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A Year-long Fellowship

Started in 2011, YIF grooms socially conscious leaders and change-makers for the 21st century.

Offered as Ashoka University’s flagship residential postgraduate diploma in liberal studies, the YIF is unlike any other graduate academic programme. Fellows get access and exposure to diverse areas of study, research and practice within a year. This often helps Fellows reimagine themselves and discover their passions.

Fellows study a curated selection of courses taught by renowned educators, work on a team-based project to solve a real-world problem, and learn how to think critically and write effectively. They are also mentored by inspiring individuals, and live with a community of diverse individuals from many walks of life.

A multidisciplinary programme designed like no other.

The multidimensional learning opportunities enable students to build or hone 21st century skills that are in high demand, regardless of their past educational backgrounds and their future goals. These skills include Collaboration, Communication, Problem-Solving, Critical Thinking, and Leadership. 

8 Terms of ~6 Weeks each

~20 Multidisciplinary Courses

~100 Fellows

Critical Writing Programme

Experiential Learning Module

Mentorship Programme

Focused Residential Experience

Infinite
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Courses

A range of subjects taught by inspiring academicians, scholars, and practitioners.

The Young India Fellowship attracts the finest academicians, practitioners, and experts in the field to the classroom, and gives them the autonomy to innovate, create, and craft curricula. This is a rare freedom within academia and ensures an unparalleled teaching and learning experience, not just for YIF, but across all programmes at Ashoka University.

The diversity in courses is also reflected in the varied styles of teaching and assessment, which includes discussions, seminars, field visits, presentations, and group work. While catering to multiple learning styles, this allows you to learn from a range of perspectives, and prepare yourself to be a critical thinker – a key 21st century skill.

 

Peer Diversity and Learning

View the world with a new perspective.

Young India Fellows are a group of promising young individuals, selected through a rigorous and elaborate search for passionate achievers with a desire to bring about change. At the YIF, a gold medalist from IIT, a history major from LSR, a Kathak dancer, a banker from Goldman Sachs and a journalist from Reuters, all attend lectures together. This creates an unparalleled peer learning environment rich with multiple perspectives. From engineering to design, film to agriculture, medicine to art, and law to journalism, being amidst diverse peers will enable cross flow of ideas and learning – which will complement and challenge what you learnt in your previous experiences.

Experiential Learning Module

Work on projects which directly impact the world.

The Experiential Learning Module (ELM) is a core component of the YIF curriculum where the Fellows work in groups of five on real-world projects from diverse sectors in collaboration with organisations and institutions (Clients). The ELM compliments academic learning at the YIF by equipping Fellows with structured problem-solving techniques, while also training them in designing and implementing sustainable solutions. It helps students learn how to work collaboratively, solve complex problems with an interdisciplinary approach, and build domain knowledge.

Critical Writing

Learn to think critically and express effectively.

The YIF Critical Writing Programme has few visible contextual precedents within the Indian higher education system. Acknowledging the importance of writing as central to processes of knowledge acquisition, production, and consumption, the programme has developed a pedagogy geared towards building critical reading, writing, and thinking skills to help Fellows engage with the world of ideas and enable them to develop and express their own ideas in a well-reasoned, lucid, and engaging manner. We do this by helping students innovate with genres of writing across different disciplines to develop a metacognitive awareness regarding their own reading and writing practices. These skills act as building blocks for the liberal arts education they receive at Ashoka University and enhance their abilities to navigate academic, professional, and social spheres once they graduate from the Fellowship.

Mentorship Programme

Get mentored by eminent leaders and scholars of the 21st Century. 

Mentorship is one of the key pillars of the YIF, where the Fellows are connected to Mentors with strong personal, academic, and professional track records who positively impact and guide their journeys during and beyond the YIF.  The fellows have the opportunity to be mentored by not only a stalwart in academia or industry, but also by an alum who shares a similar background or interest. This allows the Young India Fellows to carve out a meaningful career path over time.

Inspiring Educators

The Young India Fellowship attracts the finest academicians, practitioners, and experts in the field to the classroom, and gives them the autonomy to innovate, create, and craft curricula. This is a rare freedom within academia and ensures an unparalleled teaching and learning experience, not just for YIF, but across all programmes at Ashoka University.

Each course offering is from a distinct academic or professional domain. Disciplines range from sciences to social sciences and from leadership to the arts. Course offerings include public policy, art appreciation, gender and media studies, leadership, group dynamics, business essentials, Shakespeare, communication, and Indian elections. 

Life at YIF

The YIF programme’s residential experience gives students access to the entire Ashoka University ecosystem. Students become a part of a vibrant community and get the opportunity to engage with people and spaces beyond the YIF. The residential experience is accentuated by the multifaceted environment of the University which includes:

● World-class infrastructure and facilities
● Multiple Centres of excellence
● Comprehensive student support systems
● Fulfilling cultural and co-curricular engagement

Life at YIF

A Fellow for Life

Since 2011, over 1900 individuals from India and abroad have commenced their lifelong journeys as Young India Fellows.

Fellows are equipped with perspectives, knowledge, and capabilities that help them understand the world better 
and engage with their field of study or practice through a multidisciplinary approach. This becomes critical for effective leadership, especially in the post-pandemic era.

Fellows keep coming back to the Fellowship, and contribute to shaping and nurturing it further. They continue to support and collaborate with each other and with members of the larger Ashoka ecosystem in their professional and personal pursuits, regardless of what they do.

