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About Gandhi Fellowship

Gandhi Fellowship is a 2-year residential program, initiated by Kaivalya Education Foundation in support of Piramal Foundation. It is awarded to the inspired and inventive youth from top universities and colleges. The fellows have to work with the primary school headmasters/principals to transform their schools. Gandhi Fellowship was started in 2008 with 11 fellows and has been steadily growing in popularity & number of participants. The name of the Gandhi Fellowship has now changed to You+ Fellowship.

  • The interested candidates can be from any field i.e. Applied & Pure Sciences, Commerce and Business, Engineering, Social & Behavioural Science, Maths and Journalism, Humanities, & Liberal Arts, Education, Law, etc. 
  • Gandhi Fellowship provides an opportunity where interested people will work on a social problem and learn the system design thinking process i. e. the change leadership,

Gandhi Fellowship Dates

Application Begins September 2017
Application Ends 31 March 2018
Fellowship begins 1 July 2018
Fellowship ends July 2020


What Work is Allotted to the Fellows of Gandhi Fellowship 

During the fellowship, each fellow has to take care of 5 schools assigned to him/her with the support of 5 primary school headmasters, 50 teachers, 500 children in difficult rural and urban locations.

  • They have to put in efforts and ideas on their own for bringing the transformation of their schools.
  • The fellows have to develop the necessary 7 competencies of leadership and skills to move into a 10-year journey to impact a million lives.

  • Fellows will also learn to figure out their own dreams and will be equipped with the skills to pursue their goals and dreams after the completion of the fellowship.
    • Further, they will get help in finding job opportunities from the placement cell of the Gandhi Fellowship.

Partners for the Gandhi Fellowship

The Gandhi Fellowship has partnered with

  • Funded by: Piramal Foundation, UNICEF, and Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, USAID,  Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai
  • Government partners- Sarv Siksha Abhiyan, State Government of Rajasthan, Surat Municipal Corporation.
  • Technical Partners: Harvard Graduate Schools of Education,  Educational Initiatives.
  • Other Tie-Ups- Ashoka India, Jodo Gyan, IIM Ahmedabad, Echoing Green, Harvard University
  • Based on Gandhi’s principles of “Be the change you wish to see in the world” and his belief in the process of action & reflection and using reflection as a major tool for causing personal & social change, this fellowship offers guidance to the talented youth towards being actively engaged in solving the myriad problems of country today.

Gandhi Fellowship Batch Sizes

Gandhi Fellowship has been steadily increasing its popularity and the students from Top Colleges & Universities have been a part of it.

Year Batch Size
2008 11 fellows
2009 23 fellows
2010 36 fellows
2011 123 fellows
2012 163 fellows

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Gandhi Fellowship Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region All India & Students studying abroad
Class/ Age Any graduate, student in final year of post-graduation or young professional
  • Age: The applicant needs to be younger than 26 years as on 2 October 2016.
  • The application should be unmarried.
  • Minimum Education Qualification: Should be a graduate.
  • Achievements: Candidates from Top colleges who have showcased excellence, rigour, and achievement in Studies or Extra Curricular Activities such as Sports, NSS, NCC, Voluntary work, performing arts, literature, etc. are eligible for making an application.
  • It is a full-time program, so the fellows cannot pursue any employment, study program, coaching etc. with it.

Gandhi Fellowship Reward

Monthly Stipend: During the 2 years intensive program, fellows will receive the stipend of Rs. 14,000 per  month

  • Disbursement of Scholarship: Half of the monthly stipend will be given to the candidate while the other half will be retained as interest-free reserve amount.
    The payment interest-free reserve amount will be made after completion of the fellowship tenure.
  • Rent free Accommodation
  • Other Allowance
    • Rs. 600 per month for mobile cost
    • Shared two-wheelers for fellows & reimbursements for official travels.
  • Experience Certificate: Two years experience certificate from Gandhi Fellowship.

Building Competencies through Gandhi Fellowship

  • Learning: Fellows will get an opportunity to learn the system design change and would use these skills later while working on any other social issue.
  • Seven Competencies: While going through the intensive program, fellows will develop the seven competencies
    • Self-Awareness
    • Collaborative Work
    • Excellence
    • Influence without Authority
    • Risk-taking & Entrepreneurial Ability
    • Articulation of Values
    • Articulation of Private Dream

They can apply these learning experiences for solving out other social issues, throughout their career.

  • Support from the Placement Cell: The placement cell of the Gandhi Fellowship will help the fellows to find out the job opportunities.

Gandhi Fellowship Application form and Process

The application process for the Gandhi Fellowship has started and the candidates willing to get the fellowship need to send their application by following the link given below. There is only online application procedure for Gandhi Fellowship and no offline application process.

Click here to apply

Steps for filling Gandhi Fellowship Application Form

  • STEP 1: The applicants looking forward to apply for this scholarship have to first fill in the Gandhi Fellowship Application form online and has to submit the following details:
    • Personal details
    • Family Details
    • Education details
    • Extra Curricular Activities
    • Work experience (if any) 
      • You can also give a preference for Area of work during fellowship period as rural or urban.
  • STEP 2: This step is only for the shortlisted candidates. The candidates will get the access to step 2 of application form with further questions once you are selected in step 1. This review process takes a time of 5-10 days. The applicant would be notified through e-mail.

Gandhi Fellowship Selection Process

Gandhi Fellowship has a rigorous 3-level personalized and reflective recruitment process based on the competencies of leadership.

  • Application Form
  • Telephonic Interview
  • Final Personal Interaction & Evaluation

After selection in Gandhi Fellowship

Gandhi fellowship is a 2 years program spread across 4 semesters and in all it has 10 Fellowship Processes.

  • Field Support
  • Debriefs
  • Classroom Training
  • Community Immersion
  • Public Systems Project
  • Curriculum on Leadership
  • Curriculum on Fitness
  • Learning Journey
  • Private Dream Discovery Process
  • Collaborative Learning

Each process has a clearly identified goal, which is tied to various competencies so at the end of every process, fellows come together for a four-day period of structured reflection around learning called the PRAP or the Personal Reflection Assessment Process.

  • The PRAP helps fellows identify their strengths and areas of development through evaluations and assessment. 

Gandhi Fellowship Contact Details

Delhi: A 56 Panscheel Enclave, Near Soami Nagar, Bus Stop
New Delhi-110017, Phone: 01126493385

Mumbai: Piramal Tower, Ganpatrao Kadam Marg, Lower Parel Mumbai-400 013 Maharashtra

Rajasthan: F 121 Laxmi Niwas, Indira Colony Jhunjhunu- 333001 Rajasthan

North India: Qasim K Naqash +91 8800827862

South India: Abhijit Das +91 8051044101

West India: Abhishek Mishra+91 8000018345

East India: Pronoma Roy +91 9903895105 

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