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Effective Remote Learning – Managing Stress and Time

Title:  Effective Remote Learning – Managing Stress and Time

Speaker:  Farrokh Mistree.  L.A. Comp Chair and Professor, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA

Date:  September 19, 2020

Time:  7:30 PM IST / 10:00 AM EST / 9:00 AM CST

Abstract:  COVID 19 has affected the lives of people all over the world. In academia we have moved from face to face instruction to on-line or hybrid modes of instruction.  This has altered the pedagogical model that we are all used to in that there is a greater need for a student to manage stress and time.  In this talk I will offer some pointers on how one can learn in a remote learning environment.

Biography:  Farrokh’s passion is to have fun in providing an opportunity for highly motivated and talented people to learn how to define and achieve their dreams. Farrokh holds the L. A. Comp Chair in the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.  Farrokh received his B. Tech (Hons) degree in Naval Architecture in 1967 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974.  He is highly cited author who has published over 400 papers, two books and four research monographs.  Farrokh is a Fellow of ASME, an Associate Fellow of AIAA, a Life Member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.  Farrokh co-directs the Systems Realization Laboratory @ OU with his wife Professor Janet K. Allen in Industrial and Systems Engineering.  Their research focus is on defining the emerging frontier for the “intelligent” decision-based realization of complex (cyber-physical-social) systems when the computational models are incomplete and inaccurate.

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Study in Japan Project

Dear aspirant students and faculty in the field of IT, here is a great opportunity to get enrolled in Japan at three prominent universities which are presenting their Sep/2021 batches for UG/PG for your degrees.
On 6th of Oct. there will be a webinar being conducted for the promotion of their English taught courses.
Please go see the admission guidelines first to ensure you are eligible for application. For any doubts or clarificatiins please contact the host.
‘Study in Japan Project’ will conduct the following  webinar for the aspirant and eligible students and/or faculties in the field of Information Technology (Both Undergraduate and Graduate Student) who would like to get enrolled in the Sep/2021 batches at three prominent Japanese universities.
Dear students and faculties,
This session is designed for the aspirant and eligible students and/or faculties for the South Asian countries.
1.      Date/Timing
Oct 6 13:00 to 15:10 (Indian Standard Time)
2.      Host: University of Tokyo Indian Office
Speakers  :
The University of Tokyo (for Graduate Student)
Kyoto University of Advanced Science
 (for Undergraduate & Graduate)
 The University of Aizu (for Undergraduate & Graduate)
3.      The participants of seminar are required to register in advance for this webinar.
(Please select language of your choice on the right lower part of the page if needed.)
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
4. Admission guidelines for Sep 2021 enrollment is kept in the following link.
①University of Tokyo
②Kyoto University of Advanced Science
③The University of Aizu
1) Graduate school:
We hope for your participation.
Best regard
Director, The University of Tokyo India Office

Ferdowsi Presidential Chair in Zoroastrian Studies at UC Irvine

UCI Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture is pleased to announce the establishment of the Ferdowsi Presidential Chair in Zoroastrian Studies at UC Irvine.The University of California, Irvine has received a $1.5 million challenge commitment from the Massiah Foundation to establish the Ferdowsi Presidential Chair in Zoroastrian Studies – the first of its kind in the United States. Additionally, the University of California will support the chair with up to $500,000.

The Massiah Foundation was founded by Fariborz Maseeh, Ph.D., an Iranian American businessman and pioneer in the field of microelectromechanical systems who lives in Newport Beach. Maseeh has a history of making philanthropic investments in education, the arts and health-related causes through the organization.

In 2005, the Massiah Foundation funded the creation of UCI’s Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture, the first independent, interdisciplinary center focused on Iran within the UC system. The new Ferdowsi Presidential Chair in Zoroastrian Studies will be affiliated with the Jordan Center.

“We are incredibly grateful to Dr. Maseeh for establishing this new chair to expand research into Zoroastrian studies,” said UCI history professor Touraj Daryaee, the Maseeh Chair in Persian Studies and Culture and director of the Jordan Center. “The chair will enhance the already rich global historical and cultural study that takes place in the center, further raising its distinction not just at UCI but throughout the world.”

The new chair is named in honor of Ferdowsi, the 10th-century Persian poet who is often credited with saving the Persian language by writing Shahnameh (Book of Kings), the national epic of Greater Iran. Maseeh hopes the chair will challenge and inspire the diasporic Parsi community – the ethnoreligious group of followers of Zoroastrianism who immigrated to the Indian subcontinent during and after the Muslim conquest of Persia – to help him revive an ancient Persian philosophy.

“By broadening UCI’s Persian studies program to include Zoroastrianism, we encourage young people to enrich their multicultural awareness – an essential component of working and living in a modern, multiethnic society,” Maseeh said.

