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Fellowship

Fellowship

The Fellowship is an opportunity for you to explore various dimensions of education, and to discover if this is your calling. It is a 2-year full-time program, where you will get to understand and experience the realities of rural Government schools.

This rigorous 2 year program comprises of:

  • 5 weeks classroom module to strengthen conceptual understanding of education and development issues
  • 22 months of intense field engagement at the grass roots level in the District Institutes of the Foundation.
  • Working on a live project that has significant purpose of improving quality at practice level.


You should have 2 to 6 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.

The Fellowship carries a monthly stipend of Rs. 27,000. During the period of Fellowship you will be based in some of the most underdeveloped districts of India. The districts to which you will be assigned include:


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Application closes by 15th September 2014


 

1. What is the AzimPremji Fellowship program?
The Fellowship is an opportunity for you to explore various dimensions of education, and to discover if this is your calling. It is a 2-year full-time program, where you will get to understand and experience the realities of rural Government schools. It includes 22 months of field work based at any one of our District Institutes, combined with class work to conceptualize your experiences.
This rigorous 2 year program comprises of:

  • 2 weeks of induction to help understand Foundation and its work
  • 5 week classroom module to strengthen conceptual understanding of education and development issues
  • 22 months of intense field engagement at the grass roots level in the District Institutes of the Foundation.
  • During this time Fellows will pursue a project of significance in the Institute to which they are attached. They will be actively mentored and 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.

2. Who is eligible?
Following are the eligibility criteria for the Fellowship program:

  • Passion for social change
  • Post-graduation or Professional degree in any discipline
  • 2 to 6 years of work experience in any sector
  • Willingness to work in District Institutes of the foundation


3. What is the duration of the program?
2 years

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

5. What will I do during the 2 years?
During the 2 years, you will get an opportunity to work and learn about the ability of education to drive social change. The Fellowship program is field-intensive and would enable people to experience first-hand the challenges in the country and opportunities in overcoming them.

During the first one month there would be an orientation to the Foundation (to be held in Bangalore), followed by a field exposure visit. During the course of the 1st year you would attend a classroom based session to help you build your perspectives of education.

6. What kinds of roles are available during the Fellowship program?
The Fellows at the Field Institute would build their experience bottom up, observing, understanding school, community and government structures and their linkages and later on participating in the projects of their Field Institute.
Some of the other areas that the Fellow can participate in at the Field Institute could be as follows:

  • Research and Analytics, Monitoring & Evaluation, support to community development workers.
  • Contribute in designing publications, establishing external connects
  • Participate in developing modules for Subject Knowledge and Leadership Development

7. Where will I live and work?
Fellows will be based in the following District Institutes:


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

9. Will I receive a stipend?
Yes. The stipend would start from Rs 27000 per month. On your successful completion of the program, you may be offered employment opportunities in the Foundation, at an appropriate compensation package in line with the Foundation’s practice.

10. Will there be training before I start work in rural India?
This rigorous 2 year program comprises of:

  • 2 weeks of induction to help you understand the Foundation and its work
  • 5 weeks classroom module to strengthen conceptual understanding of education and development issues.
  • 22 months of intense field engagement at the grass roots level in the District Institutes of the Foundation.
  • Working on a live project that has significant purpose of improving quality at practice level.


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

12. Will you provide accommodation during the training period?
Accommodation would be provided for the initial 2 weeks of induction, which would occur at Bangalore.

13. What opportunities will be available after I complete the program?
There will be opportunities to work with AzimPremji Foundation after the successful completion of the Program.

14. When will the program commence?
December 2014

15. What are the necessary documents to be submitted with the application form?

  • Resume
  • Photograph

16. Who do I contact for more information about the Fellowship program?
Toll free no.: 1800 419 0201 (Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm)
Write to us at fellowship@azimpremjifoundation.org

Stage 1: Online Assessment - Scheduled on 28th September 2014

  • Online Assessment / Test will cover aspects of Socio-Economic Geographical & Political understanding, Comprehension, Writing and Analytical Ability.
  • 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.

 
Stage 2: Personal Interviews (week of 27th October 2014)

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

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

Phone: 1800 419 0201 (Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm)

Email: fellowship@azimpremjifoundation.org

Website: http://azimpremjifoundation.org

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

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