Digital Swaraj Fellowship

Digital Swaraj Fellowship

Relevent Country: India

Applications are now open for Digital Swaraj Fellowship, a one-year experiential leadership journey to bring about a digital transformation at the grassroots.

It is an opportunity for India’s youth to contribute to society as a digital. change leader. The fellows will have hands-on exposure to the rural. digital landscape and work on innovative solutions to bring digital access to the underserved, unconnected, and marginalized communities. The experience will provide a comprehensive understanding of grassroots realities to the fellows, equipping them to become agents of social change. It will enable them to harness the potential. of ‘Digital’ to bring ‘Digital Swaraj’.

Thematic Areas

  • Digital and Information Technology Tools/Solutions for Development
  • Develop IT based solutions for the betterment of the society, creating tools benefiting large number of people.
  • Research, Communication & Advocacy for Digital Rights & Development
  • Research on the various aspects of digital development from multiple lenses including the progress, the gaps, the concerns and the opportunities. Provide insights into the different endeavors to bring the digital revolution to the unconnected, underserved & marginalized communities.
  • Digital Inclusion for Poverty Alleviation and Fighting Exclusion
  • Build and implement on ground programs at various levels with women, youth, PWDs and other stakeholders, bringing digital access and facilities to the large masses of underserved communities.
  • Digital Models for Capacity Building of Institutions, Government, Businesses and Civil Society
  • On ground capacity building and skill development of major stakeholders -Institutions, Government, Businesses and Civil Society personal to create digital change agents at the grassroots level.


  • Hands on learning through on-ground implementation
  • Understand the rural digital landscape from up-close
  • Development of collaboration and problem-solving skills
  • Opportunity to get one’s research kpaper published by Centre for Development Policy and Practice (CDPP)
  • Learn practically from the leaders in the sector who have years of on-ground experience
  • Develop and implement solutions for the underserved, unconnected I and marginalized communities
  • Build one’s entrepreneurial and leadership skills
  • Policy, governance, new media & technology exposure

Funding Information

  • The fellows will receive a stipend of Rs. 25,000 per month. Taxes applicable as per government regulations.
  • Duration: The Fellowship is for a 12 Month duration from 6 February, 2023 to 31 January, 2024.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant should be an Indian citizen.
  • The applicant should be between 20 to 26 years of age.
  • Minimum graduation level of education.
  • Proficient level of communication skills -Written & Verbal (English)
  • Commitment to social change.
  • Action-oriented with a willingness to work at the grassroots.
  • Looking for a challenging & immersive experience.
  • Interest in working at Advocacy & Policy level
  • Working knowledge of MS Office.