Contribute locally, think globally

On 8 October 2012 in London, King’s College London and The Stargazers Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding defining their partnership in the creation of a special Fellowship for low-income youth in India.
The Fellowship is designed to shape future leaders who contribute locally and think globally. It will equip scholars with the skills they need to benefit their local communities, at the same time ensuring their own long-term future as educated, employed, and financially independent members of society.
Fellowship candidates will be of Indian citizenship living in India, belonging to a low-income group, and with a substantial record of driving change in their local community. Female candidates will be especially encouraged to apply, on the basis that they are the most likely agents of change for their local communities. Many development organisations now accept that when young women thrive, everyone around them thrives as well, and standards of living rise for the entire community.
The Fellowship is offered for an 11 month Master’s Degree in a subject of the student’s choice at the India Institute, King’s College London. It will include a three-month English language and technology orientation course prior to departure for London; an in-year mentorship programme in London; and two six month social service internship programmes, the first in the student’s community in India, and the second in a community in Africa after completion of the degree.
The concept for the Fellowship was spearheaded by Miniya Chatterji, founder of The Stargazers Foundation, and realized in collaboration with Marlon Parker Founder RLabs in South Africa, Madhu Gaud Yaskhi Member of Parliament in India and the team at King’s College London.

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