Catalyst for Change : Fellowship Programme 2021-22

Migration and Asylum Project (MAP) is excited to launch the “Catalyst for Change Fellowship Programme”! 

The Programme seeks to identify and train a community of rights-defenders and justice leaders to advance access to justice for one of the most vulnerable communities in our society – migrants and refugees. The Programme designed to provide a dynamic learning experience and a transformative career opportunity for early-career lawyers who are passionate about social justice issues. 

What does the Programme Offer?

The Fellows will have an unparalleled opportunity to spend twelve to eighteen months gaining both academic and field experience working in the niche area of refugee law and forced migration, and being part of a movement to build an inclusive and responsive legal protection landscape through a rule of law-focused approach.

​The Fellows will work directly with migrant and refugee communities across India and will have the rare chance to use core human rights and  international law principles to directly impact the lives of their clients. Over the course of the Programme, the Fellows will be trained to effectively leverage the law as a tool to protect the rights of displacement populations, contribute to ongoing advocacy and policy making efforts and undertake path breaking research and work in the field. Fellows will also have exposure to the workings of MAP’s key partners and collaborators, which includes UN agencies, CSOs, state legal aid authorities etc. 

What are the terms of the Programme?

Start Date: January 1, 2021                                                                                               

Location: New Delhi

Duration: 12 months, extendable by a maximum of 6 months

Monthly Stipend: INR 45000 (subject to applicable TDS) 

Who Should Apply?

We are looking for applicants who are qualified lawyers, with 0-2 years of experience, with good academic qualifications, and a demonstrated commitment towards human rights and development issues.

How to Apply?

Applications for the 2021-22 Programme are now open. Interested candidates should submit the following to [] with cc to [] before the November 6, 2020:


i.  Resume

Please ensure that your resume is one page only. It should outline your educational and professional experience and highlight your achievements, leadership roles, language and other skill proficiency and publications (if any).

ii.  Letter of Motivation

Please ensure that your cover letter is one page only. It should highlight any achievements or skills or experience that you think make you a good candidate for the Fellowship and explain why you are interested in MAP and in being a CFC Fellow and what you expect to gain out of the experience.

iii.  Contact details of two referees

Referees may be contacted by phone or email in the final stages of the application process. 

Please read the ​FAQs below carefully before applying. 

Shortlisted candidates may be required to appear for a written exam and/or an interview between 15th to 30th November, 2020. The final decision will be made before December 06, 2020. 

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.


Nayantara Raja

"I worked with MAP as a caseworker from January 2017 to December 2019. The work that you get to do at MAP is entirely unique, there is no other organisation in India where you can work so closely with refugees and asylum seekers from a number of countries. You are also given the training, space and opportunity to develop a very wide range of professional skills which will stand you in good stead no matter what career path you choose going forward. Most importantly, MAP is the right place to start if you are interested in a career in international humanitarian or human rights law."

Yuvraj Rathore

I was at MAP from January 2019 till September 2020. There is absolutely no better way to understand the workings of international refugee law without seeing it first hand, and no better way to learn to appreciate the strength and resilience of a refugee without hearing their story in person - working at MAP will be your chance to do so! You will not only practice what you are passionate about and provide direct legal/protection advice, referrals and representation to forced migrants who are navigating highly prejudiced environments, but you will do so along with a team of thoughtful and motivating colleagues. MAP is a place where your efforts will truly make a difference!


About the Fellowship


1. How many fellows will be recruited every cohort?

We are seeking to recruit 3-4 Fellows for the 2021-22 cohort. This number will vary from one year to the next depending on programme requirements and available funding.


2. Is the Fellowship period flexible?

The starting date for the current cohort will be January 1st 2021, for a period of 12 months, and this period is not flexible. An extension of 6 months may be available, subject to individual performance and project requirements. Fellows will also have to undergo a three-month probation period in line with MAP’s standard HR Policy.


3. Are extensions available for less than 6 months?

No; extensions, if granted, will be for a period of 6 months.


4. Does MAP offer deferrals for successful applicants?

No, at present there is no option of deferral.


5. Is the stipend negotiable?

No, the stipend is non-negotiable and will be uniform across the 2021-22 cohort.




1. Am I eligible to apply?

MAP welcomes applications from young legal professionals (0-2 PQE) interested in human rights and social justice.  


