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Applications to the YIF Class of 2018-19 are now open.


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Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria to apply for the YIF are:

  1. A recognised undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline

  2. Maximum of 28 years of age on 31st May, 2018

  3. Strong academic record and extra-curricular engagement

  4. Strong written and verbal communication skills

What We Look For?

Given the unique nature of the programme there is no specific type of profile for a Young India Fellow. However, the following points are being presented to give a broad idea of what we look for. A Young India Fellow could be someone who has:

  1. A deep-rooted ambition to solve problems and make an impact on society

  2. Passion for an idea or issue which could have wider social/business/academic implications

  3. The humility to believe that they need to learn more

  4. The willingness to think differently and chart a new course

  5. A demonstrated ability to overcome challenges

  6. Qualities of integrity, self-awareness, energy, initiative and open-mindedness

  7. An above-average academic record

Selection Process

Applicants are required to submit a detailed application dossier. The selection process will be carried out in 3 stages, each one being an elimination stage.


  1. Application Assessment: All applications are reviewed by the selection committee consisting of faculty and executive members of the programme. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of their academic performance through school and college and their involvement in extra-curricular activities. Their interests and concerns along with their thoughts and motivation for a meaningful life as expressed in their essays are also considered. 

  2. Telephonic Interview: Short-listed candidates are interviewed on the telephone. Candidates will be notified in advance about when the telephonic interview will take place. It is typically a conversation regarding the information that the candidate has mentioned on their application and may include a discussion about their areas of interests. The duration of the interview is usually around 20 minutes. This is an elimination round meaning if selected in this round they move on to the Personal Interview.

  3. Comprehension Test and Personal Interview: On the day of the Personal Interview, candidates will be required to take a comprehension test just before the interview. They will be tested on their reading, understanding, articulation skills and critical thinking ability, not on their knowledge of subject matter. Candidates are interviewed in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore. International candidates have the option to interview on Skype. 


The final selection will be based on the cumulative score of all the 3 stages.


There is no application fee to apply to the programme. 

Admissions Schedule

YIF has a rolling admissions process and is split into two rounds. Each round accepts applications within a specified time-frame and selects Fellows from the pool of applications in that round.

Please refer to the calendar below for important timelines for the two rounds. 


S.No. Activity Dates (Rolling)
1. Applications open  25th August, 2017
2. Last date to submit applications 17th December, 2017
3. Telephonic interviews 16th October, 2017- 31st January, 2018
4. In-person interviews 11th December, 2017- 15th March, 2018
5. Final offers to selected candidates 1st February, 2018- 25th March, 2018
6. Final offers to wait-listed candidates 16th June, 2018- 25th June, 2018


S.No. Activity Dates (Rolling)
1. Applications open  18th December, 2017                               
2. Last date to submit applications 4th March, 2018
3. Telephonic interviews 1st February, 2018- 15th May, 2018
4. In-person interviews 16th March, 2018- 10th June, 2018
5. Final offers to selected candidates 26th March, 2018- 15th June, 2018
6. Final offers to wait-listed candidates 16th June, 2018- 25th June, 2018


The Programme begins on 16th July, 2018.


Scholarships and Financial Aid

The Young India Fellowship believes that talented and bright students may belong to any social or economic stratum. To make it possible for all deserving applicants to avail this opportunity, Young India Fellowship offers need-based scholarships that cover, in full or in part:

  • Tuition expenses for lectures and workshops 

  • Boarding and lodging

  • Cost of reading and course materials, library subscriptions and shared text books

Candidates' economic backgrounds are thoroughly checked before offering scholarships.


Fee Structure for YIF Class of 2018-2019
S.No Component Fee (in Rs.)
1. Tuition Fee 6,60,000
2. Hostel Fee 1,75,000
Total 8,35,000


Note: An additional one-time payment of Rs. 85,000 shall be charged to cover the meal expenses. The unutilized amount will be refunded at the time of withdrawal or at the end of the Fellowship.


S.No Scholarships Scholarship Amount ( INR)
1. Merit Scholarship on tuition 50,000
2. 25% Scholarship on tuition 1,65,000
3. 50% Scholarship on tuition 3,30,000
4. 75% Scholarship on tuition 4,95,000
5. Full-tuition Scholarship 6,60,000
6. Full Scholarship 8,35,000


The entire payment needs to be made before the start of the programme. 

Refund Policy

Refund Policy on Withdrawal of Admission from the Young India Fellowship, Ashoka University

  • The last date of the admission process of the Young India Fellowship (Ashoka University’s PG Diploma in Liberal Studies) is 25th June, 2018.
  • In case of withdrawal of candidature, the candidate will be refunded a certain percentage of their deposited fees depending upon the date of their withdrawal. 

Date of Withdrawal

Refund Percentage

       Before 10th June, 2018


 Between 11th June and 9th July, 2018


 Between 10th July and 25th July, 2018


 After 26th July, 2018



Please Note:

  • An additional amount of 10% shall be deducted as processing charges from the above applicable refundable amount.
  • All refunds will happen within 2 to 4 weeks from the date of request for withdrawal of admission.
  • To read the University Grants Commission Notification on “Remittance and Refund of Fees and other Student Centric Issues”, which was approved by commission in its 519th meeting held on November 15, 2016, please click here
Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for the Young India Fellowship?

The criteria of eligibility to apply for the YIF are:

  • A recognised undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline

  • Maximum of 28 years of age on 31st May, 2018

  • Strong academic record and extra-curricular engagement

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

If the medium of instruction in my institution was other than English, am I still eligible for the program?

Yes, you are eligible. However, you should be able to converse, read and write in English given that the medium of instruction at the YIF is English.


