Villgro Fellowship 2011 – Building responsible social leaders – Apply by 20th May, 2011

VillgroVillgro empowers rural development by identifying and incubating innovations that can be translated to market based models thus impacting thousands of rural households. In efforts to impact rural life, we actively promote social entrepreneurship and work with different stakeholders to create and support an eco-system that empowers social entrepreneurship by means of seed funding, mentoring, networking and recognition.

The Villgro Fellowship is a 1 year program that aims to cultivate a pipeline of future leaders, who have the social commitment, leadership and operational skills to bring about permanent change in rural India, using principles of social entrepreneurship, while filling a critical talent gap within Villgro’s incubatee companies. In the last 3 years, 14 Villgro Fellows have brought about sustainable change in the lives of the rural poor, inspiring many more to join them in this movement for change.


The eligibility for villgro fellows are: Must be passionate and motivated leaders wanting to contribute to ending rural poverty, professionals with work experience, who want to apply their skills to practical solutions and create a social impact, potential social entrepreneurs who are passionate about creating social change through enterprise based models, professionals who have worked in one or more of the following functions - Strategic planning, Finance and accounts, Human resources, Sales and marketing, Design and Operations.

Short listed candidates will be intimated and will have to send in a 500 word essay on "Describe one of your accomplishments from the personal or professional front which impacted others" along with 2 professional references. This will be followed by a telephonic interview and short listing. The short listed applicants will be required to take an online 16 personality factors test. The applicants short listed for the second round would be required to attend an interview. The offer letters would be issued in July to the applicants selected for the fellowship.

Send in your detailed Resume, along with 500 words essay on ‘What motivates you to work in the Social Enterprise sector’ to

Fellowship 2011-12 timelines:

Last date for application: 20th May, 2011
Fellowship begins: 12th September, 2011
Fellowship induction program: 12th September – 6th October, 2011
Work at incubate organization: 10th October, 2011 – 17th August, 2012
Final report and presentations: 20th August – 7th September, 2012

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Contact details:
Villgro Innovations Foundation,
3rd Floor, IIT Madras Research Park building,
Kanagam Road, Taramani,
(Behind Tidel Park, on Old Mahabalipuram Road),
Chennai - 600113.
Tel: (044)-66630400

May 20, 2011 12:00AM