Jan Suraaj Young Leaders Program
At the Jan Suraaj Young Leaders Program (“JSYLP”), we believe that transformational change occurs when the right people (Sahi Log), right thinking (Sahi Soch), and collective action (Saamuhik Prayaas) come together. JSYLP is a one-of-a-kind experiential learning opportunity for selected young individuals to work towards strengthening India’s democratic fabric. There are 3 primary objectives of JSYLP:
- 1. To identify the right people at the grassroots level with the help of society and to provide them with a common democratic platform.
- 2. To better understand the local problems and opportunities and on this basis, list the priorities of the towns and panchayats to prepare a blueprint for their holisitc development.
- 3. To prepare a vision document for the next fifteen years in important fields such as education, health, employment, economy, development, agriculture, industry, and social justice, based on aggregated public feedback and expert inputs.
The Fellowship will organise a leadership speaker series which allows the Fellows to engage with top thought leaders of India focusing on building critical analytical and functional skills necessary to create and amplify positive social impact.Certificate of Completion & Letter of Recommendation:
The Fellowship will organise a leadership speaker series which allows the Fellows to engage with top thought leaders of India focusing on building critical analytical and functional skills necessary to create and amplify positive social impact.Post-fellowship Alumni Network:
Fellows will be part of a post-fellowship Alumni Network, which will include experts, grassroots leaders, and academicians from diverse geographical and professional backgrounds.
(A) Work closely in the planning and execution of Jan Suraaj Padayatra, a 3000km foot-march panning across Bihar.
(B) Travel across multiple districts of Bihar to identify pressing household and community-level issues through focus group discussions and in-depth interviews at the panchayat level.
(C) Analyze findings from the primary research and integrate them with rigorous secondary research to produce actionable insights.
(D) Ideate, design, and execute various on-ground social outreach campaigns. Develop and implement innovative on-ground and digital communications strategies across Bihar.
(A) Willing to relocate to Bihar and comfortable with relocating within the state frequently.
(B) Ability to comfortably stay/live in a remote setting for a continued period.
(C) Has the spirit to take up new challenges and work both independently and in a team as per requirement.
(D) Prior experience in a similar role or rural setting is highly preferred.
(E) Is in possession of a laptop.
State wise Fellowship details
Frequently Asked Questions About JSYLP
How is the fellowship different from a job?
The Jan Suraaj Young Leaders Programme is a Fellowship which provides selected individuals with an opportunity to travel across the state of Bihar and work on issues at the grass root level. This enables them to understand the nature of politics in rural India over the span of the fellowship which may range between 3,6 or 11 months.
When did the Fellowship began?
The Fellowship began in August 2022. The Batch of 2023-24 will be the second cohort.
What led to the creation of the Fellowship?
The JSYLP Fellowship was created with a vision to provide a platform to the youth to enable them to understand the nature and course of grassroot politics in the country.
Is Master’s Degree a pre-requisite before applying for the Fellowship?Is Master’s Degree a pre-requisite before applying for the Fellowship?
No, a Master’s Degree is not an essential requirement while applying for the Fellowship.
What other benefits are the Fellows eligible for during the course of Fellowship?
Apart from the monthly renumeration, Fellows are also provided with Rent Free Accommodation and transportation arrangements
Is the Fellowship extendable ?
Yes, the maximum duration of the Fellowship is 11 months. The Fellows who are selected for shorter period (3/6 months) are eligible to extend their tenure up to 11 months.
What is the average class size of the Fellowship?
Each cohort is expected to have 100 fellows.
Across what locations is the fellowship present?
At present, the Fellowship is based out of Bihar, India
Is there a way to be a part-time fellow?
No, there is no provision for being a part time fellow.
Do I need to be fluent in both Hindi and English?
Yes, fluency in both the languages is a must, considering that the Fellows will be working on ground in the state of Bihar.
In the event that I am not selected, am I eligible to re-apply?
Yes. Applicants who are not selected can reapply after a period of 6 months.
Do the Fellows undergo any kind of training before being deputed to the field?
Yes. The selected individuals undergo a structured Training Program in the first week. In addition to this, mentorship and awareness sessions will also be conducted during the course of the program.
Is there a provision for deferred joining?
Yes, Fellows can inform about their joining dates during the time of their interview and can join accordingly. However, the date of joining and provision for a deferred joining will be as per the discretion of the Program Team.
Who may I approach for field related issues or challenges I face while undertaking a given task?
In the event of any emergency or field related concern, Fellows can approach the Program team of Jan Suraaj Young Leaders Program directly.
Do I need to cover the costs of my travels during the Fellowship ?
No. The organization will cover the expenses of the travels made during the course of the Fellowship. However the cost of travelling from their respective home states to Patna will be borne by the selected Fellows respectively.
Are there any circumstances under which the organization can terminate the fellowship before its complete tenure?
The Young Leaders will be on probation for the first week, and only after successful completion of activities in the probation period, the Fellows will be allowed to continue for the full length of the Fellowship programme, or else the fellowship will be terminated. A quarterly performance appraisal will be conducted at the end of the first quarter of the Program, and only if the performance is satisfactory, the Young Leaders will be asked to continue for the rest of the Program.
House No.27 - Patliputra Colony,
Post- Patilputra, Patna, Bihar- 800013