Smart Cities Fellowship: Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

Smart Cities Fellows bring passion and energy to the tough but exciting work of implementing cutting edge, high-impact solutions to key urban problems

Over the course of a year, India Smart Cities Fellows will apply their skills and experience in working with teams to find creative solutions to pressing challenges being faced by India’s urban sector. Relentless problem solving, perseverance, dedication, hard-work and creativity would be the key traits needed for fellows to succeed.


India Smart Cities Fellows will complete an intensive 2 week training before they start working on allotted projects. They will be oriented to the Mission philosophy, its strategy and its working style. They will then be briefed individually on the tasks allotted to them and will be provided necessary inputs to enable them to take on the tasks with confidence and enthusiasm.


Fresh Graduates, Post Graduates with 1st Division or minimum 60% marks or PhDs from premier institutions/universities.

The candidates to be considered for the Fellowship should be from an institute of repute in the following fields, but not limited to:

  • Urban Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Engineering
  • Information and Technology
  • Urban Mobility
  • Finance
  • Social Sector
  • Environmental issues

Role Description and Responsibilities:

The India Smart Cities Fellow will provide the necessary support to Mission Director, SCM and/or CEOs of selected Smart Cities in terms of analytics, research, documentation, independent assessment, visualization or any other related activities including reports, posters, dossiers etc.

They will submit following documents on the activities carried out by them:

  • Monthly Progress report and presentation
  • Annual Progress report and presentation

Work Experience:

Preference will be given to persons with work experience in the relevant field supported by published work/ policy papers/appraisal/monitoring of projects & schemes etc.

Other Attributes:

Applicants should have excellent computer skills and the ability to work on ICT applications. They should also possess strong communication and interpersonal skills. Exposure to data analytics would be an added strength of the candidate.

Age limit:

Maximum age of the candidate should not be more than 35 years as on the last date of receiving the applications.


A consolidated amount of Rs. 60,000 per month per fellow inclusive of local Transport Allowance will be paid to selected Smart Cities Fellows.

Place of Posting:

The place of posting will be Delhi. The Fellows may be required to be stationed in any of the Smart Cities as per requirement.

Period of Engagement:

One Year. Can be extended up to 3 years on performance basis, with approval of Mission Director (SCM). In case a person leaves before completion of one year, he/she will not get any work certificate.


Leave of 8 days shall be allowed in a year on pro-rata basis.


The fellows shall be allowed to undertake domestic tours for which TA will be allowed for travelling by Air in Economy class or by Rail in AC Two Tier, subject to approval by Mission Director (SCM).

Reimbursement for Hotel accommodation of up to Rs. 1500 per day; reimbursement of taxi charges up to Rs. 150 per diem for travel within the city and reimbursement of food bills not exceeding Rs. 200 per day shall be allowed during domestic tours.

Number of Fellows:

30 Candidates will be selected for fellowship. The allotment of work areas/Cities between them would be done by the Mission Director (SCM).

Experience Certificate:

A certificate regarding successful completion of fellowship shall be issued by the Mission Director (Smart Cities Mission), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, GoI.

Procedure for Selection:

Proposals will be invited in the prescribed format online through Smart Net.

Screening Committee

  • All the applications received in response to the vacancies advertised will be scrutinized and shortlisted by the Selection Committee.
  • Selection Committee will consist of following officers:
    • 1. Mission Director – Smart Cities (Chairman)
    • 2. Director – Smart Cities (Member)
    • 3. Director – NIUA (Member)
    • 4. Director – UT (Member)
    • 5. Chief Town Planner, TCPO (Member)
  • The Selection Committee will recommend a panel of maximum 40 candidates including 10 waitlist candidates. The panel would be valid for a period of one year.

Annual Performance Appraisal:

An Annual Performance Appraisal of the Smart Fellows will be undertaken by the Performance Appraisal Committee, to be constituted by Mission Director (SCM). Based on the APR, the extension of tenure will be considered by the Mission Director, (SCM).

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