The Programme

The Programme – 

The Fellowship programme will last for two years and will consist of the following components:

Induction Training: Selected fellows will undergo a structured induction programme over the first three weeks, consisting of two phases:

  1. Training (Two Weeks): Fellows are trained on government processes and functioning, leadership and conflict resolution, effective communication, project ownership, working with communities, monitoring and evaluation etc. through lectures and interactive sessions with senior officers/ministers of the Delhi government, and subject matter experts from academia and civil society.
  2. Field Immersion (One Week): Fellows spend focused time on the field, experiencing the day-today functioning of the departments they have been assigned to and forming their own impressions of the field-level challenges, and possible solutions. Afterwards, they will prepare a policy note summarizing their analysis of the governance context, challenges, and recommendations.

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.

Fellowship Assignment: At the end of the induction training, each Fellow is assigned to one of the many departments of the Government of NCT of Delhi working under the supervision of the respective Minister. 

  • The Fellowship Assignment includes the key initiative(s) within the department that they will be contributing to, and specific details on roles and responsibilities.
  • Allocation of Fellowship Assignments depends upon both the needs of departments of GNCTD, and the skills and work experience that each of the Fellows bring.
  • Typical 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. 
  • Though most Fellowship Assignments are expected to last two years, Fellows may be assigned to a different department or assignment at any time based on project needs.


Executive Coaching and Mentoring: 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.

Performance Management: 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • High-level reviews of each Fellowship Assignment will be taken by the Hon’ble Chief Minister or Deputy Chief Minister.
  • An annual performance appraisal will be conducted at the end of the first year of the Fellowship Programme and upon the satisfactory performance, the Fellows will be asked to continue into the second year of the Fellowship Programme.


Upon successful completion of two years of the Fellowship Programme, Fellows shall receive a certificate from GNCTD signed by the Hon’ble Chief Minister.

Learning Opportunities: The Chief Minister’s Urban Leaders Fellowship programme is structured to provide a unique set of learning opportunities to Fellows such as:

  • An opportunity to engage on a wide range of urban and social policies such as education, public health, transportation, urban poverty alleviation and slum rehabilitation, environment sustainability, pollution control, and local public service delivery.
  • Key analytical and managerial skills by working on projects related to formulation and implementation of projects and initiatives in the development, infrastructure and technology sector.
  • Exposure to and understanding of the various stakeholders involved in the governance process.


Compensation: Remuneration of ₹1,25,000 per month will be provided to Fellows and ₹75,000 per month will be provided to Associate Fellows. In addition, a one-time grant of Rs 35,000 shall be provided at the beginning of the Fellowship in lieu of Computer/Laptop purchase.


Future career paths: Providing a matchless exposure to the functioning of the government, the Fellowship will prepare the young professionals to contribute to public service. It will enable them to access a plethora of opportunities in the policy and development sector as well as research and academic opportunities in their respective domains. CMULF will prepare the fellows to assume various public leadership roles.