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The Deshpande Fellowship Program is currently accepting applications for its next cohort of fellows. The fellowship consists of a seven and half month program geared towards providing a budding batch of social entrepreneurs with the skills they need to create positive change in society. This unique opportunity grants fellows a hands-on learning experience in matters relating to existing best practices, leading social change models, as well as opportunities to interact with successful social innovators. Applicants can be from any part of India, but must be prepared to stay in the “Sandbox (Hubli)” for the duration of the fellowship. The application deadline is Apr. 30, 2012.

Eligibility Criteria:We want leaders who
  •     Desire to create lasting social change
  •     Are between 21-28 years of age (preferred)
  •     Have earned a graduate or post-graduate degree
  •     Have at least 1 year work experience in the development sector (however, fresher's with exceptional passion are also encouraged to apply!)
  •     Women are encouraged to apply

The Deshpande Foundation: Founded in 1996 by Jaishree and Gururaj Deshpande, the Foundation is a leading philanthropic organization in Massachusetts, USA and India in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and international development.  We believe in creating sustainable social change, and we take a hands-on approach with our grant partners to help them achieve their objectives.

The Deshpande Fellowship Program: DFP is a dynamic, intense, and interactive training program designed to produce successful social entrepreneurs. Through a comprehensive combination of modules and practical experiences, Fellows will learn existing best practices and engage with leaders in the field of social entrepreneurship as well as notable local innovators in order to develop a working knowledge of leading social change models. The program will leverage this theoretical framework to aid each participant in the creation of an individualized proposal for social change. Fellows will be expected to implement their innovations with partner institutions.

Tuition:      Tuition fee is Rs. 40,000 for the 7 1/2 month Fellowship.  

Loan:         Bank loan provision available to the selected fellows.   

Selection:  Selection is determined by a candidate’s application, a reasoning test, 
                     a group discussion and a personal interview.

Deadline:   Apply by April 30, 2012.

Contact/Questions: Email if you have any questions or to request an application. You may submit the completed application either by email or by mailing a hard copy to the address below.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to mail hard copies of two recommendation letters

For details call: Pramodkumar - 9740011883 / 9686654750 / 9686113995

To apply for the Deshpande Fellowship Program, you may either download the below application and submit the completed copy to, or you may print it and mail a hard copy to the address given below.

DFP Application 2012 

An application processing fee of Rs. 500 must accompany all applications. Demand draft should be made out to "DESHPANDE EDUCATIONAL TRUST" and mailed to the address below.

Deshpande Fellowship Program
DCSE Building
BVB College of Engineering
Vidyanagar, Hubli 580031
Karnataka, India

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