The India Fellow program design has 3 prime pieces that fit into each other over the duration of 13 months.
1] Training, Peer Learning & Workshops: The fellowship has approximately 7 weeks spread over the duration of overall 13 months where the fellows meet at a common point for training. This is into 4 parts namely:-
(i) induction training (20 days) at the start
(ii) mid point training (12 days) at the end of 5 months
(iii) travel workshop (12 days) in the 10th month
(iv) end point training (5 days) at the end
The India Fellow pedagogy is unique. It engages a very strong collective of multiple sector leaders, academicians, practitioners from the development sector and young leaders. The training focus on development theory and practice, leadership skills, program management, organizational development and innovative approaches including design thinking, participatory rural appraisal and systems thinking.
2] Work Assignment with Host Organization: The volume wise biggest chunk of the fellow life will be spent with a reputed, authentic and committed grassroots organization. These are spread across the country and delve into diverse thematic areas. During this, the fellow will be living in their work areas, both rural or urban setups, and working closely with the organization’s team to understand the social framework and development approach. The immersion with the organization inculcates sensitivity, deeper understanding and consciousness and is a powerful experience for the fellow to look inwards as well as issues India faces at large. The fellow not only learns but also contributes to the organization by bringing their skills and enthusiasm on board.
The organization supports the fellow with a monthly stipend of Rs. 15,000 for living expenses like accommodation, food and travel.
3] Mentor-ship & The Network Support: Every fellow from the third month onward is exposed to a pool of mentors, both from the organization as well as the fellowship. A mentor is an expert with huge experience in their domain and will be a philosopher and guide to the fellow in his/her journey. Their role will be more geared to the fellow’s development than the fellowship or work assignments. Along with that, the fellowship ecosystem that consists of trainers, alumni, personnel from various host organizations and the program team are constantly available and interacting with the fellows to enrich the experience as friends and coaches.