About the Fellowship
1. What is the objective of the Fellowship?
There is growing demand among young, talented professionals across several disciplines to work and catalyze change from within the government. However, few opportunities exist currently that allow these young professionals with a passion for public service to contribute in a meaningful way. The Delhi Chief Minister’s Urban Leaders Fellowship programme aims to provide a unique opportunity to young leaders across India to work within the Delhi government to address some of the most pressing urban challenges and contribute to the transformative changes happening in governance of Delhi.
2. Who are the major stakeholders involved in managing the Fellowship programme?
The Fellowship programme is being managed by the Administrative Reforms department, Government of NCT of Delhi in close collaboration with the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi (DDC) and participating line departments of Delhi government. DDC is the nodal partner for the selection process of Fellows.
3. What qualities are expected from the fellows?
Fellows will be expected to bring to the table problem solving skills and a keen interest in public service. Over the course of the fellowship, Fellows will be required to support the vision of the concerned government departments. Fellows will be expected to showcase leadership potential at different stages of the fellowship, as they will have to perform under challenging circumstances. Fellows will also be required to showcase entrepreneurial qualities when it comes to catalysing solutions for developmental bottlenecks identified by the government.
4. What is the tenure of the Fellowship?
A maximum tenure of two years, initially one year and extendable for the next year based on the performance of the individual, will allow Fellows to contribute meaningfully to key governance reforms.
5. What is the total number of seats available in the Fellowship?
A total of 23 positions (17 Fellows and 6 Associate Fellows) are available in the 2021-23 batch of CMULF programme.
6. As a Fellow, who will I report to?
Fellows will report directly to senior officials of GNCTD (Secretary/Director level or Advisors) and work under the supervision of their respective Ministers, who will also provide regular guidance and mentorship on the Fellowship Assignment. In addition, high-level reviews of each Fellowship Assignment will be taken regularly by the Hon’ble Chief Minister/Deputy Chief Minister.
7. What kinds of projects will the Fellows work on?
Typical project assignments will require Fellows to contribute through a variety of roles over 1-2 years such as due-diligence and background preparation to launch an ambitious reform, project management to fast-track implementation of priority projects, providing ground-up feedback to ministers/secretaries on progress of key programmes, strengthen concurrent monitoring & evaluation in key programmes etc. While each Fellow will receive a specific assignment at the start of the Fellowship programme, it is expected that they will also contribute to other ongoing activities and initiatives of the department, as needed.
8. What deliverables are Fellows responsible for?
Based on the activities assigned by their supervisors, the Fellows will be required to produce several outputs (project notes, reports, presentations etc.) through the Fellowship programme. The Fellows will also be required to make regular presentations to concerned stakeholders and update them on the projects.
9. What will be the remuneration provided to Fellows/Associate Fellows?
Remuneration of ₹1,25,000 per month will be provided to Fellows and ₹75,000 per month will be provided to Associate Fellows.
10.What qualities are you looking for in Fellows/Associate Fellows?
Fellows/Associate Fellows are required to demonstrate leadership skills throughout the fellowship. Fellows should also possess structured thinking, writing skills and the ability to communicate with diverse stakeholders. For more details on the minimum eligibility criteria and desired criteria for the Fellows and Associate Fellows, please refer to the section Selection Criteria.
11.Is there a provision of training for fellows?
Selected fellows will undergo a structured induction programme over the first three weeks, consisting of two phases; i. Training (1 week): Fellows will be trained on government processes and functioning, effective communication, leadership and conflict resolution, project ownership, working with communities, monitoring and evaluation etc. through lectures and interactive sessions with senior officials/ministers of the Delhi government, and subject matter experts from academia and civil society. ii. Field immersion (2 weeks): Fellows will spend focused time on the field experiencing the day-to-day functioning of the departments they have been assigned to and forming their own impressions of the field-level challenges, and possible solutions. They will prepare a policy note summarizing their analysis of the challenges, and recommendations. Furthermore, ongoing follow-up training sessions will be scheduled during the course of the fellowship as well.
12.Is there a provision for mentorship of fellows?
Fellows will report directly to senior officials of GNCTD (Secretary/Director level or Advisors) and work under the supervision of their respective Ministers, who will also provide regular guidance and mentorship on the Fellowship Assignment. In addition, high-level reviews of each Fellowship Assignment will be taken regularly by the Hon’ble Chief Minister/Deputy Chief Minister. Apart from this, ongoing follow-up training and mentoring support are offered during the course of the fellowship by the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi.
