The FAQs are applicable only for India. Terms and conditions might be different for other countries
What is the tenure of a SPARC?
Tenure of the program is one year
Who are the SPARC MPs?
SPARC MPs are onboarded basis their interest in engaging with the program, and their willingness to work with young professionals in issue-based constituency development projects.
What shall be the stipend?
The stipend shall be INR 40,000 per month, without tax deductions (applicable only for India).
Is the SPARC Program open to foreign nationals?
Only Indian nationals, Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) are allowed to apply for the program.
Can I reapply if I was not selected last year?
Yes, candidates who applied last year, and were not selected, are free to apply again.
What are SPARC’s priorities in terms of placing associates?
There are multiple factors that we look at when matching associates with a given constituency, including language ability, professional skills, sector expertise etc.
Where will the SPARC be based?
SPARCs will be expected to travel, with the majority of the time being spent in the constituency with their respective Parliamentarian.
May I choose the constituency I will be attached to?
The constituency for the Associates would be chosen after mapping their skill sets to the requirements of the constituency and the MP.
Where can I learn more about SPARC’s field engagements?
For information about SPARC’s field engagements, you can visit the Associate Profiles page and the Ongoing Interventions page, to understand the current projects being undertaken by the 2016-17 cohort.
Is there a review component built into the program?
Yes, the SPARC associates will be reviewed on a quarterly basis, and appropriate hand-holding will be provided to the associates at every stage of the program.
Do SPARCs get any leave time?
Yes. Associates are entitled to leaves as per the Swaniti Leave Policy