Sharad Pawar Inspire Fellowship 2022 in Agriculture, Literature & Education

Sharad Pawar Inspire Fellowship 2022 in Agriculture, Literature & Education.

About Fellowship

India is a young and thriving country. Over 62% of India’s population lies between the ages of 15-59 years. It is expected that by the year 2036 the youth of the country will make up for 65% of its population. By the year 2025 the average age of the Indian population is expected to be 29 years, making India the country with the largest young population in the world. These population parameters indicate an availability of demographic dividend in India, which saw a rise in the years 2005-06 and is expected to last until the years 2055-56.

This gives India a unique opportunity to shine as a young global leader with the help of its strongest asset- the youth of the nation. Developing countries with a large youth population can achieve tremendous growth by investing in the education, health, and social welfare of the young population. In order to bring about a revolution in nation building the youth needs to be nurtured and empowered to be the leaders and changemakers of tomorrow.

There are various multifaceted approaches that can be undertaken for positive nation building but they all start with enabling the youth to bring about these changes. Substantial change is needed in order to build the nation, and for substantial change we need leaders and changemakers. For every great leader there is a moment that pushes her/him to take big steps towards leading a change, this push comes from inspiration.

In order to bring about change one needs to be fully convinced and motivated to take up the tough journey of leadership. Not everyone can or should be a leader, however the ones who can and should be a leader need that little push to do what they think should be done. Our vision is to give that little push to the youth of this nation and to bring that defining moment in their life where they are inspired and realize that they are indeed the future leaders and changemakers of India.

Objective : Sharad Pawar Inspire Fellowship 2022

Create an inspiration and learning platform for youth in the state of Maharashtra who undergo a 12-month long journey of discovering their own leadership potential and being inspired to bring about transformative change.

It includes training, mentorship, reflections and hands-on experience with grassroot organizations working on the issues that the fellowship program has selected.

Sharad Pawar Inspire Fellowship in Agriculture

Agriculture is both the biggest challenge and opportunity that faces India. India ranks second worldwide in farm outputs. As per 2018, agriculture employed more than 50% of the Indian work force and contributed 17–18% to the country’s GDP. With the rapid onset of climate change, agriculture is facing a multiplicity of challenges namely deteriorating soil health, reducing productivity per acre, extreme floods and droughts etc.

This however means that all of the above listed challenges bring with them the opportunity to disrupt the current practices to bring about positive change. To actualize this opportunity the youth of this nation need to be able to grasp, shape and harness the rapidly evolving technological advances in the agriculture and allied sectors.

Youth need to be well acquainted with latest technologies in agriculture and allied sectors such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, controlled environment agriculture, genetic improvements in animals etc.


The applicants should be between the age of 18 and 30. The applicants should demonstrate the following qualities:

  1. Intellectual Curiosity
  2. Passion and Self Awareness
  3. Potential for Impactful Leadership
  4. Students applying for fellowship must be from Maharashtra, his/her mother tongue is Marathi.
  5. Student pursuing any degree, who need to go to college to complete their academics during December 2022 to December 2023, should not apply for this fellowship.

Selection Process

  • Application Form Submission
  • Preliminary Screening – 400 candidates shortlisted
  • Review by Advisory Committee – 200 candidates shortlisted
  • Final Interview – Final 80 candidates selected

Boot camp Schedule Announcement

11 August 2022

12 August to 12 October 2022

Online Form Submission

Scrutiny and Result Preparation

13 October to 3 November 2022

11 November 2022

Result Announcement

Fellowship Award Ceremony

11 December 2022

Bootcamp Timeline

Baramati AIC – ADT

13 – 23 December 2022

04 – 10 April 2023

Shahyadri Farm

Respective Organization

From 1st of August

Yashwantrao Chavan Centre
Gen. Jagannathrao Bhosale Marg
Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400021


[email protected]

Q. Which streams can I apply to?

Ans. Agriculture

Q. Who should apply?

Ans. The SPF is meant for the leaders and changemakers of tomorrow. We are looking for candidates who have excelled in their career so far and have real substantial potential to bring about game changing impacts on the field of Agriculture and allied sectors.

Q. Do I get a stipend?

Ans. The selected fellows will receive a stipend of ₹30,000 upon successful completion of the fellowship program.

Q. When and where?

Ans. The fellowship program will start on 11 December 2022 at the Fellowship Commencement and Orientation Event and will end at the Fellowship Concluding and Final Design Showcase Event. The entire journey will be of 12 months. The fellows are required to attend a 2 bootcamps at the following locations:
Agricultural Development Trust Baramati, Baramati and Shahyadri Farm, Nashik

Q. Who will be mentoring me?

Ans. The fellows will learn from various industry and academic experts in the relevant domains. The fellows will also be mentored by members of the advisory committee which comprises pioneering veterans from the respective fields.

Q. How many fellows will be selected?

Ans. 80 fellows (40 male, 40 female)

Q. Qualifications

Ans. The applicants should be between the age of 18 and 30. Applicants for fellowship must be from Maharashtra, his/her mother tongue must be Marathi.

Q. Is there an age restriction?

Ans. Yes, the SPF is meant for youth between the ages of 18 and 30.

Q. What is the Selection criteria?

Ans. 1. Intellectual Curiosity
2. Passion and Self Awareness
3. Potential for Impactful Leadership

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