No one is a borne leader. The path to becoming a leader is a lifelong journey. It is filled with constant learning and self-awakening. Leadership is also about identifying one’s motivations and values. The Grassroots Institute has conceptualized ‘Grassroots Global Leadership Program’ (GLP) to encompass said tenets and uniquely combines them with functional learning and development with a leadership mindset. Human society worldwide needs professors, teachers, professionals, practitioners, students, scientists, researchers, experts, field executives and activists with vision and values, who inspire others, and make a positive impact on the world around them. Deliberately reflecting on Principles of Leadership, moral values and our high-quality mentorship, we have created this distinctive program that commits to leadership excellence. Further understanding of what leadership constitutes may be developed by reading additional notes.

Core of the GLP is to inspire our future leaders. The program aims at accompanying seasoned experts and budding academic/professional fellows with the ability and the mindset to enter the world to meaningfully lead and serve others. Young Fellows and Senior Fellows will regularly participate in Global Lectures and hone their knowledge and leadership characteristics. They take an intrinsic look at their own values while similarly discovering the traits of successful leaders.

GLP is conscientiously designed recognizing that Fellows serve in positions where they lead and make influential decisions. They also influence government decisions, regulations and policy. Appreciating the complexity of how all decisions are woven together is a significant component of leadership program. Our goal is for the Fellows to acquire and recognize the competence, poise, honesty, inspiration, vision, resiliency, and focus that comprise a leader. We commit to providing the Fellows with the platform to push them in an upward trajectory that uses their expertise to serve the common good and create a better world for all.

Gain practical leadership skills, experience, and professional development as a member of the Grassroots Global Leadership Program!


    • Emeritus Global Fellow
    • Senior Global Fellow
    • Young Global Fellow
    • Emeritus Professional Fellow
    • Senior Professional Fellow
    • Young Professional Fellow


  • Mountain Ecosystem Management
  • Mountain Rural Development/Economics
  • Agrobiodiversity & Agroecology
  • Indigenous People’s Resource Rights
  • Natural Resources Law & Governance
  • People’s Centred Advocacy Tools & Methods
  • Pastures and Pastoral Peoples
  • Land, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Rebuilding War Affected Ukraine

Special Call 2022-25

The Special Fellows 2022-25 under Grassroots Global Leadership Program will join for 3 years. All the Special Fellows will work as per their Work Plan at the location they have proposed to work. During the 3 years period, the Fellows will receive and exercise their leadership skills specifically tailored to become global leaders in specified fields.

The GLP will be accepting applications for the Special Batch 2022-2025 of the Fellows from 16 August 2022. Applications are due 10 December 2022. In May-June of 2025, all the Fellows will be invited to participate a Global Natural Resources event in Kyrgyzstan where they will present their work of 3 years period and future roadmap.

Special Fellows 2022-25 will be accepted for only the following two themes:

- Natural Resources Law & Governance
- Pastures and Pastoralism

Next Call 2024-27

The Fellows under Grassroots Global Leadership Program will join for 3 years from 1 July 2024 to 30 June 2027. All the Fellows will work as per their Work Plan at the location they have proposed to work. During the 3 years period, the Fellows will receive and exercise their leadership skills specifically tailored to become global leaders in specified fields.

The GLP will be accepting applications for the 2024-2026 batch of the Fellows from 1 January 2024. Applications will be due 1 May 2024. Introduction & Orientation will take place in July 2024.


Some of such Fellowship or Leadership programs offer stipend to the Fellows, while others ask for a fee. We will do neither of the two. Because this is not a funded program, we have no provision of offering a stipend to any of the Fellows. Likewise, we will NOT charge any fee to compensate our immense energy, time, expertise and efforts involving training, mentorship, guidance, capacity building, facilitation, publicity, visibility, web-based works, communications, manpower, coordination, networking, and one-to-one attention. In this program, The Grassroots Institute is going to invest heavily in terms managing all the related affairs. Each Fellow will work on his/her project, and we will facilitate/develop various associated components of the project through different professional and academic inputs.


The Grassroots Institute will not be able to share any cost involved in the preparation or execution of a Fellow’s project. It is expected that the Work Plan should propose a research, action research or field action project that can be managed and executed by the Fellow himself/herself. The travel cost, material cost, human resource cost or any other incidentals required to accomplish the projected activities need to be borne by the Fellow. However, a Fellow can publicise the project and campaign for fundraising using the GLP platform.


The Fellows will develop enhanced abilities to:

  • Become globally linked and connected along with a wider visibility
  • strengthen your knowledge and perspectives in specific discipline
  • build and boost your global profile
  • connect and network with large number of global experts
  • apply the ethical imperative in the academic, research and professional works
  • effectively work with variety of stakeholders and audience
  • enhance communication skills
  • navigate social communication in professional settings
  • put vision into action
  • make effective decisions
  • cultivate self-awareness and self-assessment skills
  • seek, take and foster responsibility
  • prioritize competing demands
  • build and cultivate relationships
  • manage people and projects
  • accept and learn from failure
  • build confidence in self and others
  • appreciate the virtues of humility and perseverance