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Do you have the passion to understand the ubiquitous realities of India?
Do you want to feel connected to the rural and urban India and do something to make it better?
Do you want to be the change agent?
The following list will give you only the best and the most rigorous and enriching fellowship programs for the youth, in India. These are best Paid Fellowships Programs in India that will give you experience of your life.

1. India Fellow Fellowship

I was an India Fellow of the year 2015-16. I am keen to join the program in July 14. India Fellow is a One year-long leadership program that make you become socially conscious leaders of tomorrow. This is a Fellowship for students from India. The team consist of Rahul Nainwal, the founder India Fellow program, Anupama Pain, co-founder with Manali Shah  and Anvesh Tirukovalluru. Application process starts at April of every year. Starting from 2016 cohort, 5 fellows will be able to work as“Ideosync UNESCO India Fellow (IUIF). Visit India Fellow website for more information.

Duration - 1 year
Paid - Yes [15K for Urban and 12K for Rural]
Application process starts at - December

Fellows of India Fellow
Can you spot me? Credit: India Fellow. 

2. Youth for India Fellowship

Youth for India is a fellowship program that enables young graduates to work on rural development projects with experienced NGOs. The fellowship is Supported by State Bank of India (SBI). You will have opportunity in working in any of 35 locations across 10 states of the country.  The applicants will have to be Young Professionals or Fresh Graduates with an Age between 21-32 (as on date of commencement of program). Visit Youth for India website for more information. Two of my friends are doing their fellowships here and they are posted in Kuppam, AP.
The fellowship is focused in 12 program areas -

Duration - 1 year
Paid - Yes [15K]
Application process starts at - June

3. Young India Fellowship

I was a campus leader for Young India Fellowship for the year 2014-15. It is a a one- year residential post-graduate program to develop committed change agents for India. The average cost of the program per Fellow is INR 6 lakhs with an additional INR 75,000 as food cost. Each Fellow is sponsored fully or partially by a sponsor. Students who are in the final year of their undergraduate and postgraduate degree can also apply for the fellowship. One of my friend completed this fellowship and commented that the exposure she got is significant. Visit Young India Fellowship website for more information.

Duration - 1 year
Paid - No [Fees are covered under sponsorship]
Application process starts at - September

4. Teach For India Fellowship Program

Teach for India is a 2 year paid program and fellows will be provided an opportunity to work in rural schools in India. The program has more than six hundred alumni, nine hundred fellows in 7 cities and has taught over 27 thousand children. Visit Teach for India Fellowship website for more information. 

Duration - 2 year
Paid - Yes [17K]
Application process starts at - Register using interest form

5. Full Bright fellowship program in India

Full Bright and Rhodes Scholarship, Fellowships for Indian students are very prestigious. The United States – India Educational Foundation (USIEF) provides Fulbright-Nehru Fellowships,Fulbright-Kalam Climate Fellowship, Other Fulbright Fellowships, Non Fulbright Fellowships and other Fulbright Fellowships for Indian students, researchers and teachers. These fellowships are a good opportunity for Social Work Post Graduates [MSW] in India to study abroad. 

The fellowships are mainly in three categories:
  1. Student Awards to pursue a master's degree or attend a U.S. university as a visiting student researcher,
  2. Scholars and Teacher Awards for academics, teachers and professionals to teach or conduct research in the U.S., and
  3. Professional Development Programs for leadership and skill development.
Duration - As per the course selected
Paid - Full paid
Application process starts at - Know more in FAQ section

6. Villgro Fellows Programme

Villgro Fellowships will provide to work with start ups in various fields and have access to premier social enterprise conferences that are happening in India. The fellow are expected to create Key Result Areas (KRAs) after two months of fellowship where they will evaluated under this. This is a chance to work in social enterprise sector and have an immerse experience.

Eligibility: Work experience of at least three years in one or more of these functional areas: business development, sales, operations, finance, product design, marketing.

Duration - 12 Months
Paid - A stipend of Rs. 25000rs. It has mentioned in the FAQ section as a stipend it will  covers reasonable monthly living costs for the duration of the year- long program. 
Application process starts at - March

7. Ashoka Fellowship in India

Ashoka is a global program for making social innovators and entrepreneurs over 65 countries. Visit Ashoks Fellowship website for more information. 

Duration - 3 year
Paid - Living stipend for an average of three years
Application process starts at - Register using interest form.

8. Tata Motors Fellowship

Tata Motors Fellowship is offered for the students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. The candidates have to send a proposal which will be reviewed. Then face to face interview with a panel of 4 members. Generally two fellows are selected. The fellows will work in Tata Motors CSR areas.

Five fellowships are awarded to the social work graduates of TISS for a period of two years. The objective is to create an interface between academia and industry by supporting social development programs.

The fellowship began in June 2015 with two projects being awarded in the field of affirmative action. One of the fellows is working in Kushinagar district of Uttar Pradesh on improving the secondary education status of students from Musahar community. The other fellow is making efforts to increase the retention rate of tribal students caught amidst the conflict in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.
Two more fellowships have been awarded in subsequent months.

The fellows contribute to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects of Tata Motors Limited at Sanand (Gujarat) and Jamshedpur (Jharkhand). They work closely with CSR teams in order to develop, monitor and implement the field action programs of the company.

