India is currently undergoing a demographic transition, wherein the youth population is expanding but opportunities for leadership and growth remain limited. Leaders from politics, media and voluntary organisations play an important in shaping the discourse and policy in a democracy. In terms of political participation, the grooming and training of the youth, as well as the absence of a stage for learning, remain pertinent concerns for boosting the political environment for the nation. The youth play a pivotal role in pushing the narrative for the betterment of the nation, yet the representation, as well as the political training for the same, remains limited. The youth are vital for enhancing democracy as their presence bridges the gap between generations, brings equality of voices wherein the engagement of the youth helps utilize the power of technology furthermore.

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The youth has been missing from the narrative of politics due to a tainted idea of politics and issues of democracy and governance. There continues to remain an absent youth in the current political narrative lacking the right opportunities and skill, preventing it as the first choice of career. There is a need for a formal programme to be carried out in order to ensure that the future political leaders get the due training. Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP) has already been working in the given arena and has successfully created a PGP course for the youth via Indian Institute of Democracy and Leadership (IIDL) . It works on provision of formal interdisciplinary course material and lecturers designed to bridge the gap between young talent and India’s democratic political entity and governance. However, a formal space for such a career pathway remains to be established.


Arising from the need for youth engagement requirement in the socio-political space, RMP and MEMG have devised an interactive and knowledge-accentuating fellowship for potential political leaders and policymakers in domains of leadership, management, politics, governance, democracy and public policy.The Fellowship will allow the participants to get work experience in the socio-political sphere, with the opportunity to directly interact with leaders, think tanks and other such organisations in the domain. The IIDL- Manipal Fellowships will provide the space for the youth to earn a stipend in the process of contributing to the act of nation building. It will be one of a kind experience allowing for the self-development of the individuals engaged. The fellowship will culminate into a learning experience with tangible outcomes of the work carried out with the leaders of the nation.


There are two-fold objectives of the IIDL-Manipal Fellowship

  • It will allow the fellows to strengthen their skills and expertise in the area of work chosen. This will allow for future potential leaders in the political domain to create their niche and showcase their skills.

  • The fellowship will also entail creating a day to day understanding of the socio-political spaces, establish networks for the youth with the existing political leaders, think tanks and other organisations who continue to do prominent work in the field.


  • The applicant should be above 21 years of age.

  • The applicant must have some experience in the socio-political landscape,  minimum 1 year of experience.

  • The applicants must have a keen interest in the issues of society and politics, who aspire to contribute to society.

In terms of the selection process, the preference would be given to the following in the order mention below

  • IIDL Alumnus

  • Participants of Netritva Sadhna

  • Others – The participants who have prior experience in the field of socio-political spaces


  • The IIDL- Manipal fellow would be expected to dedicate a year of their life to the fellowship with full commitment
  • The IIDL- Manipal Fellow is required to maintain professional behaviour and carry out the necessary engagements and proceedings with public leaders (MPs/ MLAs,  Leaders working in political parties), political think tanks or leading organisations working in socio-political space, politics, governance and democracy, allotted to them
  • The IIDL- Manipal Fellow is expected to create a working relationship with the office of the public leaders (MPs/ MLAs, Leaders working in political parties), political think tanks or leading organisations working in socio-political space, politics, governance and democracy , allotted for the duration of the fellowship
  • The IIDL- Manipal Fellow is required to keep a constant reporting with the RMP for the purpose of monitoring and evaluation
  • The IIDL- Manipal Fellow is required to work sincerely, and attend all trainings and workshops carried out as part of the framework

Financial Support: The IIDL- Manipal Fellows would be receiving a stipend of Rs. 22,000 per month for a period of 12 months.



Contact Sessions

Regular virtual and physical meetings and events to sustain team building and networking within the fellows

Skill Building Workshops:

To enhance the capabilities, frequent functional and behavioural skill building sessions for the fellows, throughout the year

Coaching and Support:

Timely mentorship, coaching and periodic reviews to ensure success in the project.

Duration: The programme would be a year-long commitment for a period of 12 months, which would also include trainings and workshops from time to time.



Round 1

8th August, 2020: Application Process Begins

Round 1

22nd August, 2020: Application Deadline

Round 2

3rd September, 2020: Short listing of the Applicants

Round 3

6th-10th September 2020: Personal Interviews & Focus Group Discussions (FDGs)

Round 4

14th September 2020: Final List of the Applicants

Round 5

18th September 2020: Last day of Confirmations by the Applicants

Round 6

21st September 2020: Commencement of the Programme


Who are we looking for ?

We are looking for young individuals who are enthusiastic about the socio-political landscape and aim to indulge in working for the welfare of the society.

Why has IIDL-Manipal launched this program?

The program has been launched to bridge the participation, skill and experience gap that exists in the Indian political scenario for the youth. The role of youth in issues of politics and
governance remains pivotal, therefore it is important to train and provide exposure to the youth and create potential future leaders.

Who are the stakeholders I would be engaged with?

As an IIDL- Manipal Fellow, you would be engaging with public leaders (MPs/ MLAs, Leaders working in political parties), political think tanks or leading organisations working in socio-political space, politics, governance and democracy.

What would be the location?

The location would be dependent on the location of the public leaders (MPs/ MLAs, Leaders working in political parties), political think tanks or leading organisations working in socio-political space, politics, governance and democracy. The location would be spread across India.

Will there be regular classes for the fellowship?

No, there will be no regular classes. There will be trainings and workshops from time to time to enhance the skillset of the IIDL Manipal Fellows, the schedule for which will be provided beforehand.



Established in 1982, Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP) is a unique Training and Research Academy, primarily aimed at enhancing the capabilities of voluntary activists and elected representatives of the people. RMP has an excellent state-of-art training facility spread over 15 acres of land on the outskirts of Mumbai, known as Knowledge Excellence Centre (KEC). RMP-KEC will be the host campus for the PGD course being conducted by IIDL. RMP is recognised by the United Nations as a Special Consultative NGO.


Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG), today, operates three Universities in India, recognised by the University Grants Commission. Separately, the businesses and other initiatives of the Group were restructured, where activities of similar nature were clubbed under four key verticals of Education, Healthcare, Research and Foundation. All institutions and businesses under MEMG are governed by a charter that requires them to offer socially relevant and affordable services.