What is a Fellowship? 9 Reasons to Consider a Fellowship

Fellowships are short-term opportunities lasting from a few months to several years. It focuses on the professional development of the fellow and is hosted by a specific organization seeking to expand its leadership in the field. A fellowship program allows a person to pursue their educational, career or intellectual goals with reduced monetary strains.

Fellowships are opportunities to do something exceptional.

Fellowship programs are designed to support a range of activities which includes study in a specific field, research to advance work on an issue, developing a community-based organization or initiative, training, and reflecting to support the fellow’s growth.

HERE ARE 9 REASONS TO CONSIDER A FELLOWSHIP:

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Opportunity to learn and expand horizons of knowledge through fellowship (unsplash.com)

1. OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN AND EXPERIENCE

The fellowship program is uniquely designed keeping in mind the constructive phase of learning. Each fellow is guided through mentorship approaches under the banner of a different model of learning engagement. It provides the person undertaking the fellowship the experience of working with a team, learning various work processes, adapting to the responsibility of delivering submissions and engaging with like-minded people and developing thought processes.

Like, Chevening Scholarships and Fellowships based in the UK, which offers an unique opportunity for mid-career professionals and future leaders from all over the world to develop professionally and academically.

2. RESEARCH INCENTIVES

Fellowships are great for students who wish to pursue research in a specific field. The publication award will not only provide financial assistance but add credibility to the research and inspire other foundations to support you in your endeavours.

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Fellowship opportunities to strengthen personal growth aspects to succeed in life (unsplash.com)

This could be seen in the University Grant Commission fellowship programs (India) which invites researchers from various fields and levels from young undergrads to the emeritus professors.

3. SCOPE TO DEVELOP PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL PERSONALITIES

Fellowship provides scope to participate in practical assignments in order to develop a professional personality. The spaces of training allow for learning problem-solving methods, expressing innovative ideas within a team, and presenting the conflicts in a constructive manner while maintaining interpersonal engagement to create inspiration among other fellows.

Fellowship programs like Scar Fellowships in Antarctic Research 2020 are for early-career researchers which opens up new opportunities and partnerships which are important for developing professional and personal skills and personalities.

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The Earth5R team overcame the problem of scrap fabric waste and unemployment by developing a practical circular economy based program which encouraged entrepreneurship and empowered the local women.

4. OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE INVALUABLE PROFESSIONAL NETWORKS

As fellowships are usually internationally-based programs, participating in the activities provides opportunities to meet people from a diverse background of education and culture. Exchanging ideas with professionals from different domains such as engineering, management, public health, and humanities provides a chance to create and develop a community of qualified mentors.

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Opportunities develop as a leader and to make a change through social entrepreneurship (unsplash.com)

Like most fellowship programs, Netherlands Education Group fellowships in Amsterdam give opportunity in networking, meeting great people, and to work in a team of talented people from all around the world.

5. OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

As fellowships are hosted by social entrepreneurs, participating in platforms with people who have similar goals and objectives helps develop collaboration with social innovators, funders, grass-root leaders, social workers to bring effective long-lasting social changes in the society.

Fellowships like the German Chancellor Fellowship and the Earth5R Global Fellowship are important for prospective leaders who wish to implement a project idea they have developed themselves.

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The Earth5R team working with the community to train and encourage social development and built entrepreneurship skills.

6. CHANCES OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Host organizations provide recommendations depending on the fellow’s skills and refer them to the other partner organizations. The hosting organizations could also keep their fellows as their employees in order to develop an alumnus program which helps spread awareness about the organization’s activities and initiatives.

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Employment opportunities in recognized organizations worldwide are possible through fellowship (unsplash.com)

Ocean Fellowship

Like the Ocean Fellowship in Venice, a paid fellowship which supports the participants to work at novel knowledge in a time of climate and ecological emergency.

7. CERTIFICATE AND RECOGNITION AMONG ORGANIZATIONS

Fellowship programs provide experience certificates along with their brand name which gives value to the candidature of the participants. This helps students to get a job with the experience they have developed during their fellowship.

Like the Earth5R Global Fellowship program which is designed to work on projects in partnership with the United Nations Organizations and Global Governments. This gives credibility to the fellows in social reform topics such as Circular economy and Sustainability.

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Earth5R encourages the fellows to take up a real projects which involves upliftment of the community

8. FELLOWSHIP FUNDING TO WORK AND TRAVEL ABROAD

In order to achieve career goals, students could try to experience work-life abroad after their education. International fellowships typically provide necessary resources to support such experiences. These fellowship programs help grow connections and gain a unique perspective about various fields.

The Matsumae International Foundation’s Research Fellowship Program  from Japan was created to deal with national egoism and help nations move toward world peace by engaging in international networking and fellowship programs.

9. BECOMING AMBASSADOR FOR YOUR OWN COUNTRY

Leaving your own country and working with the people whose work you have been devouring since years helps develop a unique perspective. You gain an opportunity to represent your country and region and you can play a key role in policy development by discussing the struggles you faced with your growth in the country and comparing it with other students helps in comprehending the many views about topics.

Fellowship is a mean to become socially committed agents of change.

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Develop global networks with panels such as UN, OECD and support climate change initiatives (unspash.com)

The Mecila Fellowship Program invites candidates to participate in an international research network in Sao Paulo, that focuses on the co-constitution of conviviality and inequality from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Fellowship is one way of opening many doors to professional and personal development while setting a stage for doing something notable in your field of interest. Visit Earth5R to learn more about Earth5R fellowship program on social and environmental reform.

ABOUT EARTH5R

Earth5R is an environmental organization from India with its head office at Mumbai. It works with the NGO sector, Companies and helps them conduct environmental corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs across India. Earth5R specializes in circular economy-based projects. Earth5R also offers short term and long-term environmental courses. 

Earth5R’s Global Sustainability Hub is a cross-sector and cross-country collaboration in pursuit of UN Sustainable Development Goals. It is an excellent opportunity for governments and the private sector to engage with communities, use Sustainability-based models to drive economic changes and create social and environmental impact.

Reported by Radhika Mehta, Edited by Riya Dani

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