If you are motivated to champion change in Nepal’s public sector, the IIDS Graduate Fellowship Program (IIDS GFP) will provide you with the skills desired in public administration, leadership, policy-making and evidence-based research through first-hand engagement with the local governments of Nepal.

The IIDS GFP openly and competitively recruits Social Science graduates (Master’s level) of Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University and Pokhara University for a period of one-year and encourages them to provide innovative solutions to local problems, especially in the areas of public service delivery systems. Through continuous mentoring, guidance, and training, the IIDS GFP aims to inculcate values of good governance, public sector ethics and professionalism in the early years of the fellows’ careers.

The IIDS GFP vision is to expediate local development through the collective efforts of young and ambitious individuals in Nepal. It aims to achieve the following goals:

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

Key Benefits

  • Work experience – Provides first-hand work exposure by engaging fellows with local governments of Nepal (in partnership with National Association of Rural Municipalities in Nepal)
  • Learning from practitioners as well as academic experts – Fellows will be given consistent opportunities to have interactive sessions with experienced professionals from the development sector and academicians (national and international – in collaboration with Professors without Borders)
  • Comparative approach – We adopt this approach during the training/workshops, emphasizing comparisons between both Nepal and other international systems of governance
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills – Develop independent, analytical and problem-solving skills to identify, tackle and solve problems relating to the public sector using relevant methodologies and research techniques



Training conducted by ProwiBo started from 12th September 2022 to 23rd

September 2022.

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Program Essentials

Our program is designed to provide fellows with a holistic experience of working in a local government body in Nepal for one year. The IIDS GFP will teach you to use social science skills to plan, manage, administer, and implement plans, policies, and programs at the local level.


Our program is designed to present fellows with the opportunity to pursue a wide range of career options once they complete the IIDS GFP. Graduates may focus on careers in the public and social sectors as well as follow the possibility of finding placements in universities for those interested in pursuing further studies in the future.

We also have an engaged and active alumni network which shall increase opportunities for networking and learning.


Key information

Engagement Mode :
Full time
One year
Application status:
Start Date:
August 2022


Entry Requirements

  • Nepali citizenship
  • Recent Social Science Master's Graduate from Tribhuvan University, Pokhara University and Kathmandu University (thesis incomplete eligible too)