2. Does MAP have a non-discrimination policy?

Yes. MAP also encourages applications from women and non-binary individuals, and people from minority backgrounds.


3. Does MAP accept non-Indian applicants?  

No, currently the MAP-CFC Fellowship is only open to Indian citizens.


4. Can I apply if I am currently a student?

No, the MAP-CFC Fellowship is intended to be a full-time position for recent graduates. You are required to have completed your coursework before the start of the Fellowship. If you are currently a student of law or related subjects, you are welcome to apply for an internship at MAP.


5. Can I do the Fellowship part-time, with other employment, coursework or a thesis?

No, the MAP-CFC Fellowship is intended to be a full-time position. Fellows will be required to enter into an exclusive contract with MAP and will not be able to take on other paid positions during the period of the Fellowship. 


6. Is previous experience working with refugees and migrants required? 

No, prior experience working with migrants and refugees is not required before you apply to be a Fellow. However, any prior experience with displaced communities or other marginalised groups will make your application stronger so please include it in your application!


7. Is there a grade cut-off for applicants?

No, there is no grade cut-off for applicants for the MAP-CFC Fellowship. However, a strong academic record will make your application stronger. 


Application Process


1. What can I expect from the application process?  

Only complete applications sent via email within the deadline will be assessed. Shortlisted candidates will be required to appear for a written test, based on which they may be shortlisted for an interview.


2. What can I expect from the written test?

The written test will be case-study based and will be used to measure your analytical skills, problem-solving abilities, and communication skills. Other relevant information will be provided to shortlisted candidates prior to the test.


3. What can I expect from the interview?

The interview will be conducted by MAP’s Senior Management and Project Heads. The focus on the interview will be to assess the candidate’s commitment to human rights and their existing knowledge of displaced communities in India. 


4. Where will the interviews be held?

The interviews may be conducted in-person at our New Delhi office, or remotely (subject to the prevailing situation and the Applicant’s location).



Scope of Work


1. What sort of work will Fellows do during their time at MAP?

The main responsibilities of the Fellows will include assisting in providing legal representation in individual cases, providing legal counselling through MAP’s legal response desk, formulating and implementing outreach campaigns in addition to contributing overall to the research and policy work undertaken by the organisation. MAP is a small organisation; all Fellows should also be willing to take on ancillary and administrative tasks related to their project.


2. Will the Fellows receive any training?

Yes, Fellows will be provided training in the first two months of the Fellowship.

The training will include an overview of existing projects and internal processes, along with the legal and policy framework that will be required to engage with. Fellows will be expected to finish assigned readings and take initiative to make the most of this training period.


3. How will Fellows be assigned to ongoing projects?

Fellows will be assigned to a Project Team; however, Fellows may be given an opportunity to work on more than one project at a time. The primary project responsibilities of the Fellows will be assigned to them during or after the training period. This allows us to assess the skills, and strengths of each Fellow and match them with the project requirements. While we encourage Fellows to inform us of their preferences, we cannot guarantee that Fellows will be assigned their first-choice of projects as the requirement of the project and the strengths of the other team members are also relevant factors in this determination.


4. Where are the Fellows based?

Fellows will be based in New Delhi.

5. In light of the pandemic, can I work remotely?

While MAP is currently functioning through a hybrid model (partially remote), we will require the Fellows to be based out of Delhi and, subject to the prevailing conditions, be willing to come in to the office when required. All necessary precautions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic are being, and will continue to be observed.


6. What will the working hours be like?

MAP’s working hours are 0930 am to 0600 pm, Mondays through Fridays. While weekends are not usually working, Fellows may be required to work some Saturdays but this will be restricted to two Saturdays a month.


7. Are Fellows entitled to time off?

Yes, all Fellows are entitled to casual and sick leaves, along with weekends and public holidays. The detailed Leave Policy and other internal policies and procedures will be provided to the Fellows on joining.


8. What can I gain professionally from the CFC Fellowship?

As a CFC Fellow, you will have the unique opportunity to innovatively engage with one of the most relevant issues globally. The networks and relationships you will build during the fellowship and the academic and practical experience you will gain from this are likely to open up a wide range of academic and professional opportunities after the Fellowship.


Our past alumni have gone on to pursue graduate or professional degrees at prestigious foreign universities, and other international Fellowships. Others continue to work in the social sector, both in the field of refugee protection and otherwise, at international organisations, including UN agencies.