Telangana Government is inviting applications for the position of Fellows and Senior Fellows to work with various Head of Departments.

About the Fellowship

Formed in 2014, Telangana is the newest state in the country. Since its formation, the state has adopted several path-breaking initiatives and governance reforms. For instance, the Rythu Bandhu programme initiated by the Telangana Government has become a model for other states and the country as a whole. Similarly, the recent land administration reforms undertaken by the Government have become noteworthy across the country. 

The Government intends to build on this progress and make a decisive shift towards improving outcomes across multiple sectors, going beyond the output-based progress reviews. As part of these efforts, the Government is partnering with organisations with deep analytical expertise in measuring outcomes to use this information to optimise its personnel and public finance management to improve developmental outcomes. 

To aid this transformation, the Government intends to hire deeply committed and highly qualified professionals. Accordingly, the State Government has decided to institute the Kakatiya Governance Fellowship.

The 1st batch of fellows were inducted in the period of March – May 2021. Since then, they have been closely working with various departmental HoDs in delivering great results, and have also gotten well-adjusted to the often lengthy or odd-working hours resulting from the high work demands by bureaucrats. 

Fellowship Structure

The Kakatiya Governance Fellowship will be a structured programme for the Government to engage professionals  where they will be:

  • Recruited through a rigorous selection process
  • Provided periodic training for developing key technical and non-technical competencies
  • Provided regular feedback on performance
  • Exposed to a wide range of governance issues beyond their own specific projects

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  • As a part of this fellowship, professionals will be recruited for 2 years, extendable to 4 years.
  • The working hours will follow the schedule of the Government of Telangana and as stipulated by their reporting manager. Currently, the Government of Telangana follows a 6-day week schedule with second Saturday as a holiday.
  • Outstanding performers may be considered for longer-term contract engagements with the Government of Telangana or its associated institutions.

Number of Positions

  • Fellow (4 positions)
  • Senior Fellow (1 position)
  • The final number of positions may vary depending on emerging administrative requirements and the availability of suitable candidates.

Fellows are expected to play a significant role in shaping key projects and become a part of the governance team of this rapidly developing state. After completing this fellowship, it is envisaged that these professionals will continue to be part of the development ecosystem in the state and the country, thereby making this fellowship an investment for the future of the country at large.

Similarly placed fellowships across the country have attracted candidates from the best academic and professional organisations. Therefore, this fellowship will provide you with an opportunity to work with highly qualified people and build a lasting network for your careers ahead. In addition, the candidates are expected to gain significantly in terms of their technical/non-technical skills and get significant exposure to the inner workings of the Government.

Telangana State Development Planning Society (TSDPS) will be the implementing agency for this fellowship programme.


  • Age: The cut-off age for Fellows is 32 years as on 10th April 2022 (i.e., those born on 9th April 1990 or later) and for Senior Fellows is 40 years as on 10th April 2022 (i.e., those born on 9th April 1982 or later).
  • Education: A postgraduate degree or higher from a premier educational institution in policy-relevant subjects including Public Policy, Economics, Development Studies, Business Management, Law, Human Resources, Accounting etc. In exceptional cases, graduate degree holders may be considered. Candidates with academic and practical experience in technology, data management and analysis, and systems design/architecture are also encouraged to apply.
  • Professional Experience
    • Fellow Positions: Candidates should have at least 2 years of full-time work experience post their graduation
    • Senior Fellow Positions: Candidates should have at least 4 years of full-time work experience post their graduation, with some exposure to handling small teams. Preference will be given to candidates who possess experience of working on data visualisation tools like Tableau, generating heat maps using applications like Q-GIS, scripting data processing languages using softwares like ‘R’.
  • Candidates are expected to demonstrate technical and analytical skills in areas such as data analysis/presentation, and be comfortable working with large data sets (managing, manipulating, merging, analysing data) and creating visualisations of key insights.  
  • In addition to technical and analytical skills, candidates are expected to have excellent written and communication skills (ability to communicate complex ideas in a meaningful way and across different audiences).
  • The ideal candidate should also possess entrepreneurial skills in exploring development opportunities for the state and formulating their own work plans to enable the state to seize these opportunities with minimal supervision. Equally important, they should possess interpersonal skills in dealing with the administrative apparatus, duly understanding the functioning of the state Government.
  • Language: Knowledge of Telugu is an advantage, but not mandatory.


  • For Fellows: A consolidated amount of Rs. 80,000 to Rs. 1,00,000 per month depending on the qualifications and experience
  • For Senior Fellows: A consolidated amount of Rs. 1,25,000 to Rs. 1,50,000 per month, depending on the qualifications and experience
  • Increment: There will be an annual performance-based increment from 7.5% to 15%.
  • Work related expenditure incurred by fellows/senior fellows shall be reimbursed as per applicable guidelines.
  • These engagements will be based out of Hyderabad, however, there could be project-based travel engagements within the state of Telangana or beyond, with travel expenses reimbursed as per applicable guidelines.


The timelines for recruitment under this programme is as follows:

  • Deadline for Receipt of Applications: April 10th, 2022
  • Interview Call for Shortlisted Candidates: April 16th, 2022
  • Interviews for Shortlisted Candidates: April 18th – 25th, 2022
  • Announcement of Selected Candidates: May 7th, 2022 
  • Confirmation of Acceptance: May 15th, 2022
  • Expected Joining Date : June 15th, 2022

How to Apply

  • CLICK HERE for the Official Notification. [Read it properly before applying]
  • The applicant should fill the relevant application form as per links provided below.
  • CLICK HERE to apply for the Fellow positions.
  • CLICK HERE to apply for the Senior Fellow positions.


  • Please feel free to send your queries to [email protected]. However, no application will be accepted through this email ID.

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