Opportunities are many, only one should catch hold of the right one at the right time. With every year passing by there are more choices available for the youth. People are no more looking for just higher studies and job in the most conventional areas. There are many people who are opting for fields where they get the first-hand experience, and at the same time, they are ready to help the society develop.
One such option is to do a Fellowship. A fellowship is a program that lasts for a short duration. The Fellow would be practicing and working, under the guidance of another person and thus learning at the same time. Fellowships are helpful for those who are looking for experience and not just theory lessons while they are learning.
Why should you go for Fellowships?
- A Fellowship lasts for a short duration ( Few Months to two years)
- It helps in development of professional aspect through hands-on experience
- All the expenses during the fellowship are sponsored by an organization
Fellowships can be taken up as a part of a student's graduate or post-graduate degree. Many professions like in Medicine and Surgery, doctors take up fellowship while they will be focusing in one area of medicine, like Cardiothoracic, Fetal Surgery or Paediatrics.
What do you require?
The basic requirement for a fellowship is for the aspiring fellow to have a Bachelors degree, and of course if one is going for a fellowship in a very specific field, like that of medicine, they will be required to have a Graduate and Postgraduate degree in that area.
Fellows are required to be very active and high motivation. Many fellowships will require one to stay in difficult conditions and help the people in nee or write about situations. So one needs to have the following skills:
- Ability to endure any environment.
- A calm Mind - Things may not be according to you.
- Adequate knowledge in the field of work.
- Quick learning ability.
Many fellowships, that focus on helping the underprivileged by writing articles on them, and by educating them look for fellows who have had cross-cultural exposure. They look for people who speak multiple languages and understand the requirement of such programes.
What will you be taking back?
Needless to say, there is a huge amount of experience that comes with fellowships. Along with experience there quite a few other perks that come with fellowships-
Learning New Skills
A Fellowship will focus on your development. Though you may have many skills that will help you bag the fellowship, The programe will help you sharpen those skills up and help you gain some more. Due to experiencing new things, making new decisions and solving new problems, fellows will develop new skills.
You will understand the area of your interest in a much better way. And whether you are really interested in it or not. A fellowship exposes you to the actuality of the field. Many people get into social work, journalism and other areas of social interest after the fellowship.
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There is a lot of research involved in the area of fellowship, especially when it is part of the post-doctoral programe. One will be learning a lot when one gets into research. It won't just be concepts and theories, but facts and numbers that one will need to know when they work in areas that are of social importance like education, plight of farmers, money borrowing in rural areas, and state of women and girl child heath care. Also, one will be informed about better ways to conduct their research.
A Fellowship will require one to move away from you usual zone. You will be seeing sights that you aren't used to and understanding life in a very new way. This will only be possible because you will be traveling to a distant place and find new people, culture, practices and ideas about life.
Helping the Society
Fellowships usually focus on communities or groups that are severely facing problems. Fellowships focus on providing a more academic and scientific look into the subject. Moreover, many organization help these people by crowd funding and educating where literacy isn't available.
Also, fellowships do provide compensation. A monthly stipend is provided by the organization. It depends on what the fellowship is and what is to be done during the time period, based on which the amount will be decided.
Interested? Ready to make the world a better place? Check out the following fellowships:
- Greenpeace Fellowship
- Teach for India Fellowship
- Milaap Fellowship
- Gandhi Fellowship
- Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship
- Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship Program