The National Parliamentary Fellowship Program (NPFP) will select up to two fellows for a foreign policy-focused research stay in New Delhi, India, expected to commence in February 2020 for a period of 2-3 months.
The NPFP aims to identify and foster the development of a new generation of leaders, promoting investment in Australia-India relations through the networks that fellows create. For a period from two to three months fellows will assist a member of India’s Parliament in developing policy advice, and will have the opportunity to attend public policy hearings and briefings.
Fellows will also be affiliated with a research mentor at the NPFP partner in New Delhi, PRS Legislative Research, pertinent to their primary policy research interest, and will attend relevant events offered through PRS and other leading Indian research institutes and think-tanks in New Delhi.
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
To be eligible to apply for the program, you must:
- be an Australian citizen
- be a recent graduate of a postgraduate program (graduated within the last 2 years), or are currently enrolled in a postgraduate program at an Australian university, and in excellent academic standing (A-levels, graduated with distinction) at the time of the fellowship
- be under the age of 35 at the time of the fellowship
- hold an Australian passport that has at least six months’ validity at the time the fellowship commences
- be able to apply for a visa to India from outside India rather than being in-country at the time of visa application.
Selection will be based upon the following criteria:
- academic history and performance
- relevance and importance of proposed research topic
- previous academic or professional experience in India
- demonstrated interest and previous research or professional experience in international relations, particularly vis-à-vis India, or in India’s economic policy or security affairs
- background in international relations or policy study
- personal motivation; involvement in University and community activities
Selection for the program is highly competitive.
To apply for the India fellowship, candidates are required to submit an online application which includes:
- a statement of purpose including the proposed research topic
- resume and academic transcripts
- contact details for two references, with at least one of them being an academic reference, with permission to contact these references should you reach the interview round; and
- a consent to disclosure of personal information form, so that we can release your information to relevant partner organisations and the other successful fellow, should one be selected.
Applications must be received by Monday 7 October 2019.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview, and successful candidates will be notified no later than 29 October of the outcome of their application. Selected candidates will be asked to confirm their participation by Wednesday 6 November.
Successful applicants will be enrolled in a six-unit postgraduate academic course at ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, CRWF8019
Public Policy and Professional Internship.
As part of your enrolment in this course you will be required to:
- participate in pre-departure briefings
- participate in regular meetings with your research mentor at PRS
- attend Australian High Commission functions in New Delhi, as advised
- keep a weekly diary record of life in India and the progress of the research
- write an online article about your research topic
- submit a formal report on your experience to ANU and PRS within one month of your return to Australia
- submit a 3,000-word research paper on an agreed upon research topic upon return from the fellowship.
Further details regarding the academic component and requirements of the course will be provided to successful candidates.
- Final research paper 60%
- Formal report 15%
- Feedback from PRS mentor and hosting MP 15%
- Online article 10%
The fellowship will cover the cost of an economy round trip airfare between Australia and India, private accommodation in New Delhi, and a monthly stipend of AUD 800. All other costs will be covered by the fellow. For non-ANU postgraduate coursework students, fees will be sponsored for enrolment in CRWF8019 Public Policy and Professional Internship.
Feedback From Previous Fellows
2018 NPFP Fellow, Medha Majumdar (right), and friend.
Participants in the program report positive experiences in the following areas:
- Enhanced networking, mentoring and research proposal development skills
- Experience of living in-country and performing research first-hand
- Opportunity to publish papers, present seminars and engage deeply with academic experts in their field
- Rewarding immersion in fast-paced political environments interacting with a variety of stakeholders
2018 Fellow Medha Majumdar - shared the following in relation to their NPFP experience:
"The National Parliamentary Fellowship Program (NPFP) India was an incredible and transformative experience. My time in the program strongly influenced my decision to pursue a PhD at The Australian National University (ANU) on economic modernisation and democracy in South Asia. It gave me the opportunity to engage with policy makers and complete original research, all the while being immersed in cosmopolitan life in Delhi. I cannot praise the NPFP more highly. I am deeply thankful and appreciative to everyone at the ANU and PRS Legislative Research (PRS) who made the experience possible. I am also very grateful to Dr Narendra Jadhav MP for hosting and mentoring me over the duration of the program."
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