Young Sustainability Leaders Fellowship


Context

Millions of Indians live without access to electricity, clean energy or clean drinking water. The landscape and demographics in India are also rapidly changing as a result of urbanization. With the population on the rise, this implies that India will demand and consume resources in increasing quantities. In addition, mitigating and adapting to climate change, avoiding air and water pollution, and ensuring food security for all are among the major environmental challenges India faces. There is an urgent need to meet these challenges as well as help the developed nations understand the concerns of developing ones.

The Fellowship presents the perfect opportunity for American students to study as well as address these challenges through innovative solutions. The students will gain a first-hand understanding of the challenges and issues of a developing country such as India. Partner organizations will also have the opportunity to engage with the youth and benefit from their broadened perspectives.

About the Fellowship

In the ever-changing global order, it is apparent that there is a greater convergence between the US and India on various strategic issues, which are reflected in the form of higher levels of cooperation on various issues of development. In continued pursuit of its mission, TERI NA has launched the Young Sustainability Leaders Fellowship to sensitize the future decision-makers about the concerns and challenges developing countries face in addressing environmental issues.

The Young Sustainability Leaders Fellowship provides American students an opportunity to study environmental issues in India, making them more aware of challenges faced in the developing world. The ultimate aim of the Fellowship is to shape the leaders of tomorrow and work towards a more sustainable future.

TERI NA invites post graduate and PhD students for the Academic Fellowship Program as well as mid-career corporate executives for the Corporate Fellowship Program. The Fellows will be invited to TERI India for a period of 3 to 6 months to work in their interested area of research.

Fellows may pursue areas of research, including but not limited to, the following broad areas of study:

Biofuels

Green Buildings

Rural energy

Sustainable Transport

Water Management

Academic Fellowship

Eligibility

Candidates who fulfil the following criteria are eligible to apply:

1. Be a permanent resident or citizen of the United States
2. Currently enrolled as a graduate student at an American University
3. Within the age group 21 to 30 years
4. Shows strong academic qualifications

All applicants will need to submit the following:

1. Most recent official transcript
2. Copy of official University ID
3. Letter of clearance from their Supervisor at University
4. At least one letter of recommendation.
5. Letter of support from the company*.

* The total cost of the Fellowship is USD 20,000 which includes travel, boarding and lodging. Interested applicants must submit a Letter of Support from their affiliated university, stating the agreement to grant the fund.

Interest applicants who meet the above criteria may contact

Annapurna Vancheswaran (PhD)
Vice-President, TERI North America
Email: annapurna.vancheswaran@terina.org



Corporate Fellowship

The Fellowship is also open to young corporate executives. Corporate Houses can nominate bright and budding executives for the Fellowship, which is expected to provide a transformational impact. Corporate Fellows will be chosen on the basis of an assessment of their potential and will be provided with appropriate mentoring and an all-inclusive approach on sustainable development.

Eligibility

Candidates who fulfil the following criteria are eligible to apply:

1. Be a permanent resident or citizen of the United States.
2. Currently employed by an organization based in the United States.
3. Within the age group 24 to 34 years.
4. Shows strong academic qualifications

All applicants will need to submit the following:

5. Most recent official transcript.
6. Copy of official company ID.
7. Letter of clearance from their reporting manager.
8. Letter of support from the company*.
9. At least one letter of recommendation.

* The total cost of the Fellowship is USD 30,000 which includes travel, boarding and lodging. Interested applicants must submit a Letter of Support from their affiliated organization, stating the agreement to grant the fund.

Interest applicants who meet the above criteria may contact

Annapurna Vancheswaran (PhD)
Vice-President, TERI North America
Email: annapurna.vancheswaran@terina.org

The David Jhirad Young Sustainability Leaders Fellowship, 2015

Launched in 2015, the first Fellowship is instituted as the "David Jhirad Young Sustainability Leaders Fellowship" in memory of Dr David Jhirad. A global leader in the field of energy, technology, science and policy, Dr Jhirad was a source of constant inspiration and a model of intellectual enthusiasm, unbounded optimism and positive energy. The US India Energy Summit organized in collaboration with TERI NA and Yale has also had the honour of Dr Jhirad's presence as a speaker at the 2009 and 2013 editions. He also had a deep connection with India, having been born in Karachi (then undivided India) and having spent the formative years of his childhood in India.

Dr Annapurna Vancheswaran
Vice President, TERI North America
Email: annapurna.vancheswaran@terina.org