SPARK Fellowship Programme (2012-13)

SPARK Fellowship Programme (2012-13)

The SPARK Fellowship Programme launched by BAIF Development Research Foundation is a unique opportunity for young professionals and post graduate students to explore the possibility of uniting their educational / professional background with socially-relevant work. Fellows will be supported financially for 12 months by way of stipend, during which they shall apply their knowledge and skills to issues such as creation of sustainable rural livelihoods, improving quality of rural life, natural resource management and environmental restoration. The Fellowship is designed to encourage creativity and innovation, foster experiential learning and help young people make a meaningful contribution to society.   NATURE OF WORK The Fellows will choose the thematic areas in accordance with their interest/skill sets and the requirements of the Organisation. Fellows shall undertake a project to work on through the course of the fellowship period. This shall preferably be an action-research project / assessment /explorative study involving the local community of the Fellow’s location. Fellows will have access to guidance and mentorship from people working in similar fields and experts, both, within and outside the organisation. Fellows are expected to work to the best of their abilities to complete the project undertaken, but not look at their project as an end in itself, but rather as an initiation into a new and multifaceted field. In consultation with the Mentor/ Assignment Guide, the Fellow will need to define the assignment, outcome that the Fellow seeks to achieve at the end of the placement period and work towards achieving it. Expected output will be in the form of a full-fledged report capturing the work accomplished under the chosen theme.   THEMATIC AREAS The following thematic areas are open for the applicants to choose from:  Biodiversity  Livelihoods  Climate Change  Education   CATEGORIES There will be two categories under the Fellowship Programme  Junior Fellowship  Senior Fellowship   ELIGIBILITY Junior Fellowship: Any individual who  is an Indian national  appearing for last semester/ completed Post Graduation in any discipline  is between 22-26 years of age is eligible to apply for the Junior Fellowship.   Senior Fellowship: Any individual who  is an Indian national  is professionally qualified /is a post graduate, with working experience of at least 2 years  is between 22-28 years of age is eligible to apply for the Senior Fellowship.   FINANCIAL SUPPORT  Junior Fellowship: The support will include a stipend of Rs. 7,500/- per month for a period of 12 months. The Fellow’s accommodation and project-related travel expenses will be taken care of by BAIF.  Senior Fellowship: The support will include a stipend of Rs. 10,000/- per month for a period of 12 months. The Fellow’s accommodation and project-related travel expenses will be taken care of by BAIF. Additional funding could be provided for specific requirements in connection with the project on a case to case basis and at the discretion of SPARK technical committee. OTHER PROGRAMME SUPPORT: The Fellowship will be supplemented by:  Contact sessions – Quarterly contact sessions to give inputs to help build perspective and technical facilitations  Skill building trainings – Communication Skills, Presentation Skills, Report writing, Writing Case Studies etc will be imparted during the Fellowship by our training division for the overall development of the Fellow  Interactive sessions – Will encourage Fellows to share their experiences  Cross learning activities LOCATION The Fellowships are open for programmes in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Applicants’ preference of state shall be duly considered while allotting locations under the Fellowship. DURATION This is a 12 months full-time residential Fellowship. Fellows are required to stay at field location in rural areas for the full duration of the Fellowship, at a mutually agreeable location. APPLYING FOR THE FELLOWSHIP 1. Applications only in the prescribed format will be accepted. 2. Submission of one page concept note on any topic under thematic area of interest. 3. A recommendation letter from Subject Matter Specialist / Head of Department / Mentor Download the form, fill it, e-mail it to [email protected] and send a hard copy of the duly filled form with applicant’s signature along with the concept note by post at the following address: SPARK-Convenor, BAIF Development Research Foundation BAIF Bhavan, Dr. Manibhai Desai Nagar National Highway No.4 Warje, Pune – 411058.  The last date for receiving applications is June 25, 2012. SELECTION PROCESS The selection process will begin after submission- 1. Application form. 2. One page concept note on theme of interest. 