Smart Citizen Fellowship Programme



Citizenship Development Society (CDS) was formed with a with the aim of fostering fundamental constitutional value and duties of citizens and moral conduct amongst all sections of the population without a distinction of caste or creed Citizenship Development Society (CDS) is striving hard to bring these values amongst the citizens of India. CDS is a non- profit, apolitical and charitable Society working across various cross sections of the society. The vision of Society is guided by the preamble of the country’s constitution which aims at securing to all its citizens Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. The Society was registered on 17th April 1979 under the Societies Registration Act as a non-political, non-sectarian and non-profit making body. The focus of CDS is on the CITIZEN. Their development holds the key to national regeneration.


Mission Samriddhi is a social impact enterprise dedicated to holistic human development in India, through the design and development of projects that are sustainable and capable of scale to positively impact the larger population. Mission Samriddhi support existing initiatives, harnessing their energy and passion, providing the support required to address constraints, while building sustainable models in association with our project partners. Commit to a strong and prosperous India.



The main objective of this fellowship programme is to encourage and retain young social science and development professionals. The fellowship aims at issues like Citizenship Development, Fundamental Duties and Self Government (Panchayat and Nagarpalika).  CDS envisages a society where a responsible citizen is a part of the structure. To install responsibility amongst citizens CDS opines that the fundamental duties are as pertinent as fundamental rights. Moreover, the Panchayati Raj System should be fully functional so that the funds, functions and functionaries are properly devolved to the level of the panchayat. CDS strongly believes in self-government (Panchayat and Nagar Palika) and thereby the policies made at the level of the nation should be a by-product of the plans made at the rural level, which includes the priorities of the last person. Against this backdrop, CDS is looking forward for fellows who can meaningfully contribute in this process. The process will require a lot of action research, ideation, developing implementation plans and demonstrating it in the field.

CDS in association with Mission Samriddhi is inviting Application for a 1-year fellowship programme.

Two scholarships will be provided each at ₹ 20,000 per month for a period of 1 year (the fellowship can be extended for 1 more year based on the performance evaluation).


Eligibility Criteria:

  1. The applicant must have completed his Post Graduation. (Preference will be given to applicants who has done PG in Political Science/Social Studies/Social Science/Development Communication/Rural Management.)
  2. Candidate should have scored 55% in Post-Graduation.
  3. Candidate should have experience in social/development sector. (Preference will be given to candidates who have worked on Panchayati Raj System/ Fundamental Duties and Rights)


There will be a performance review based on the parameters decided by the organisation along with the selection committee. Based on the performance the scholarship shall be renewed every 3 months. The organisation has the right to suspend or continue the fellowship based on the performance. The Scholarship will commence from 1st May 2019.

The late date to apply for this fellowship is 15th April 2019.