Applications for 2013 are now closed
The Australia India Institute is offering a series of 8 week residential fellowships to emerging leaders in India from a variety of disciplines including media, the arts, academia, the civil service and public life.
The Australia India Institute invites outstanding mid-career Indian professionals, across disciplines, including those in public life, to apply for its 2013 Emerging Leaders Fellowships Program. The Fellows will be expected to deliver a public lecture on a subject of international significance and produce an extended essay of approximately 5,000 words on the same theme, which will be published and widely disseminated by the Institute. The Fellows are also expected to contribute to the regular programme of the Australia India Institute and it is envisioned that their presence will enrich the Institute and the University of Melbourne. The Australia India Institute will endeavour to customise each Fellowship to maximise interaction with peers across Australia.
The Fellowship includes airfares, residential accommodation, office space and a payment of $10,000 (AUD).
Applications will close on Wednesday 15 August 2012. Detailed Curriculum Vitae, three references and a 400 word statement identifying the theme of the public lecture and essay, and why this topic was chosen, must be included in the application. A specially constituted jury will make the selections and successful applicants will be notified individually.
Please forward all applications to:
Please ensure all applications and associated documentation are attached to the one e-mail.
Our high calibre Emerging Leaders Fellows include:
Pawan Agarwal is a senior civil servant and he has worked in the higher education sector for more than a decade. He is currently an Adviser (Higher Education) in the Planning Commission. Previously he was Director in the Ministry of Human Resources Development and Financial Adviser in the University Grants Commission. He has written extensively on higher education. His book, Indian Higher Education: Envisioning the Future, published by Sage, is a most comprehensive review of Indian higher education. He has been a Fulbright New Century Scholar attached to Harvard University and Emory University and visiting scholar at ICRIER, New Delhi and at the University of Melbourne.
BE, Punjab University, India, PhD, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi, India.
Adviser (Higher Education), Planning Commission, Government of India.
Principal Secretary to the Government of West Bengal, Department of Science and Technology and Department of Minority Affairs and Madrasah (earlier Cooperation Department and Municipal Affairs).
Sanjeev Chopra, currently Joint Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, heads the National Horticulture Mission. He has been Secretary to the governments of Uttarakhand and West Bengal in several departments including Agriculture, Horticulture, Food Processing, Rural Development, Industrial Development and IT.
He has held the Robert S McNamara (World Bank), Hubert H Humphrey (Cornell), and Twenty First Century Trust Fellowships.
He has been invited to contribute to seminars, workshops and conferences on development Interventions, governance issues and agrarian economy by the World Bank, UNDP, ICA, National Training Academies, Indian Institutes of Management, IITs, industry and farmers' organizations.
B.A. (Hons), MA, MBA, LLb, PhD, IAP
Joint Secretary (Agriculture); Mission Director, National Horticulture Mission; Managing Director, National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited.
Principal Secretary, Agriculture Department, Government of West Bengal.
Ashok Malik is an Indian current affairs columnist with 20 years’ experience who writes for The Times of India, Hindustan Times, The Asian Age, The Pioneer and Tehelka. He has also contributed to international publications such as Forbes and YaleGlobal Online.
Malik writes on government, politics and foreign policy. Much of his recent writing focuses on globalisation and how it is changing our world, not solely in trade and economics but also in social spheres.
In May 2011, he authored a paper for the Lowy Institute, Sydney, on business and civil society influences on Indian foreign policy.
B.A. (Hons) University of Calcutta, India.
Independent news columnist, writing regularly for major Indian publications such as The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, Asian Age, The Pioneer and Tehelka.
Senior Editor, The Pioneer (2006 – 2009).
Prasenjit Kundu is currently the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Globsyn Skills Development, a partner company of NSDC India. His work is leading efforts towards the employability enhancement of young people.
Kundu is an astute business leader with over two decades’ experience with Fortune 500 organizations and large Indian-based multinationals.
With a passion for building and nurturing human resources, competency building and skill development, Kundu has been a strong proponent for industry-academia linkages through his role as Charter member of the TiE and by nurturing and mentoring entrepreneurs.
B. Tech (Hons) IIT India; PGDBM IIT India, Harvard Business School Executive Program.
President and COO, Globsyn Skills Development Limited.
Chief Operating Officer, Apollo HealthHiway Limited.
Nevin Wilson, a medical doctor by training, heads the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (the Union) South East Asia regional office in New Delhi. Over the past 20 years he has managed the provision of primary healthcare to tribal communities in South India and complex public health programming coordinated to achieve the Union's vision of 'Health solutions for the poor'. His career objective is to contribute to saving people's lives through better public health, with an emphasis on socially marginalised, poor and vulnerable communities. His passions include music and reading.
M.B.B.S Madras University, India; Post Grad Dip MGR Medical University, India.
Regional Director, The Union South-East Asia Office, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.
