit from hands-on experience of working in the field.
 
Fellows will be posted to some of the least developed districts of rural India and need to be prepared to live and work in the highly challenging environments that they will encounter there.
 
You should have 3 to 10 years of work experience, with a post-graduate or a professional degree in any discipline. We welcome people from a variety of backgrounds. What is important is your willingness to explore the social sector and the desire to contribute.
 

You will be posted in the districts of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Puducherry, Rajasthan,Telangana
and Uttarakhand.
 
To apply for Fellowship Programme 2015 clickor email your resume to fellowship@azimpremjifoundation.org

Programme FAQs

1. What will I do during the 2 years of fellowship?

  • During the first year, you would be introduced to the Education sector and our work in the Field locations. This will be enabled the teaching experiences you undertake in government schools and through interaction with the local community.
  • In your second year, you gain specific exposure to identified area of your contribution.  This could be through active involvement in the activities and programmes in that area enabling you to develop understanding and  deeper ability in that identified role.

2. What kinds of work areas are available during the Fellowship program?

The Fellows at the Field Institute would build their experience teaching in government schools, immersion in education to develop/ build their perspective along with participation in Field institue activities to understand the various roles. 

Some of the other areas that the Fellow can actively participate in at the Field Institute during the 2nd year could be as follows:
  • Research and Analytics.
  • Contribute in documentation, designing publications and  establishing external connects.
  • Participate in developing modules for Subject Knowledge.
     

3. Do I need to have any social sector experience to apply?
No, we are inviting people from a variety of backgrounds,  who have a passion for enabling social change by improving the quality of education in the public system.
 

4. Where will I live and work?
Fellows will be based in the District Institutes of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Telangana and Uttarakhand.

5. Since I will be working in rural India, do I need to know the local language?
Yes, it is very important for the Fellows to be able to converse in the local language. Knowledge of Tamil/Telugu/Hindi/Kannada is required, based on place of posting.

6. What support will i receive during the programme?
Each Fellow will have mentors assigned to him / her during the fellowship period. Fellows will receive continuous support from these mentors and from the fellowship team.

7. What opportunities will be available after I complete the programme?
There will be opportunities to work with Azim Premji Foundation after successful completion of two year programme.

8. Will I receive a stipend?
Yes. The stipend amount will be Rs. 27000/- per month (Provident Fund, Medical-Life- Personal Accident Insurance benefits are in addition. Taxes would be deducted as applicable). On your successful completion of the programme, you may be offered employment opportunities in the Foundation, at an appropriate compensation package in line with the Foundation’s practice.
 

9. Will there be training before I start work in rural India?
Yes. Read Fellowship Programme for more details.

10. Where will the training take place?
The initial 2 weeks induction would be in Bengaluru. The subsequent sessions and the field posting would be in the District Institutes.

11. Will you provide accommodation during the training period?
Accommodation would be provided for the initial 2 weeks of induction at Bengaluru.

12. Can I leave the Fellowship in-between the 2 year program?
In case you wish to discontinue, you can leave the Fellowship program after completing the 1st year.

13. Am I entitled for any leave during the Fellowship period?
Fellows are entitled to 12 days leave per year on a pro-rata basis, and this will accrue @ 1 day per month at the end of each month.

14. How many days do I need to work in a week?
Typically from Monday to Saturday which varies across locations.

15. Do fellows receive a certificate or acknowledgment after completing the Fellowship?
Yes, upon completing either 1 year or the full 2 years of Fellowship Programme successfully the Fellows would receive a certificate.

16. When will the program commence?
December 14, 2015

17. Who do I contact for more information about the Fellowship program?
Toll free no.: 1800 274 0101 (Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm)
Write to us at fellowship@azimpremjifoundation.org

Application and Selection Process FAQs


1.What are the minimum eligibility criteria to apply for the Fellowship Programme?
  • Minimum of 3 years of work experience.
  • A post graduate degree or a professional degree
  • Currently employed..

2. What is the selection process like?
After submitting the online application, shortlisted candidates will go through a test which will be a combination of multiple choice and descriptive questions. The test will have sections that examine candidates on social awareness, passion to contribute to social sector, interpersonal skills, openness to learn, and result orientation. Candidates who clear the written test will be called for a personal interview.

3. What to expect in test and interview?

Stage 1: Online Assessment -
 
  • Online Assessment / Test will cover aspects of Socio-Economic Geographical & Political understanding, Reading Comprehension, Descriptive Writing and Analytical Ability. The test pattern consists of Multiple Choice and Descriptive Questions.
  • Candidates shortlisted for test will be informed by email, along with the Admit Card
  • The results of the Online Assessment / Test will also be announced by email.
 
Stage 2: Personal Interviews
 
  • Applicants who clear the Online Assessment will be invited for a Personal Interview by email.
  • Candidates should be prepared to make a presentation to the interview panel for about 10-15 minutes on a given topic as a part of the Personal Interview.

4. What are the necassary documents to be submitted with the application form?
Only Resume is required.

5.  I had applied last year but did not make it, can I still apply?
Yes, you can still apply and will be required to go through the current selection process.

To apply for Fellowship Programme 2015 clickor email your resume to fellowship@azimpremjifoundation.org


Stage 1: Online Assessment - September  13  / 20, 2015

  • Online Assessment / Test will cover aspects of Socio-Economic Geographical & Political understanding, Reading Comprehension, Descriptive Writing and Analytical Ability. The test pattern consists of Multiple Choice and Descriptive Questions.
  • Candidates shortlisted for test will be informed by email, along with Admit card
  • The results of the Online Assessment / Test will also be announced by email.

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Stage 2: Personal Interviews - Week of September 28, 2015

  • Applicants who clear the Online Assessment will be invited for a Personal Interview by phone and email
  • Candidates should be prepared to make a presentation to the interview panel for about 10-15 minutes on a given topic as a part of the Personal Interview.

To apply for Fellowship Programme 2015 clickor email your resume to fellowship@azimpremjifoundation.org

Azim Premji Foundation
# 134, Doddakannelli
Next to Wipro Corporate Office
Sarjapur Road
Bangalore – 560 035
Karnataka, India

Phone: 1800 274 0101 (Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm)

Email: fellowship@azimpremjifoundation.org

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The Fellows are placed in various Field Institutes and functions and have been involved in:
  1. Capacity building workshops, youth forums, Volunteer Teachers Forum (VTF), Kasturba Gandhi BalikaVidyalaya (KGBV)
  2. Contributing in research surveys, Teacher Learning Material Co-dev, Documentation and Reports, Data analysis
  3. Visiting and observing blocks, community, schools, teachers, head teachers, children under the ambit of NCF, RTE
  4. Knowledge building through book review- analysis and summarization

The Fellows participate in an online course “Deepening Perspectives in Education” which comprises of modules such as ‘children and childhood’, ‘teachers and teaching’, ‘school’, ‘school systems’ and ‘community’.
The Fellows are involved in their 10 month project on various topics such as:

  1. Technology Enabled Item Bank
  2. Multilingualism in the light of Mother Tongue based approach and how it affects the student Achievement
  3. Analysis of the post workshop follow up on Education and Leadership Management in the district of Tehri and Uttarkashi.
  4. Activity based teaching for effective learning.
  5. Impact of Program Based Intervention on community partnership: A Case Study of School Leadership Development Program, Chhattisgarh