The Jordan Center is both UCI’s dedicated hub for Persian studies and a global destination for Persian scholars. Since its inception, the center has hosted international conferences on the Iranian world and created clusters uniting researchers from a multitude of disciplines across campus. It has also established an online, peer-reviewed journal called the Digital Archive of Brief Notes & Iran Review.

UCI students can minor in Persian studies and take courses about ancient and modern Iran; graduate students can pursue a specialization in ancient Iran and the premodern Persianate world. The Ferdowsi Chair will be UCI’s fifth endowed chair in Persian studies – more than any other university in the United States.

The holder of the chair – which will be supported by the Department of Classics and the Program in Religious Studies – will be a recognized expert in Zoroastrianism, one of the world’s oldest continuously practiced religions.

“Zoroastrianism has been one of the leading religious and philosophical forces of the ancient world,” said Andromache Karanika, associate professor and chair of classics. “The establishment of the Ferdowsi Chair will enhance the understanding of antiquity and its vast legacy in today’s world and bring exciting new intersections for scholars at UCI.”

Brian T. Hervey, vice chancellor for university advancement and alumni relations, added: “Zoroastrianism represents a cultural legacy for tens of thousands of Persians, many of whom live right here in UCI’s surrounding Southern California region. Through Dr. Maseeh’s generous gift, we will grow our offerings in Persian studies and serve the public interest.”

The Massiah Foundation’s $1.5 million gift elicited an additional $500,000 from the UC Presidential Match for Endowed Chairs program.

Fali Chothia Charitable Scholarship now accepting applications

The Fali Chothia Charitable Trust is now accepting applications for its 30th annual scholarship awards. Scholarships are open to Zoroastrian students in North America enrolled in four-year or graduate-level programs. Awards are based on financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular activity and community service. They are given as outright gifts or no- and low-interest loans.

The Fali Chothia Charitable Trust was established in 1988 under the Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Washington, Inc. (ZAMWI). The Trust provides scholarships to deserving Zoroastrian students enrolled in universities in North America, regardless of their country of origin. Applications may be downloaded from:


A list of fellowships offered for the social sector—for professional development, in the field, or in academia. The list includes fellowships offered within India, as well as some offered internationally.

*The fellowships in each section are listed in alphabetical order. This list was last updated on March 26th, 2020. If you would like to suggest any edits to this page, or would like us to add something we missed out, please

Social sector fellowships

Within India

1. Acumen Regional Fellows India

  • Duration: One year, part-time
  • Eligibility: Fluency in English; fellows must demonstrate a commitment to ending poverty and injustice in their community through their work
  • Format: Fellows remain in jobs while participating in five, multi-day seminars over the course of the year
  • Deadline: August

2. AIF William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India

  • Duration: 10 months, full-time
  • Eligibility: United States or Indian citizens aged 21-34 having a bachelor’s degree
  • Format: Volunteer service programme that matches fellows with development organisations
  • Deadline: January

3. The AlterNarrative Fellowship by Thrive Foundation

  • Duration: One year, extendable to a maximum of two years with the possibility of full-time employment post-completion of Fellowship
  • Eligibility: Masters degree in Counselling, Clinical Psychology, or Social Work; fluency in Tamil
  • Format: Part-time, paid role based in Chennai. The Fellow will be placed in a school for 3 days a week and is expected to provide on-site behavioural and emotional health consultation and support to schools to address barriers that interfere with students’ academic, social and emotional development.
  • Deadline: March 30th, 2020

4. Anant Fellowship

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline
  • Format: The fellowship prepares and empowers solutionaries who design, build and preserve a more equitable and sustainable built environment in India
  • Deadline: June

5. The Art of Living Fellowship/Internship Program

  • Duration: One year, full-time
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students
  • Format: Interns are involved in educating the underprivileged and engaging in slum development activities
  • Deadline: June

6. Ashoka Fellowship

  • Duration: Three years (plus life-long membership)
  • Eligibility: Entrepreneurs with a new system changing idea that addresses pertinent social or environmental issues
  • Format: Fellows receive a stipend for the three year period to work on their initiative full-time. They also receive access to a network of like-minded social entrepreneurs, wellbeing support, peer-learning opportunities, and so on
  • Deadline: Open year-round

7. Ashoka Young Changemakers

  • Duration: One year (plus life-long membership)
  • Eligibility: Under 20 years of age, founder/co-founder of an initiative that is addressing social or environmental issues at the community level
  • Format: Young Changemakers receive mentorship, access to curated opportunities, media support, leadership training, invitations to Ashoka events and programmes; and are expected to lead local-level initiative to empower young people
  • Deadline: Open year-round

8. Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship

  • Duration: Two years, full-time
  • Eligibility: 4-10 years’ work experience; degree in any discipline; proficiency in English and one of Hindi, Kannada, Tamil or Telugu; below 35 years of age
  • Format: Fellows teach in government schools in rural India to develop an understanding of the ground realities of the public education system
  • Deadline: October

