Applications for the LAMP Fellowship (Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament) for 2021-22, for young Indians, to learn law-making and public policy, have now opened!
The Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship gives an opportunity to the young Indians to learn law-making and public policy.
It’s an initiative conceptualized by PRS Legislative Research. The Fellowship provides invaluable exposure and serves as a launch pad for future careers in management, law, public policy, journalism. Each LAMP Fellow will be assigned to a Member of Parliament, and will support the MP in his or her Parliamentary duties.
How Does It Work?
The fellows of LAMP are mentored by a Member of Parliament (MP) and they work full-time with the assigned MP during a given year, starting from the Monsoon session of Parliament till the end of the Budget session.
The primary role of a LAMP Fellow is to provide extensive research support to her/his MP for their parliamentary work. This includes:
- Drafting parliamentary questions for the MP,
- Preparing the MP’s speeches for zero hour debates,
- Raising matters of public importance,
- Drafting private members’ bills etc.
When Parliament is not in session, LAMP Fellows engage with policymakers, experts from various think-tanks, academicians from several leading universities, and leaders from diverse public policy institutions through participation in workshops on important policy and development issues.
LAMP Fellows also participate in field visits during the inter-session period for practical exposure to governance at the ground level.
Role of a LAMP Fellow
- Providing research support to the Member of Parliament (MP) that she/he is assigned to.
- LAMP Fellows are also required to provide background research for the conferences and media events MPs attend in their official capacity.
- LAMP Fellows research topics as diverse as defense, food security, environment, economics, and foreign affairs. Research tasks may include:
- Legislative research
- Data Analysis
- Framing parliamentary questions
- Background research parliamentary debates
- Research for Standing Committee meetings
- Drafting Private Member Bills
- Media-related work including drafting press releases, preparing interventions for TV appearances
- Research for constituency-related issues
- Interacting with stakeholders
Click here for a comprehensive description of the role of the LAMP Fellows.
- Candidates who are 25 years of age or below.
- Candidate must have at least a Bachelor’s degree in any academic discipline.
- Only Indian citizens are eligible for the LAMP Fellowship.
Click here to find answers to your questions in the FAQs.
How to Apply
- Click on the application link given at the end of this post.
- Things you need to have ready before filling up the form:
- Academic scores/grades (UG and upwards)
- Details of work experience/internships/ volunteer work
- A 500-word essay justifying your candidature for the LAMP Fellowship
- A 500-word essay on a policy or law
- The essays should be written in English and in your own words. Any material used in your essays from other sources must be properly cited. Application of candidates who have plagiarized their essays will be summarily rejected.
The form contains 8 sections. They are:
Section 1: Personal information and contact details
Section 2: Academic Qualification: Bachelor’s Degree
Section 3: Academic Qualification: Post Graduate Degree (if applicable)
Section 4: Academic Qualification: Other Degree / Course (if applicable)
Section 5: Work Experience (other than internships) (if applicable)
Section 6: Internship Experience (if applicable)
Section 7: Languages known
Section 8: Two essays (500 words each)
If you have more queries or doubts, click here and use the form to post your question. In case you have a question that’s not answered in the FAQs, please send an email to lampfellowship[at]prsindia.org