Enhanced Leadership Development Programme (ELDP) is a platform for our exceptional volunteers / coordinators where they can expand their capacity to contribute in leadership roles within Bhumi and outside in their personal / professional life


programme structure

Programme has been divided into different phases!

application phase

Once the application is filled by the applicants, it will go through a review followed by a Personal Discussion – to ensure selection of eligible volunteers who can be potential leaders.

training phase

Once the results are out, ELDP will guide the applicants by connecting them to the respective team for smooth transition followed by training on the Organisational and Leadership aspects. And thereafter training will be held whenever required.

grooming phase

Those applicants who request for mentors, will be mapped with mentors to help them groom to be better leaders. Also, general grooming would be provided by their respective Program Support Teams in timely basis through grooming sessions.


If you fall under anyone of these, you are eligible to apply.

Past National / Chapter Support Team Member

Current / Past LB Coordinator

Bhumi Changemaker / Torchbearer / Trailblazer Awardee

roles & responsibilities

The roles & responsibilities are derived from the expectations and are only indicative and not exhaustive

Chapter Support Team (CST)

A chapter support team will collectively work towards the sustainability of their city. Each team member will have a focus area but overall will be responsible for the entire chapter.

  • Setting the Chapter Vision
  • Participating in MIST (Monthly Interaction with Support Teams) meet.
  • Planning All Coordinators Meet to discuss the progress every two months
  • Resolving Conflicts 
  • Conducting minimum two field visits in a month
  • Budgeting, Fundraising, Asset Management for their programme / city
  • Grooming the next set of leaders for their programme / city
  • Conceptualising and planning Bhumi Awards
  • Managing local Changedrivers

National / Regional Support Team (NST/ RST)

The National / Regional Support Team will collectively work towards enhancing and strengthening Bhumi’s current projects nationally / regionally.

  • Setting overall project vision & goals
  • Revising, enhancing and creating any new content if required for project curriculum with the support of Content and Training Lead and Curriculum Manager
  • Participating in MIST (Monthly Interaction with Support Teams) meet.
  • Planning and coordinating project meets once every two months
  • Resolving Conflicts within their project
  • Conducting minimum two field visits every month
  • Budgeting and Fundraising for their projects / programme
  • Grooming next set of leaders in their projects / programme
  • Conceptualising and planning – Ignite Fest (for Ignite NSTs only), Nakshatra (For REFRESH NSTs only), Daanustav, Carnivol, NVW (For Catalyse NSTs only

selection process

The selection process is a combination of application, how much you already know about the organisation and what are your and organisation expectations from one another

design phase

To design the ideas and thoughts - to convey the purpose and the vision

discuss phase

The reports from previous two phases, shall be communicated to a set of panelists - based on which they will have a Personal Discussion with the applicant.

Develop Phase

To develop smart goals for the project at the Leadership program, Beacon.

live updates

Click on the link below to track or know on the updates of the ELDP 2019 Applications

ELDP 2016 Cohort

Our first cohort started in 2016 with 14 participants, has seen 4 out of 14 projects being successful and creating a positive impact within our organisation.

ELDP 2018 Cohort

Our second cohort on 2018 with 27 Applicants. 

ELDP 2019 Cohort

Our latest batch of ELDP team

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why is the structure of ELDP changing?

The purpose of ELDP – To incubate and develop socially impactful leadership for Bhumi and for the society, remains the same. But, how do we do that, changes based on the feedback to best suit the volunteers.

Why three different levels of leadership?

The levels of leadership are divided based on the scope, scale and support required at different levels. National Level and Chapter Level leadership will require more support through trainings and resources. So, to provide that, support, its taken as a different level of leadership.

Why is that, not all Volunteers allowed to apply?

Volunteers in Bhumi evolve right from the time they join – with more experience as a team and at a point of time, volunteers, start taking up responsibilities on their own – leading without a title.

ELDP being National level and Chapter level leadership may require higher experience to understand the organisational operations and functioning. And a volunteer who has been a part of LB will be able to empathise when he/she manages many LB Coordinators as a CST/NST/RS

Why is that, only certain Bhumi Awardees are eligible?

As mentioned in the previous question, when volunteers begin to start taking up responsibilities on their own – leading without a title, that’s when, they are nominated by volunteers to be awarded and such volunteers will be able to emathise, plan and manage the teams collectively when he/she manages many LB Coordinators as a CST/NST/RST.

What role will ELDP Participants be given?

ELDP is mainly leadership programme and Lead Bhumi will recommend the ELDP Applicant to take up a role either as a part of Chapter Support Team or as a part of National/Regional Support Team.

What is Chapter Support Team?

An ELDP Participant who is a part of Chapter Support Team (CST) will be taking care of all projects in a programme or all programmes in the city.

What is National Support Team?

An ELDP Participant who is a part of National Support Team (NST) will be taking care of a project in all the cities wherever the respective project is functioning – as a team.

What is Regional Support Team?

An ELDP Participant who is a part of Regional Support Team (RST) will be taking care of a project in two or more cities – as a team.

Will I be provided with an ELDP Certificate?

All ELDP Participants who complete the committed period will be provided with an ELDP certificate.

Why is it expected to give 18 months of commitment?

We understand that one year commitment given currently may not be sufficient as a lot of challenges are faced once the coordinators move on. To ensure proper handover and succession planning is done, a minimum of 18 months is required which will ensure project/city is sustainable and taken forward by the right person.

Is ELDP a separate institution or a part of Lead Bhumi?

Lead Bhumi is the overall leadership platform, under which  there are 3 programs for different levels of leadership  – Lead Projects (Center level leadership); Lead Bhumi (Chapter level Project leadership); ELDP (National / Chapter level leadership).

What is the selection criteria?

Note: Selection or rejection of an application is not based on any ONE of the below criteria but will be based on SEVERAL of the below; i.e. if an applicant is rated low in one of the criteria, but rated high on a few other criteria, he / she will still be considered for selection.

  • No of beneficiaries / centres reached or coordinated (Ignite specific)
  • No. of centre visits and feedback submitted (Ignite specific)
  • No. of events / activities conducted (Catalyse / REFRESH specific)
  • No. of volunteers engaged
  • Initiatives taken – extent of contribution
  • Participation / contribution in project / city level meetings / calls
  • Duration of leadership as coordinator at any level at the time of applying for programme
  • Timeliness of data submission – master data, attendance, assessments etc.
  • Feedback from change drivers / national support teams / other coordinators / volunteers
  • Bhumi Awards received

Basically, these points are to look into the level of an applicant’s commitment, experience, contribution and skills.

What is the time commitment that is required?

Time commitment may vary, as every leader has different ways of working – as because, delegation plays a major role.

But, in an average, it takes maximum 10-12 hours per week.

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