3. A recommendation letter from Subject Matter Specialist / Head of Department / Mentor. Selection will be based on relevance to identified theme, merit, usefulness and feasibility. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited for a personal interview. The selected candidates will be informed by email. TIMELINES TO NOTE  25th June 2012 – Last date for submission of application form.  7th July 2012 – Short listed candidates for personal interview will be intimated.  20th / 21st July 2012 – Interviews.  27th / 28th July 2012 –Intimate selected applicants.  13th August 2012 – Fellowship Programme will commence. A “Certificate of Completion” will be awarded to the Fellows who successfully complete the Fellowship. FAQs Who are we looking for? Someone who –  Is physically and emotionally capable of living in a rural set-up  Is highly motivated, outstanding young professional or fresh Post Graduate between the ages of 22-28 years  Is an Indian citizen  Has demonstrated initiative and leadership in the past, to be able to foster change at the grass root level  Is willing to learn, possess the passion, strength of character and commitment to take up socially-relevant work and are sensitive to the realities of rural India What are the key dates for the Award process?  15th June 2012 – Last date for submission of application form.  25th June 2012 – Short listed candidates for personal interview will be intimated.  12th July 2012 – Candidates selected for the programme will be intimated.  20th / 21st July 2012 – Interviews.  27th / 28th July 2012 –Intimate selected applicants.  13th August 2012 – Fellowship Programme will commence. Why has BAIF launched this programme?  To provide an opportunity for young professionals/ students to explore the possibility of uniting their educational / professional background with socially-relevant work.  To provide the educated young professionals / students a platform to apply their knowledge and skills to issues such as creation of sustainable rural livelihoods, improving quality of rural life, natural resource management and environmental restoration.  To encourage creativity and innovation, foster experiential learning and help young people make a meaningful contribution to society. Why is it essential to live in rural India?  The challenges and complexities of rural development cannot be fully understood unless one spends time with them, empathize with their problems and see the world as they see it. What assistance will be provided to me during the programme?  A Junior Fellow will get a monthly allowance of Rs. 7,500/- per month as stipend and a Senior Fellow will get Rs. 10,000/- per month as stipend for the duration of the programme to meet living expenses.  BAIF will also provide the Fellow with medical cover.  BAIF will take care of the accommodation and work related travel.  BAIF will also arrange for necessary medical attention to be provided when needed. Which are the Projects I can work on? Project will be defined on the basis of the concept note submitted by the applicant on any topic under the identified thematic areas. Where are the project sites located? The project sites will be located in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Applicants’ preference of state shall be duly considered while allotting locations under the Fellowship. ANNEXURE 1 BACKGROUND AND SCOPE OF THEMATIC AREAS 1] BIODIVERSITY RESOURCE RELATED:- India is blessed with diverse geographical regions with rich biological diversity .These biological resources provide multiple benefits to rural and tribal communities in the form of diverse crops, diverse livestock resources, economically important forest species, diverse habitats and common property resources etc. This very diversity supports and sustains the livelihoods and food security for poor rural communities. These resources also provide variety of eco system services which are still to be understood thoroughly. Communities over generations have acquired knowledge and skills to use these resources for fulfillment of their variety of needs There is a need to assess variability, uniqueness and changes in these resources. The work is also required to study, characterize, document, conserve, manage and incubate pilot actions aiming at in- situ and ex- situ conservation of these resources in a participatory manner in the interest of entire mankind. BAIF is striving to achieve these through various piloted field programs as indicated below. 