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10 fellowships in South Asia you should try getting into

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WION Delhi, India Sep 23, 2016, 05.42 AM (IST) WION Edge
For all those looking to pursue fellowships, here is a list of the most rigorous fellowship programmes available for youth in South Asia, offering young minds a platform to perform and become active changemakers.
  • Ashoka Fellowship
The fellowship is for leading social entrepreneurs who have innovative solutions to social problems and have the potential to change patterns across the society. They have a huge network of fellows working worldwide on social issues and areas of human need. 
  • Bhutan Prime Minister Fellowship
Under the Gross National Happiness Communication, it lets aspiring young leaders experience first-hand public policy making in the Royal government, Bhutan. The fellowship offers an opportunity to experience the country’s culture of governance while participating in developmental policy formulation. It helps to enhance the fellow's leadership qualities. 

  • Eisenhower Fellowships Sri Lanka
Fellows from selected countries around the world are taken to the United States under the fellowship, every year. They are put in touch with NGO leaders, CEOs, entrepreneurs, journalists, opinion-makers and government officials to get a deeper understanding of the world affairs. The fellowship exposes everyone to different ideas and innovations in their fields of interest.

  • Young India Fellowship
It is a one-year multidisciplinary postgraduate diploma programme in liberal studies. The fellowship brings together a group of 215 bright young individuals who show exceptional intellectual ability and leadership potential from across the country and trains them to become socially-committed agents of change. The aim is to help fellows become well-rounded individuals who are able to think critically from multiple perspectives, communicate effectively and become leaders with a commitment to public service.

  • YLAC Fellowship- Young Leaders For Active Citizenship
This one is a four-week project-based engagement for university students and young professionals who are keen to explore the fields of public policy and development. The programme aims at strengthening core skills in public leadership, policy analysis and advocacy campaign design, with the experience of working on a live project for a member of parliament. 

  • William J Clinton Fellowship
The fellowship helps shape the next generation of leaders committed to impactful change while also strengthening civil society to be more efficient. It serves as a bridge between the United States and India by encouraging professionals to work together and pairs them with leading NGOs and social enterprises in India to accelerate impact and create effective projects that are replicable, scalable, and sustainable.

  • Gandhi Fellowship
The fellowship is a full-time, two-year residential leadership programme awarded to the inspired and inventive youth from top universities and colleges across India. The fellows are those who aspire to bring a large-scale systemic change and resolve the country’s pressing problems through their own innovations and social change ideas.

  • Daayitwa Fellowship
The Daayitwa fellowship fosters a close collaboration, a relationship built on trust and solidarity towards the constituencies and citizens of Nepal. The common goal is to promote leadership and innovation in governance for creating an enabling environment that promotes economic prosperity and inclusive growth by harnessing the values of collaboration, innovation, and service.

  • KP Civic Innovation Fellowship
It is a six-month programme supported by Code for Pakistan, the KP IT Board, and the World Bank, where a team of  researchers, designers, community organisers, and developers collaborate to build apps, inspire citizen engagement, improve governance, and show how to innovate in public services. These apps work towards solving problems in a variety of public domains such as healthcare, crime, disaster management, citizen engagement, transportation, traffic, education, etc.

  • The Asia Leadership Fellow Program
The programme provides selected leaders in the region with an opportunity to reside for two months at the International House of Japan in Tokyo and engage in collaborative and individual research and exchange activities. Since the initiation of the programme, the ALFP has annually invited six to seven fellows from nearly 17 Asian countries and regions.

(Contributed by Shashwat Mittal and Zeba Khan)

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