FAQs

We are looking to rigorously train dedicated individuals for a period of 9 months to become valuable assets for the animal protection movement in India. By the end of the Fellowship, these Ahimsa Fellows will become proficient in dealing with a variety of Animal Protection issues in the country and working closely with state governments and district administrations to capably enforce and implement animal protection laws. The Fellows will also be well-versed in using legal and policy provisions pertaining to animal protection in India.

The previous two cohorts of the Fellowship have also seen candidates combining their own skills and experience with our 9-month training to carve out a niche for themselves in the animal protection movement.

The sky is the limit when it comes to what the Ahimsa Fellowship is about. There is infinite scope to make the world a better place for all animals. The question is –– Are you ready to commit yourself and learn to bring systemic changes?

Yes. The stipend amount is meant to cover cost of executing assignments. Travel and accommodation for the residential contact classes will be covered by Team Ahimsa Fellowship and is NOT to be borne my the candidate. Any rare out of pocket expenses not included in the stipend are reimbursed on a case-by-case basis.

For the first 2 months out of the 9 months, fellows will be credited a stipend of Rs. 10,000 per month. Post that, they will received a stipend of Rs. 20,000 per month.

Yes. It is mandatory to attend the 10 Days Residential Contact Classes. The travel and accommodation for the same would be booked by Team Ahimsa Fellowship.

3 to 4 such sets of contact classes/group assignments will be conducted across the span of 9 months of the Ahimsa Fellowship

Fellows are expected to implement the learnings gained during the online and contact classes. They will be given varied assignments ranging from field work, drafting reports, working with government authorities, organising small online/offline campaigns and events etc. for the remaining quarter in their respective cities.

Yes, absolutely. The Ahimsa Fellowship is a full-time programme meant for dedicated individuals who take it seriously.

This is a full-time Fellowship programme. Fellows are expected to commit a minimum of 6 hours a day from Monday to Saturday, on an average – the timings may vary each day.

The Ahimsa Fellowship is a full-time professional commitment. Taking a leave or days off with respect to personal exigencies will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Prior intimation will be required.

The Fellowship does not involve direct care-giving/sheltering of animals. Fellows will be working with State Governments and District Administration to facilitate implementation of animal welfare laws and policies. Hence, Fellows will be engaged in helping create better living conditions for animals through advocacy efforts.

No. Only individuals who are willing to commit to the full duration of 9 months may apply.

Animal Protection is an emerging sector with opportunity for work in various organisations as well as scope for self-employment. The selected candidates who successfully complete this fellowship program will be recommended for placements in organisations across India and supported in forming their own organisations.

Having good command over written and spoken English is necessary. Additionally, command over Hindi language (in a Hindi speaking State) or dominant vernacular language (in non-Hindi speaking States) is highly preferred.

Yes. Fellows will be given an opportunity to intern with other organisations across India.

Yes. Comprehensive study material will be provided to the Fellows.
They will also be enrolled in NALSAR University’s Advance Diploma in Animal Protection Laws.

No prior animal-related experience is required however we expect fellows to be dedicated and committed to the cause.

Absolutely. Training on animal protection laws is one of the key focus areas of the Ahimsa Fellowship. We invite applications from people who are self-motivated and keen to understand the legal and policy regime of the country with respect to animal protection.

No, the Ahimsa Fellowship does not require Fellows to do any rescue work by themselves. During the course of the Fellowship, we will briefly cover addressing cruelty cases through the government machinery. We encourage fellows to have basic knowledge about rescuing animals however it is, by no means, a requirement.

Advocacy is a very broad field and includes anything from building alliances, meeting stakeholders, organising campaigns, litigation, drafting reports and representations etc. The programme will equip you with a variety of skills required in the movement – legal and policy knowledge, leadership skills, communication skills, presentation skills amongst others. Other skill sets such as design, art, community outreach, networking and fund raising – all are advantageous and can be put to great use in the animal protection movement.