CPPR Academy is launching a fully funded Youth Leadership Fellowship (YLF) to develop future leaders who will inculcate the spirit of liberty and freedom in the political and economic spheres.20 young individuals between the age of 20-27 years will be provided this fully funded fellowship. 

Currently, the youth make up for below 35% of Kerala’s ageing workforce. This calls for increasing the focus towards strengthening the youth and helping them skill up to partake in the dialogue and work around the public policy sector. The youth of Kerala present an untapped potential for leading the way for development and change in the region. The YLF is geared to unlock this latent untapped potential of Kerala’s youth. 

The Fellowship will focus on teaching, training and skilling them. It will provide them the opportunity to train under a mentor, partake in matters of policy and politics, leverage CPPR’s platform to publish their writings, host webinars and podcasts. Through the fellowship, the fellows can make use of the opportunities which are otherwise offered to individuals working in think tanks and similar organisations, while upskilling themselves from individuals immersed in the policy, politics and corporate ecosystem.

The process of applying for the fellowship

  1. Participants should fill the form by clicking on the register button
    1. They will be given time till 07th December to send in their application for the Fellowship. 

By 30th December, CPPR will announce the 20 individuals selected for the Youth Leadership Fellowship

Experiential Learning

Group Activities


Case studies discussion

Multidisciplinary Fellowship


  Skill building

Work Opportunities 

Online classes 

Expert Masterclasses 

Timeline for the fellowship

  1. Nine months long fellowship
  2. Three, month long courses around knowledge and skill building spread throughout the fellowship. 
  3. The Fellowship will start in January and culminate by September 2023. 
  4. The course will be conducted in a hybrid mode. 
  5. Sessions will happen in person and online. 


Who is eligible for the fellowship

The Fellowship is on a scholarship basis for all 20 individuals from Kerala

The Fellowship is open to any youngster of Kerala between the ages of 20-27 years


The individuals could be pursuing or completed degrees in Economics, Sociology, Social Work, Political Science, International Relations, Psychology, law or any other field . 

The individuals could also be in between their degrees or working in related fields. 

What will the participants gain from the fellowship

Foundations of Leadership 

The participants will hear from inspiring instructors, guest speakers and lecturers, learn about leadership in action, be introduced to roles they can adopt as part of the change they want to bring, and explore the issues they are passionate about using brainstorming, deliberations and visual diagrams.

Plan to Action Journey

Learning the skill of project planning, understanding the importance of team management,networking, fundraising etc. to take their knowledge and make it into actionables. 

Acquiring practical knowledge in Politics and Policy

The participants with their skills will also acquire knowledge of how the society functions, the importance of Public Policy, the connection between economics, policy,  politics, international relations  etc. The aim is to expose them to real life case studies from different academic disciplines but in a non academic context. 

Regroup to Reflect and Realise

Each time the participants complete the one month-long courses held thrice through the 9 months period, they must take the time to sit back and reflect; connect what they have learnt in course modules, workshops and practical experiences to prepare for future leadership roles. 


The fellows will have access to select mentors who will guide them through the entire duration of the fellowship. 

The mentors will play a crucial role in helping the fellows put their skills to work not only during the fellowship but also after. 

Fellows will have a call every three weeks with their respective mentors about their action plans etc. They can use this opportunity to even collaborate with one another to bring out articles, papers, webinars, podcasts etc.

Opportunities beyond Fellowship

Participants will receive the YLF certificate on the completion of the fellowship. During the Fellowship we will offer the participants a chance to engage with the society in some form to start the conversation around Kerala’s spirit of liberty and freedom. 

Deserving participants will be provided with opportunities to pursue their career goals through jobs and internships.