Technical Consultant, The Union, Paris, France
Dr. Rajib Maity is an Assistant Professor the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, which is one of the leading, globally recognized institutes in India. Dr Maity received his doctorate in 2007 from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. He has made a significant research contribution in the field of hydroclimatology and water resources engineering. A Gold Medal was conferred upon him by the IISc for his performance in the Master's programme. Dr Maity has received professional recognition through the National Doctoral Fellowship, International ICE WaRM Fellowship, DAAD fellowship for IIT faculty, IEI Young Engineers Award and the BOYSCAST Fellowship.
Bachelor Engineering, MA Engineering, D. Phil.
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology – West Bengal.
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology – Mumbai.
Harsh Shrivastava, a policy and communications expert, is a consultant to the Planning Commission of India. He is currently working on the 12th Plan, an initiative aimed to improve the Commission’s current five-year planning process.
Previously Shrivastava was a Director of CII, working on national policy and he was predominately responsible for CII's Agribusiness.
Harsh was also the deputy speechwriter to Prime Minister Vajpayee, a corporate executive with Reliance Capital, a journalist with Business World and he co-wrote The Business of Social Responsibility, India's first book on corporate social responsibility.
Post Grad Dip IIM, India; Bachelor Commerce, Mumbai University, India.
Consultant (Planning), Planning Commission, Government of India.
Vice President, Reliance Capital.
Mahima Kaul is a writer and journalist and has worked in print, video and online. She has written for The Indian Express, Sunday Guardian, PBS World Focus and has also worked on video programming for Al Jazeera and PBS. She was the India producer for PBS's special coverage on the Mumbai Terror Attacks, which was nominated for an Emmy Award, and her blog has been picked up by OpenDemocracy, Global Voices, Huffington Post and Ground Report.
Deeply involved in the ICT4D sector, Mahima has worked with Video Volunteers (a community media organisation); helped launch India's first community TV channel, India Unheard; and is a consultant with the Digital Empowerment Foundation where she manages the Digital Knowledge Centre.
BA McGill University, Canada; MA University of Westminster, UK.
Project Manager of Digital Knowledge Centre, Digital Empowerment Foundation; Founder & Director, Open Communication Foundation; Columnist, The Sunday Guardian
Partnerships Director, Video Volunteers, India; Producer / Correspondent, TV News International, UK-India.
Dr Rajeev Anantaram is Senior Associate Editor at the Business Standard Newspaper based in New Delhi. Previously he was Senior Fellow at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations and Senior Associate and Head at CRISIL Limited, both in New Delhi. He has also worked and taught extensively in the United States.
Dr Anantaram holds a PhD in Public Policy and Applied Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. His areas of interest are broadly in the political economy of development and include Foreign Direct Investment Policy and trade theory – particularly the political economy of regional trade agreements. His regional focus is on East and South Asia.
PhD, University of Pittsburgh USA; M. PA Syracuse, USA; M. S Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, India.
Senior Associate Editor, Business Standard Newspaper, New Delhi.
Senior Fellow, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, New Delhi.
Harsh Pant is a Reader in International Relations in the Defence Studies Department at King's College London. He is also an Associate with the College's Centre for Science and Security Studies and an Affiliate with its India Institute. His current research is focused on Asian security issues. Recent books authored or edited by Dr Pant include The US-India Nuclear Deal: Policy, Process, and Great Power Politics (2011); The Rise of China: Implications for India (2011); China's Rising Global Profile: The Great Power Tradition (2011), The China Syndrome: Grappling with an Uneasy Relationship (2010), Indian Foreign Policy in a Unipolar World (2009), and Contemporary Debates in Indian Foreign and Security Policy: India Negotiates Its Rise in the International System (2008).
PhD, University of Notre Dame USA; M. Phil Jawaharlal Nehru University India, BA (Hons) Delhi University, India.
Reader in International Relations, Kings College, London
Lecturer, Department of Defence Studies, Kings College, London.
Dr Mandira Kala heads the legislative engagement and support function at PRS Legislative Research, New Delhi, India. PRS is an independent non-partisan research institute providing research support to all Members of Parliament on legislative and policy matters. Mandira also coordinates the Legislative Assistants to MPs (LAMP) Fellowship Programme where young graduates are trained as legislative assistants and placed with an MP assisting their parliamentary work for a period of ten months. Dr Kala completed her PhD in Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She was awarded the UNDP Asia-Pacific Human Development Academic Fellowship in 2008.
PhD, University of Massachusetts, USA.
Head, Legislative Support and Engagement, PRS Legislative Research, New Delhi, India.
Research Associate, Centre for Social Policy, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA.
Dr Supriyo De is the Officer on Special Duty to the Chief Economic Adviser, Dr Kaushik Basu in the Ministry of Finance, India. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Sydney and was a recipient of the Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship. He also completed his Master of Economics from Yokohama National University as a part of a World Bank scholarship program.
He has substantial experience in revenue administration, tax policy and macroeconomic analysis. Dr De’s research interests include economic growth, macroeconomics and technology policy. He has publications in journals such as The Economic Record and The Singapore Economic Review.
PhD, University of Sydney, Australia; MA, Yokohama National University, Japan; MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India; BA, University of Delhi, India.
Officer on Special Duty to the Chief Economic Adviser, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
Additional Director (Human Resource Development), Central Board of Direct Taxes, Ministry of Finance; Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, New Delhi.