Monday, January 20, 2014

CfP: Summer School Programme for Future Leaders in Development; May 31- July 11, at IIM Udaipur

Summer School Programme for Future Leaders in Development: A learning event for Development Students and Practitioners
May 31- July 11, 2014, Udaipur, India
Organizers: Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur; Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, USA

IIM Udaipur and the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University are pleased to invite applications for the 2014 edition of the Summer School Program for Future Leaders in Development. This program is a six-week signature academic workshop sponsored by the Center for Development Management, Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur and the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, USA. It brings together a select gathering of students and practitioners of development drawn from Duke University, prestigious Indian universities, non-profit organizations and social enterprises. Aimed at students and NGO professionals seeking careers in the academic field and practice areas of development and related sectors, the summer school program imparts theoretical perspectives, research skills and empirical tools for young development leaders who are engaged in or getting ready to apply themselves to contemporary socio-political challenges.
The program provides a unique opportunity for students to work and interact with globally reputed faculty (including academics and practitioners) through a combination of coursework that includes lectures, discussions, direct field investigations and project work that aims to help in transforming the lives of some of the poorest people in the world. The curriculum will be of particular significance to young development leaders who are engaged in, or getting ready to apply themselves to contemporary socio-political challenges. Some of the themes included in the curriculum program are as follows:
  •     Concepts and theories of Development
  •     Investigative research methods
  •     Thematic modules on health, education, livelihoods
  •     Professional development through grant writing and data presentation skills
To encourage peer-learning and project development, students will be placed in a three-person team that will include one student each from an Indian University, an early career staff member from a non-governmental organization (NGO) and Duke University. Teams will spend considerable time in rural areas as hosts of an NGO in order to identify and assess existing gaps in community needs. Through this experience, they will employ academic learning from the classroom for transforming real-life.
The program is fully residential. Students will stay in IIMU dorms while classes are in session. Host NGO's will arrange home stays during field visits. Selected participants will receive a full scholarship to attend the program and cover program costs, although they will have to arrange for their own travel to and fro from Udaipur.

Program Structure: In the six-week program, each student will be part of a three-person team that includes a student from Duke university, a student from an Indian University and an early career staff member from an Indian non-governmental organization (NGO). Each team will be assigned to a regional NGO and will produce for the host NGO a detailed project proposal, including a needs appraisal, an implementation plan, budget and cost-benefit analysis, which the NGO may present to a potential funder. A considerable amount of time will be spent living in rural villages or urban slums served by the host NGO, where the student team will be required to identify gaps in existing responses to community needs and develop plans for responding to them. The curriculum will be of particular significance to young development leaders who are engaged in, or getting ready to apply themselves to con-temporary socio-political challenges.

Why Apply?
  • Use classroom knowledge first-hand in implementing your project proposal in the field.
  • Collaborate with the sharpest young minds who will be leaders in development tomorrow.
  • Further your professional development through interactions and lectures by NGO and governmental officials

Admissions/ Eligibility Criteria
  • For applicants from Indian universities and colleges: Mandatory: Master's Degree (or) must have appeared for final exam of final year of degree; Preferred but not required: Work Experience.
  • For applicants from NGOs and Social Enterprise Professionals: Mandatory: Bachelor's Degree (and): Work Experience – 5 Years; Preferred but not required: Master's degree
Selection procedure: Online Application form, Statement of Purpose, Telephonic Interview

Costs: All selected students will get a full scholarship that covers program costs, Accommodation and Boarding charges.

Students will earn a Certificate from IIM Udaipur. Course Modules include:
  • Concepts and Theories of Development
  • Investigative Tools and Methods
  • Managing Development
  • Thematic Modules
  • Professional Skills
  • Three weeks of collaborative field investigation

Housing: Students will live in IIM Udaipur student hostels while taking classes in Udaipur. While in field locations they, along with other members of their study team, will live with host families

Some Participating NGOs: Aajeevika-National Rural Livelihoods Mission; Action Research and Training for Health; Foundation for Ecological Security; Seva Mandir; Vidya Bhawan; Many more that focus on child labor, agriculture, and women's rights.

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