Duration - 2 year
Paid - Yes [25K + 5K for TA and DA]

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects of Tata Motors Limited
TISS Fellowship
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects of Tata Motors Limited at Sanand (Gujarat) and Jamshedpur (Jharkhand)
TISS Fellows
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects of Tata Motors Limited Affirmative Action Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh and Kushinagar district of Uttar Pradesh
TISS Fellows 2

Application process starts at - Through Central Placement Cell of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

9. Gandhi Paid Fellowship

Gandhi Fellowship Program is a Fellowship program for talented youngsters from India's top colleges. The fellows in India will be posted in rural Government Schools and have to assist teachers and head masters and head mistresses of 5 schools per fellow. One of the Gandhi fellow is posted in Rajastan with Educate girls.

Duration - 2 year
Paid - Yes [14K] [7K will be given each month with free accommodation. The other 7K per month will be cumulatively added and paid back at the end of first year if you leave the fellowship or the second year.]

Application process starts at - Through website

Azim Premji Foundation Fellowship Program is a 2 year program offered to post graduates or professionals who have 3 - 10 years of experience. The fellows will be posted in Government Rural schools in India. You can go to the FAQ section of the fellowship and know every details. There is an induction if you et selected after online test and interview. The induction training will be conducted in the initial 2 weeks in Bengaluru.

Duration - 2 year
Paid - Yes [27K] [Provident Fund, Medical-Life- Personal Accident Insurance benefits are in addition]

FUTURE: After the completion of the Fellowship Program, the fellows will be posted as employees in the foundation.

Application process starts at - Through website

11. Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellows Scheme

PMRD Fellowships is India's one of the best fellowship program that offer more than 75K as stipend. This fellowship program is offered by  the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), Government of India (GoI) to to facilitate convergence of and improving access to welfare and development programs to people in conflict- affected, backward and isolated areas in India. The fellows will be able to work in grass root level with the community. 

Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellows Scheme
Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellows Scheme

Essential criteria:-
Age between 22-27 years at the time of application. For candidates belonging to SC/ST category, the maximum age limit will be 32 years.
At least a graduate from a recognized university/institute
At least 50% marks in the aggregate or equivalent grade at the graduate or Post-graduate level, whichever is qualifying.

Duration - 2 year
Paid - Yes. The Fellows shall be entitled to a consolidated stipend package of Rs.50,000
(Rupees Fifty thousand only) per month during the orientation period.  Rs.75,000 per
month (Rupees Seventy Five Thousand only) during the first year and a 10% increment
during the second year.
Application process starts: November

12. Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship

The Legislative Assistants to Members of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship is an  opportunity for youngsters to work with Member of Parliament for full time from the beginning of the Monsoon session to the end of the Budget session. Fellows will be trained in policy-making, drafting questions for MPs, basic parliamentary and legal frameworks, parliamentary procedures, information sources and research tools.

Duration: 11 Months 
Place of posting: Delhi
Eligibility: Bachelor's degree
Stipend: Rs 17,000 per month, with an additional amount of Rs 3,000 per month to cover any expenses incurred (such as local conveyance, telephone calls, internet charges etc)

13. William J Clinton Fellowship

THE AMERICAN INDIA FOUNDATION offers William J Clinton Fellowship to young Indians. They are funded by many corporations and foundations Adobe Foundation, American Express, Applied Materials Foundation, Citi Foundation, Dell, The Hans Foundation, Human Dignity Foundation, ICICI, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Oracle and SanDisk. 

The fellows will be working with leading NGOs and social enterprises in India in order to create 
scalable, and sustainable projects and effectively address multiple social issues. Know more on this in the FAQ section. You can subscribe in the William J Clinton Fellowship website for getting updates about this. 

Eligibility:• Be a citizen / permanent resident of the United States or citizen of India
• Be between the ages of 21 and 34 on September 1, 2016
• Complete an undergraduate degree prior to September 1, 2016

Duration: Ten months

Stipend: Yes. Provides domestic travel from their hometowns in India, insurance coverage, rent, utilities, transportation to and from work, language classes, personal expenses, and food.

Application process starts at - First week of April through website

14. The IIHS Urban Fellowship Program

The IIHS urban fellowships is a new fellowship program supported by H T Parekh foundation by HDFC. It is fully-funded, full-time, inter-disciplinary fellowship program. The program structure includes 7 elements which are The Commons, The Elective Courses, The Internship, Applied Practica, Skill Labs, Immersion Trips, and Master Classes.

The IIHS urban fellowship Program in India
The IIHS urban fellowships

The selected fellows will have to deposit Rs 20,000 which will be refunded after the program finishes.

Stipend: Rs 10,000 per month. Accommodation is provided.

Eligibility:    Candidates with a Bachelors Degree in any subject or discipline, including the social sciences, planning, architecture, journalism, law, media and the arts.
   Candidates who have non-degree training and have undertaken certification programs after their 10+2 schooling.
   Candidates who do not have formal education after their 10+2, but have experience of formal or informal work in urban sectors.

Duration: 9 months

Place of posting: IIHS Bangalore City Campus


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