1. Crop germplasm documentation, characterization, variability assessment, conservation and revival ( Millet,tubers,pulses) 2. Indigenous breeds of livestock and fish 3. Underutilized fruits/ vegetables related / wild edible plant species 4. Region specific NTFPs /Forest resources, innovative propagation of NTFPs, sustainable harvest and post-harvest handling of NTFPs 5. Habitat conservation and restoration pilots (Sacred Groves /Sacred Forests, community pastoral lands, water bodies etc.) 6. Joint forest management project facilitation for conservation of forests 7. Any other novel idea having similar objective 2] INCUBATION OF ACTIONS AIMING AT TRIBAL LIVELIHOODS:- BAIF involved in tribal development for over 30 years, has taken up the challenging task of ensuring sustainable livelihood, improved natural resource management, assured food security and enhanced quality of life for tribal families. There is a need to incubate new ideas through field trials and pilot introductions. The incubation activities will cover interventions around following few thematic areas aiming at enhanced opportunities for livelihoods to rural and tribal communities- 1. Rural/tribal tourism/ promotion of tribal art/craft/ food/ culture 2. Vertical farming /farming system innovations (Agri/Horti/Forestry interventions) 3. Value chain analysis and market linkages of select commodities from tribal region (Lac, Tasar, Gum, natural fiber ,honey ) 4. Natural farming practices for sustainable food production 5. Any other novel idea having similar objective 3] CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION/ MITIGATION:- Climate related disasters and losses from climate variability have been rising today. While mitigation efforts are on to prevent climate change, there is a need to adopt an integrated climate risk management approach that incorporates adaptation to climate change as well. Following topics have been identified for fellows to work on:- 1. Green energy alternatives (Solar , Bio – energy ) 2. Documentation of mitigation /adaptation practices of local communities in harsh climatic conditions Ex:- Arid /desert regions of India 3. Any other novel idea having similar objective 4] LIFE SKILLS AND QUALITY EDUCATION INTERVENTIONS WITHIN ASHRAM SCHOOLs:- BAIF has identified residential tribal schools as a setting to work with tribal children and tribal youths. The intervention is aptly named as Shikshan Mitra Program. The program aims at making the education more relevant by creating opportunities to learn from actual life experiences. Efforts are made to make ashram schools as a development and demonstration center for the surrounding tribal areas. The work is currently ongoing in select clusters of Nandurbar. But replication of this approach is desirable in all tribal clusters of India. Specific areas for fellowship interest would be:- 1. To equip the tribal students with life skills and information. 2. To provide avenues for personality development. 3. To facilitate better career choices by tribal boys & girls. 4. To facilitate a complementary interaction between the ashram schools and the community or parents. 5. Linking syllabus with field activities 6. Capacity building activities a. Fun Learn Camps b. Workshops for the teachers c. Workshop for staff etc. APPLICATION FORM (Photograph) A] Personal Information Name: (First Name) (Middle Name) (Last Name) Date of Birth: (dd/mm/yy) Gender: Landline Number: Cell phone no. Email Id: Permanent Address Correspondence Address B] Health Details: Blood Group Major illness suffered in the past Sr.No. Year when suffered Details of illness Details of Family Members Sr. No Name Relationship Age Occupation C] Educational Qualifications: Degree College/Institute University & State Year Specialisation Percentage Certifications: (if any) Course Name Institute/University Part time/ full time Duration Score obtained Languages Known: Language Read Write Speak English Hindi Marathi Any other **Please mention fluency level Extra Curricular Activities / Interests: D] Work Experience: (if any) Year (from : to) Organisation Name Brief Profile Total experience: years E] Tick the state preferred for Fellowship Maharashtra Gujarat Rajasthan References: (They should not be related to the applicant) S. No. Name Address Contact No. 1 2 F] Questions: (Answer briefly. P lease ensure that answers do not exceed the space provided for writing) 1. When you look around you, what questions come to your mind? (Please write the questions only and not your opinions) 2. What do you want to be in the future? What do you want to do? Why? 3. Mention any three actions/activities that you have done so far about which you are really satisfied. 4. What according to you are the three biggest challenges for India in the next decade? 5. Do you think there is any social responsibility on your shoulders? If yes, what is it? 6. Why do you think you should be selected for Spark Fellowship? 7. List two “project” ideas on which you would like to work if you are awarded this fellowship. Signature: Date]]>

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