9. Bhumi Fellowship

  • Duration: Two years
  • Eligibility: Young graduates willing to commit to two years and who can read and speak Tamil fluently
  • Format: Paid & full-time. Young graduates work on whole-school transformation
  • Deadline: April

10. Buddha Fellowship

  • Duration: Two years
  • Eligibility: Fresh graduates from IIT/IIM or professionals/entrepreneurs
  • Format: The fellowship offers an incubation space to fellows to help them become development entrepreneurs with mentorship sessions and reflection workshops
  • Deadline: April

11. Changelooms Learning and Leadership Program for Early-Stage Social Entrepreneurs

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Early stage social entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-35 years, running a social change initiative (on ground for at least six months; which need not be registered) working on inclusion, creating democratic spaces and constitutional literacy with youth
  • Format: Three touch point workshops for inputs on organisational development; fortnightly mentoring to enhance leadership; seed funding of upto two lakhs; inputs on instructional design and facilitation; access to a network of more than 400 like-minded social entrepreneurs
  • Deadline: March 31st, 2020

12. Chief Minister Fellowship Program (Maharashtra)

  • Duration: 11 months
  • Eligibility: 21-26 years of age; graduate with a first class; minimum one-year work experience; basic proficiency in Marathi
  • Format: This programme is designed to provide fellows with an understanding of governance and policy making
  • Deadline: June

13. Chief Minister’s Good Governance Associates Program (Haryana)

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Below 28 years of age; Indian citizens with bachelor’s degree and one year of work experience/postgraduate degree; proficiency in English and Hindi
  • Format: Fellows represent the Chief Minister’s Office and work with district administrations
  • Deadline: April

14. Chief Minister’s Urban Leaders Fellowship (CMULF)

  • Duration: Two years
  • Eligibility: Below 35 years of age
  • Format: Fellows are assigned to work with Ministers and/or senior officials across various departments of the Government of NCT of Delhi, providing analytical support in the formulation of policies, implementation of projects, and so on
  • Deadline: November

15. Development Alternative’s Fellowship

  • Duration: One year, full-time
  • Eligibility: Graduates and postgraduates
  • Format: Fellows can work and receive mentorship in one of six thematics (natural resource management; basic needs fulfilment; employement generation; enterprise development; strengthening institutions; clean technology)
  • Deadline: None

16. Fellowship for Climate Action

  • Duration: One year, part-time
  • Eligibility: Interest in implementing solutions to climate change
  • Format: A one-year immersive programme for 20 fellows, based on a mentor-mentee framework (Track 1: Fellows willing to commit to a 1 year fully residential fellowship; Track 2: Fellows who are advanced in their careers and continue to work will have their curriculum and mentorship experience made flexible and customised to their availability)
  • Deadline: March

17. Gandhi Fellowship Program

  • Duration: Two years, residential
  • Eligibility: Graduates/postgraduates; professionals below 26 years
  • Format: Four semesters; curriculum focuses on development of core competencies wherein fellows are challenged to demonstrate learning and impact
  • Deadline: March

18. The Gender Lab Fellowship

  • Duration: 10 months (June-March) full-time
  • Eligibility: 20-25 year old women from India, must be fluent in Hindi
  • Format: Each fellow mentors 500-600 adolescent school girls in India on social projects. The fellowship curriculum is built around leadership, self-awareness, and sisterhood.
  • Deadline: Applications are closed as of now; will begin next December

19. Goonj Fellowship

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Between 21-30 years of age; graduate in any discipline, Indian citizen
  • Format: Fellows witness and engage firsthand with grassroots innovation, gain hands-on experience and immersion into urban and rural India’s realities
  • Deadline: November

20. Happy Children’s Fellowship Programme

  • Duration: Six months
  • Eligibility: Fluency in Hindi; demonstrable passion about working with children
  • Format: Fellows will work with children in Uttarakhand at the Happy Children’s Library, on areas such as learning sessions, reading and writing activities, library outreach, documentation, and impact assessments
  • Deadline: February

21. Head Held High (HHH) Fellowship

  • Duration: Eight months, plus two months training in Tumkur, Karnataka
  • Eligibility: 18-30 years of age; Indian or international citizen
  • Format: Fellows’ primary responsibility is to work as trainers delivering the HHH transformative programme to rural youth at partner centres
  • Deadline: None

22. India Fellow Program

  • Duration: 13 months
  • Eligibility: 21-28 years of age; Indian citizens, graduate
  • Format: During the first eight weeks, fellows are trained on development theory and practice, leadership skills and so on. The remaining time is spent at a work assignment with a host organisation
  • Deadline: July

23. India for Mental Health Fellowship

  • Eligibility: Freelance reporters with multimedia experience, understanding of data journalism, and familiarity with non-English languages; 5-7 years of experience
  • Format: Reporting fellows will cover mental health and mental illness from an Indian perspective, to highlight gaps in coverage or policy
  • Deadline: January

