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Barefoot Rise Fellowship

Barefoot Rise Fellowship

Barefoot Rise Fellowship 2019

About Barefoot Rise Fellowship 2019


The Barefoot Rise Fellowship is an immersive 24-month experience that helps in achieving educational equity in rural India by providing an opportunity to India’s brightest individuals to serve as full-time teachers in Shikshaniketan, an extended primary school run by Barefoot College, with an unique hands-on approach to learning.


Through this experience of teaching and living in rural Rajasthan, Barefoot Rise fellows not only get exposed to the grassroots realities of India’s education system, but also develop the skills for becoming strong advocates for change inside and outside of the classroom.


To develop their skills in the classroom fellows will go through an extensive month-long orientation prior to entering the classroom along with continued support from experienced mentors throughout Phase 1 of the program.


In addition fellows will be given multiple opportunities for exposure visits through their time as Rise fellowship. The purpose of these visits are to expose fellows to different educational philosophies and ways of teaching. While at the school, fellows will be encouraged to engage with the local community to better understand the backgrounds of the students and the context in rural Rajasthan. These experiences will offer the fellows many opportunities to broaden their perspectives and expand as teachers and as individuals.




While working as classroom teachers, our intention is to create a safe learning-space for students, which enables them to share and explore their thoughts and ideas, with emphasis on developing the required knowledge, skills and values for them to be successful in their given communities.


All the while, we hope to keep focus on the sustainability of our work through documenting lesson plans and activities and creating an archive of durable teaching materials.


In addition, we intend to activate cross-learning platforms with local teachers, community and staff by exchanging skills and experiences relevant to classroom and local culture.




Fellows complete a rigorous, multistage selection process where they are evaluated for core competencies that are essential for success within and beyond the Fellowship. Competencies include demonstrated leadership, critical thinking, and commitment to our goal of developing a strong quality localised education model.


Eligibility: Young at heart professionals or graduates, healthy, motivated and energetic, high on communication skills, who are interested or are already participating in developing or delivering quality education to children aged 5 to 15.






Shortlisted candidates submit a 5-min Video Demonstrating their Teaching capabilities and a 5-min video explaining their Teaching Material* on any of these topics:




*You shall be assessed on your idea, creativity, motivation and ability to articulate. Finish/look/detailing of TLM is not important. TLM out of waste or easily available low cost material shall be preferred.






Selected fellows will submit a basic medical certificate before orientation.




* Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


* We encourage all applicants to apply early because the selected fellows will be able to plan their travel and relocation early.


* Applications submitted beyond the final deadline will not be considered for selection process.


15th March 2019 : First list of shortlisted candidates will be intimated


15th April 2019 : Second list of shortlisted candidates will be intimated


30th April 2019 : Final list of shortlisted candidates will be intimated


We would like to highlight candidates to apply before one of the above specified deadlines which will allow sufficient time for candidates selected as fellows to plan their travel to the location of orientation.




•Fellows receive a monthly stipend of Rs. 8,000 for living expenses
at the project location, to enable them to support affordable housing and dining are available near the school.


•Rs. 50,000 and a certificate of appreciation will be awarded at the completion of 1 year of the fellowship.


•Rs. 1,00,000 and an additional certificate of appreciation will be awarded at the completion of 2 years of the fellowship.


•Mentorship by experienced professionals in the field.


•Exposure visits and trainings twice every year


During orientation fellows will undergo extensive training that will help them to develop their pedagogical awareness and teaching techniques, learn by teaching in an offsite rural location, gain an in-depth understanding of the content and curriculum they will be using and to gain a better understanding of the rural context.


Through Phase 1, Classroom Teaching, fellows will be supported through weekly classroom observations and feedback sessions, which help the fellows to incrementally master teaching skills in the classroom. Similarly, fellows are given an opportunity to reflect on their experiences and expand their understanding of education through focused, bi-monthly, sharing and discussion meetings.


During Phase 2, Expanded Development and Collaboration, mentors will continue to support fellows with their teaching, co-teaching and the projects that they will be undertaking in the school. They will also be given opportunities to support the incoming batch of fellows through taking part in training sessions and meetings.


To further support the personal and professional development of the fellows, bi-annual exposure visits will be planned. Exposure visits are very structured, authentic, learning opportunities for fellows to explore different teaching philosophies and further reflect and expand on their development as educators.




Shikshaniketan is a day school run by Barefoot College in a village called Tilonia located in Rajasthan. With its rural charm still intact, you as a fellow will be closely interacting with children and teachers from communities in and around Tilonia.


Weather ranges drastically from summer months to winter months. Summer months (end of April – end of July) have temperatures hovering around 47 degrees while descending to single digits in winters. Rain is scarce, thus greatly valued. Experiencing and acclimatizing to Tilonia’s weather is an experience in itself!


For more details, refer the Official Website 


Application Link


Write to rise(at)barefootcollege.org for any further queries


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