Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre presents Advantage Bharat Program. This program brings together bright young individuals who show exceptional intellectual ability and leadership potential from across the country, and trains them to become socially committed agents of change.

For a period of 4-6 weeks, the young leaders will devote their energies to bring about an array of ground level changes through their tenure of the fellowship and effectively lead complex public systems in the future. The name of the fellowship derives from the final book of Dr. Kalam – Advantage India (2015, Harper Collins)

Will you be this leader of transformation?

The Role You Play

  • As agents of behavioral change in villages/designated urban area
  • As information bearers of various schemes and development works
  • As ambassadors of Kalam Libraries and teachers and mentors to local kids
  • A chance to work closely with the Gram Panchayat representatives on village development plan and helping the district administration in local area planning
  • An opportunity to conduct socio-economic analysis and scientifically ascertaining the needs of the people
  • A platform to design, experiment and implement innovative project to solve the local challenge using technology, management and systems
  • A chance to handover the solution to the local community and administration for your work to be carried forward over a longer span of time

The Learning You Derive

  • A holistic learning experience to open minds and broaden perspectives by engaging in problems at grassroots level
  • Nurturing leadership, creativity, collaboration, empathy and adaptability through the interventions
  • Acquiring essential skills needed for research, problem solving and communication
  • Igniting new ideas and creating opportunities for personal and professional growth while interacting with industrial experts, mentors and role models who will be assigned to help, supervise and provide intellectual guidance
  • Creating an idea repository for the district administration
  • Creating awareness of the pressing issues of rural India and providing solutions for the same
  • Understanding the governance system of the nation which delivers to the last mile – by working closely with senior district functionaries such as the district collector

The Rewards You Get

  • 5 fellows will be selected for the second edition of Advantage Bharat Fellowship Program 2017
  • Each fellow will be posted in villages/urban area identified by the District Authorities.
  • Stay, food and travel arrangements will be made by us
  • Each fellow will receive a monthly stipend equivalent to the Mean Per Capita Earning (MPCE) figure subject to their assigned area of work beyond the other arrangements mentioned above. This is done to encourage better understanding of the life as a common citizen and assimilation of human values and challenges
  • Fellows with the best research-based solution will be considered for seed funding as a social startup at the local level
  • All qualified projects will be showcased in our social media portals with a combined followership of over 5 million users

Be Unique, Be One Of A Kind – Must Haves

  • Compassion to understand other humans
  • Courage to lead through cultural immersion, service learning and mentorship
  • A deep-rooted ambition to solve problems and make an impact on society
  • Passion for an idea or issue which could have wider social/business/academic implications
  • The humility to believe that he/she needs to learn more
  • The willingness to think differently and chart a new course
  • A demonstrated ability to overcome challenges
  • Qualities of integrity, self-awareness, energy, initiative and open-mindedness


TO APPLY – Send your STANDARD RESUME, a STANDARD PASSPORT SIZE PHOTOGRAPH (soft copy) along with a STATEMENT OF PURPOSE to office@kalamcentre.org

Please Note – Your statement of purpose should not be more than 400 words in length and you may like to cover what challenges you see in developing the villages of India and what value add you would consider creating as a Dr. Kalam Advantage Bharat Program

You may find the Report of the second edition of this program here

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