The Period Fellowship 2020

Apply for The Period Fellowship 2020

SUKHIBHAVA FOUNDATION: THE PERIOD FELLOWSHIP 2020

Are you passionate about ending stigma around menstruation? Motivated to become a future leader in the development sector?

Sukhibhava works with marginalised women and girls across India to unravel the stigma around menstruation and engages key influencers such as men, adolescent boys and teachers to create a positive socio-cultural environment at home and in schools.

Through our interactive tools and modules on menstrual health and hygiene (MHH), we create safe spaces to encourage dialogue and improve sexual and reproductive health seeking behaviour and mobility of women and girls during menstruation. While affordability and access to menstrual hygiene products is one part of the issue, Sukhibhava believes comprehensive menstrual health education and ending stigma is key to impacting sustainable change for half the population.

We have worked with 162,500+ women and adolescent girls across 7 states to make menstruation a non-issue. We're incredibly excited to be scaling our intervention to include men, adolescent boys and teachers to reach 1.5 million people across India through The Period Fellowship and Periodpreneurship over the next 5 years.

The Period Fellowship is a paid 15 month full-time leadership journey designed to nurture future male and female leaders in the MHH ecosystem. Your journey kicks off with the The Period Fellowship bootcamp where together we discover your unique story, motivation and talents while teaching you how to deliver our MHH intervention in schools and introduce you to your fellowship family for the next year. Period Fellows gain an understanding of menstruation in a rural or marginalised context and experience a combination of grassroots field work, stakeholder management and leadership, where they are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and up to the plate of shaping the narrative around MHH in India.

We're constantly experimenting with new approaches to overcome stigma, so we fiercely welcome diversity in our 2020 Period Fellow applicants - no matter your gender, age, class or professional background, we look forward to working with passionate, dedicated humans to continue making menstruation a non-issue.

 FAQs

  1. WHY SHOULD I JOIN THE PERIOD FELLOWSHIP?
    The Sukhibhava Period Fellowship journey has been thoughtfully crafted to build on fellows natural strengths and push them to develop new skills through their role as an educator, manager and team member. You will learn to work with adults and adolescents from low-income communities to create safe spaces to break the silence around menstruation and encourage vulnerability in conversation. Alongside exceptional facilitation and communication skills, you will also develop leadership, stakeholder, team building and project management skills that will serve you in most other professional pursuits. Period Fellows are exposed to intensive mentorship, training, field and management experience, where you will be responsible for recruiting and managing your own team and network of partners at a district and local level within the education ecosystem.

    Being a member of The Period Fellowship cohort is a transformative experience, where the highs and lows experienced together forges friendships for life. After the whirlwind journey comes to an end, we look forward to welcoming our Period Fellow graduates to our alumni network and spirited Sukhibhava community, as well as inducting a select few Period Fellows into our PeriodPreneurship (incubator) to support the impact they're determined to make through their own MHH organisations.

  2. I'M MALE. CAN I STILL APPLY TO THE PERIOD FELLOWSHIP?
    Absolutely! We began recruiting male fellows in our 2019 Period Fellowship cohort and are actively searching for male fellows to join us this year to scale our menstrual health and hygiene intervention among men and boys. Men often end up being the primary decision makers in low-income households so it's extremely important to engage them on the issue of MHH to empower the women and girls in the household.

  3. WILL I BE PAID DURING THE PERIOD FELLOWSHIP?
    Yes, of course! Fellow stipends are dependent on the regions they are placed to ensure you have a comfortable standard of living. In 2020, Period Fellows will receive a stipend of 25,000INR per month which includes their travel allowance to and from schools and communities in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.

  4. WHAT ARE THE FELLOWSHIP TIMELINES?
    Sukhibhava prides itself on its immersive 15 month leadership journey starting 1 June, 2020 and ending 31 August, 2021.

  5. WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?
    Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and commit to The Period Fellowship full-time over 15 months. You must be willing to relocate to regions in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh and be fluent in written and spoken Hindi. Applicants must have a working knowledge of spoken English and possess a Bachelors Degree. We're very excited to work with motivated, creative and resilient humans of diverse age, gender and background.

  6. WHAT DOES THE PERIOD FELLOWSHIP ENTAIL?
    The Fellowship kicks off in June 2020 with a month long bootcamp led by the Sukhibhava core team and key partners where we gain an insight into your unique story, motivation and talents, and work with you to build on a host of skills that will help you scale the intervention in new regions. Over this time you will become a master of our intensive MHH modules and become familiar with your fellowship cohort who will arrive from all over India. From July onwards, fellows are placed in their preferred regions in pairs with the support of a Fellowship Manager and Regional Coordinator, and will begin to piece together operations, a team of Community Resource Persons (CRPs) and network of local partners who will help you achieve your outreach goals. Fellows are responsible for running school sessions to engage adolescent boys or girls, in addition to managing their team of CRPs who will be responsible for educating men or women in the marginalised or rural community you are placed in. Field exposure is a must, as is an open-mindset, creativity and resilience - fellows are given the flexibility to shape regional operations, with the support of their managers and core team in Bangalore who are enthusiastic to collaborate on new approaches to have a more meaningful impact on women and girls lives.

