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Young India Fellowship | Class of 2020-21

The Young India Fellowship (YIF) is a one year multidisciplinary postgraduate diploma programme in Liberal Studies. The Fellowship brings together a group of 300 promising young individuals, selected through a rigorous and elaborate search for passionate achievers with a desire to bring about change. From engineering to design, film to agriculture, medicine to art, and law to journalism, being amidst diverse peers enables cross flow of ideas and learning - which complements what students learnt in their previous educational experiences.


There is no application fee for the YIF. 


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the YIF, you must: 

  1. Have a recognised undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline (you may also be a final year student, or have work experience).

  2. Be no more than 28 years of age on 15th July 2020.

  3. Have an above-average academic record combined with extra-curricular engagement.


The application process for the 10th Cohort (2020-21) opened on 20th August, 2019 and will close on 31st March, 2020.


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:

  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. Good written and verbal communication skills

Application Process

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