FAQs

  • If you are a parent, why should you care?

    The Wonder Girls Student Leaders Fellowship is a definitive, one of its kind, platform that enables you to empower your high-potential adolescent girls with the right kind of community, mentorship, role models, and internships — all essential ingredients for long-term success and growth. The Programme enables you to expose your girls to diverse fields and various career paths, and equips them with the tools they need to succeed in the future in their chosen fields of endeavor. Our carefully designed methodology and comprehensive programming empowers your girls with much needed skills of confidence, agency, and resourcefulness. Please feel free to write to us at fellowship@wondergirls.co for any further questions.

  • Why be a part of Wonder Girls Student Leaders Fellowship?

    The Wonder Girls Student Leaders Fellowship is the first of its kind all-girls fellowship program for adolescent girls in India. We create a safe space and provide girls with tools and skills to navigate and excel professionally. Our wide-ranging modules cover topics such as reframing failure, networking, collaboration, accessing mentorship, financial independence, people intelligence, etc. among others. We enable fellows to develop game-changing skills through our thoughtfully designed leadership project. We create an environment for them to learn and network with one another as well as with high-impact role models. We conclude the program with an internship at our partner organisations to give fellows a taste of what it is like to be in the workforce, and motivate them for the future. 

  • Why is the Fellowship only for girls in Grade 8-12?

    Adolescence is a highly impressionable age. Access to the right role models, right projects, right peers, and information will be life-altering for the Fellows before they step into university from secondary school. It will help them form bonds with other high-potential girls their age and develop a strong sense of self and community. We create a space where girls get an opportunity to develop networks that will stand up for them as they move ahead in life. We are open to receiving applications from students in gap years as well. 

  • Why is it an all-girl program?

    Global research shows that all-girl environments enable girls to learn effectively without being influenced by widely prevalent stereotypes. There is a huge need in India today for programs that tie in adolescent leadership experiences with long-term success for girls.

  • Why is the program being conducted on a digital platform?

    Being digital enables us to bring the best talent, best role models, and best project facilitators together in one place and amplify opportunities for all. We have role models and facilitators participating in interactive sessions from all over the world and digital is the best medium to make that happen.

  • Can fellows do this alongside their school work?

    Yes. Our fellowship program is designed in a way that fellows can participate in it alongside regular academic commitments. The program is scheduled only on weekends, and can be taken from the comfort of your home. All it will require is pre-planning for the duration of the program effectively to make sure one can make the most of the fellowship experience.

  • Why is it a 10-week long fellowship?

    The 10-week timeframe allows us to space out our learning modules in a way to foster maximum learning. Our activity sheets and pre-reading material allow ample space for reflection prior to each week’s sessions. The consistency of our program enables for lessons to be imbibed more concretely. 

  • Why does the fellowship include a leadership project as one of the cornerstones?

    Our leadership project will equip the participants with life skills of resourcefulness, agency, problem-solving, networking, collaborative teamwork, and social consciousness. This transformational experience will change their life and provide them with an action-oriented outlook that can always be tapped into.

  • Why does the fellowship focus on peer networking extensively?

    The ethos of networking and collaborative teamwork has to be incorporated into girls from an early age. Research suggests that 85% of job positions are mapped through networking. According to a comprehensive study conducted by LinkedIn, ‘women typically tend to be 14-38% less likely than their male peers to have a strong network world over’. In a structured way, we curate peer networking sessions to break this stereotype and create a community of girls that will help one another professionally from the very beginning. 

  • Will fellows get an opportunity to interact with role models directly?

    Yes, the fellows will meet diverse and successful role models every weekend. Fellows will learn from them directly, get an opportunity to draw insights from their journeys, engage in a dialogue with them, and ask them questions: How did they achieve success? How did they overcome challenges? What are the mistakes to avoid? What are their decision-making frameworks? You cannot be what you can’t see, and sometimes access to role models is all one needs to steer one’s life to create a 10X impact. 

  • Can you tell us about the internships?

    We have a diverse list of credible organizations onboard as partners. Based on interest and skills, we will map the fellows with one of our esteemed partner organizations. This will give the fellows an opportunity to immerse themselves in real world working environments. The internship will be facilitated digitally by our partner organizations because of the pandemic-driven constraints. Fellows can add work experience to their resume, and more importantly learn to contribute meaningfully in an organization.

  • What will the selected fellows take away from the fellowship experience?

    If you are a young ambitious girl who wants to understand what goes into building a meaningful and successful long-term career, then this is the right place for you. From interacting with high-quality professionals who have been there and done that, to building leadership skills and creating a framework to help contribute to your community, to participating in a real world working environment through our internship program, you will learn skills that will set you apart. 

  • How to apply?

    Go to our application page and fill out the form. You will hear back from us with next steps.

  • What are the application deadlines?

    Application form deadline – September 5, 2021

  • What are the program dates?

    October 11, 2021 – December 19, 2021 

  • How does the selection process work?

    The first round is a written application. Shortlisted candidates from Round 1 will be invited for a 15-minute video interview, following which we will email the selection decision to the candidate. We will gauge the applicants on their capacity to think & reflect, professional ambition, intellectual curiosity, desire to learn & grow, proactive & collaborative nature, social consciousness, and well-roundedness. 

  • How does the fee structure work?

    The program costs 40,000 INR + taxes per selected fellow. This includes our 60-hour program as well as access to carefully designed program booklets, activity sheets, and reflection sheets. The fee has to be paid as soon as the fellow accepts the invitation into the program. The fee covers program costs for all four cornerstones of the fellowship. 

  • Do we get a certificate for participation?

    Yes, we will provide a certificate of completion to fellows.

  • How do we get in touch with you?

    Write to us with your queries about the program. We will do our best to get back to you within 24 hours. You can reach us at fellowship@wondergirls.co