Young Researcher's Fellowship (YRF)

As a high school student, do you aspire for a career in policy research? Have you already experimented with research writing?

The Young Researcher's Fellowship introduces a select number of young and motivated high school students into the arena of research. It will lay the foundations of critical thinking, research writing and analysis skills. The students will work one-on-one with Ms. Ankitha Cheerakathil, Founder & Executive Director of Institute H21's Indian office Foundation for Community Consensus (for her full professional profile as a policy researcher and published author, see here). All research articles will be published on the Institute H21 website.

Research Themes:

1. Public Policy

2. International Relations

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and students can register here. 25% merit scholarships will be awarded to all students who have completed the Governance, Public Policy & Leadership 2.1 fellowship organised by FCC in partnership with NYU’s GovLab, the United Nations GCNI and the Embassy of the Czech Republic (read more about it here).

Kashish Khurana, Grade 12 (GD Goenka Public School)

"The Fellowship introduced me to the practicalities of writing a research article and made me more confident in my research abilities. Ms. Ankitha provided constant guidance and support at every step of the process. It was a thrill when my article was selected for publication in the Deccan Herald! I strongly recommend that every high school student take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to gain the invaluable experience of working under a qualified research mentor." Read her article here.

Benefits for Students:

 1. Personal recommendation letter (useful for college applications) will be provided.

2. The research article will be published on the Institute H21 website.

3. A Fellowship certificate will be provided to each student.

Eligibility: Grades 8-12 (final acceptance into the program may include a telephonic interview)

Duration: 3 hours per week for 1 month

Timings: Flexible, decided as per each student's school schedule

Venue: Online (Google Meet)

Fees: INR 16,000 (25% scholarships will be awarded to students who have completed the Governance, Public Policy & Leadership 2.1 Fellowship)


For Queries: Contact +91 9971195385 or email fcc@ih21.org