The National Law University, Delhi (NLU-D) is seeking to engage on a contractual basis, 1 (One) Social Work Fellow for Nagpur for the Fair Trial Fellowship program supported by a grant from the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives.

About the Organization

National Law University, Delhi (NLUD) is a law university in India, offering courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. NLUD is one of the national law schools in India built on the five-year law degree model proposed and implemented by the Bar Council of India.

About the Program

The Fair Trial Fellowship (“the Fellowship”) is an opportunity for young lawyers and social workers to work for providing quality legal representation and support to undertrial prisoners. The Fellowship will train and mentor a group of young professionals to work in collaboration with the State Legal Services Authority towards ensuring fair trials for undertrial prisoners at both pre-trial and trial stages. The Fellowship is currently rolled out for work in Nagpur and Pune Central prisons.

The Opportunity

Social Work Fellows in the program focus on crucial socio-legal fieldwork relating to cases of undertrial
prisoners and support the Legal Fellows in ensuring that the undertrial prisoner is provided quality legal


  • Visiting the Prisons, interacting with undertrial prisoners, identifying individuals who need legal aid from the DLSA, and supporting them in writing applications to DLSA.
  • Identifying undertrial prisoners entitled to bail/early release and refer such cases to the DLSA and the Prison Authorities.
  • Socio-legal casework interventions and handholding undertrial prisoners through the legal proceedings at both pre-trial and trial stages.
  • Home visits and working with families of undertrials in gathering information/documents relevant to their case.
  • Coordinating with other authorities if required for gathering relevant documents like age proof, address proof, medical certificates, etc.
  • Identifying special needs of undertrials including pregnancy, claims for juvenility, disability, terminal illnesses, mental health issues, etc.
  • Traveling as required to meet and communicate with family members of undertrial prisoners and other persons who may have oral and documentary information relevant for mitigation of the prisoners, using the tools and techniques for communication and obtaining information devised.
  • Coordinating with Legal Fellows and providing relevant socio-legal inputs in individual cases.
  • Case Documentation with details of interventions for cases handled.
  • Organizing and conducting training workshops and conferences.
  • Documentation and Reporting as per programmatic needs.
  • Any other work that may be necessary to further the aims of the Fellowship Programme


  • Postgraduate qualification in social work (M.A. in Social Work/MSW) or any other helping Professions/Social Science/Humanities subject or related areas from a Central/Deemed/State-Recognised University.
  • Minimum of one year experience (full time) in intervention work at the grassroots level is desired.
  • Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking Marathi
  • Ability to read, write and speak English
  • Familiarity with the use of MS-Office, emails, and the internet
  • Prior work experience within institutions in the criminal justice system is desirable


Fellows will be paid a fellowship amount of INR 30,000 per month.

How to Apply?

  • Interested persons may send their resumé and a statement of purpose, explaining their interest in working on this program.
  • The statement of purpose must not exceed 700 words.
  • Intimation regarding dates and selection rounds will be given to the shortlisted candidates by email.
  • Email: Interested persons must send their resume and Statement of Purpose to
    p39arecruitment[at] and the subject of the email should be “Fair Trial Fellowship- Application
    for Social Work Fellow”.


  • Applications received after midnight of March 03, 2021 will not be considered.


  • The shortlisted candidates shall be informed about the next round in the selection process via email.
  • The interview might be held in an online or offline mode. There will be multiple rounds of interviews.

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