Anant Fellowship Programme

Anant Fellowship prepares you to make an exponential change within yourself and the society around you. Intense academic rigour has been combined with experiential learning to create an equitable balance between theory and praxis, between instruction and experimentation, and between paced learning and open-ended discovery.

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Anant Fellowship is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary programme with a special focus on blended learning. Fellows learn from global academics and industry leaders of repute in thematic clusters.

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Collaborate with a diverse set of Fellows from across the world. The Fellowship provides an immersive experience for Fellows of different nationalities. Fellows from multiple disciplines enrich the learning of the cohort.

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Hands-on Learning

The Live-Action Project offered at Anant Fellowship gives Fellows an opportunity to put theory into practice. Fellows work with the community on a diverse set of issues ranging from health, sustainable environment, migrant rights and more.

Track-wise Learning

The Anant Fellowship is curated and designed by experts from the fields of Design, Architecture, Technology, Liberal Arts, and Management. Modules offered at the Fellowship are divided into various tracks namely, Societal and Cultural, Fundamentals of Built Environment, Language and Methodology, Design for Development, Self-Growth and Leadership, and the Live-Action Project.

  • Tracks
  • UNESCO Chair Modules
  • Societal & Cultural (S&C)
  • Fundamentals of Built Environment
  • Language and Methodology
  • Design for Development
  • Self-Growth and Leadership
  • Live-Action Project (LAP)

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UNESCO Chair Modules

UNESCO Chair offers two flagship modules entitled Safeguarding Intangible Heritage and Sustainable Heritage Development through the Anant Fellowship programme. These modules introduce the Fellows to new perspectives on UNESCO standard-setting instruments. They are interdisciplinary and delivered with capacity building/professional development approaches, given the diverse disciplinary backgrounds of the Fellows.

Societal & Cultural

Learn about the aspects of the built environment through the lens of other established domains of knowledge such as history, anthropology, ecology and finance.

  • Art and Historical Perspectives
  • Art in Everyday Spaces
  • Safeguarding Intangible Heritage
  • Sustainable Heritage Development
  • Philosophical Perspectives
  • Financial Perspectives
  • Governance Perspectives
  • Technological Perspectives
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Fundamentals of Built Environment

Essential concepts in architecture, urban design and urban planning.

  • Introduction to the Built Environment
  • Urban Design Theory
  • Writing for Built Environment
  • Unbuilding Architecture
  • Drawing for Built Environment
  • Sustainable Architecture Design
  • Urban Systems Image
  • Regenerative Design
  • Regenerative Design
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Language and Methodology

Techniques of mapping, analysis & communication in the built environment studies

  • Design Thinking
  • Media and Visual Communication
  • Biomimicry: Learning from Nature
  • Netflix and Art of Design Writing
  • Research Design
  • Communications and Writing
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Design for Development

Understanding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) within the domain of the built environment

  • SDGs and Built Environment
  • Women Society and Changing India
  • Sustainable Farming
  • Cultural Tourism
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Climate Change and the Built Environment
  • Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable Business
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Exploring values and strengths in leadership, empathy and critical thinking

  • Interpersonal Dynamics
  • Emerging Leader Programme
  • Exploration in Life Space, Roles and Identity
  • Building Habits, Careers and Environments
  • Reflective Practices for Designers
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Live-Action Project

The ‘action’ part of the curriculum, LAP offers hands-on learning to the Fellows by working on live projects on the ground. Working in teams and with help of stakeholders, the Fellows apply their classroom learnings to tackle challenges to the built environment by devising innovative solutions.



Project Diversity

Snapshots of Live-Action Project

Each year our Fellows research, design and develop equitable solutions for various challenges affecting the built environment. The process is designed so Fellows engage with the local community, meet relevant stakeholders and present their ideas to our faculty and other industry practitioners. Following the fellowship, Fellows are invited to develop their projects through Aarambh, AnantU’s Incubation Centre.

LAP Client Speak

Current Live-Action Projects

  • Precious Hearts Heaven
  • C&D Waste Management
  • Clean Cooking in Grassroot Communities
  • Anant National University Museum (ANUM)
  • Birds & Bees

The project is an initiative of Rwanda- based Journeyman International (JI), a nonprofit, global platform known for providing architecture, engineering and project management services to humanitarian and development organizations internationally.

