The National Law University, Delhi (“University”) is seeking to engage on a contractual basis, 1 (One) Social Work Fellow for Nagpur for the Fair Trial Fellowship programme supported by a grant from the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives.

The Fair Trial Fellowship

The Fair Trial Fellowship (“the Fellowship”) is an opportunity for young lawyers and social workers to work for providing quality legal representation and support to undertrial prisoners. The Fellowship will train and mentor a group of young professionals to work in collaboration with the State Legal Services Authority towards ensuring fair trials for undertrial prisoners at both pre-trial and trial stages. The Fellowship is currently rolled out for work in Nagpur and Pune Central prisons.


The responsibilities of the Social Work Fellows include :

  • A. Visiting the Prisons, interacting with undertrial prisoners, identifying individuals who need legal aid from the DLSA and supporting them in writing applications to DLSA.
  • B. Identifying undertrial prisoners entitled for bail/early release and refer such cases to the DLSA and the Prison Authorities.
  • C. Socio-legal case work interventions and handholding undertrial prisoners through the legal proceedings at both pre-trial and trial stage.
  • D. Home visits and working with families of undertrials in gathering information/documents relevant to their case.
  • E. Coordinating with other authorities if required for gathering relevant documents like age proof, address proof, medical certificates etc.
  • F. Identifying special needs of undertrials including pregnancy, claims for juvenility, disability, terminal illnesses, mental health issues etc.
  • G. Travelling as required to meet and communicate with family members of undertrial prisoners and other persons who may have oral and documentary information relevant for mitigation of the prisoners, using the tools and techniques for communication and obtaining information devised.
  • H. Coordinating with Legal Fellows and providing relevant socio-legal inputs in individual cases.
  • I. Case Documentation with details of interventions for cases handled.
  • J. Organising and conducting training workshops and conferences.
  • K. Documentation and Reporting as per programmatic needs.
  • L.Any other work that may be necessary to further the aims of the Fellowship Programme.


  • Postgraduate qualification in social work (M.A. in Social Work/MSW) or any other helping Professions/Social Science/Humanities subject or related areas from a Central/Deemed/State-Recognised University.
  • Minimum of one year experience (full time) in intervention work at the grassroot level is desired.
  • Proficiency in reading, writing and speaking Marathi
  • Ability to read, write and speak English
  • Familiarity with the use of MS-Office, emails and the internet
  • Prior work experience within institutions in the criminal justice system is desirable.

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  • Fellows will be paid a fellowship amount of INR 30,000 per month.

How to Apply

  • Interested persons must send their resume and Statement of Purpose, explaining their interest in working on this programme. The statement of purpose must not exceed 700 words to [email protected] and the subject of the email should be “Fair Trial Fellowship- Application for Social Work Fellow”.
  • Deadline: Applications received after midnight of March 03, 2021 will not be considered. 
  • For Official notification, click here