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You can apply by 4th April 2021

The allowed team size is 3 members

After registration, you will be redirected to the Skillenza platform where you can network with like-minded registrants and form teams based on thematic/topic interests.

It is mandatory that the team should be composed of 3 members from different disciplines. One member must be from a technical background, one from a non-technical background and one from a communications background.

For example:
Technical background: Engineering, Architecture, Urban planning, App developer, GIS etc
Non-Technical background: Sociology, Environmental science, Gender studies, etc.

Communications background: Media field, Artist, Photographer, Novelist, Podcaster, Videographer etc

It is mandatory to have at least one female member. We encourage an all- women team and other gender identities

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To be eligible for this program, you must be :

  • In the age group of 18 to 30 years and an Indian national
  • A young professional with a Bachelor’s degree in disciplines like media, architecture, civil engineering, sociology, art, urban planning, music and others.
    Applicants with 10th/12th degree and/or non-degree certificates like vocational course certificates with experience of working in disadvantaged communities on aaco thematic priorities
  • Part-timers/freelancers/not involved in a full-time job
  • Applicants must have basic English proficiency
  • Applicants from diverse economic and social backgrounds are encouraged to apply

Applications from all backgrounds are welcome. We strive for diversity in our fellowship cohort which we think is important for inclusive outcomes and we aim towards bringing out stories from different perspectives and experiences. We strongly encourage applications from women, people with disabilities, people from under-represented social groups and underprivileged backgrounds. Read more about WRI India’s values on diversity, equity and inclusion.

The winning 🏆 teams will receive:

  • A financial grant of up to 🥇 INR 4,50,000 per team (a three-member team). Each member receives INR 1,50,000. The grant is inclusive of all applicable taxes.
  • Access to tap into a young urban leader network 😎 and get a head start in the WASH sector.
  • Site-based applied learning, knowledge-sharing, capacity-building, and direct technical assistance by aaco partners. 👏
  • One-to-one 🤝 mentorship and coaching from field experts
  • Workshops 🏢 to develop skills on topics such as stakeholder engagement methods, design-thinking, effective story narration, etc.
  • Global 🌏 visibility and connections

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Preliminary deliverables:

  • Resume (PDF/.DOCX format) - Share your updated resume/CV
  • Motivation (PDF/.DOCX format) - Share your motivation to join the ACCESS program (the word limit is 200 words)
  • Sample Work (OPTIONAL) - Share an example of your work that showcases the ability to tell compelling, true, stories

Final deliverables:

1 [Mandatory]

  • One main creative outcome as decided by the team. (see the THEMES tab for reference)
  • One photo-essay blog of 800 words.
  • One report.

2 [Highly Recommended]

  • A journal to help capture the team’s thought process and for the team to reflect upon later.

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