Indicorps offers one or two-year grassroots service Fellowships for young professionals of Indian origin who want to make a real difference in India. Fellows are responsible for implementing high impact projects that have been defined by Indicorps and local grassroots organizations to address particular community challenges.
Project Focus Areas include :
- Community Development
- Women’s Empowerment
- Public Health
- Agriculture and Food Security
- Children and Youth
- Entrepreneurship and Employment
- Science and Technology
- Arts and Culture
The Indicorps Fellowship is an intense, total immersion leadership program: our approach to development requires a willingness to challenge your base assumptions about development and yourself. It requires a deep commitment to make a lasting difference and creating positive change within a community.
Indicorps Fellowship Details
The Indicorps Fellowship requires a complete investment of your time and focus for a minimum of one full year.* The program starts with an intense, month-long orientation, which includes an introduction to grassroots development in India, the Indicorps philosophy and simple living. Over the course of the Fellowship, Fellows attend periodic workshops in which they come together to reflect, share progress, collectively solve challenges and deepen their understanding of India’s development.
In addition, the Fellowship has stringent documentation requirements and promotes self-accountability. The Fellowship is crafted to consider long-term impact on the local community and to defy common critiques of both international volunteers and the organizations with which they work. Indicorps takes tremendous pride in creating meaningful projects, preparing its Fellows to be sincere agents of positive social change, and serving an ongoing role in the success of both. Fellows are required to submit a 10-15 page green paper at the end of the year as a means of sharing learnings from their year with the greater development community.
Indicorps provides a nominal stipend to enable Fellows to live simply in India for the duration of their Fellowship. Basic room, board and Fellowship-related travel (to and from workshops) are covered by Indicorps or the local partner organization. Fellows are encouraged to fully immerse in their communities and live according to local standards. The stipend does not include airfare to/from the applicant’s current location, health care or insurance, or a personal spending allowance.
Language requirements vary by project and are specified in the project descriptions. This said, all fellows should develop a basic grasp of the local language at their project site prior to the start of the Fellowship.
Fellowship candidates apply specifically to projects of their interest. Although detailed project descriptions are provided, Fellows will be expected to further shape and expand their projects in collaboration with the organization at which they are serving. The program requires a minimum commitment of one year, although some projects specifically ask for two-year commitments.
Our projects range from 1 – 2 years in length.
Indicorps Fellowship Eligibility
Indicorps is looking for passionate, self-motivated changemakers of Indian origin who are committed to public service and have the capability to spearhead a project under challenging circumstances. Past Fellows have come from a wide range of backgrounds: from physics PhDs and public health specialists, to investment bankers, classically-trained musicians, community organizers and more. No matter your level of experience, you must be ready to persevere with maturity, sincerity, and purpose.
Individuals are required to apply specifically to projects of their interest. Although detailed project descriptions are provided, Fellows will be expected to further shape and expand their projects in collaboration with the organization at which they are serving. The program requires a minimum commitment of one year, although some projects specifically ask for two-year commitments.
Applicants should :
- Be of Indian origin ( by definition of the Government of India ) or Indian citizens.
- Have at minimum, a university degree or five years equivalent work experience. Although not mandatory, a few years of work experience in a rigorous setting is highly recommended.
- Have sufficient English fluency to complete documentation and engage fully at orientation and workshops.
- Be Visionary, passionate and qualified for their particular project choice.
- Be willing to commit to Indicorps’ values and approach to grassroots development.
- Be prepared to step out of their comfort zones.
- Be low-maintenance, resourceful, flexible.
- Be willing to respect local dress, customs and diet ( many communities are strictly vegetarian ).
- Be respectful of the diversity of religions, cultures and traditions in India.
If you are not of Indian origin, do not qualify for the Fellowship program or do not think the Indicorps Fellowship is right for you, but are interested in working in India, candidates are requested to visit Opportunities at Indicorps for other ways to participate.