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Swavalamban Associate for Ruralisation (SWAR) Fellowship Program

Swavalamban Associate for Ruralisation (SWAR) Fellowship Program

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SIDBI Swavalamban Foundation (SSF) Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action (SRIJAN)

SIDBI Swavalamban Foundation (SSF) is the new offshoot of SIDBI with focus on corporate social responsibility, development, and impact aspects of SIDBI and its associates. SSF shall carry the vision of creating "Each Home, One Entrepreneur / हर घर एक स्वावलंबी" also align with three Ps of Planet, People and Profit to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). SSF commits itself to support innovative, inclusive and impact aligned projects

SSF is implementing village adoption scheme for creating Atmanirbhar Villages. It is presumed that local and regional NGOs and field-level development organizations would be keen / show interest for implementing the Atmanirbhar Village project, especially in underserved geographies and difficult areas where they have on-ground presence, acquaintance with local demographic spread and understand the socio-economic context of the area. SWAR Fellowship is flagship initiative of SSF with twin objectives i.e., creating a cadre of rural development professionals for small NGOs to give an entrepreneurial orientation to them and, voice to the smaller NGOs to share their work with better governance structure to access financial support / Social Stock exchange for impactful work

For more information visit: https://sidbi.in

SRIJAN (Self-Reliant Initiatives through Joint Action) is a Public Charitable Trust established in 2000. It is one of India’s premier grassroots implementation agencies. SRIJAN works with small and marginal farmer families, women, and other impoverished sections of society in the poorest of the poor poverty pockets of rural India in over 15 livelihood themes.

Apart from direct implementation, SRIJAN has also functioned as a Technical Support Agency for various programs. In Telangana and Maharashtra, SRIJAN has worked with the State Rural Livelihoods Mission to strengthen NTFP Value Chain with SHGs and its Federations as Livelihoods options. In UP, SRIJAN worked with UPSRLM to strengthen the community-led institutions model of SHGs and Cluster Level Federations. SRIJAN also worked as a Technical Support agency to enable finance access to FPOs in Assam by linking them with mainstream financial institutions with the support of ICCo.

SRIJAN launched Buddha Fellowship to accelerate Forward Linkage Program in 2017. SRIJAN has been successfully running a Buddha Fellowship Program (BFP) for the last three years, and this program offers opportunities for an IIT/ IIM graduate to become a development entrepreneur.

For more information visit: https://srijanindia.org
Swavalamban Associate for Ruralisation (SWAR) Fellowship

The SWAR fellowship program brings together an opportunity to train and educate 10 fellows to transform the lives of rural communities through entrepreneurial knowledge and practices.

SWAR Fellowship is a one-year program for young graduates/professionals who have entrepreneurial bent of mind and want to contribute to rural development sector. SWAR Fellowship Program will provide you a platform to initiate your development entrepreneurship journey. Through this program you will get the opportunity to:

  • Transform the lives of rural communities.
  • Help the Grass roots organizations in scaling up, design and execute a comprehensive development program.
  • Build your own capacity for trying out innovative ideas for transforming the rural development landscape

Fellowship Offerings
  • The program is about addressing and challenging rural problems, which will train you to think innovatively, act proactively, exhibit leadership qualities and acquire management skills.
  • Our Fellows also gain access to a vibrant ecosystem comprising our Alumni, partners, and other relevant organizations in the social sector. This ecosystem can be leveraged to explore opportunities or other meaningful engagements/collaborations.
  • You will gain hands-on experience in promoting rural entrepreneurs/enterprises and understanding rural markets, their linkages, and an insight into the mind of the rural consumer and what comprises the "bottom of the pyramid".
  • This combination of knowledge and skills will be highly valued by several organizations in India and will be relevant in any career you choose after completion of this Fellowship
Stipend to SWAR Fellows
    • Total stipend would be Rs 40,000/- per month subject to TDS. The fellows would also be reimbursed for their local travel subject to a certain maximum limit and on submission of proof of expenses.
    • On successful completion, the Fellows will receive a separate gratification amount of Rs. 1,20,000 and a certificate of completion from SIDBI and SRIJAN.
Fellowship Period
The fellowship period is 12 months, from January 2023 to December 2023

Candidates having a master's degree in development, management, and entrepreneurship or B. Tech or any other 4 years' relevant professional degree from a premier institute/university with minimum two years of experience in grassroots organization are eligible for this Fellowship.