24. India Smart Cities Fellowship

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Fresh graduates/postgraduates with 1st division or minimum 60 percent marks; or PhDs; below 35 years of age
  • Format: Fellows will provide support to Mission Director, SCM and/or CEOs of selected Smart Cities in terms of analytics, research, documentation, independent assessment, and so on
  • Deadline: August

25. Indicorps Fellowship

  • Duration: 1-2 years, full-time
  • Eligibility: Indian citizens; a college/university degree or five years equivalent work experience; fluency in English
  • Format: Fellows are responsible for implementing high-impact projects defined by Indicorps and local grassroots organisations to address community challenges. Fellows attend periodic workshops to share progress and collectively solve challenges
  • Deadline: November

26. Indus Action’s Policy Action Fellowship

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Graduates with 3+ years of work experience; strong data analytical skills; strong technical skills to manage the MIS system
  • Format: Fellows have a three-phase rotation across the year during which they get an understanding of the organisation and the work that happens across functions and how policies are implemented across the country
  • Deadline: Ongoing

27. International Innovation Corps (IIC) India Program

  • Duration: Minimum of 12 months (on projects scoped for 1-3 years)
  • Eligibility: Graduate with minimum 2 years of work experience; under 29 years of age
  • Format: Fellows provide end-to-end support as Project Management Units (PMUs) for programmes implemented by government departments, foundations, and nonprofits
  • Deadline: Applications open in March; annual onboarding for the new cohort takes place in August

28. The Jijivisha Fellowship by Slam Out Loud

  • Duration: 1 year, part-time
  • Eligibility: Above 18 years of age; at least 1 year of college education completed; experience with planning and facilitation; formal or informal experience with art form (poetry, storytelling, theatre, or visual arts)
  • Format: Fellows are placed in low income classrooms and use the transformative power of performance and visual arts to build essential life skills in children and enable them to find their voice through creative expression
  • Deadline: July

29. Kshamtalaya iDiscover Fellowship

  • Duration: Two years, full-time
  • Eligibility: Applicants must have the legal status to work in India and functional knowledge of English
  • Format: Fellows are placed in one school where they will impact grades 3, 4 and 5 by adopting Kshamtalaya’s model and pedagogy
  • Deadline: May

30. LEAD India Fellowship

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Fluency in English; minimum five years of experience
  • Format: The programme promotes experiential, participatory and comprehensive learning to equip leaders with the most effective skills, acumen, and attitude for a sustainable world
  • Deadline: November

31. Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship

  • Duration: 10-11 months
  • Eligibility: 25 years of age or below; bachelor’s degree
  • Format: Fellows are mentored by an MP and their primary role is to provide extensive research support to the MP for her parliamentary work
  • Deadline: January

32. Naropa Fellowship

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: A recognised undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline
  • Format: This programme is aimed at preserving the cultural heritage of Ladakh and the Himalayan region
  • Deadline: July

33. Praja Fellowship Program

  • Duration: Six months
  • Eligibility: Indian citizens above 18 years of age; students pursuing graduation or postgraduation; familiarity with English and Hindi
  • Format: Fellows are placed as research assistants to Mumbai’s Municipal Councillors to assist them to discharge their functions effectively
  • Deadline: August

34. Profugo Field Fellow

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Master’s students
  • Format: The fellowship enables young professionals to get hands on experience working in development and fellows spend six months to a year working in Wayanad, and are responsible for overseeing a project or programme most suited to their interests
  • Deadline: April

35. Punjab Youth Leaders Program

  • Duration: Two years
  • Eligibility: Below 35 years of age; work experience of at least two years
  • Format: Fellows work towards improving the learning and governance in government primary schools in Punjab
  • Deadline: January
  • Duration: One year, full-time
    Eligibility: Inclination to address challenges of marginal farmers; interest and committed to work for rural India; basic reading and writing skills in English.
  • Format: Fellows get to work on different aspects of rainfed agriculture under the guidance of an experienced mentor
    Deadline: November-January (varies year to year)

37. Sampark Young Leaders Programme

  • Duration: Two years, full-time
  • Eligibility: Fluency in Hindi; bachelor’s/master’s degree; critical thinking and problem solving; applicants should be courageous and determined to bring about the change at scale and demonstrate interpersonal skills through their interactions with various stakeholders
  • Format: A 6-week induction, post which fellows will work on the Sampark Smart Shala Programme towards improving learning outcomes for children in government primary schools in India
  • Deadline: April 15th, 2020

38. SBI Youth for India

  • Duration: 13 months
  • Eligibility: Indian citizens aged 21-32
  • Format: Fellows work on rural development projects with experienced nonprofits
  • Deadline: May