Pathways: Campus Placements

Ashoka University is a pioneer in providing a liberal arts and sciences education in India at par with the best in the world. Ashoka’s globally recognized faculty and rigorous pedagogy provides students with 21st century skills including critical thinking, communication, and collaboration, ensuring our graduates are well-equipped when they emerge into the world of work.

The University is a preferred destination for several leading recruiters across Consulting, BFSI, Conglomerate, IT, BPO, KPO, Research/Analytics, Social Sector, Internet, FMCG, Startup, Fintech, Pharma, Media and Advertising, Education/EdTech, and PR, and has a commitment to enhancing inclusion, diversity and social impact, and contributing to nation-building by preparing the leaders of tomorrow.

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Pathways: Other Opportunities

Turn your Fellowship into a Master’s Degree (MLS)

Extend your stay at Ashoka by a year and graduate with a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MLS) degree. The 32-credit interdisciplinary research program is open to Fellows and alumni. Students design their own…

Start an Organization

Apply to the 5-month long holistic Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EiR) programme at Ashoka University’s InfoEdge Centre for Entrepreneurship to incubate, develop and test your idea through a support structure that brings together a network of founders, entrepreneurs,…

Create Social Impact

Apply to the Mother Teresa Fellowship, which allows you to pursue your goals in development by providing you mentorship, professional and personal support, along with a monthly stipend. YIF alumni have started national movements, built…

Study Further

Several Fellows, either immediately after graduating from Ashoka or later, have gone on to pursue graduate and doctoral programmes at aspirational institutions and have also secured coveted scholarships. 

The YIF Alumni Community

Young India Fellows together form a community of diverse leaders and changemakers from all walks of life, driven to generate transformational impact on society. Fellows continue to make an impact across diverse spheres, whether as entrepreneurs, in the corporate world, development sector, research, journalists, policy, sports, academia or as professional artists.

WATCH | The YIF Podcast Season 1 | Alumni Journeys of Transformation and Impact | 7 Episodes

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Admissions

Become a Young India Fellow

The YIF follows a holistic admissions process, which takes into account the academic and non-academic journey, personal context, interests and potential of an individual. The online application is designed to be a reflective process.

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📷Proto Credits: Paridhi Kapil, YIF ‘22

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🎓Course in Focus - "Kabir: The Poet of Vernacular Modernity Faculty" - by Professor Purushottam Agrawal #YIFTerm5

📚In this course, students study Kabir as a major voice of #vernacular modernity and rational enquiry. The question naturally rises—what does modernity mean? Why is it important? And, what is meant by vernacular modernity?

🏛Purushottam Agrawal served as a member of the Union Public Service Commission of India from 2007 to 2013. Prior to this, he was chairperson, Center of Indian Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has also served as visiting professor at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, EL Colegio de México, and the University of Cambridge.

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"Sharing a sketch from my days at Ashoka, and heartfelt gratitude to the Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University for adding immensely to my journey. Extremely grateful to Dr. Pramath Sinha @pramathraj and his team for bringing in this level of education to India," reminisces Abhinav Gupta (YIF '20) #FellowshipNeverEnds

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📚 "The past year has been extremely enriching, where I have studied ~23 different courses across disciplines and met brightest of minds from all across the country," shares Paridhi Kapil @paridhikapil from the YIF Class of '22.

📈 Paridhi will be joining Sattva Consulting @sattva.india as an Associate Consultant after the Fellowship. Here, she will contribute towards delivering global solutions to some of the most challenging social problems of our time. #FellowshipNeverEnds

👏 Congratulations Paridhi for your recent accomplishments. We wish you the very best in all your future endeavors. Keep inspiring! #ReachForTheStars ✨

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🎓Course in Focus: 'Religion and Secularism in Global Perspectives' by Dr. Neilesh Bose #YIFTerm8

🏫 Neilesh Bose is Associate Professor of History and Canada Research Chair in global and comparative history at University of Victoria, Canada. A historian of modern South Asia his interests include colonialism and decolonization, post-colonial history, nationalism, literary history, intellectual history.

📚 He has authored two books 'Recasting the Region: Language, Culture, and Islam in Colonial Bengal' and 'Fitting the Word to the Action: An Ethnographic Journey Into Theatre'

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📌"After four years of working at the grassroots in India, I was interested in understanding how participatory research could benefit the education sector and sensitively influence policy. While it was exhilarating ticking intended outcomes off my list, I learnt more than I could imagine from my very special friends who helped consolidate theories into meaningful projects," shares Jonathan Mendonca @tobefrank93 (YIF '17) upon his recent graduation from Harvard Graduate School of Education

📌"I am very excited to continue my role as Director of Strategy and Scale at Barefoot Edu Foundation @barefootedu and increase the rate of school improvement in India and the Global South by building school leadership and effective educational systems," Jonathan further shares.

📌Congratulations Jonathan for your recent accomplishments at Harvard Graduate School of Education and we wish you the very best in all your future endeavours. Keep inspiring! #ReachForTheStars ✨

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"I learnt that the greatest learning happens when you #learn to trust yourself, when you experiment with your own voice, when you fail, when you paint, when you sit under the sunlight for hours asking questions, when you #unlearn aggressively and consciously," shares Avnika Gupta @aavnika (YIF '20).

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📷 As Shivanshi YIF'22 @samosawithshivanshi fondly terms it, YIFNMD (YIF Na Milega Dobara)/YOLYIFO (You Only Live YIF Once) ✨

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Kanika Rathi, a Young India Fellow from the Class of 2019, secured AIR 64 in UPSC this year. A very hearty congratulations to her from the YIF Community.

We are extremely proud of her, and wish her the very best for the future.

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