In order to fine tune the skills of fellows in the areas of problem solving, organizational management and communication, people management and resourcefulness, the fellows are individually provided with executive coaching by experienced coaches and mentoring by public service experts. This continuous support intends to hone the leadership skills and augment the morale of the fellows to serve the people in its truest sense.
13.Are there any circumstances under which the Delhi government can terminate the Fellowship before 2 years?
The Fellows will be on probation for the first three months, 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, else the fellowship will be terminated and the Fellow will receive an Internship certificate from GNCTD. An annual performance appraisal will be conducted at the end of the first year of the Fellowship programme, and only if the performance is satisfactory, the Fellows will be asked to continue into the second year of the Programme.
14. Are there any circumstances under which the Fellow/Associate Fellow can terminate the Fellowship before 2 years?
Fellows/Associate Fellows can terminate their fellowship by giving one month’s written notice to GNCTD.
15.What future career paths are open to fellows?
Chief Minister’s Urban Leaders Fellowship programme aims to provide skills related to organizational management, communication, problem-solving in an unstructured environment, people management and resourcefulness, which are valuable across all sectors. After completing the fellowship, candidates will have access to a plethora of opportunities in the policy and development sector. The fellowship will prepare professionals to contribute to public service. Furthermore, the experience will also prepare candidates for pursuing professional and academic opportunities in their domains.
16. If I can’t apply to the fellowship now, can I apply at a later date?
Failure to apply within the stipulated timeline will lead to non-acceptance of your application.
17.Can I apply for both a Fellow and Associate Fellow position?
No, each candidate can apply for only one position – either Fellow or Associate Fellow. Making multiple applications will lead to automatic cancellation of all your applications.
18. How many stages will the selection process consist of?
There will be a two-stage selection process to comprehensively assess the qualities of incoming candidates:
a. Online Application: The first round of shortlisting will be done based on academic and professional qualifications of the applicants, and their responses to personal statement questions in the online application. Candidates will be evaluated on criteria such as educational achievement, total years and relevance of work experience, and motivation for the Fellowship programme. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the interview round.
b. Interview: The final round will consist of a face-to-face interview with a panel comprising officials from the Government of NCT of Delhi, and experts from academia and civil society. Candidates will be interviewed either in-person in Delhi (preferred) or through video conferencing.
19. How can I save the application form?
The online application is designed to let you work at your own pace on different sections of the application before you submit the final version. Please remember to click on the ‘Save and Proceed’ section every time you move on to a new section. In case you wish to save the section without having finished it, click on ‘Save’. Your application will be reviewed only once you click on the ‘Submit Application’ button post completing the last section.
21.Can I add new information after submitting my application?
Once the application has been submitted, no further changes or updates to the application will be accepted. If invited to interview, the candidate may inform the Committee of updates at that time.
22. Do I require original documents during the time of application?
We do not require original documents at the time of the application. Please do not mail hard copies of your transcripts, certificates or marksheets. However, if called for the interview, we will require you to carry your original/attested documents with you.
23.Can foreign nationals apply for the fellowship?
Only Indian nationals and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) are allowed to apply for the fellowship.
Eligibility Criteria for Fellows (either one of the following should apply)
- Ph.D. degree with minimum one year full-time work experience
- Post-Graduate with minimum 60% of marks (or equivalent CGPA) with minimum 3 years full-time work experience. Professionals such as MBBS, LLB etc. with minimum 5 year course of study after 12th class will be considered as “Post-Graduate”
- Professionals like Chartered Accountants, Architects, Company Secretaries etc. who are registered with their respective professional bodies shall be eligible to apply for Fellows if they have minimum 3 years of post-registration work experience
- Graduate with minimum 60% of marks (or equivalent CGPA) with minimum 5 years full-time work experience.
Eligibility Criteria for Associate Fellows (either one of the following should apply)
- Post-Graduate with minimum 60% of marks (or equivalent CGPA). Professionals such as MBBS, LLB etc. with minimum 5 year course of study after 12th class will be considered as “Post Graduate”
- Graduate with minimum 60% of marks (or equivalent CGPA) with minimum one year full-time work experience
- Professionals like Chartered Accountants, Architects, Company Secretaries etc. who are registered with their respective professional bodies shall be eligible to apply for Associate Fellows if they have minimum one year of post-registration work experience