Academic Scores

Min. 55% throughout the academics.


Preferably, candidates applying for the Fellowship should have an experience of 1-2 years of working in any setup. Exceptions can be made for candidates with promising ideas and commitment to solving problems at the grassroots.

Age Limit

The candidate should be an Indian citizen between 21 and 28 years of age as of 1st Nov 2022.

Skills/ Background
  • Be willing to commit to SWAR Fellowship Values and grassroots,
  • Ideal candidates should be passionate about entrepreneurship and proactively taking steps to grow rural entrepreneurship.
  • Willing to work in rural set up at the grassroots and inclined towards promoting social enterprises at the grassroots level.
  • Fellows should commit to a 12-month long fellowship duration and adapt to the challenges and opportunities of rural setups for the fellowship duration.
  • Fellows must be fluent in written and spoken English for documentation and developing collaborations.
  • They must have passion and desire to work or learn about emerging markets and use social enterprise principles to solve global issues.
  • They must be able to adapt quickly and work in resource-constrained environments.
Seletion Process
Step-1: Check Your Eligibility
Step-2: Eligible candidates fill online application form through 'Apply For Fellowship' tab
Step-3: Shortlisting of Candidates based on filled online form
Step-4: Psychometric and Sociometry Test (Group Discussion Round)
Step-5: Interview Round
Step-6: Priliminary Village Exposure (For Freshers Only)

Application Process

Step - 1 Check your eligibility
Step - 2 Fill Online Application Form by clicking "Apply for Fellowship" button.
Step - 3 Submit Detailed Questionnaire Form (You will received after Filling Online Application Form)
Check your eligibility for "SWAR Fellowship"


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Request for Proposal to become "SWAR Fellowship Host Organisation"

What Host Organisation Will Gain?
  • The SWAR fellows will be placed at the project location of the selected Organisation for the project duration.
  • Professional support in developing an enterprise model for the people and community.
  • Inputs from Domain experts and academicians
  • Opportunity to be a part of the larger ecosystem of the development sector.
  • Support in evolving the long-term vision and strategy of the enterprise
  • All Professional cost will be borne by Fellowship Programme for the project duration.
Selection Criteria for Host Organisations
  1. Theme - Preferably Farm/Non-farm Livelihood, including skilling, can be considered. Organisations working on Agri processing may also apply
  2. Geography - Any underserved or Resource-poor Region of the country, preferably operations in Aspiration districts)
  3. Host Organisation - Annual average turnover of the last three years should be less than 5 crores.
  4. Domain Experience & Vision - At least 3 years of experience working in the domain about the assignment and clear and long-term goals around the domain for the local community.
  5. At least 1 project of entrepreneurship/enterprise promotion and Committed project funding and duration (2-3 years).
  6. Outreach of partner org. should be a minimum of 1000 families.
  7. Preferably Small cluster-level enterprises (15-20 villages)
  8. Organization's minimum presence of 3 years in the region where the project is to be assigned. (Exceptions may be given for deserving Organisation)
  9. Organisation should be reputed, ethical, and established with experience of a considerable number of years working at the grassroots level with rural communities.
  10. To encourage the Fellows to explore and enjoy the diversity and to also offer them the opportunity to work in a multicultural setting, preferably a "no home state" policy can be used.

Proposal Submission Process

Step - 1 Check your selection criteria
Step - 2 Fill Online Application Form & upload Screening Level Organization Application Form
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