MINDS Fellowship Program
– Alex Small, Summer 2011 Fellow
– Zachary Valenti, Winter 2012 Fellow
–Rehan Mehta, Winter 2012 Fellow
- Sam Douglas, Winter 2012 Fellow
- Shyam Desai, Winter 2012 Fellow
The MINDS Foundation Fellowship Program is an opportunity to dive into a global health and cultural experience for students and professionals. All volunteers that participate in the Program are MINDS Fellows. They will participate daily with local psychiatrists, local neurologists, local nurses, and local social workers to help diminish the stigma towards mental illness, assist with educational sessions, and educate patients and families in better treatment methods and resource availability.
How to Apply
If you would like to volunteer on-site in India, click here to fill out our online application form. Please note that MINDS will not be able to cover any of the costs for your stay as the majority of our budget goes towards our programs.
We do accept applications for other times throughout the year and dates are flexible
Each year, MINDS runs two-structured summer fellowship programs.
2018 Summer Fellowship Dates: June 17th-July 20th; July 22nd-August 31st
Application Due: March 1, 2018
Interviews: February 26th-March 5th
Notification: By mid-March
Where will I be staying during my time with MINDS?
MINDS has a 3-bedroom apartment (flat) in a safe, quiet, residential neighborhood in Vadodara, Gujarat, India. This location is within a 10-minute drive from our main clinical partner in the district, GMERS-Gotri Hospital. There are many stores, restaurants, a grocery store, movie theatre, and mall in within walking distance.
How will I get around during my time?
All transportation during program activities is arranged by MINDS. Additionally, there are a number of short sight-seeing trips and tour of Vadodara sights that MINDS will include in your visit. This will all be included in your invoice. All other transportation is on your own, but our staff are always available to come with you and help with arrangements. There is Uber and Ola cab services along with many auto rickshaws.
How much does the fellowship cost and where are the fees going?
The cost breakdown is as follows:
Housing (shared with 1 other person and private bathroom) + Food (3 meals a day, water, snacks): $10/day
Airport Pickup/Dropoff: $25 (round-trip)
Program Transportation: ~$120 (dependent on project)
Administrative Fee: $75
What will I be working on?
The MINDS Foundation Fellowship Program is an opportunity to dive into a global health and cultural experience for students and professionals. All volunteers that participate in the Program are MINDS Fellows. They will participate daily with local psychiatrists, local neurologists, local nurses, and local social workers to help diminish the stigma towards mental illness, assist with educational sessions, and educate patients and families in better treatment methods and resource availability. You will have the opportunity to shadow clinicians in local hospitals and clinics. Furthermore, we work 1-on-1 with you prior to your arrival in India to arrange a project of interest to you and MINDS. Many previous MINDS Fellows have published their work in international academic journals, media outlets, and even completed dissertation work with us! If you’re interested, you can join us! Are you a filmmaker? Help us make films! Are you a researcher? Let’s figure out how enhance our programs through an evidence-based approach!
Do I need to fundraise for the organization?
We do require our fellows to fundraise a minimum of USD $1,500 prior to their time with us on-the-ground. We work with you to help create a custom Facebook Donation Page which you can use. Additionally, Fellows have in the past received grants and held fundraising events to raise funds. Our team can work with you to determine the best way to help you raise funds for MINDS, which will all be going towards on-the-ground programming.