What skills, background, or technical experience do I need to be a Young India Fellow?

No specific skill, background or technical experience is necessary to be eligible for the Fellowship. The selection committee looks for consistent decent academic performance by an applicant. It also looks for activities carried out by the applicants during school and college, which showcases their  excellence at sports, performing or fine arts, science and technology or commitment to social service and helping others. We look for the individual’s ability to work well in a collaborative environment, aptitude for leadership, good communication skills, humility and adaptability.



How do I apply for the Young India Fellowship?

Apply online by registering yourself on


When does the application process for admission to Young India Fellowship start?

Our applications begin mid-August. Kindly refer to the YIF Admissions Schedule for further updates.

When will I hear from the selection committee about my application?

The status of your application will be communicated to you as the process evolves, through e-mail. As we follow a rolling admissions process, the earlier you apply, the earlier your application will be reviewed. 


Does the entire application need to be completed within one session?

No. You can complete the online application in multiple sessions and have the option to save parts of the application as you proceed.


If selected, when do I pay for the programme?

The candidate will have to make the entire payment before the start of the programme and may do so in 3 instalments. 


How do I make the payment?

  1. Online Payment Gateway on the Ashoka Website

  2. RTGS/NEFT/Demand Draft/Cheque


Do I also need to submit a printed copy of the application form once I have submitted it online?

No. You are not required to send us a printed copy of the application form.


How do I send in my academic transcripts/mark sheets, other documents and photographs required as part of the application?

Your application materials will include transcripts and a photograph, all of which have to be uploaded online as part of your the application. You will, however, have to bring photocopies of your documents if you are called for a personal interview.


Can I reapply?

Yes. You can reapply but not within the same academic year. You will have to submit a fresh application the following year.


Do you acknowledge receipt of application by email?

Yes, we do.


Do I need to submit a resume as a part of the application?

There is no need to submit a separate resume. The online application module will generate a resume in the required format with the details you have filled as part of the application. It includes your Academic details, Employment details as well as Awards, Achievements and Extra-curricular Activities.


How many applicants are called for interview in Round-1 & Round-2 and how many selected?

There is no pre-defined number of applicants that will be called for the interview or for admission.


How many students would you be admitting in 2018-19?

315 Fellows


Is there an option to defer the admission offer?

No, there is no such option. However, the candidate may re-apply the following academic year. 


What kind of trainings/internship would I be exposed to?

You will be working on a project based on your liking and background in groups of 3-4 Fellows. The Experiential Learning Module at the YIF complements the academic work with real work experience. The ELM work is supported by a team of coaches who provide essential guidance on gaining experience in research and fieldwork or the development sector; structuring business problems, data-analysis and presentations and training you for interests that lie outside of your expertise. Fellows undertake an eight month-long engagement with an organisation after completing the first two terms of the programme.


Who will be my mentors?

The Fellows’ mentors are pioneers and leaders in their fields, who have created new organisations, led multi-national companies as well as reputed academic institutions, or have triggered new ways of thinking. They come from diverse sectors like media, consulting, non-profit, banking, IT etc. N. R. Narayana Murthy, Arunabha Ghosh, Samir Kuckreja, Sagarika Ghose, Adil Zainulbhai, Anita Manwani and Harsh Srivastava are few among the list. 


Are there opportunities to be placed as soon the course finishes?

Yes, there are multiple opportunities for every Fellow. However, we do not encourage you to have placements as your prime focus. 


How are Fellows’ placements decided?

The YIF programme enjoys the support of reputed companies and associations, and of mentors, donors and institutions. It will be an invaluable opportunity to forge relationships for the future and widen your frames of reference. For the Young India Fellow who aspires to a career that is off the beaten track, the Fellowship is committed to helping them build that career. No matter what you wish to do, the Young India Fellowship aspires to be an invaluable launch-pad.


Can I work while the programme is going on?

No. You cannot be a full-time employee during the one year course of the programme. We do not encourage working even part-time while you are with us as your schedule with us will be very hectic.


How long is the commitment for the Young India Fellowship?

Young India Fellowship is a one-year residential programme. Fellows are not allowed to stay off-campus during this period.


Where is the Fellows' hostel located?

The Fellows will be staying at a fully furnished residential facility at the Ashoka University Campus. Each room will be shared by two students and will be organized separately for boys and girls.


How do the Fellows commute to and from New Delhi?

Ashoka University runs a dedicated shuttle service for students, staff and faculty that plies between Campus and Jahangirpuri (the closest metro station - Yellow Line) in Delhi every hour. The frequency of shuttle services is different for peak hours, weekends and holiday seasons, so as to accommodate most individuals. 

Contact Us

Academic and Student Affairs:


1. Assistant Dean, Academic and Student Affairs: Aniha Brar -

2. Senior Manager, Academic Affairs: Tushar Sethi -

3. Deputy Manager, Academic Affairs: Ayushi Arya -

4. Deputy Manager, Academic Affairs: Kimsen Kipgen -

5. Senior Manager, Professional and Leadership Development: Shveta Sharma - 

6. Deputy Manager, Professional and Leadership Development: Palki Bhattacharyya -

7. Deputy Manager, External Engagement and Student Affairs: Suha Gangopadhyay -


Marketing and Admissions:


1. Deputy Dean, Marketing and Admissions: Anunaya Chaubey -

2. Senior Manager, Marketing and Admissions: Shravan Kumar - 

3. Manager, Marketing and Admissions: Garima Shekhar -

4. Deputy Manager, Marketing and Admissions: Kanupriya Pachauri -

5. Assistant Manager, Marketing and Admissions: Rameez Qureshi -

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