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Fellowship Program 2013-15

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. 26,000.

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 :


36 candidates have been offered fellowships under the Fellowship Program 2013 – 2015.

  1. What is the Azim Premji Fellowship program?
  2. Who is eligible?
  3. What is the duration of the program?
  4. What is the selection process?
  5. What will I do during the 2 years?
  6. What kinds of roles are available during the Fellowship program?
  7. Where will I live and work?
  8. Since I will be working in rural India, do I need to know the local language?
  9. Will I receive a stipend?
  10. Will there be training before I start work in rural India?
  11. Where will the training take place?
  12. Will you provide accommodation during the training period?
  13. What opportunities will be available after I complete the program?
  14. When will the program commence?
  15. What are the critical dates for the application process?
  16. What are the necessary documents to be submitted with the application form?
  17. Who do I contact for more information about the Fellowship program?

1. What is the Azim Premji 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:
  • 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 Introduction to Education and Development. These would predominantly be class room based learning.

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 Telugu/Hindi/Kannada is required, based on place of posting.

9. Will I receive a stipend?
Yes. The stipend would start from Rs 26000 per month On your successful completion of the program, you may be offered employment opportunities in the Foundation, at an appropriate compensation package.
10. Will there be training before I start work in rural India?
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.

11. Where will the training take place?
The initial 5 weeks orientation would be in Bangalore. Subsequent field posting would in the District Institutes.

12. Will you provide accommodation during the training period?
Yes.
13. What opportunities will be available after I complete the program?
There will be opportunities to work with Azim Premji Foundation after the successful completion of the Program.

14. When will the program commence?
October 2013

15. What are the critical dates for the application process?
  • Last date to submit completed online application forms – 28th July, 2013
  • National online test at all centers across the country – 11th August, 2013
  • Personal interviews with candidates– 26th – 28th August, 2013
  • Commencement of program – October 2013
16. What are the necessary documents to be submitted with the application form?
  • Resume
  • Photograph

17. 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
 
  • Online Assessment / Test – 11th August, 2013 Sunday. The test will cover aspects of Socio-Economic understanding and Analytical Ability.
  • Candidates shortlisted for test will be informed by email, along with Admit card
  • The results of the Online Assessment / Test will be announced by the 16th of August, 2013 by email.
 
Stage 2: Personal Interview
 
  • Applicants who clear the Online Assessment will be invited for a Personal Interview
  • The dates for the personal interviews will be on one of the following days: 26th August to 28th August, 2013, it will also be communicated by email.
  • As part of the Personal Interview, candidates should be prepared to make a presentation for about 10-15 minutes on “a Social issue that most concerns you”, 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 Balika Vidyalaya (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 are participating 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 now 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 SLDP, Chhattisgarh