Rural Development Fellows Scheme

Prime Minister‘s Rural Development Fellows Scheme is an initiative by the Ministry of Rural Development Government of India implemented by collaborating with state governments. This sarkari yojana aims to reduce poverty and improve the lives of rural inhabitants.


  • To proffer short-term catalytic support to the district administration in underdeveloped, isolated and remote areas to improve program delivery
  • To develop competent leaders and facilitators who are a consistent, reliable, and extensive resource for rural development
  • To engage with stakeholders, including government, public sector institutions, and civil society actors for promoting social protection programs

Basic eligibility

A candidate must:

  • Be 22–27-year-old Indian candidate (an SC/ST category candidate can be 22–32 years old)
  • Be a graduate from a recognized university. Graduates whose degree tenure was <4 years must hold a postgraduate degree from a recognized university
  • Have a minimum of 50% in the aggregate or equivalent grade at graduate/post-graduate level
  • Be declared physically fit by the Government Medical Hospital
  • Know the local language and customs
  • Be experienced in related industries
  • Be excellent in extra-curricular activities, including art, culture, sports, in high school/college
  • Have been a leader in high school/college/workplace

Responsibilities of a fellow

Fellows should understand the historical, geophysical, agro-ecological, socio-economic contexts of a district. Their responsibilities include:

  • Working with institutions for the poor for boosting their efficiency and assisting them with rights and entitlements
  • Facilitating capacity building for self-help groups and democratic institutions, such as panchayat
  • Socio-economically analyzing local areas at the block level and fulfilling people’s needs
  • Assisting the district administration in local area planning
  • Assisting in better-implementing poverty diminishing initiatives, e.g., National Rural Drinking Water Program
  • Discovering and strategizing more efficient ways of program delivery by the district administration
  • Designing and implementing innovative projects
  • Providing honest feedback on rural development initiatives

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