Azim Premji Foundation has announced its annual Fellowship Programme 2018. Applications for this programme are invited from people having 3 to 10 years of work experience, with a full-time postgraduate or a 4 year professional degree in any discipline and the desire to contribute to quality and equity in education. Proficiency in the local language is a must and candidates should be open to relocate to the districts where Azim Premji Foundation operates. Last date for submitting the application is October 29, 2017. To apply, please log on to: http://azimpremjifoundation.org/fellowship or call Toll free helpline: 1800 274 0101 (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6pm). The monthly stipend offered would be Rs. 30,000 (all inclusive).
The selection is based on an online test followed by personal interviews. The programme aims to give a grounded experience of the educational and social space to a broad range of people across sectors. It is a 2 year full-time programme, beginning March 2018 where the first year will involve teaching in government schools and participating in the activities of the Field Institutes of the Foundation. The second year would be focused on capacity building of the Fellows, preparing them for roles they can play in the Field Institutes after completing the Fellowship. After an induction, Fellows will be posted in the blocks of the districts of Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Telangana and Uttarakhand, where the Foundation currently works through its Field Institutes.
Abhishek Rathore, Leader – Recruitment, Azim Premji Foundation said, ‘We look for people working in various organisations and who have a heart and mind for social change. This is an opportunity for them to get to first-hand experience about the challenges and working environment while working to improve the quality and equity in school education in India. Further, during the Fellowship, those who are committed, have performed well and are keen to continue, will get an opportunity to become full-time members at the Foundation’.
About Azim Premji Foundation: Azim Premji Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that has been working for more than a decade now towards making deep, large scale and institutionalized impact on the quality and equity of education in India, along with related development areas. Any large scale educational change requires significant and sustained effort over many decades and can only be achieved through working at multiple levels as well as on several areas simultaneously. The Foundation today works in 6 States and 1 Union Territory which together have more than 3, 50,000 government schools. Azim Premji Foundation works in collaboration with State Governments and engages with teachers, teacher educators, head teachers, block and cluster level education officials, senior government functionaries and policy makers at the state and national level. The Foundation has several District Institutes within these states, each having dedicated teams. These Institutes work at the grass root level, closely engaging with the government education system. The range of work they do spans capacity building of teachers, head teachers and other functionaries at the district and state level. It also involves work on curriculum, assessment, policy issues and advocacy at the state level. At six of the District Institutes, Azim Premji Schools have been established to provide quality education to the children of the local community, and serve as ‘demonstration schools’.