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The Women in Government Fellowship is a six-month program that is focused on capacity-building, training, and mentorship of women in politics. It seeks to enhance and improve the quality of political participation of women.

 

The fellows will undergo in-person workshops, intensive virtual learning sessions, and hands-on mentorship by seasoned women politicians. This three-pronged approach will provide an academic grounding of democratic frameworks and policy-making, up-skill them with practical know-hows of electioneering, build the fellows' personal brands through personalised Public Narrative trainings by coaches from Harvard Kennedy School, and learn the ropes of politicking directly from a mentor who is undergoing the realities and tackling the challenges of being a woman in public office.

The objectives of the programme are:

  1. To equip with skills and strategic knowledge to effectively run for office, legislate, and govern

  2. To develop a deeper understanding of the nuances and challenges of the Indian democratic system and various political theories, and to gain exposure to policy-framing under renowned practitioners and domain-experts

  3. To provide mentorship to navigate the labyrinth of the political world directly from seasoned women politicians

  4. To build a network of women leaders, policy experts, and campaign professionals to form partnerships and draw upon shared knowledge and exchange best practices

Application deadline: 10th December 2022

Shortlisted applicants' interviews: 5-20th December 2022

Selected Fellows list: 1st Week, January 2022

 

Timeline:

January to June 2023 : Virtual learning (approx. 8 hours/month)

Dates yet to be fixed : In person workshop (2 days)

May - June 2023 : Virtual learning + Mentoring sessions

 

Eligibility criteria:

  • Women who have contested election at any level i.e college, university, RWA, local govt, MLA etc

  • Women in nominated political party positions for at least 3 months

  • Women who have worked in civil-society/media/policy organisations for at least 12 months

  • Women who are/were LAMP/Acumen/Gandhi/Teach for India Fellows and aspire to join politics

  • Must be an Indian Citizen 

If you don’t fit in any of the above but think you deserve a seat, write to us at contact@femmefirst.org

 

Intake will be on the lines of the previous cohort.

Though the overall program cost is INR 2 lakh/person, we are charging a discounted nominal fee of INR 35,000/- only. Admission fee waivers (up to 100% scholarship) are available on merit-cum-means basis.

The Women in Government Fellowship 2021Cohort  which was the first ever cohort comprised of a diverse group of 18 women leaders from across the country. The fellows engaged in 1000+ hours of learning which was administered during the fellowship. Every fellow also received personal mentorship from practicing women leaders in Politics. 

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Image: Cohort of 2021

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