39. Sukhibhava Foundation: The Period Fellowship

  • Duration: 15 months
  • Eligibility: At least 21 years of age; fluency in written and spoken Hindi; bachelor’s degree
  • Format: Fellows work with adults and adolescents from low-income communities to create safe spaces to break the silence around menstruation
  • Deadline: January

40. Teach for India Fellowship

  • Duration: Two years
  • Eligibility: Indian citizen/foreign national of Indian origin; bachelor’s degree; fluency in English
  • Format: Fellows serve as full-time teachers to children from low-income communities in under-served schools
  • Deadline: August, October, December, March

41. Transforming India Initiative 

  • Duration: Two years, full-time
  • Eligibility: Indian citizens with a bachelor’s degree
  • Format: The social entrepreneurship programme is divided into 25 percent classroom facilitated learning and 75 percent practicum (where participants work with established social enterprises and develop business verticals for them)
  • Deadline: May

42. Ummeed Inclusion Fellowship Program (UIFP)

  • Duration: 2 years, full time
  • Eligibility: Minimum: B.Ed/Masters in Special Education/Masters in Counselling (with minimum 2 years of teaching experience) [Candidates with relevant volunteering experience in the space of Inclusive Education are also welcome to apply]
  • Format: Fellows will be placed in different under-resourced schools to understand the grassroot realities of India’s education system in the context of inclusion and strive to create an ecosystem of inclusive spaces in mainstream education (stipend will be given through the two years)
  • Deadline: March

43. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Young Fellow Policy

  • Duration: 11 months
  • Eligibility: Proficiency in English/Hindi language; graduate with minimum one-year work experience
  • Format: Fellows will gain first-hand exposure to state policies, developmental programmes, and various state departments
  • Deadline: June

44. Vision India Foundation Fellowship

  • Duration: 1-3 years
  • Eligibility: Work experience of two or more years or relevant Masters/PhD degree
  • Format: Fellows are prepared for public leadership
  • Deadline: January

45. Water Aid media and photography fellowships

  • Duration: Nine months
  • Eligibility: For the photography fellowship: media and communication students/amateur photographers aged 18-24
  • Format: For the media fellowship, fellows are required to document stories highlighting under-reported aspects on the theme of urban water. For the photography fellowship, they are invited to document strong, innovative, and diverse visual narratives on water—the crisis and solutions—across India

46. Yes Foundation Media for Social Change Fellowship

  • Duration: Two months
  • Eligibility: 18-25 years of age
  • Format: The fellows are trained by industry leaders followed by a two month placement in a nonprofit where they lead well-defined projects to maximise communication efforts of nonprofits
  • Deadline: Varies by location

47. Young Professionals Programme for Legal Empowerment (YPPLE)

  • Duration: One year (minimum)
  • Eligibility: Law graduates/legal professionals with 0-3 years’ work experience
  • Format: Fellows work in the field where the Centre for Social Justice is implementing interventions
  • Deadline: April

48. YLAC Counter Speech Fellowship

  • Duration: Two months (part-time 3-4 hours every alternate weekend)
  • Eligibility: Students in grades 8-12, and aged 13-18 years
  • Format: Fellows run feeds on Instagram on their selected social themes using visual storytelling with the aim of creating awareness, leading action and extending support
  • Deadline: Varies by city



1. Amani Institute Social Innovation Management Fellowship

  • Duration: 6 months
  • Eligibility: An university degree (undergraduate), at least two years of practical experience (either working or volunteering) in the social sector & alignment with core values of vision, courage, empathy, changemaking and a global mindset
  • Format: This blended program runs twice a year, with a 2 month foundation online, followed by a 4 month immersion phase in a global hub of social innovation. Upcoming programs are in São Paulo (Brazil) or Nairobi (Kenya); fellows can attend and complete the fellowship with a postgraduate certificate in social innovation management even if they are currently working
  • Deadline: June

2. Asia Foundation Development Fellows Program

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Must have a demonstrable record of experience in one of governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, or regional cooperation; under 40 years of age; conversant in English; citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, or Vietnam
  • Format: The fellowship comprises of a leadership dialogue and exchange programme in Asia, a forum on leadership for Asia’s future, a leadership dialogue and exchange programme in the US, a professional development award, and a tailored mentoring component
  • Deadline: October

3. Asia Leadership Fellow Program

  • Duration: Two months in Japan
  • Eligibility: Citizens of Northeast, Southeast, and South Asian countries and regions; aged 35-59
  • Format: The programme provides an opportunity for individuals to reside at the International House of Japan in Tokyo and engage in collaborative and individual research/exchange activities
  • Deadline: October

4. Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity

  • Duration: One year in the UK
  • Eligibility: Graduate in any discipline; at least 5 years relevant experience; must meet LSE’s standard English Language Requirement
  • Format: Residential fellows undertake a full-time, one-year MSc in Inequalities and Social Sciences at LSE; non-residential fellows investigate inequalities over a period of 12 to 18 months via a set of AFSEE modules and project work while remaining based in their home environment
  • Deadline: October

