Announcement regarding the LAMP Fellowship 2013-14
We have decided to defer the next round of LAMP Fellowships till the new Lok Sabha is constituted after the next general elections.
The next general elections will be held latest by April-May 2014. In an election year, typically, the Budget session is cut short to just one week, to pass an interim Budget. This implies that any legislative work by the current Parliament effectively ends with the winter session, i.e., before the Christmas break of 2013. [If there is a mid-term poll, the effective closing time would be even earlier.]
Also, through the year, many parliamentarians will remain deeply engaged in preparation for polls; many may be deputed on election duty to different states by their parties. This could mean that the MPs may be unable to focus on their parliamentary tasks as much as in other years.
What could this mean for a LAMP Fellow? The primary take-away for a LAMP Fellow is the engagement with an MP for his or her parliamentary work. The Fellowship is designed to provide exposure to young graduates on policy making by working closely with an MP. For a young graduate who has set aside one year of his or her life to work closely with an MP, we feel this election year will not provide adequate exposure to the work of an MP or to get an in-depth understanding of policy making. Therefore, we have decided that the best value for LAMP Fellows will be after the new Parliament is constituted post general elections.
We will announce the new schedule after the election dates are announced. We would like to clarify that all applications we received this year will be considered for the next intake. The applications will remain valid even for candidates who cross the age cap of 25 years during this period. In addition, candidates may choose to submit a fresh updated application.
We believe this decision is in the best interests of prospective LAMP Fellows. Our aim is to provide young Indians an unparalleled opportunity to understand policy making at the highest level; we will only be able to do so after the upcoming general elections.