Socially concious bright minds, both fresh graduates as well as those with experience are taken through several stages of training. The journey makes this program unique.
A Buddha Fellow lives with a poor family and experiences village life for two weeks, being sensitized first hand to poverty, unemployment, risks and vulnerability of farming, issues of access to health and education services, etc… At the same time, her hopes are risen when she is exposed to transformative change brought about by NGOs in the spheres of health, education and livelihoods.
The exposure also helps her imagine what is possible, the ideas she could work on and the roles she could possibly play. The fellows are encouraged to work in groups.
For six to eight months, Fellow takes up assignments in partner NGOs and in partner government departments. Each of the three quarter- long assignments will be so designed as to have concrete deliverables, reducing ambiguity. This creates a base for Buddha Fellows to deep dive into an enterprise. They will choose to scale up an existing operation or design an entirely new enterprise
By the end of second year, Buddha Fellow is expected to have done the following: a) Would have come up with a business plan that could secure funding from an impact investor and would have started on his/her journey as a development entrepreneur, as a true Buddha Fellow; or b) Would have chosen an alternate path to set up a not for profit organization; or c) Would may have decided to join government as a development consultant; or d) Would have decided to lead a program vertical within an NGO.
You can join the fellowship program in one of these ways