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What does Built Environment mean?

The term Built Environment refers to any space which has been created or modified by people including buildings, parks, and transportation systems. Recently, the definition has been expanded to include access to healthy food, community gardens, mental health, walkability and bikeability.

Our Built Environment has a profound influence on who we are, how we function, our overall well-being, and even what we will leave behind for future generations and is therefore an extremely critical field of work.

As an Anant Fellow, all your thoughts, ideas, efforts and learning will be directed to uncovering solutions that can help improve our Built Environment.

Why does Anant Fellowship only focus on Built Environment?

We believe that for the youth who love to solve complex issues there is no field today which is as exciting as enhancing the Built Environment. From balancing affordable housing needs with environmental sustainability, facilitating interactions between different groups of people, bridging the gap between traditional and modern, to water and waste management systems, we need professionals who plan for the future, don multiple thinking hats and implement solutions that work for all.

This is a specialist field requiring knowledge and understanding of various aspects of design, construction, politics, land laws, human behaviour, productivity enhancement, well-being, environment, among other things. Anant Fellowship has been specially designed to introduce these and other related ways of thinking to students and professionals who wish to excel in this field of work.

Why is a fellowship in Built Environment open to people from multiple backgrounds?

We understand that Anant Fellowship may not be for everyone just as not everyone wants to become a doctor. At the same time, we are convinced that solutions to the vast and complicated challenges in the Built Environment can only be solved by practitioners from a variety of disciplines working together.

Anant Fellowship is highly-competitive and invites entrepreneurial students from all professional and educational backgrounds to apply, with preference to those from the disciplines of architecture, design, and planning; engineering branches like civil, and construction; and other fields of study such as environmental sciences.

Learners from domains of geography, sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, geology, geophysics, sustainability, climate and ecology, heritage conservation are strongly encouraged to apply.

What are my job prospects Post Anant Fellowship?

Globally, Built Environment is projected to be a multi-billion-dollar field with opportunities to start your own venture, work with established architectural and design firms, set-up your own practice, or work with new-age startups, government projects, think tanks, policy-based organisations, among others. The Government of India has launched several initiatives such as HRIDAY, Smart Cities, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, all of which will require new-age thinkers to come up with new-age solutions.

Besides these rich employment opportunities, you can also choose to pursue higher studies and an academic career in the field. With the training and exposure you get in the Anant Fellowship, you would stand very high chances of getting into top universities across the world.

What will my one year at Anant look like? What can I expect to learn and do?

Your year at Anant Fellowship will comprise of roughly 1600 hours of rigorous work, incredible fun, intense to minor debates, discussions, team sports, events and activities, workshops, and much more.

The 1600 hours are divided into three components –

1) Academic Instruction: These are the hours you will be spending in the classroom with some of the most renowned faculty from across the world. The courses are divided into two categories – Domain and Technical where you can expect to study courses like Green Urbanism, New Age Construction Materials, Technology and Architecture, Human-Centered Design, Transportation, Waste Management and such and Societal and Cultural where you will be exposed to the broader perspectives through subjects such as sociology, anthropology, economics, etc.

2) Experiential Discovery: Learn from your own and your peers’ first-hand experiences through intensive leadership journeys, team sports, reflection sessions and hands-on learning through field visits, workshops, and research.

3) Live-Action Project: The third and most important component of the Fellowship is the Live Action Project where you work in teams through the duration of the year to solve a real-life challenge in close association with local administrative bodies and community stakeholders. You will work to identify solutions to such things as waste and water management, housing, transportation access, energy efficiency, community spaces, recreational facilities etc. and implement them to better the lives of the local community.

Can I pursue my own internship during Anant Fellowship?

Anant Fellowship is an intense full-time program which has been carefully designed to give you a holistic experience and prepare you to be a future leader. Large chunks of your time at Anant Fellowship will be spent working in teams on a real-life project, which will also be the basis of your overall program evaluation. Given the rigorous nature of the program, you will not have time to pursue your own internships or any other course of work and we strongly recommend you against it.

And to make sure that there is no financial burden on you, we are offering full scholarships in the first year i.e. 2017-18.

Do I have to be based in Ahmedabad for the fellowship?

Yes, Anant Fellowship is a full-time residential program and all the Fellows will reside in a hostel accommodation provided by us.

What is the fee structure of the programme?

The overall cost of the programme per fellow is INR 10 Lakhs which includes Tuition Fee, Boarding and Lodging. We believe that talented and bring students may belong to any social or economic strata and to make it possible for all deserving applicants to avail this opportunity, the fellowship is offering need based scholarships that cover, in full or in part the tuition fees, boarding and lodging.

How are students’ financial needs assessed for financial aid?

Financial Aid is need-based. Once you are rolled an offer for the fellowship, you will be requested to fill in a Financial Aid form which will be sent via email. In the form the candidates will have to furnish the following documents prior to your interview process:

• Last 3 years Income Tax Returns for your parents/earning members of the family
• Annual complete School Fee Receipt for Grade XII
• Bank Account Statement for the last 12 months of all earning members of the family
• Details of Family Financial Asset(s) (movable and immovable property, investments, etc.)
• Company Income Tax Returns and Bank Statements (for Business families)

What do I get at the end of the Fellowship?

Besides an enriching year, life-long friendships and professional networks, and immense future prospects, you will be awarded a post graduate diploma in Built Environment.

Is work experience preferred?

We consider each application on individual merit and the candidate’s commitment and passion. We are looking for certain qualities in our fellows and these include entrepreneurial ability, a vision for a more sustainable and equitable world, a clear and convincing purpose in applying, and the capacity to work hard. As long as you believe you have these qualities, it does not matter whether you are a fresh graduate or a professional with experience, or even whether you are from the fields of architecture, design, and planning. We want to hear from you.