FAQs

Fellowship Programme

What is the minimum eligibility criteria to apply for the Fellowship Programme?

The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • 4 - 10 years of rich work experience. Candidates with excellent academic and professional track record are encouraged to apply

  • A regular post-graduate degree (E.g. MBA, M.Sc., M.A.) or a professional degree (E.g. B.Tech, B.E., LL.B., CA)

  • Proficiency in English and any one of the local languages (Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu) is mandatory

  • Maximum age for applying is 35 years

 

When will the Fellowship Programme commence?

The Programme will commence from the third week of March 2020.

Since I will be working in rural India, do I need to know the local language?

Yes, it is very important to be able to speak, read and write in the local language. For example: if you are working in Sirohi District Institute, you need to be able to read, write and speak in Hindi.

Will there be an opportunity to continue working with the Foundation after the 1-year Fellowship Programme?

Yes, based on your interest and performance, there will be opportunities to work with Azim Premji Foundation. More than 80% of our Fellows from previous batches continue to work with us in various critical roles.

Can I discontinue the Fellowship Programme during the 1-year?

In case you wish to discontinue, you can leave the Fellowship Programme, after serving a notice period of one month.

Do Fellows receive a certificate after completing the Fellowship?

Upon completion of the one year Fellowship Programme, you will receive a certificate from Azim Premji Foundation.

Will I be entitled to any leave during the Fellowship period?

The Fellows are entitled to 15 days leave per year on a pro-rata basis, and this will accrue at 1.25 days per month at the end of each month.

Details of the Compensation and Benefits
  • Fellows will receive a monthly salary of Rs.35,000 (this is CTC). 
  • Besides salary, Fellows are also covered under various insurances like Health, Life and Accident Insurance.
  • Apart from this, Fellows are also eligible to allowances such as Relocation and Housing Deposit Assistance (as per organizational policy).

Application Form

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

You are required to complete the online Application Form and upload your CV along with it. Only online applications will be accepted. No other documents required at the time of application.

I had applied last year but did not make it, can I still apply?

Candidates who have attempted the written test in or before 2019 can reapply. Candidates who have attended the interview process in or before 2018 can also apply.

Do I need to have any social sector experience to apply?

Social sector experience is not mandatory. However, we seek people who are deeply committed to social change and are keen to contribute at the grassroots.

On submitting the application form, will I get any confirmation?

Yes, on successful submission of the online application form, you will receive an email with a reference number. We will screen your application and if shortlisted, you will get a response within 2 weeks from the date of your application. You will then be required to fill in a detailed application form.

How will I know if my application is shortlisted for written test?

After evaluation of your application you will get an email communication on your status within 3 weeks from the date of your application. 

Selection Process

What is the selection process?

Detailed selection process is mentioned here 

What can I expect in the test and the interview?

Stage 1: Written Test
The written test will cover socio-economic issues, geographical awareness, reading comprehension, descriptive writing and analytical ability. The test pattern consists of multiple choice and descriptive questions. The duration of the test is 120 minutes.
 
Stage 2: Personal Interview
Candidates should be prepared to make a 10 - 15 minute presentation to the interview panel on any social issue that concerns them the most. This would be followed by a discussion and shortlisted candidates will go to the final round of interview.

How and when will I get my interview result?

You will get the result through email by 1st week of December 2019.

Joining and On-boarding

How will I get the offer letter?

You will receive a soft copy of the offer letter through email and the hard copy at the time of joining.

Will there be an induction before I start working?

Yes, there will be a one-week induction programme. Within a month of joining the Field Institute, you will be intimated about the exact date and details of the same. Once you move to the Field location, you will be allocated a mentor who will guide and support you throughout the Programme.

Is there any dress code for Fellows?

Yes, all members are expected to dress in a manner that is professional and in consonance with the sensibilities of our colleagues, external members and people being met with.

Where should I report on the date of joining?

The date of joining will be in the third week of March 2020. Fellows will report to the Block location as intimated in the offer letter.

How safe is the full time Fellowship Programme for women employees?

The Foundation makes all efforts to provide a safe working environment to all the members.

Where will I work and stay?

Your location of work will be at the block level of a district in one of the six states or one union territory (Chhattisgarh/ Madhya Pradesh/ Rajasthan/ Uttarakhand/ Karnataka/ Telangana/ Puducherry). You will be staying at your respective block. Your block location will be communicated to you before your joining.

Will I be given an accommodation at the District Institute? How should I search for it?

There is no accommodation provided by the Foundation. Once you move to the block location, you will be provided one week of accommodation, after which you will need to arrange your own accommodation. Members at the District Institute will provide support for the same.