Fellowship Details


There is growing demand among young, talented professionals across several disciplines to work and catalyze change from within the government. However, few opportunities exist currently that allow these young professionals with a passion for public service to contribute in a meaningful way.

The Delhi Chief Minister's Urban Leaders Fellowship (CMULF) program aims to provide unique opportunity to young leaders across India to work within the State government to address some of the most pressing urban challenges, thereby creating a pipeline of change agents to support the vision of the Delhi Government.

Program Structure

The Fellowship Program will last for one or two years, and will consist of the following components:

Induction: Selected fellows will undergo a structured induction Program over the first one month, consisting of two phases:

  1. Training (1 week): Fellows will be trained on government processes and functioning, effective communication, leadership and conflict resolution, project ownership, working with communities, monitoring and evaluation etc. through lectures and interactive sessions with senior officials/ministers of the Delhi government, and subject matter experts from academia and civil society.
  2. Field immersion (2-3 weeks): Fellows will spend focused time on the field experiencing the day-to-day functioning of the departments they have been assigned to and forming their own impressions of the field-level challenges, and possible solutions. They will prepare a policy note summarizing their analysis of the challenges, and recommendations.

Fellowship Assignment: Each Fellow will be assigned to one of the departments of the Delhi government at the time of appointment. After they join, they will receive details on their Fellowship Assignment which will include the key initiative(s) within the department that they will be contributing to, and specific details on roles and responsibilities. Allocation of fellowship assignments will depend upon both the needs of departments of GNCTD, and the skills and work experience that each of the Fellows bring.

Typical project assignments will require Fellows to contribute through a variety of roles over 1-2 years such as due-diligence and background preparation to launch of an ambitious reform, project management to fast-track implementation of priority projects, providing ground-up feedback to ministers/secretaries on progress of key Programs, strengthen concurrent monitoring & evaluation in key Programs etc. While each Fellow will receive a specific assignment at the start of the Fellowship Program, it is expected that they will also contribute to other ongoing activities and initiatives of the department, as needed.

Performance Management: The Fellows will be on probation for the first three months, and only after successful completion of activities in the probation period, the Fellows will be allowed to continue for the full length of the Fellowship Program, else the fellowship will be terminated and the Fellow will receive an Internship certificate from GNCTD.

All Fellows will work directly under the supervision of senior officials (Secretary/Director level) or Advisors to GNCTD, who will also provide regular guidance and mentorship on the Fellowship Assignment. In addition, high-level reviews of each Fellowship Assignment will be taken by the Honourable Chief Minister/Deputy Chief Minister every three months.

A performance appraisal will be conducted at the end of the first year of the Fellowship program, if the performance is satisfactory, the Fellows may be made an offer to continue into the second year of the program.

Deliverables: Based on the activities assigned by their supervisors, the Fellows will be required to produce several outputs (project notes, reports, presentations etc.) through the Fellowship program. The fellows will also be required to make regular presentations to concerned stakeholders and update them on the department-specific projects.

Program Completion: Upon satisfactory completion of the Fellowship Program, Fellows shall receive a certificate from GNCTD signed by the Hon'ble Chief Minister.

Learning Opportunity

The Delhi Chief Minister's Urban Leaders Fellowship Program is structured to provide a unique set of learning opportunities to Fellows such as:

  • An opportunity to engage on a wide range of urban and social policies such as education, public health, transportation, urban poverty alleviation and slum rehabilitation, environment sustainability, pollution control, and local public service delivery.
  • Key analytical and managerial skills by working on projects related to formulation and implementation of projects and initiatives in the development, infrastructure and technology sector.
  • Exposure to and understanding of the various stakeholders involved in the governance process.


The Delhi Chief Minster's Urban Leaders Fellowship Program would provide competitive remuneration given the length of commitment and cost of living in Delhi. Fellows will be entitled to a remuneration of UPTO Rs. 1,25,000 per month depending on their academic, professional and work experience. The fellows would also be provided a laptop / desktop computer to work on.

Mandatory Criteria

  • Candidates must be 21-35 years old at the time of applying.
  • Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree in any academic discipline.
  • Candidates must have excellent communication skills, both writing and presenting
  • Candidates must be proficient in reading, writing and speaking both Hindi and English, as their work would require analyzing government documents, guidelines, and circulars in both languages.
  • Candidates must demonstrate advanced analytical skills, problem-solving abilities, experience of working in teams, and ability to work with diverse stakeholders.
  • Candidates must be Indian citizens or hold a PIO/OCI status.

Desired Criteria

  • Candidates with superior academic performance will be given extra weightage.
  • Candidates with prior work experience in public service and development sector, especially governments, will be preferred.
  • Candidates with Advanced degrees (Masters and above) may be preferred for certain positions.
  • Demonstration of outstanding achievements and leadership potential

The selection process of the Fellowship Program will consist of two rounds:

  1. Online Application: The first round of shortlisting will be done based on academic and professional qualifications of the applicants, and their responses to personal statement questions in the online application. Candidates will be evaluated on criteria such as leadership qualities, achievement orientation and motivation. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the final round.
  2. Interview: The final round will consist of a face-to-face interview with a panel comprising officials from the GNCTD and external experts. Candidates will be interviewed in-person in Delhi. However, in exceptional cases, video conferencing may be provided as an option but only in rarest cases.

Following are the key timelines of the Fellowship Program:

14th June , 2016

Online Applications Open

4th July, 2016

Online Applications Close

11th July, 2016*

Announcement of Shortlist for Interviews

22nd July-31st July, 2016


7th August, 2016

Announcement of Final List

16th August, 2016

Final Date for Candidates to Accept Offers

1st September, 2016

2016 Fellowship Program begins

* Announcement of Shortlist for Interviews has been delayed to 15th July 2016 due to some technical issues.