5. Centre for Humanitarian Data (UNOCHA) — Data Fellows Programme 2020

  • Duration: June-July 2020, in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Eligibility: Undergraduate degree with at least 5 years of relevant experience or a graduate degree with 3 years of relevant experience
  • Format: Residential fellows will be exposed to different parts of the humanitarian system and will work on an individual project that addresses a challenge related to the use and impact of data in the sector. The three focus areas for this year are: Data Storytelling (Education), Predictive Analytics, and Statistics (Mosaic Effect)
  • Deadline: March 17th, 2020

6. Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship in Creative Writing

  • Duration: 2-3 months in the UK
  • Eligibility: Indian citizens living in India, 25-45 years of age; postgraduate degree and/or at least 5 years of experience
  • Format: This fellowship enables academics, writers, and translators to spend a few months at host universities, doing their own work and interacting with colleagues
  • Deadline: September

7. Dalberg Design Fellowship

  • Duration: Three months
  • Eligibility: Work experience in social impact/design agencies, an ability and willingness to travel and proficiency in written and spoken English (French, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi are a plus)
  • Format: Fellows are embedded within teams and have hands-on experience with projects from the start; each fellowship may vary in length, number of projects, and role within the team; the opportunity is full-time and paid, with flexible start dates
  • Deadline: Rolling applications

8. Digital Civil Society Lab Non-resident Fellowship

  • Duration: One year in the US
  • Eligibility: Above 18 years of age, able to secure visa
  • Format: The fellowship supports social sector leaders to dedicate time to turning ideas into prototypes or action. All fellows will be responsible for designing, proposing, and implementing projects of their choice within one of two fellowship tracks: digital civil society or race and technology
  • Deadline: September

9. Echoing Green Fellowship

  • Duration: Two years
  • Eligibility: Above 18 years of age; fluency in English
  • Format: A leadership development programme for individuals/organisations who intend to solve a problem of importance
  • Deadline: October

10. German Chancellor Fellowship

  • Duration: One year in Germany
  • Eligibility: Individuals who have completed their first degree less than 12 years ago
  • Format: Fellowship is awarded for working on a projected developed by the individual herself with a host of her choice in Germany
  • Deadline: September

11. Impulse Model Press Lab Fellowship

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Citizens of India/Bangladesh/Nepal/Myanmar; 2-3 years of journalism experience; skilled in media; willing to work in partner countries.
  • Format: Fellows build digital journalism skills and conduct sensitive reports on cross-border human trafficking in the region
  • Deadline: July

12. Kiva Fellowship

  • Duration: 6-12 months
  • Eligibility: At least 21 years of age; fluency in English; must be able to legally travel to the US for a training programme
  • Format: Fellows work in the field with international partners working on capacity building and measuring impact in the fields of micro-finance and social enterprise
  • Deadline: June

13. LOEB Fellowship

  • Duration: One year in the US
  • Eligibility: Urban designers, public artists, developers, journalists, civic leaders, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, policymakers, and community development leaders with a minimum 5-10 years of experience in their field
  • Format: Fellows audit courses at Harvard or MIT, and partake in lectures, symposia, conferences, and exhibitions; fellows also attend weekly seminars and dinners and build a community of fellowship
  • Deadline: January

14. New Voices Fellowship

  • Duration: One year, part-time
  • Eligibility: Development experts from Africa, Asia, and Latin America; open by nomination only
  • Format: Fellows devote 10 percent of their working time towards a programme of media support, advocacy lessons, training, and writing under the guidance of mentors
  • Deadline: October

15. Rotary Peace Fellowship

  • Duration: One year, non-residential in Thailand/Uganda
  • Eligibility: English proficiency; bachelor’s degree; demonstrable commitment to cross-cultural understanding and peace; at least five years of relevant work experience
  • Format: Fellows come to the programme with a social change initiative to promote peace and development within the programme region or their community
  • Deadline: May

16. TechnoServe Fellows Program

  • Duration: 3-12 months
  • Eligibility: Minimum two years full-time work experience; proven strategic thinking, problem solving, communication, and analytical capabilities; language requirements based on location of placement
  • Format: Typical roles involve assessing and identifying opportunities for markets, value chains, and industries, strengthening the operations and/or organisational capacity of TechnoServe clients, evaluating programme impact, and so on
  • Deadline: Rolling applications

17. The Global Governance Futures—Robert Bosch Foundation Multilateral Dialogues (GGF) Program

  • Duration: One year, non-residential (US, Brazil, Germany)
  • Eligibility: Brazilian, Chinese, French, German, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, South African, or US citizens; bachelor’s degree
  • Format: This programme brings together young professionals to look ahead to the year 2035 and think of ways to better address global challenges
  • Deadline: October

