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 http://yifp.in/Apply.aspx
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?
Online Payment Gateway on the Ashoka Website
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?
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.