The increase in domestic violence and gender-based violence cases in Zimbabwe calls for a need to build a safe place for women/girls who are survivors of such abuses and provide them with temporary shelter. The LAP team will create a conceptual design and fundraising proposal for Precious Hearts Haven, including 2D/3D imagery, technical specifications and case study ideas.

Waste generated from construction and demolition activities remains one of the neglected waste across all Indian cities. Unauthorized disposal of C&D waste leads to undesirable effects on the environment. To better understand the on-ground situation of C&D waste management, Anant Fellows are researching and identifying climate-conscious pathways for C&D waste management in India.

The objective of this study is to explore the potential of briquettes and energy-efficient cookstoves for promoting clean cooking practices in grassroots communities in Nigeria. The fellow will assess the awareness level of clean cooking practices among women in the study area. He will evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of using briquettes and energy-efficient cookstoves in reducing indoor air pollution. Based on the study, he will develop recommendations to promote clean cooking practices in grassroots communities.

The Anant National University Museum (ANUM) will be the first pedagogical museum in India, born from the desire – and need – to diversify the experience on the AnantU campus with spaces that encourage recreation, engagement, exploration and collaboration. The Fellows will develop a methodology for Public Programming with the campus community as primary stakeholders, conduct primary and secondary research and pilot one activity within each domain.

The LAP team proposed a game or toy that can help acquaint preteens and adolescents with their bodies in the context of gender and sexuality. The team wants this game to be a means to inform and engage young kids and others about sex as a biological and social phenomenon.

Meet the Faculty

Anant Fellowship Online

  • Webinars

Prospective Fellows, Alumni, built environment enthusiasts and other new-age thinkers can experience Anant Fellowship through our online web-series. Anant Fellowship Online has been curated by our faculty and programme team to give a glimpse of the modules offered in the programme. The web-series offers the opportunity to interact with our Faculty and Fellows, various international speakers, sustainability and built environment experts, researchers and so on. We have conducted several Anant Fellowship webinars with speakers such as Dr Jamie Miller, Founder, Biomimicry Commons, Dr Indira Parikh, Founder President, Flame University, Andrew McLuhan, Director, The McLuhan Institute, Madan Gopal Singh, Indian composer, singer, lyricist and actor, Leena Yadav, film director, producer, screenwriter and editor, Aruna Roy, Co-founder, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan, and more.


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Anant Fellowship curriculum is designed by experts from design, architecture, liberal arts, management and technology fields. The programme is curated to include multiple perspectives from disciplines such as art history, sociology, economics and gender studies so that the Fellows are trained to build a nuanced perspective in their problem-solving approach.

The LAP track is an opportunity for Fellows to implement their classroom learnings, work on the ground and propose innovative solutions. The objective is to:

  • Identify and understand a built environment problem

  • Collaborate with peers, community stakeholders, institutions and organisations from diverse sectors

  • Implement classroom learnings and propose equitable and sustainable solutions

Faculty at Anant Fellowship are leading academics, experts and pioneers who have taught at international institutions and created organisations that champion cutting-edge research and impact policymaking. To see the complete list of faculty, visit here.

No, we do not encourage seeking employment whilst you are enrolled in the Fellowship programme. It will be difficult to manage work and study at the Fellowship since the programme is delivered over 8 packed terms.

The Fellowship is a platform that encourages performing arts, poetry, music, cinema, and sports. The campus comprises a fully-equipped sports complex, multipurpose hall, exhibition spaces, amphitheatre and other facilities at the university campus to explore your interests. In addition, the Office of Student Services has various clubs on campus for Fellows to explore their talents. For more information, please visit the website.

Anant Fellows can explore three kinds of future pathways upon completion of the programme:

  • Entrepreneurial: The Fellowship trains you to develop core entrepreneurial skills and thinking under the mentorship of industry leaders. In addition, Fellows get regular opportunities to interact with budding entrepreneurs and experts who can help them incubate their ideas.

  • Job opportunities: The career services committee at AnantU works closely with the Fellows to build their profiles. They host workshops and career weeks which prepare Fellows to work with diverse sectors.

  • Higher Education: Many of our Fellows have opted to pursue higher education in international universities. Our Fellows have been selected for prestigious scholarships and programmes after the Fellowship.