18. Women Deliver Young Leaders Program

  • Duration: Two years, part-time
  • Eligibility: Between 15-28 years old; English proficiency; regular access to email and the internet; access to a bank account
  • Format: Digital learning, workshops, grants, and speaking engagements to provide young advocates with opportunities to build and strengthen their knowledge and skills, particularly in the areas of gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights
  • Deadline: March 13th, 2020

19. Yale Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program

  • Duration: Four months in the US
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be at least five, and not more than twenty years into their careers; fluency in English; non-US citizens
  • Format: Fellows engage in weekly seminars for discussions, receive individual and group coaching and skills development training, host events at Yale, and mentor students
  • Deadline: Closed at the moment


Academic fellowships and research grants

Within India

1. Delhi Assembly Research Centre

  • Duration: Two years
  • Eligibility: Masters with one year experience for Fellows and Bachelors with one year experience for Associate Fellow
  • Format: Fellows are engaged with MLAs, Legislative Assembly Procedures and different departments in Delhi Government

2. Girish Sant Memorial Fellowship

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Cannot be enrolled in an academic programme
  • Format: The fellow will be working independently on a public interest research project in the energy sector which could include any mix of desk research, field work, primary data collection, and surveys
  • Deadline: February

3. Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship

  • Duration: Up to five years
  • Eligibility: CGPA/CPI of at least 8.0 (on a 10-point scale) in all years of four/five year undergraduate or five-year integrated postgraduate degree in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs/IIEST
  • Format: Research fellowship for full-time PhD programme in one of IISc/IISERs/IITs or Central Universities
  • Deadline: May

4. Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for SC/ST candidates

  • Duration: 2-3 years
  • Eligibility: SC/ST candidates who have passed postgraduate examinations
  • Format: The fellowship provides financial assistance to candidates who wish to pursue MPhil/PhD degrees in sciences, humanities, social sciences and engineering & technology
  • Deadline: June

5. Ravi Sankaran Fellowship Program

  • Duration: Specific to programme
  • Eligibility: Indian citizens with a demonstrated interest in wildlife ecology and conservation; bachelor’s degree; below 30 years of age
  • Format: This programme funds three activities—a master’s degree in ecology or conservation at an international university, an internship with an international conservation organisation, and a small grants programme for a conservation research project within India
  • Deadline: April/May

6. Shastri Research Student Fellowship

  • Duration: Differs based on category
  • Eligibility: Students enrolled in Indian and Canadian universities which are members of Shastri Indo-Canadian Institutes; additional criteria for each category
  • Format: The fellowship offers research grants to three categories of students—doctoral, post-doctoral, and Canadian—for research in priority areas of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India
  • Deadline: December

7. South Asia Implementation Research Fellowship in Mental Health

  • Duration: One year, part-time
  • Eligibility: Healthcare providers, public health professionals, and researchers from India or Bangladesh; Master’s degree in public health, nursing, psychology, health science, social work, health policy, or law
  • Format: The fellowship aims to train future implementation researchers from India and Bangladesh through online lectures and assignments, monthly reading assignments, mentoring sessions, and intensive residential study visits to the Mehsana District
  • Deadline: January

8. Urban Fellows Programme

  • Duration: Ten months
  • Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree; below 30 years of age
  • Format: The fellowship aims at developing skills to analyse issues plaguing urban areas in architecture, development planning, and other interdisciplinary fields. It is comprised of eight months of in-class learning followed by two months of internship placements
  • Deadline: April

9. Young India Fellowship (YIF)

  • Duration: One year
  • Eligibility: Maximum 28 years of age; an undergraduate/postgraduate degree
  • Format: Postgraduate residential programme in liberal studies at Ashoka University
  • Deadline: March



1. Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship

  • Duration: 6-12 months in the US
  • Eligibility: Indian citizens; bachelor’s degree with at least 55 percent marks; must be registered for a PhD at an Indian institution/been awarded a PhD within the past four years; fluency in English
  • Format: These are offered for doctoral/postdoctoral research related to climate issues
  • Deadline: July

2. Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships

  • Duration: 1-2 years in the US
  • Eligibility: Indian citizens; bachelor’s degree with at least 55 percent marks; at least three years of professional work experience; fluency in English
  • Format: There are different types and associated eligibility criteria of awards—student awards, scholars and teacher awards, professional development programmes
  • Deadline: July

3. Global Challenges Fellowship Program

  • Duration: 7-8 months
  • Eligibility: Indian resident citizens
  • Format: The programme invites researchers and practitioners to the School of Public Policy at Central European University and the Central European University Institute for Advanced Study in Budapest, and the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin to conduct analytical and empirical work and engaging with policy practitioners
  • Deadline: November


Source :

Ervad Jehan Bagli on University of Toronto FEZANA Professorship Opportunity

Sent on behalf of Fezana

For several years, our own Ervad Jehan Bagli and the FEZANA team has worked hard to establish an academic program for advanced studies and research in the Zoroastrian religion, and ancient Iranian languages of our texts in order to perpetuate them and keep from becoming extinct. This will offer students an opportunity to pursue advanced studies in Zoroastrianism, understand and translate the ancient languages, and will increase awareness of Zoroastrianism worldwide.

