Saheli Leaders Fellowship Programme

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What is Saheli Leaders Fellowship?

A unique and enriching opportunity for young women to travel to a remote mountain valley and make a positive impact on the lives of adolescent girls and young women. 

The program is designed to empower young women to develop their own leadership skills, while providing life skills education and a safe space for young girls in remote mountain villages.

As a fellow, you will have the opportunity to manage a safe and inclusive environment for young girls between ages 15-18 and provide mentorship to help them navigate the challenges they face. You will live with the community, immerse in the local culture and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by young girls in remote areas. 

Apply for the fellowship today and gain the skills to be a changemaker and empower young girls with the skills & tools to succeed in life.


Saheli Circle 2022, Hunza

Saheli Leadership Journey

Fellows will  emark on a leadership journey that combines personal growth and professional development with the chance to make a real difference in the world by empowering young girls and creating a brighter future for them.

You will have the opportunity to develop your leadership skills, deepen your understanding of education, and gain hands-on experience in creating and managing a safe and inclusive environment for young girls. You will collaborate with local partners and community members to implement life skills education programs tailored to the unique needs of the girls in the community.

Whether you are interested in a career in education, policy,  journalism, community development, or simply have a passion for making a difference, the fellowship will provide you with the skills, experience, and network you need to achieve your goals and make a positive impact in the world.

The experience path

Leadership Training

What to Expect?

We seek committed and self-motivated individuals.

Our fellowship journey is rigorous and outcome oriented and located in remote mountain valleys with limited resources. We seek committed and self-motivated individuals who can preserve and adapt to the challenging environment.


Fellows travel to Hunza for the
Leadership Training Programme.


Fellows will travel from Hunza to IEI Partner Community in GB, to work for 4 months.​


Fellows will set-up, lead and manage Saheli Circle - a safe space for girls and young women in the community to learn new skills, network & spend time together. ​​​


Fellows lead curriculums with girls ages 12-17 and engage parents, community leaders & teachers to create a community wide impact on girls' lives. ​

What do you gain?

Leadership Training

A 4 week comprehensive leadership training before you head to the field. The training covers a variety of modules to set you up as a leader.

Travel & Independent Mountain Living

You will get an opportunity to travel to and live in a remote mountain village and experience a unique culture and landscape.

Professional Development & Network Building
As a Fellow you will receive a combination of mentorship and prroject management training which will be coupled with hands-on experience on-field where you will build networks with IEI & it’s partner communities.
Full-time, paid position
An 8-month full-time paid position that supports you in your Saheli Leaders journey.

Who are we looking for?

Young women committed to empowering other girls and willing to travel.

We are looking for young women who are committed to education development and gender equality and are looking for an opportunity to develop their education leadership skills and knowledge of the education ecosystem, in remote mountain villages of Pakistan.

Competencies we seek

Proven academic track record

Showcased Leadership Skills through past experiences

Commitment to bringing about social change

Experience travelling & living solo

Adaptable to new and challenging environments

& driven

Strong organization & communication skills


We welcome applicants from diverse academic and professional backgrounds. The following criteria are necessary to apply:

  • Fresh graduates & young professionals
  • At least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • Pakistani citizenship or a valid National Identity Card.
  • Fluency in English and Urdu
  • Successful completion of the 4-week Training Programme
  • Commitment of 8 months.
  • Open to travelling to and working in a remote mountain village.

Application Process

The application & selection process is rigorous and carefully designed to ensure you are a good fit for the challenging task of living and working with a community in a remote mountain valley. The selection process has 4 parts. Please go through the details carefully.

Online Application

This is your first introduction for us.Take the time to fill out your application and tell us about who you are.

Initial Interview

This interview is designed to help us get to know you better. (shortlisted participants only)

Focus Group

In this round your skill set for the programme will be assessed through a variety of activities including sample teaching and problem solving. (shortlisted participants only)


Applicants who are shortlisted will be invited for a final online interview.


Selected participants attend an online orientation training before moving to Hunza for the Leadership Training.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Saheli Leaders Fellowship?

A 8-month, full-time opportunity for female university graduates and young professionals from diverse fields to work with adolescent girls in a remote mountain valley and develop their own leadership capabilities.

Why is this fellowship only for females?

The fellowship is part of our Girl Empowerment Programme’s Saheli Cicle component which is a safe, all-girls space. This is why the space leaders are required to be females.

Do i get paid during the fellowship?

Yes, the Fellowship is a full time, paid opportunity. Our fellows get paid a base salary of 20,000 PKR with an on-field allowance of 10,000 PKR. Accomodation & Transport will be sponsored. Meals will be managed by the Fellows.

Are there any tips for applying?

Take the time to fill out your online application form as that is your first introduction for us. Fill out the Essay Questions in a meaningful way and make sure you understand the fellowship requirements and expectations?

When will the fellowship start?

Participants are expected to arrive in Hunza for their training in the last week of April. You will move to the field starting June.

Is there anything important to consider that may make me a good fit?

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of adolescent girls. Keeping in view the challenging and low-resourced valleys where we the Fellows will work the Fellowship is best suited forr individuals that are adaptable, self-motivated, organised and comfortable managing everyday living on their own.

What kind of training and support will I be offered as a fellow?

Fellows will receive:

  1. 4 week, comprehensive training programme to equip you to take up your role on-field as a Saheli Leader.
  2. Active Field support will be provided to Fellows in the first 6-weeks to help them settle in the community.
  3. On-going support during the Fellowship, including monthly observations and one-on-one mentoring conversations to help you meet your goals as a Saheli Leader.
  4. Monthly day-long training sessions based on needs jointly identified by Fellows and their mentors.

What is the eligibility requierment for the fellowship?

  • Fresh graduates & young professionals
  • At least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • Pakistani citizenship or a valid National Identity Card.
  • Fluency in English and Urdu
  • Successful completion of the 4-week Training Programme
  • Commitment of 8 months with travel to GB and field-work forr upto 4 months.

I have work experience of one or more years can I apply?

Applicants with any number of years of experience are welcome to apply. You will be evaluated based on your Bachelor’s degree along with your work experience. Please make sure to add all of your educational qualifications, internships and work experience in the application.

Where will I work after my training is complete?

You will be placed in an IEI Partner Community in Gilgit Baltistan.

Where will I live?

You will be provided accomodation at a rental home within the local community.

Will my accomodation be paid for? What about meals?

Yes. Your accomodation will be sponsored. You will have kitchen access at the accomodation and will have to manage your own meals.

How will my safety be ensured?

You will be placed in an IEI partner community with safety protocols in place to ensure your everyday safety. Safety Guidelines & Training will also be provided to ensure you are equipped to manage scenairos that may arise.

Will I be the only fellow or will there be more?

You will be one of the two Fellows in the programme joining from outside GB. You will also have a Fellow from the local community with you for support in navigating the everyday life.

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