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Sewa Fellowship Notification: Second round of application till 25th June

Sewa Fellowship

Sewa Fellowship is a strategic investment in human capacity, and grassroots organizations to build solutions for India's complex socio-economic-cultural matrix. We believe in the power and potential of youth to drive ideas, run movements, nurture organizations, and seek truth and justice to together build a better Bharat.

As a 100-week program, the fellowship equips young, bright minds with knowledge, skills and a mindset to serve. With extensive mentor support, the program bridges the needs of grassroots development with a vision for the future.

Key Features

100 weeks of serving Bharat

Community of 'One'

Doer's Perspective

Expert Mentorship

Guided Reflections

Positive Support

Learning Modules

Knowledge: ज्ञान शक्ति
Case Studies of Social Impact, Philosophical Foundations of Development Research, Knowing Itihasa and Bharat, National Faultlines, Development Ecosystem, etc.

Skills: क्रिया शक्ति
Storytelling, Fundraising, Networking, Communication, Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, etc.

Will Power: इच्छा शक्ति
Social Emotional Learning, Human Centred Design, Personal Value System, Active Listening, Sensemaking, etc.


Indicative Age: 21-30 years

Must have some volunteer experience with the community,with a minimum 1 year of equivalent work experience

Language constraints based on project locations

Selection Process

Fellow Journey


Potential Projects


"More than a century ago Swami Vivekananda proclaimed that 'Seva' (Service) and 'Tyaga' had to be the National Ideals of India. Sewa International has been pursuing these ideals over the last two decades. Whether it is educating tribal children in remote locations of India or being one of the first responders in a natural disaster, Sewa and their network of partners are a benchmark for civil society organisations around the world. Their professionalism manifests in their program efficiency and we are proud to be working together to build a resurgent India.”

Dr R Balasubramaniam
Founder & President
Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement

“Uttarakhand is a disaster-prone state and Sewa International has been instrumental in the rehabilitation and relief of the disaster-stricken areas. Even during Covid19 pandemic which almost brought human life to standstill, Sewa and its volunteers worked tirelessly to extend medical and essential support to the needy. As someone closely associated with Sewa through ‘Umeed Ke Sur’ a fundraiser to support covid relief in Himalayas, I appreciate the organisation’s initiatives for the beautiful state of Uttarakhand and its people.”

Jubin Nautiyal,
Musician & Singer

"Sewa International" has displayed remarkable selflessness to help the relief and rescue efforts in Operation Ganga. They showed true patriotism and personified the philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam with poise and dignity.

Shri Hardeep Singh Puri,
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas of India

Sewa International has been our ally in the field of development and it has been an honour for me to work with them side by side. When noble NGOs like Sea and political leaders come together, the development of an area becomes unstoppable.

Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat,
Former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand

Sewa International has done exceptional work during covid19, and we felt the need to join hands with them with their expertise with the community and Service. The innovations the team put in to ensure the telehealth solution reaches the ground were inspiring

Ankur Nijhawan,
CEO, Axa France Vie India

"Sewa International has done commendable work in preserving the ecosystem in the Himalayas. Great to see their work with farmers".

Dr. Vandana Shiva,
Founder, Navdanya

"I complement Sewa International for the remarkable voluntary efforts with the use of technology, establishing the ground for a new normal in the future of public health".

Dr. V. K. Paul,
Member, NITI Aayog


Is there any domain from which you are looking for applications?

We welcome applicants from diverse fields. Social Development requires a multi-displinary approach for impact, and we are looking forward to building a diverse cohort of fellows for peer learning.

What are the academic qualifications needed for the fellowship? Is there a eligibility criteria?

The criteria of eligibility to apply for the Sewa Fellowship are:

  • Indicative Age: 21-30 years
  • Must have some volunteer experience with community
  • Minimum 1 year of equivalent work experience
There is no specific academic qualification requirement for the fellowship.

Will fellows get paid during the fellowship?

Yes. Around 30,000 per month during the entire period of grassroots work. This will be in the form of direct stipend, dedicated fixed deposits, house rent allowance, and other allowances. Apart from this, there would be an additional investment of around ₹15,000 per month per fellow, on the trainings. This would be in the form of courses, reflective activities, immersive programs, and hands-on workshops.

Is there an age limit for fellowship application?

Yes. the fellows must be between the age group of 21-30 years. However, exceptional candidates are welcomed.

What is the total time commitment required for the fellowship?

The fellows will be serving for 100 weeks, i.e. around 2 years with partner organisations. We are looking for candidates who are looking for a long-term commitment to social development, with a temperament to serve the nation.

What is the curriculum like?

The curriculum will deeply rooted in a doer’s perspective of social development in the grassroots. The entire structure is based on three pillars i.e. knowledge, skill, and will-power of the individual. The fellows would undergo 300 hours of curriculum in each year, from residential bootcamps, retreat camps, and online lectures. This is over an beyond the learning experiences that would happen while working on the ground.

The curriculum is an outcome of a deep reflection on India’s current and future needs, and the preparedness needed to fulfill the same. The curriculum is built with extensive consultations with grassroots leaders, domain experts, and senior academicians. Elaborated curriculum is also available on the fellowship homepage.