In 2018 FEZANA set up a scholastic committee to evaluate all proposals and options received for establishing an Institute of Zoroastrian Studies in North America. The committee unanimously recommended the University of Toronto’s (UOT) proposal. After further discussions, FEZANA received in May 2019 a proposal from the UOT to establish a Professorship of Zoroastrian studies. Under this proposal, UOT will create the position in perpetuity with an investment by FEZANA of US $1.5 million, to be matched by UOT funding of CAN $1.5 million.

UOT has a stated objective “to become a leader in Zoroastrian studies in North America”, and seeks to add to the present faculty of Iranian studies to teach courses on Zoroastrianism.

The Zoroastrian Studies program will be maintained in perpetuity and administered by the Department of Near and Middle Eastern studies, Faculty of Arts and Science. It aspires “to permanently offer advanced training in [Avesta and Pahlavi] languages of the Zoroastrian scriptures and sacred texts. The aim is “to prepare a new generation of rigorously trained scholars who are dedicated to original research in primary Zoroastrian texts.”

As a Zoroastrian, I invite you to consider this very exciting proposal and donate before Nowruz 2020. To make your tax deductible contribution, visit and select the category: UNI OF TORONTO FEZANA PROFESSORSHIP.

If you prefer to mail a check, please make it out to “FEZANA” and in the memo indicate “UNI OF TORONTO FEZANA PROFESSORSHIP” and mail to: Rooky Fitter, FEZANA Treasurer, P O BOX 266, Sunset Beach, CA 90742.

CANADIAN DONORS: To Donate online, please click on “Donate” on the website of Zoroastrian Society of Ontario

To Donate by cheque, please use the special form provided in the ZSO “News” section of the ZSO website.

Friends, we need to act quickly as UOT’s offer for matching funds will expire on April 30, 2020.

Let’s not miss this opportunity if we are serious about promoting research in our ancient languages, texts, culture, traditions, etc. so that the world community is enlightened and our youth is empowered to continue to work with pride for generations to come.



Atha Zamyad, Yatha Afrinami

Homi D Gandhi

President, FEZANA

Japan Career Fair

If you are interested in working in Japan, please read on…. 
Japan is considered to be one of the most advanced countries in the world today, technologically and economically.
But in this rich and prosperous country, there is a shortage of young people. * There are millions of jobs, many scholarships available for young people in the age group of 18 to 35 in Japan. * But for that you need to be a graduate and at least learn the Japanese language.
Large Japanese companies like India, Sony, Canon, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Toyota, Toshiba, Fujitsu also give preference to young people who know Japanese. Therefore, there are good jobs available to young people of not only Japan but also to all those who speak Japanese.
With this in mind, a special seminar on “Japanese Language and Career”  has been organized on behalf of  Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Social and Educational Research Institute  for young people to know about career opportunities in Japanese and related fields. At this seminar, experts will present important guidance on the Japanese language and careers in Japan.
Program: “Japanese Language and Career Opportunities in Japan
Date: February 2, 2020,  11 am.
Location: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Cultural Bhavan, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Park, Sector-9, Behind the Shabari Hotel, Vashi, Navi Mumbai.
Organizer: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Social and Educational Research Institute, Vashi.
Courtesy : Armene Modi

Grant opportunity for cultural preservation: First Aid to Documentary Heritage Under Threat

Grant opportunity to preserve documentary heritage (manuscripts, rare books, archives, and other kinds of written records).  

Photo (C) Fundacion Conservartecuador, grantee of the second round of the call for proposals



The Prince Claus Fund (Netherlands) and the Whiting Foundation (New York) are currently accepting proposals for their joint “First Aid to Documentary Heritage Under Threat” program. The program awards grants averaging €15,000 for projects to conserve threatened documentary cultural heritage in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe. During this cycle, Prince Claus and Whiting are encouraging applications from Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Central Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. The final deadline for statements of interest, which Prince Claus and Whiting will accept in either English, French, or Spanish, is January 10, 2020. They will evaluate applications on a rolling basis until then.

Visit the program website at

Fali Chothia Scholarships

The Fali Chothia Charitable Trust is accepting applications for its 29th annual scholarship awards. Scholarships are open to Zoroastrian students in North America enrolled in four-year or graduate-level programs. Awards are based on financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular activity and community service. They are given as outright gifts or no- and low-interest loans.

The Fali Chothia Charitable Trust was established in 1988 under the Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Washington, Inc. (ZAMWI). The Trust provides scholarships to deserving Zoroastrian students enrolled in universities in North America, regardless of their country of origin. Applications may be downloaded from:
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