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What is the

Gender Lab Fellowship?

The fellowship aims to build leadership, employability and entrepreneurship skills among girls (20 to 25 years) through a multi layered ‘service learning’ model

This fellowship will include:

  •  A learning track for fellows to build their personal skills, professional skills and domain-knowledge.
  •  Each fellow training 650-700 school girls for a 6 month community service based leadership program.
  •  A deep dive into their own gender stereotypes and blocks to their self-empowerment

Objectives of The Gender Lab Fellowship:

  •  Take young women through a practical learning experience that will build their confidence and empathy along with making them socially aware and responsible
  •  Equip women with the required leadership and entrepreneurial skills that will help them in their career
  •  Empower young women by exploring the impact of gender bias and therefore breaking their own stereotypes.
  •  Enable young women to develop a vision for themselves and work towards taking their own decisions and becoming independent

Why this fellowship 


In 2015 Ayushi Banerji, CEO of The Gender Lab was selected to represent India at the G(irls)20 Summit 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.

As part of her application she was required to suggest an initiative that she would execute after the Summit. Her idea of such a fellowship – focusing on leadership, employability and entrepreneurial development of women through service learning, played a key role in her selection.

Thus at the Summit, she was able to discuss this initiative with voices from many other countries and also the G(irls)20 team. The idea firmed up during the Summit and she came back equipped with skills to take this initiative forward. Along with that she also brought back a deeper understanding of Gender Equity from a global perspective and the importance of economically empowering women.

The G(irls)20 Platform encouraged the idea of The Gender Lab Fellowship and is invested in Ayushi through mentoring, training and access to the right networks to make this initiative a success

“There is a need for girls to step up for each other, demand and create spaces for girls and women to discover their true potential, design their dreams and make them a reality. All of this is possible when girls have the right opportunities, skills and support system: That is what I want this fellowship to be”  

– Ayushi Banerji, The Gender Lab

The Gender Lab is BRM’s vertical that focuses on addressing gender issues through innovative interventions.

It is evolving with time and currently has the following initiatives within: 

 Avanti Young Women Leadership Program

 The Gender Lab Fellowship

 The Gender Lab Boys Program 

Find out more : The Gender Lab 2016-17 


tick5th January 2018 to 30th March 2018 :Apply online

tick15th March to 15th April: one on one conversations on an ongoing basis for shortlisted applicants

tick15th April 2018 to 20th April 2018 : Meet ups with first batch shortlisted applicants

20th April to 30th April 2018 : Meet ups with second batch of shortlisted applicants.

tick1st May 2018 : Announcement of final cohort of fellows

FINAL DEADLINE : 10th April 2018  

English Application Form  

हिंदी आवेदन पत्र


Fellowship begins in June 2018 , final dates to be confirmed in May 2018. 

Our Fellows Journey 2015-16


“This fellowship helped me increase my self confidence, as a result, it helped me voice my opinion in front of my family, friends. It also made me a good listener and understand others, most importantly my parents. After initial resistance, they understood me and supported me in what I was doing. The fellowship pushed me beyond my comfort zone” - Radhika K

Radhika Kandalgaonkar: Fellow 2015-2016

How was your experience with Avanti Young Women Leadership Program? It was great learning experience where almost 2000 girls taught me different things. They taught me the value of determination …