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May 23 @ 11:00 am - July 14 @ 9:00 pm


Virtual & In-Person – Various


Invite-only; No cost for participants

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The School of Policy and Governance is excited to announce the Net Zero Fellowship Programme
Net Zero Fellowship, 23 May 2021, Location: Virtual & In-Person – Various.

Program Overview

The Net Zero fellowship is an exclusive programme for 100 emerging political and public leaders in India. The programme will facilitate a deeper understanding of India's position and plans for tackling climate change. This invite-only fellowship will introduce participants to the issues and pathways to a low carbon or Net Zero economy. The fellowship will cover climate change basics, its impact and ways to address it. It will also move deeper into issues that affect polity and how leaders can engage on different aspects of the Net Zero transition. This would include getting familiarised with issues like climate justice, acknowledging the idea that climate change is as much about ethics and society, as it is about physical and environmental concerns. The program will then move to enabling growth for the country, but also making sure the marginalised are protected through the transitions that such growth will obviously bring. The course will end with a discussion amongst participants about issues that affect India specifically and where the biggest impact for opportunities lies for them in their careers and their work, as well as for India as a whole.

Participants will have access to:

  • International speakers on climate change and net-zero
  • Expert mentors for one-on-one support and guidance
  • Learning resources
  • A community of political and public leaders across India to discuss ideas
  • An all-expenses paid trip to Delhi to spend half a day together
  • Social catch-ups (when possible)


Breadth Of Coverage


The fellowship will tread a balance between theory and practice. You will have the opportunity to learn about the issues and how you can use solutions in your roles in politics and public life.

Workshop oriented


The topics will cover how India can transition the country, grow the economy and protect its most vulnerable. We will discuss and delve on issues across land, water and energy.

Diverse Participation


Its not just all work. There will be a range of social engagements including a trip to Delhi to build a true fellowship for the participants.


Dhanasree Jayaram

Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram

Assistant Professor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE)

Dr. Dhanasree Jayaram is Assistant Professor, Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, and Co-coordinator, Centre for Climate Studies, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Karnataka, India. She is also Project Associate/Features Editor (Climate Policy), Science Technology and Security forum (Manipal Advanced Research Group); and Research Fellow, Earth System Governance (ESG) Project. She has been managing a project on “Climate Diplomacy”, sponsored by adelphi research gemeinnützige GmbH, Berlin, since 2015. Dhanasree is a recipient of Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship 2018-19 (Postdoctoral) and Erasmus Mundus-Interdisciplinary Bridges for Indo-European Studies Scholarship 2014-15 (Pre-doctoral), through which she conducted research at University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and Leiden University (Netherlands) respectively. She received the Outreach Fellowship of Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS), New Delhi, India, in 2011, through which she published an authored volume, titled, “Breaking out of the Green House: Indian Leadership in Times of Environmental Change” in 2012. Dhanasree holds a PhD in Geopolitics and International Relations from MAHE for which she worked on the topic – “Military Dimensions of Environmental Security: An Indian Perspective”. Dhanasree’s research interests include security studies (focussing on environmental security research), international relations theory (mainly constructivism), and foreign policy/diplomacy. She mainly works on environmental and climate security in South Asia (including the role of the military in it), climate diplomacy (primarily of the emerging economies, and more particularly, India), and global environmental politics (including geopolitics and geo-economics) among others.


Siddharth Pathak

Siddharth Pathak

Director of Partnerships at the 2050 Pathways Platform

Siddharth Pathak is the Director of Partnerships at the 2050 Pathways Platform. He oversees the relationship of the Platform with member governments, stakeholders and prospective partners to support them in developing a 2050 strategy. Siddharth has over a decade of experience working on issues related to climate change and sustainability. His past experience has taken him from installing renewable energy in remote villages of India to advocating and influencing global negotiations on climate change within the UNFCCC. Siddharth has immense experience of unpacking complicated questions of choices that arise in the discourse of climate change. Prior to joining the 2050 Pathways Platform, Siddharth was the Head of Political Advocacy at CAN International, the world’s largest network of NGOs working on climate change. Siddharth also served as a political advisor for the foreign and commonwealth office (FCO) in India and at Greenpeace. Siddharth has a master’s degree and graduate qualifications in political science.


Date And Location

Dates and Times

May 23 @ 11:00 am - July 14 @ 9:00 pm
Location: Virtual & In-Person – Various


Participants will be able to participate if invited. Participants will receive a certificate from the School of Policy for attending more than 80% of the seminars.

The fellowship program will take place from Early Next year- 2022, There will be an estimated 12 hours of seminars and workshops, 10 hours of social engagements including half a day of activities in Delhi.

Workshop oriented


Participants will be emerging political and public leaders from across India. They will be chosen and invited based on their ability to impact policy.



There will be a number of media engagements for participants towards the end of the program. Participants who take part in 80% of the seminars will be given a certificate of participation.


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