  7. WHERE WILL I BE PLACED?
    In 2020 Sukhibhava is scaling operations into 1 new region within rural Bihar and 3 regions within urban and rural Madhya Pradesh. Period Fellows will be placed in pairs in their preferred region alongside a full-time Fellowship Manager who will support operations, guide you throughout your leadership journey and encourage a healthy work-life balance.

  8. HOW DOES SUKHIBHAVA'S APPROACH TO EMPOWERING WOMEN & GIRLS DIFFER FROM TRADITIONAL APPROACHES?
    Providing access to menstrual hygiene products doesn't necessarily impact how an adolescent girl perceives her body, or whether a woman feels worthy enough to touch food or visit a temple while she's menstruating. We're firm believers that ending stigma around menstruation through dialogue between family members around sexual reproductive health (SRH) and hygiene can have a significant impact on female health and mobility during menstruation over the longer term. The more we can normalise periods in households, the more women and girls can advocate for their needs and make choices that are right for them.

  9. WILL I BE WORKING WITH MEN / BOYS AND WOMEN / GIRLS?
    Male Period Fellows will work directly with men in communities and adolescent boys in schools and female fellows will work with women and adolescent girls. We have been experimenting with mixed sessions, where men and women or boys and girls come together to discuss menstruation openly towards the end of our module. We look forward to testing and learning new strategies with our 2020 batch of fellows!

  10. HOW MANY PERIOD FELLOWS ARE THERE CURRENTLY?
    Our first Period Fellowship cohort in 2018 included 16 female fellows followed by an intentional scale down to a cohort of 6 in 2019, comprising of 4 female fellows and 2 male fellows. Our focus this past year has been building out an intervention to engage men and boys and strengthening our processes and capacity building to guide our Period Fellows throughout their leadership journey. We're ready for our 2020 cohort to hit the ground running so we're excited to bring on 30 Period Fellows this recruitment round.

  11. WHAT IS THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS TIMELINE?
    First Round applications close January 12, 2020, candidates who submit prior to this date will be given first preference.
    Second Round applications close January 31, 2020.
    Online Assessment opens February 3 and closes February 23, 2020.
    Face-to-face Assessment Center held during the week of March 23, 2020.
    Offers will be sent out between March 30 - April 6, 2020.
    The Period Fellows of 2020 are announced on April 13, 2020.
    The Period Fellowship Bootcamp kicks off on June 1, 2020.

  12. I STILL HAVE A QUESTION, WHO CAN I REACH OUT TO?
    We encourage you to read through our FAQs in detail however if you still have questions unanswered, you're welcome to email tpfteam@sukhibhava.org.in.

Our Leadership Team

& Board Members

Dilip Pattubala

Co-Founder & CEO

Meenal Khare

Head of Operations

Aditya Gupta

Head of Design & Strategy

Bhuvana Balaji

Head of Training, Learning & Development

KR Lakshmi Narayana (LAN)

Chief Endowment Officer
Azim Premji Foundation

Danielle Keiser

CEO & Executive Director
Mentrual Health Hub

"Friends and family thought that I was just doing a job - but it was and is more than that. My journey as a Period Fellow was a process of learning and unlearning about my self. It helped me uncover the values that guide me, making me surer of myself. It started with becoming a fellow, then a facilitator and finally, a leader."

SHRADDHA, TPF 2018.

2019 PERIOD FELLOWS

Priyanka Bhardwaj

BA, English Honors, Delhi University. Associate at Just Dial, Concentrix, Equifax. Founder of dog rescue programme, Rishikesh

Satyam Mishra

MSW, Excellence College (Student Union President). Worked on Sexual & Reproductive Health Education with AARAMBH. Founder of Madatghar Welfare Society, Bhopal

Radhika Modi

MA in Gender Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia Central University. Research Intern at Control Arms Foundation of India. Founder of the Queer Collective, Jamia

Sakshi Srivastava

Diploma in Creative Writing. Freelance writer, associated with The 1947 Partition Archive, Youth Ki Awaaz. Participated in Social Work Fellowship by Yes Foundation, Delhi

Shilpa Nair

Post Graduate in Environmental Sciences. Jnr Researcher at Centre for Environmental Research & Education, Mumbai Urban Reforestration. Participated in Gramya Manthan, 10 day rural immersion programme, Kutch

2018 PERIOD FELLOW ALUMNI

Anagha Farkade

Sarumathi N

Richa Khobragade

Rajalaxmi Padmanabhan

Dr. Sushma MN

Shweta Yadav

Pragna Shekar

Ritika Chettri

Mrinmayee Kolape

Shraddha Doshi

Laxmi Adhikari

Rupal Deshmukh

Sushma Gonde

Samridha Sarkar

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