What’s the selection process?

There are two formats to apply:

  • Direct sign-up by the applicant.
  • Nomination by his/her senior. This can be a reporting manager, professor, teacher, guru, colleague or a mentor.

This would be followed by a application form, and a statement of purpose.

The next stage of the selection involves some activities that the fellow would need to undertake in his/her own location/geography, followed by a telephonic conversation.

The next stage involves an in-person interaction with some group activities.

The activities in both stages are designed to fulfill three purposes: fun-filled learnings, understand the on-ground nature of the fellows, and provide an immersive perspective of the fellowship and the aspiring fellow.

What are the application deadlines?

The applications are being accepted and processed on a rolling basis. So, the earlier you apply, greater are the chances to get selected. However, the deadline for second round of applications is 25th June, 2022.

What’s after the Sewa Fellowship?

The entire fellowship program is designed in a way to empower the fellows to take up complex challenges, and build solutions for them in their journey of serving our nation.

In the fellowship journey, the fellows would getting trained for hundreds of hours, would interact with 80+ senior leaders from 30+ organizations, and gain meaningful hands-on skills. With the extensive curriculum, enriching grassroots experiences, and expert mentorship, the fellows will be ready to join organisations for social change or this journey would empower them enough to take initiative on their own.

With the fellowship, we aim to build a community of young, bright minds who share a common vision for the nation and the world. The commitment to support the fellows goes much beyond the 2 years, and expands to the entire impact journey of the fellows. We understand this is a lifetime of togetherness in the mission of nation building, beginning with 2 years of the fellowship.

When will the fellowship program begin?

The first cohort will begin it’s journey with a 21-day residential training towards the end of August.

Is there a calendar for the entire fellowship period?

Yes. The entire fellowship program is structured to maximize learning for the fellows. Here are some key elements:

  • Social BootCamp: We begin the program with a 21-day residential bootcamp to provide a landscape view of the social sector, train them on key skills needed, and build perspective on development and grassroots change.
  • Grassroots Work: Each fellow would have a dedicated project to serve a community. This can be in any domain of development, like education, health, livelihoods etc, based on the available projects and interests of the fellow.
  • Immersive Programs: Every 3-4 months, the fellows would join an immersive program with a senior social leader to deepen their understanding of society, nation and the world.
  • Weekend Sessions: Every weekend, the fellows would have 2-3 sessions in the form of courses, peer activities, mentor sessions, and reflective exercises.

I am preparing for some competitive exams. Can I join the fellowship, and continue my preparations in the evening.

The fellowship isn’t about the physical time commitment to the program, but being mentally available to go through a transformative journey of building self-awareness, exploring purposiveness and deepening passion towards serving our nation.

It would be ideal to apply for the fellowship, if you are 100% available for the transformative journey called Sewa Fellowship.

A certificate be awarded at the end of the fellowship?

Yes, a certificate will be awarded (around August 2024) at the successful completion of the 2 years of the fellowship.

When results for the application for Phase-1 will be announced?

The results of Phase-I applications would be declared by 10th June for their first round. Please keep your eyes on the webpage for more details and announcements.

Why are the essays important?

The essays are your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your interest in Sewa Fellowship. As they are extended answers with an upper word limit of 600 words and 300 words, you will be able to use them as an opportunity to demonstrate to us in detail your journey, and why you are a strong candidate for the Fellowship. Therefore, spend time developing your understanding of fellowship.

Inspite of registration/submission, why have I not received an acknowledgement email yet?

We are sure our system is completely compatible with email services such as Gmail and Yahoo. However, there are certain email services which are highly restrictive. Hence, it could be the case that the email we sent did not get delivered to you. Also, please check your Spam/Junk folder to ensure the email has not gotten delivered there. If you have still not received the email, please email and we will get back to you within 48 hours.

Who is an ideal fellow for the Sewa Fellowship?

An ideal fellow persona would include three elements:

  • Passion to serve: The fellow aspirant should have a deep inner desire to go beyond the self in the pursuit of service. The fellow aspirant should be passionate towards social development.
  • Purposiveness: The fellow aspirant should have a deep belief in the havingof a reason for their lives. An ideal fellow would be an optimist/realist who realizes that life has a purpose, and he/she must live their lives in order to find/fulfill it.
  • Self Awareness: An ideal fellow would have a reflective mind for delving deeper into one’s own mind and heart.

We are looking for young, bright minds who would want to live a life dedicated to nation building.

What kind of projects will the fellows undertake in the two years of journey?

Each fellow would be assigned a community, and a project to work for the first year of the fellowship. These projects would be part of the partner organizations work in the area, and would vary from health, education, livelihoods, social businesses, tribal development etc. A tentative list of projects is mentioned on the fellowship homepage.

Which organizations would the fellows be working with?

We are working with some of the leading non-profits of India, to build the fellowship, and to act as the host organization for the fellows. This is a wide list of 30+ organizations, from 18+ states of India, who have served for years and decades on the ground.

The selection of the host organizations has been based on four factors: service mindset in the organizational culture, appetite for social impact, availability of mentor, depth of ground work, and geographic/project diversity. We would be able to share the list of organizations in the second round of the fellowship.

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