The digital landscape in India is highly skewed not just in terms of access, but also the way it has been designed, not catering to the needs of the diverse group of people. India as a country is still far away from being a digital society, with the current focus on bringing just access to it and not on enabling them to use it for their empowerment. ‘Swaraj’ means self-governance, and getting digital with complete self-governance is ‘Digital Swaraj’. It is to connect people digitally in a meaningful, effective and efficient way, without compromising on their rights & privacy. It is to democratically connect people under constitutional guidelines. It is to enable people to use digital in a conscious way, for their needs, rights and development.

The last date to apply is 31st July, 2024.

The Fellowship is for a 12-month duration from 1 September, 2024 to 31 August, 2025.

The field location of the fellows will be decided based on the project engagement. The exact location will be communicated to the fellows after the Rural Immersion. Fellows working on different projects during the course of the fellowship period may be required to move to multiple locations based on the project requirements. Travel for field visits will also be part of the fellowship.

The fellows will receive a stipend of Rs. 25,000 per month. Taxes applicable as per government regulations.

Yes. Local conveyance will be reimbursed. Travel, food & accommodation reimbursement will be provided in case of any work related movement away from the base location.

No. This is a full time fellowship with no scope for any other work/study engagement.

Digital is becoming one of the most important aspects of development, governance and social sector. The digital ecosystem is growing at a fast pace with a lot of services, delivery and governance moving to the digital space. However, there is still a dearth of digital experts in the sector. The fellowship experience will enable the fellows to grow into digital leaders, having in-depth understanding of the ecosystem, along with the development of requisite skills. This will open up avenues for them to become part of the growing digital ecosystem.

The fellows will become part of the Alumni Programme. They will have access to opportunities from DEF and its partner organizations. There will be a continued relationship with their mentors, providing them guidance and support.

No. Unfortunately, we will not be able to respond to all the applicants due to the large number of applications expected. If you have not heard back from us by 10 August, 2024, it means your application has not been shortlisted for the next step.