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IIDS Graduate Fellowship Program

IIDS Graduate Fellowship Program
KMC Lalitpur

Institute for Integrated Development Studies Graduate Fellowship Program (IIDS GFP) invites applications from Social Science graduates (Master's level) from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University, and Pokhara University. The program encourages applicants to offer creative solutions to regional issues, particularly in the areas of public service delivery systems. The IIDS GFP strives to instill values of good governance, public sector ethics, and professionalism in the early years of the fellows' careers through ongoing mentoring, coaching, and training.

IIDS GFP will equip you with the skills you need in public administration, leadership, policy-making, and evidence-based research through direct interaction with local governments in Nepal.

The goal of the IIDS GFP is to hasten local development through the combined efforts of Nepal's aspiring young people. It seeks to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Produce young champions of change in Nepal
  • Bridge the capacity gap in local governments and the available skilled labor (graduates/fellows)
  • Strengthen Nepal’s public sector by encouraging youth leadership and engagement
  • Promote good governance/civic responsibility amongst young professionals
  • Address key development challenges for Nepal by identifying priorities that align with the needs and visions of the youth
  • Use innovative approaches to expedite development processes in the development sector


  • The candidate must be a Nepali citizen.
  • Recent Social Science graduate (Master’s) from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University, or Pokhara University

Key Information

  • Engagement mode: Full-time
  • Duration: One year
  • Start date: August 2022

Click here to apply for IIDS Graduate Fellowship Program.

Key Benefits

Work experiences: Provides first-hand work exposure by engaging fellows with local governments of Nepal (in partnership with the National Association of Rural Municipalities in Nepal).

Learning from practitioners as well as academic experts: Fellows will regularly have the chance to connect with seasoned development industry experts and academics (national and international - in partnership with Professors without Borders).

Comparative approach: This strategy is used during training sessions and workshops, with a focus on comparisons between Nepal and other global systems of government.

Analytical and problem-solving skills: Develop autonomous, analytical, and problem-solving abilities to recognize, address, and resolve issues pertaining to the public sector utilizing appropriate research methodology.

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