Young Women’s Political Leadership Institute (YWPLI) is an eleven-month program designed to enable young women understand the basics of politics and equip them with public service knowledge. We achieve this by involving fellow in political leadership trainings, workshops, and conversations surrounding democratic processes within Nepal and around the globe. Learning is aided not only by direct interaction with individuals they look up to but also through work opportunities with them. By program end, we help fellows transform advocacy ideas into actionable projects.

Fee: Rs 9,000/-
Footnote: The fee can be paid in a lump sum after admittance to the course. The fee covers all course materials, a completion certificate, free lunches, unlimited access to our Chautara Resource Center, and exclusive access to Women LEAD’s alumni community and events.

Program Duration: 11 months
Program Capacity: 20 seats


YWPLI starts with two weeks of skill-building workshops, where participants gain foundational knowledge about Nepal’s federal democratic system and the political processes of the country. Fellows will also learn essential professional skills in political organization like delivering effective messages, networking skills, and developing effective campaign plans.

Fellows will volunteer approximately 25 hours with a female leader, where they will be exposed to field experience with local representatives or Mayors outside the valley.

A month long internship will ensure participants practice their political learning with women leaders like female parliament members, Singha Durbar, Deputy Mayor, and Ministers.

Fellows conceptualize and implement their own project around the theme of political activism and receive the guidance and skills to carry out their project.

The program concludes with a graduation ceremony.


This is an equal opportunity program—young women from all castes, ethnicity, backgrounds, religions, abilities and sexual orientations are encouraged to apply. The basic eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Have completed their +2 and be between the ages of 18-25
  • Comfortable communicating in English and Nepali (both written and spoken)
  • Attend all modules of the program. Detailed breakdown of program structure can be found in the application


Women LEAD Nepal provides full and partial scholarships for anyone in need of financial assistance. We are committed to accepting applicants on merit regardless of their economic status. Scholarship forms will be handed out during the one-on-one interviews and by Women LEAD representatives.

Gender and Constitution
Elevator Pitches and Networking
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Field Trip
Civil Rights and Responsibilities
Political Guest Speaker Sessions

Application Process

YWPLI has a two-step application process to ensure the most passionate, committed and amazing 20 young women are selected!

  • Fill out this online form.
  • Selected applicants will be invited for a 40-minute in-person interview with staff and alumni of the program. Selected applicants will be notified about their application via email and call.

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