Azim Premji Basis (The Philanthropy) helps new ‘NCPEDP-Javed Abidi Fellowship on Incapacity’

Azim Premji Foundation (The Philanthropy) supports new ‘NCPEDP-Javed Abidi Fellowship on Disability’ – The CSR Journal

The National Center for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), a cross-disability advocacy group, in collaboration with Azim Premji Foundation (The Philanthropy) is proud to announce the NCPEDP-Javed Abidi Fellowship on Disability. This is a three-year, immersive grassroots scholarship program for youth with disabilities who have a strong interest in disability issues and want to build a career in the development sector, particularly in the area of ​​rights and inclusion of people with disabilities.
This year, the NCPEDP is celebrating its silver anniversary – 25 years of struggle for disability rights, inclusion and participation – by launching the scholarship program for selected 25 young people with disabilities on June 11th and at the same time celebrating the birthday of one of the pioneers of disability rights in India and the movement Former director of the NCPEDP, Late Javed Abidi, whose vision was to involve youth in the disability discourse.
On the occasion, Arman Ali, Executive Director of NCPEDP said: “By continuing the legacy of Javed Bhai who has inspired countless people like me, we are launching this prestigious fellowship to commemorate him and his contribution to the NCPEDP and the disability movement. As we are in the middle of the pandemic, people with disabilities are hardest hit. There is a struggle for food, access to basic health care, education, and livelihoods. The disability rights movement and the inclusion of people with disabilities have been pushed back by two decades! The fellows will help document such battle stories and best practices from across the country to aid better reconstruction. “
Neelima Karath, director of people with disabilities at The Philanthropy, added, “This scholarship will develop 25 youth with disabilities into leaders and enable them to voice community issues on decision-making platforms. Your research and work will lead to new grassroots narratives that would guide the future of policy, advocacy and implementation in the disability ecosystem. “

Who is Eligible?

The scholarship program offers young scholarship holders with disabilities (aged 18 to 28 years) the opportunity to work on a specific topic or problem during the duration of the scholarship.

What is the course duration?

Its three year immersive grassroots scholarship program.


Scholarship holders will receive a monthly grant of up to Rs. 25,000 to meet needs during the scholarship program

What will you learn

Through the cooperation with the partners of the National Disability Network of the NCPEDP, the scholarship holders not only receive sound basic knowledge and practical experience on topics and challenges at the political level, but also receive mentoring support in order to work towards political changes / effects through various initiatives and camaraderie.
In addition, the scholarship program intends to promote social entrepreneurship among scholarship holders and to assist the scholarship holders to contribute in a pluralistic way to an evidence-based collection of advocacy efforts, experiences and impacts on the cause of disability.
“There is an urgent need for disability-related data and research not only for informed and effective disability advocacy campaigns, but also for policy makers to make informed decisions about implementing rights-based programs and policies that empower people with disabilities in India.” Therefore, through this scholarship, the NCPEDP not only intends to create a collection of data-driven and evidence-based research and strategy papers on various disability-related topics that have been created by the scholars themselves, but also intends to create a second line of guidance for the disability movement in India ” noted Som Mittal, chairman of the NCPEDP.
The scholarship program starts on September 1, 2021. The application is now possible and the last application deadline is August 11, 2021. Young women with disabilities are cordially invited to apply.

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