Frequently Asked Questions

The PPSP Fellowship is the initiation of Pokhara Research Centre. To be aware participants of the Fellowship are important. One might have some queries that arise during the process. We hope to make available answers to some of those queries and clarify any doubts you may have regarding the nature of your role and the scope of this Fellowship.

The Fellowship is of a yearlong program where the first six month is focused in selection and training of the fellows. After the training, PPSP fellows will work as Knowledge Assistance for six months with the Member of Gandaki Province Assembly in Pokhara.  

The PPSP Fellowship is not an internship. The Fellows work as part-time professionals with the Members of Gandaki Province Assembly. 

PPSP Fellows do not have to work full-time during the Fellowship. Besides Fellowship, they can practice other academic or professional work. 

PPSP Fellow does not require full-time promise. Assembly Session is the busiest time of the year for anyone working with Parliamentarians.

Provincial Assembly Members are usually in Assembly between 10 AM and 5 PM. Member of Provincial Assembly usually meet their Fellows and assign tasks either before or after they arrive at Provincial Assembly. PPSP Fellows may be required to brief their Member of Provincial Assembly on any topic at any time throughout the session. Hence, the workload will be high while Assembly is in session and the PPSP Fellow must be open to flexible working hours. As a result, each PPSP Fellow's duties will vary greatly depending on the work and demands of their respective Member of Provincial Assembly.

PPSP Fellows will be introduced to the foundations of Nepal's constitution, economics, parliamentary procedures, information sources, and research tools throughout the first three months of their program. 

Fellows should be present mandatorily during the entire training period. PPSP Fellows will also have an opportunity to learn more about public policy in Nepal through various policy workshops organized by PRC during the Fellowship.

PPSP Fellows will be introduced to the foundations of Nepal's constitution, economics, parliamentary procedures, information sources, and research tools throughout the first three months of their program. 

Fellows should be present mandatorily during the entire training period. PPSP Fellows will also have an opportunity to learn more about public policy in Nepal through various policy workshops organized by PRC during the Fellowship.

Selection Process:

The application will be reviewed by the selection committee in accordance with the PPSP Fellowship selection standards. The candidates' applications will be thoroughly examined. Shortlisted applicants from the first round will then go through the second round of interviews with PRC.

Applications to PPSP Fellowship 2020-21 will commence October 2021. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and our website pokharacentre.org for further updates.

Candidates with any academic background are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be between the ages of 20 and 30 and pursuing at least a Bachelor's degree in any academic area. For PPSP Fellowship Gandaki 2021-22, the candidate must be a citizen of Gandaki Province.

PPSP Fellows are expected to have Bachelor's or Master's degrees in engineering, law, economics, pure sciences, literature, journalism, political science, and commerce, among other fields.

The Fellowship is open to Nepalese citizens only. “Nepalese citizen" implies someone holding Nepali citizenship, passport, or eligible to hold one. Moreover, the PPSP Gandaki Fellowship for 2021/22 is accepting applications from citizens of Gandaki Province only.

It is not required to have prior job experience to be a PPSP fellow. Any experience and professional exposure, on the other hand, will aid fellows in effectively executing their work with an MP.

We hearty welcome candidates with Master's degrees, but they will not have an advantage over other candidates. Similarly, the PPSP Fellowship does not give preference to any particular academic discipline.

Candidates must be pursuing at least a Bachelor’s degree to be eligible for the PPSP Fellowship. This means that candidates must not require complete their Bachelor's degree examinations before the Fellowship begins. Leave of absence will be granted to complete any examinations once the Fellowship has begun. 

Roles and Responsibilities of the PPSP Fellow

The major responsibility of a PPSP Fellow is to serve as a Knowledge Assistant to their Provincial Assembly Member, providing customized research support throughout the Fellowship. This involves giving research inputs to assist them in carrying out their parliamentary obligations, which include asking questions, evaluating ministry performance, raising topics of public concern, participating in different legislative and policy discussions, and even writing private members' bills.

Fellows will continue to assist their Provincial Assembly Member with any study work that is required of them between Assembly Sessions. This might involve things like research for standing committee meetings and planning for the next Assembly Session, among other things. PRC will also provide seminars on relevant subjects where Fellows will get the opportunity to meet with experts and policymakers. workshops are held on a variety of topics linked to public policy, including health, education, agriculture, tourism, entrepreneurship, climate change, technology policy, and budgets and public finances.

Working with the State Assembly MP of Gandaki Province (MP)

The Member of Provincial Assembly who will be part of this Fellowship are those who are actively engaged in Parliament. Member of Provincial Assembly will be from the Gandaki Province across all major parties. The assigning of PPSP Fellows to the Member of Provincial Assembly will be done on a random basis; no consideration will be given to the PPSP Fellow's political leanings, educational background, or ideology.

Fellowship Logistics

Yes. PPSP Fellows receive a nominal stipend per month during the Fellowship.

Because each PPSP Fellow will be working directly with their allocated Provincial Assembly Member, the allotted workspace will be whatever the Member of Provincial Assembly and PPSP Fellow deem appropriate. Whether the Member of Provincial Assembly wants the PPSP Fellow to operate out of his or her home office or make alternative arrangements for office space will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

If they do not share office space, the Member of Provincial Assembly must be able to reach the PPSP Fellow for any research work at all reasonable hours. The Fellowship does not include any office equipment for PPSP Fellows. Fellows in the PPSP program will be expected to use laptops or internet connections.

The role requires the PPSP Fellow to be based in Pokhara. The fellow's work is focused on assisting the Gandaki Provincial Assembly Member in undertaking his/her duties in Provincial Assembly. Thus, the role may require minimal or no travel outside of Pokhara. 

Reporting to the Provincial Assembly Member: 

On a day-to-day basis, the Fellows need to report to their assigned Member of Provincial Assembly. This entails checking with them for any tasks that have been assigned, presenting the completed work, briefing the Provincial Assembly Member, suggesting any issues that the Provincial Assembly Member might want to raise, etc.

Reporting to PRC: 

PRC will conduct weekly review meetings with all fellows. This meeting will involve taking stock of the work that has been undertaken by the Fellows, their interactions with the MP, and clarifying doubts. Each fellow needs to strictly maintain a log of tasks undertaken.

Aside from the weekly review, a designated member of the PRC team can be contacted for any issues or questions the fellow would like to discuss.

It is the fellow's duty to arrange for lodging in Pokhara. In addition to the foregoing, when PRC organizes specific training, seminars, or camps, PRC will be in charge of logistics.

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