India youth fellowship to accept applications from OCIs
For the 2022-23 batch, the SBI Young for India Fellowship, a premier India youth fellowship, is accepting applications from Indian youth aged 21 to 32, Nepalese/Bhutanese citizens, and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI).
The programme provides a diverse range of project options as well as the flexibility to build a feasible project of your own design within the partner NGO’s key areas. The fellowship covers the costs of living, transportation, and medical insurance while in rural India, as well as project costs on a case-by-case basis.
This 13-month programme, which is unique in its design, has attracted young professionals, graduates, and postgraduates who have committed to working on tough grassroots development projects for a year. The programme has attracted students from famous Indian universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, IITs, and IIMs. The SBI Youth for India Fellowship has attracted professionals from MNCs such as Goldman Sachs, Infosys, Mu Sigma, Dell, Reliance, L&T, Deloitte, Accenture, Cognizant, Schlumberger, Thomson Reuters, and others.
More than 70% of graduates go on to work in the social sector, in areas such as rural development, public policy, governance, and academia. 35 SBI YFI graduates have started or started their own programme, enterprise, or non-profit, and 65 alumni have continued their education after their SBI Youth for India Fellowship experience.
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During the fellowship, fellows are exposed to rural realities and challenges, which motivates them to stay committed to solving pressing societal issues. In 2018, Shriti Pandey (2016-17 Fellow) launched ‘Strawcture.’ By compressing crop waste into agri-fibre panels for industrial and commercial construction, Strawcture’s technique helps to minimise pollution.
While focusing on the fourth pillar of sustainable development, the Fellows hope to work on projects by partnering with the community and many key stakeholders to identify and work toward interventions to build their desired projects.
Apart from the chance to make a big social impact at a young age, the fellowship also comes with a number of other benefits, making it a highly sought-after and appealing opportunity for young Indians.
The following are some of the advantages:
1. Social Impact — The simple possibility of making a positive difference, no matter how small, can be a powerful catalyst early in anyone’s life.
2. Leadership Development — Fellows develop essential leadership skills over the course of their 13-month fellowship because they are self-sufficient and responsible for the planning and implementation of their projects.
3. Diverse Experience — Fellows come from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds. While many people use their academic knowledge and experience to construct their initiatives, the essence of each one necessarily crosses numerous fields.
4. Personality Development — The Fellowship aids in the development of holistic personality traits such as emotional maturity, empathy, perseverance, self-confidence, and many other aspects of self-discovery and development that emerge organically as the Fellows go through their experiences.
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