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:
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.
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.
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 …
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– Reported by Radhika Mehta, Edited by Riya Dani